Monday, November 23, 2009

This, That and Hexies

Last Thursday I enjoyed another outing on the Paramatta River. Here's the Rivercat ferry coming into Abbotsford Wharf to take me to Circular Quay, once again! These ferries run a regular service and transport commuters into the CBD (Central Business District) every day. The ferries are larger than you might think with a capacity of 250 people. I've found that it's mostly the tourists who sit outside on the front deck. Why not? On a beautiful day it's the best way to take in the sites. On this day I ferried from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay.
From there I walked 2o minutes to Gail's house where "The English Group," a small group of quilters, was meeting from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM to socialize, lunch, and do handwork.

To get to Gail's I climbed the Marathon Steps.
The steps weren't too bad, and they were definitely in a pretty place.Once at Gail's house, the quilt talk and quilting began, and was pretty much non-stop!
Di, Gail and WendiRae and Lyn
Anne and Wendi
This darling hexie table runner was on Gail's coffee table.
Lyn made this quilt from hand-dyed wool, following a Sue Spargo design. We enjoyed our salad lunches in the back yard, A swimming pool is out there too.
Jillian shared her hexagon quilt with us. She's English paper-piecing it.
The layout she's following is similar to the Frederica Josephson quilt found in the book "The Fabric of Society."
She's made some beautiful blocks.
Gail is also English paper-piecing a hexie quilt.
The hexie quilts I've seen in the past two weeks are great inspiration. I've taken lots of pictures that I will reference, in hopes of making my already-started Candied Hexagons quilt even better.
The day couldn't have ended more perfectly than with ferry rides back to Abbotsford.
Sydney's CBD (left) and the Harbour Bridge (right), a hazy distance away.
You know, a person could get used to living in a place like this.


Carrie P. said...

Fun and enjoyable day. Glad you are having such a great time. Thanks for sharing those wonderful quilts.

Di said...

It was fun, wasn't it? Lovely photo of Di's white house viewed from the ferry (4th photo down).


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