Saturday, 6 December 2014

December WIPocalypse

I can't believe it but the year is almost over. This is the last WIPocalypse report for 2014. December is in full swing now with very little time for stitching.The above picture was taken less than an hour ago and signals the end of daylight for today. The day was mild although overcast and I'm not sure that we're going to see that full moon tonight. 

I don't have a lot of stitching to report since last month. I've completed a couple of smalls and started a larger project. My small finishes include Teresa Murgida's Keep Christ in Christmas and Jenny Hoffman's Ornaments for Christmas. Neither has its final finishing complete yet.

My new start and larger project is Plum Street Samplers Promised Lamb. I'm stitching this one on 35 ct WDW Confederate Grey. Not much to show yet but hopefully I'll have made much more progress by the new year.

I have a couple of other smalls that I want to start before Christmas but I'm not sure how much time I'll have.

This week my local village craft group got together as usual but we gathered for a potluck first. It's a Christmas lunch but our hearts were heavy this year since just days before one of the group passed away.

 Joyce was a breast cancer survivor of 13 years but just one month ago her cancer returned. I was shocked when I heard she was gone so fast. She was an amazing woman who loved crafting and loved sharing and teaching it to others. She had cross stitched many years ago but she loved quilting and knitting. She shared this love with so many children both at the campsite in summer and at her winter home in the south. When once asked how many children she had she replied, "As many as 100!". Rest in peace Joyce. We'll miss your ruddy cheeks and that precious smile.

We decided that our lunch would be a tribute to Joyce so we had a toast in her honour and then continued with our regular get together. I'm the only cross stitcher in the group. A lot of the ladies love to quilt, crochet and knit. Here's a small sampling of their current projects.

Beate with her crocheted German Christmas curtain

Lois' beautiful afghan

Monique putting together her sweater

Andrée's lacy ribbon scarf

Helen modelling her mitten

Virly's baby sweater

Virly is the lady on the left in the above picture. She's the oldest member of our group. I don't remember her exact age but I do know that she is over 90. She is not sewing and quilting as much now that she's moved into a retirement residence but here is a pic of the bag she completed last summer. Love those purples!

 So our lunch on Wednesday was the second of three potlucks I'm participating in this week. The final one will take place tomorrow night following my husband's choir concert. For each of these I've taken the same thing - pumpkin butterscotch gingerbread trifle. 

  It's been a big hit and I'm sure it will go over well tomorrow as well. Yummy!!

Enjoy your weekend and I'll be back with another post soon.


AnaCristina said...

I'm sorry about Joyce!

Loubie69 said...

Such lovely projects your group are working on. Sorry about the loss of one of your members that is very sad.

Vickie said...

I too am sorry about Joyce.
Your trifle looks divine.
Please tell me about your header picture.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Sorry about the loss of your friend. So nice You have a group to stitch with.

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Beautiful meeting girlfriends !!!
All you smart, I like gloves Helen:-))
Oh and Virly and her age! Looks great !!!
Your caramel gingerbread yummy:-))

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Beautiful meeting girlfriends !!!
All you smart, I like gloves Helen:-))
Oh and Virly and her age! Looks great !!!
Your caramel gingerbread yummy:-))

Julie said...

Amazing sunset picture!
What a lot of talented ladies, such beautiful crafting projects. I was saddened to read you had lost a much loved member.
The trifle looks delicious.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a lovely fun group of crafty ladies. I'm sure your friend was watching you and smiling along too.

Andrea said...

How sad about one of your group members, so sorry. Looks like a wonderful crafty lot. Your stitching is lovely. Yummy trifle too.

Giovanna said...

What a great group you are! I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend, that's a wonderful picture of her.

Annette-California said...

I am so sorry about Joyce! What a lovely group of talented crafter's.
Beautiful stitching you've been working on. love Annette

Angela P said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of a friend, the group looks lovely and they are all working on great projects! Love your stitching too.

Judy S. said...

Sounds like a fun bunch! Sorry about Joyce though; we've lost a couple in our group through the years, and it's sad. Love your new projects! There's a link on my blog to our choir concert, but it'll only be up through Saturday. I think you'd enjoy it. Merry Christmas!