Last weekend my girlfriends and I went "North" to Laura's cottage. We all needed to get away from the "real" world. This was perfect. But we weren't to far away from the real world we all worked on gifts for friends and family. Laura making daughter-in-law to be a table runner.
Jody making her new granddaughter a quilt with Minke Dot fabric for the back and silk binding for the edge. No baby can resist this combination.
(Don't look at this picture Deb C.)
I sat all weekend hand stitching my wool Santa blocks, I making them to exchange with my other girlfriend quilt bee at our Christmas party.
My girlfriends I was with liked the idea so much we're now making snowman blocks to exchange at our Christmas party. You make 6 of the same snowmen, keep one for yourself and give the other 5 away. You go home with 6 different snowmen (or Santa's). You can add more yourself or just use them to make a quilt.
Our one friend couldn't make it so we all made her a paper-pieced Santa block. Cathy put the wall hanging together with paper-piece flying geese blocks. Miniatures are always so cute.
We also made these cute Origami mats (found on Pinterest). I made my mother-in-law two for Autumn beverage mats. Let me know if your interested and I'll post the directions. They take about 30 minutes to make.
Joni put batting in hers to make a Christmas mat for a warm pot. Too pretty to put a pot on.
Thank you Laura for the beautiful weekend.
This month at Herb Society we used our left over herbs from our gardens to make herbal vinegars.
Our speaker premade up gallon jugs the beginning of July filled with different herbs.
We brought in fresh herbs and our own bottles.
Her recipes written on the bottles.
Lots of good ideas.
You picked which one sounded good to you,
strained the vinegar into your own jar
My friend brought some wonderful jars from France to share. I hate to use this it's so pretty.
Thank you Marsha, Master gardener and herbalist.