Yesterday we went along to visit my hand quilting group in the next town. This is my mum's fourth visit here, so she knows this group very well and has been before. But she always enjoys their traditional work, camaradary and catching up on their lives. My mum brought them traditional English Shortbread to have at snack time, which was very well received.
When I first arrived here, these older ladies were amongst the first to welcome me into this area with open arms and they have all become my good friends. They also taught me to hand quilt and they meet every Thursday for a day of fun and quilting. Since I have been working and am now full-time I can rarely go and it was so nice to spend time with them today.
This is where you learn all the really important local news and gossip, hear the best jokes and discuss some things that would definitely surprise you! I have also learned so much about the history of this area from them, but more than anything they are great fun and I am very fond of them all.
Yesterday one of the ladies needed a work top taken in and so she just bought it along for some help. In no time Anita had it pinned to fit and then my mum (in pink) and Peggy took over and did the sewing part for her. As my 'substitute' Grandma Irma commented (she is the closest lady to the camera on the left in the first picture) - this is how it was in the old days, all the women helping each other.
The ladies finally finished hand quilting this antique quilt today, it has taken them 4 months of hard work and it is now a thing of great beauty. The fabric in this was hand pieced by the owners mother from old sugar sacks!