Today was the Gumnut Quilters Christmas Lunch. This is always a great day and today is no exception! First up what to wear - what else! My Christmas shirt. A couple of years ago handsome hubby and I attended a Western Themed Christmas party. I just don't "do" fancy dress so I wore jeans and added a cowboy Santa to my shirt. We had to wear something red so I added red ear rings, necklace and bracelet.
Our lunch was at Miss Irene's home - see her "red" - red extensions in her hair - how cool!!!
As always her house was decorated beautifully. Several of us made these a few years ago. The joke about Irene's is that the stitch was supposed to be stem stitch but as her stitch was a little chunky it was called "trunk" stitch! Personally I think it looks fine!
Irene's tree is gorgeous - lots of memories in those ornaments too
I really love the chilli lights! Now they are cool!!!
And no prizes for guessing that Irene is our resident Canadian. We still love her - he he!!
Here we are gathered and getting ready to do the draw for the pin cushions.
Last year we all had to make a covered coat hanger and this year the challenge was a pin cushion.
Next year the challenge is a Christmas decoration for the tree - right up my alley!
We also started a new tradition this year - the cookie exchange
Andrea received Irene's cute Kaffe pin cushion
Audrey received Sharon's gorgeous hexagon wrist pin cushion
Glenys received Andrea's
gorgeous little pixie house!
Jennie went home with Glenys' wonderful little pin cushion
Irene won Jenni's beautifully cross stitched pin cushion
Sharon was delighted with Del's cute turtle
And Cynthia C received Irene's cute little turtle
Lyn picked this gorgeous creation from Debbie
Lyndall received this lovely Linen one from Cynthia M
Isn't it lovely - everyone recognizes Cynthia M's work!
Del received this Hexagon beauty from Lyndall
And I received an Amish Puzzle Ball from Lyn
There were a couple of others that I can't show you yet as they have not yet been received by their recipients - that will have to wait for another post.
After the pin cushions were all handed out and oohed and ahhed over we sat down to a lovely lunch. We ate the main course and then had our gift lottery.
Every year who ever wants to collects little goodies that are wrapped up and given a number. Then we all take turns picking a number out of a bowl until all the presents are gone. I came home with a tape measure and a pair of scissors - well I gave the scissors to Audrey as I have just bought myself some new scissors and I know Audrey is finding her metal scissors hurt her hands too so the ones I won should be good for her.
Next we moved on to the cookies exchange. I can't believe that I don't have any photos of this but it was fun. Most people brought two bags or plates of baking of some sort and everyone went home with two lots of baking from someone else. This was a bit out of the comfort zone for some of the ladies as not everyone in our group loves to bake and that is ok. We ended up having enough cookies for everyone to go home with something even if they didn't bring some. Next year I think we are going to do a more traditional cookie exchange where everyone makes enough cookies for everyone to take home a couple of everyone's different cookies! Once again this group moaned and groaned about having to do it but everyone loved it in the end!
Finally we finished the day with desert. This is one thing that never changes. Every year I have to make a pavlova .............
and Lyn has to make a Raspberry Hazelnut Meringue!
and to pretend to be healthy we added some fruit!
It was lovely day but then again it always is when we get together. Now we are a break till our new years starts up on the 4th of January.
Till next time.....happy stitching!