Back in March at the Monbulk Quilt Show, I signed up for the Girl’s Day Out with Jo of Sewjo Designs and Libby Richardson of ArtSmart Craft Cottage… And then forgot about it. Fortunately for me, the girls had enough people interested that they were able to run two days. They rang me and asked if I would like to go on the second day instead of the first. As I was going on my own, I agreed, wrote down a few notes, such as what to bring, and then forgot about it again!
About a week before the big day, I realised that the Girl’s Day Out was in August, so immediately went to my diary, and breathed a sigh of relief. It was yet to occur, and did not clash with any Calisthenics comps (one the Sunday before and one this Sunday, but not the 19th August!).
I can remember writing down notes on what to bring – a coffee cup, a iceblock tray, a cup for water, and a basic sewing kit. In the lead up to the day, I struggled to remember what should be in a basic sewing kit. After all, most of the time I take projects with me, so I know what I need – scissors, needles and floss. Oh and the project! So I put together my basic sewing kit, took my son to basketball training and proceeded to the hall.
For some reason, I had it in my head that the event was at the Montrose Community Hall, so did not check until I had dropped off Alex. Whoops. It was at the Kilsyth Community Hall!
I arrived at the hall, still not sure about what the day would entail, entered the room and took my seat. In front of my seat, on the table was a bag full of goodies.
The bag was sitting on a Homespun magazine and a piece of printed calico. In the bag was information about the various Jo Sonja Paints and quilt hangers, as well as 2 patterns from Jo and 2 from Libby. there was also a beginners set of piecing templates, with the plastic cutting template (with its backing paper still on) and a pattern from Busy Fingers. One of the patterns was for a notebook journal. The starter kit and journal were also included in the goodie bag.
During the day we learnt how to do a simple wash for some background on the calico. I did not realise that the sizing used on calico could be a major benefit when painting backgrounds, allowing the paint to stay where you put it. Of course, it can also be a major hindrance if the area you want to colour is not wet enough.
Both the piecing tutorial and the painting lessons were very short, so the rest of the day was spent working on our own projects. Although I had taken my cross stitch with me, I had not taken my travel ott light, so decided to work on the design given to us from Nikki Tervo. Unfortunately, I had not brought my embroidery threads with me. Fortunately, Marilyn from the Patchwork Teahouse in Warburton had brought some Cosmo threads with her, so I finally gave in and added these to my personal thread inventory. I also bought several different fabrics from Marilyn to go with this design so I could finish it as a needle book. The design calls for some button embellishments, and Jennifer from Embellish a Little had brought her selection for us to choose from. Of course I had to add two other gorgeous buttons to the purchase! I also purchased the printed calico for one of SewJo’s designs. I am thinking of making the quilt for my niece for Christmas – if I have time. The background has some areas painted, but I am thinking of getting some Inktense pencils, as the areas to be coloured are actually quite small.
Oops. I forgot to mention the wonderful door prizes. I won a needle roll and some sweet pieces of fabric.
It was a wonderful day, and I am so pleased I went. I seemed to finally get some of my stitching mojo back…