I'm going to start with the pre-sewing and write up the classes and day itself in another post.
The ticket for the Stitch Gathering is sent to you for embellishment and return at the end itself. This has previously been a quilt block and a canvas bag.
This year the brief was to embellish a piece of white cotton with a word - any word - which could be sewn up into a quilt.
I struggled for a long time to think of a word. My initial thought was democracy, but I didn't want anything too long. The night before the event itself when I was tearing my hair out, I decided to go with VOTE.
You can see some of the other fantastic words people came up with in Jo Avery's, My BearPaw and Stitch Gathering organiser, post here.
For the name tag swap this year, I decided to make a little needle book which could be used after the event. The hook was attached to a string for wearing on the day but can hold scissors afterwards.
I made the pattern up, which meant I made lots of mistakes and this binding was on and off about three times before I got it right.
I used matchstick quilting on the outside and left negative space for my partners name.
This was a new addition to the pre-sewing homework. Swappers were asked to make something for a partner which they could use as a sewing accessory.
I was flicking through Quilt Now Magazine and stumbled across a EPP kit case which I decided to make for my partner. Having a pattern for this one meant no mistakes!
It's bit wonky but I was super proud of this zip!
It turned out my partner is making a La Passacaglia quilt so this will come in handy - success!
I also had some other sewing to do in preparation for the big day which I'll show you in the next Stitch Gathering post!