Over the last month I have been out and about a lot.
The first outing was just after the massive snow fall in London - unfortunately due to the snow and the fact that our road did not get cleared, and I had L and his buggy with me, I was an hour late for the second ever meeting of the London Modern Quilt Guild. Although I missed a lot of the organisational part of the meeting - I did not miss out on the tail end of the show and tell, the ugly fabric swap and lunch with 7 of the other members following the meeting.
For the last 3 weeks I have also been going out every Thursday for a couple of hours - unfortunately due to family commitments the friends who were going to be joining me have not been able to, but there have been 2 of us and we are working step-by-step through my friend's introduction to English paper piecing as well as the standard gossiping.
This week I also had the opportunity to visit Ray-Stitch in Islington, for the launch of Modern Quilting Magazine a bi-monthly magazine filled with great patterns, excerpts from new modern quilting books and interviews with members of the modern quilting world. (At the moment their website is down but they have a Facebook page.)* Their website is back up.
Ray-Stitch is a lovely shop with gorgeous fabrics, notions, wool and books - they had 25% off in honour of the lauch so of course I had to take advantage - some Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey, 2 sample packs of solids, a remnant of some lovely bamboo wadding and a large remnant piece of Amy Butler Delhi Blooms and Across the Pond - The Banks Ocean. Also another bundle of assorted fat quarters including David Walker Baby Talk Animals Frogs. The Nicey Jane And the Frogs fabric I have great plans for - which involves some patterns, some cushions and the Liberty Open Call.
I also have a few ideas for some EPP products - which I am hoping to have put together before the first open call.
I have also been doing some sewing for the LMQG February Challenge - a bag to make the whole process of EPP portable.
The next LMQG meeting is Sunday next week so anybody interested click the button to get more details or join the Flickr group and introduce yourself.
*have just been back over this post and fixed all my spelling mistakes - I must have been tired after all my outings to actually take any notice of my awful spelling....