Sunday, June 15, 2014

Time for a break….


My life is a little bit pear shaped at the moment. My Darling husband Glynn passed away last night only hours after I returned home from having knee replacement surgery .I will be taking a little break from blogging.

I hope to be back with you soon.












Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bring on the bling.....

What's a girl to do when she buys new slippers and they are a bit blah. Very comfy and lovely to wear but ten out of ten for boring.

The only thing to do is add bling.

That looks better - more like me.

Thanks for popping by


Via  I Pad

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jumbo in the Jungle

Julie asked me to quilt this sweet quilt for her Grand Daughter.

Jumbo quilt

A simple but very effective pattern. 5” squares sewn in rows with every second row off set by half a square. These fabrics all came from Spotlight. I’m not promoting Spotlight but I often hear people comment that you can’t get a good range of fabrics at Spotlight. I think this little selection is very attractive.

More spirals – they seem to suit this quilt. With a nice flannel on the back this quilt has great snuggle appeal.

Jumbo Collage

Thanks for asking me to quilt for you Julie.


Monday, June 09, 2014

Star Burst

One of our Sweet Peas, Debbie found this quilt pattern on the Internet:

Star Burst Quilt

Ever one for a challenge Debbie just had to make this quilt. Not a quilt for the faint hearted. That centre piece surrounded by the first round of stars has 273 pieces in it!

Starhurst quilt centre

I was itching to stitch this quilt so I was thrilled when Debbie asked me to quilt it for her. She gave me cart blanche to get stitching.

Here it is loaded on the frame:

Starhurst quilt

First I stitched in the ditch around the stars and coloured squares. Then starting in the middle I stitched out through the the stars with star burst flowers, scaling them to fit the different sizes.

Starburst quilt

Then the fun commenced, fantasy feathers in the background working out to the edges.

Starburst quilt centre out

Debbies starburst Collage

What fun I had! I used Superior Threads Fantastico Variegated thread.The thread  was perfect  for this quilt. It’s hard to see in the photos but the thread is purple, lime green, aqua, blue and bright pink. This thread sparkles against the black background.

Starburst quilt

Debbie also made some back art:


Debbies star back art

Debbies star back 2

I used Bottom Line black on the back.

BTW, if you like this quilt you can find the pattern at Gourmet Quilter. The designer is a New Zealander. You make like to poke around her site, you will find some very different quilts there.

Thank you for asking me to quilt for you Debbie. ……and just because I can one last peek…..




Friday, June 06, 2014

Sweet Peas……..

………better late than never!

Moira brought back her Row by Row quilt which she has added lace and buttons to. Some of the lace is from her friend’s wedding dress and some of the buttons are from her children’s clothes.

Moiras r x r collage

Rochelle made this cute quilt for a new member of her family:

Rochelle and her owl quilt 

She assembled the wide owl section first and quilted it, adding some extra trapunto padding behind the owl and the tree branch. Then she added the other strips by the lasagne quilt method. All these fabrics came from Spotlight. Back is pretty cute too:

Back of owl quilt

Margaret showed us this hand bag which she has just completed:

Margarets wool hand bag

Trish has been working away at this tricky foundation pieced top. Striking colours.

Trish's star quilt

I haven’t been able to attend Sweet Peas for awhile. It was so nice to see all the ladies again.

Thanks for popping by.



Thursday, May 29, 2014

Swooning around….

Our friend Andreena has been swanning around the South Island for eight weeks. While she has been away her Sweet Pea girl friends have been busy working on a secret project. You see Andreena is celebrating a significant birthday on Friday. Some of us were nearly swooning at the challenge! It was all worth it though.

Swoon quilt

The blocks are HUGE, nine blocks make a 80” square quilt. Very hard to capture a picture of. The original Swoon quilt has Baptist fans on it which I love but I think Spirals look great too.

Swoon quilt

Yesterday we gathered for morning tea and presented Andreena with her quilt.

Andreena draped with Swoon quilt 1

One very happy Sweet Pea!


Friday, May 23, 2014

Everything old is new again…

Alison likes to make quilts out of charming old linens. You may remember I quilted one for her last year, you can see it here.

Her latest one has an almost Art Deco look.Here’s how it looked…..

Alisons linen quilt before collage

I started on the middle doily with tiny McTavish, then moved onto the next section with small peacock feather loops.


I stitched around all the embroideries  much as you would with applique.


Then onto the supper cloth. Once again close stitching around the embroidery and then an extra echo before moving onto some McDazzle.

Alisons supper cloth McDazzle

Alisons linen quilt middle mcdazzle

Then I added feathers…

Alisons linen quilt middle finished

The last area to quilt, the outer border/table cloth. I used a new to me all over pattern here. Butterclams , thanks to Lyn Durbic for putting up a great tutorial about this. It was the perfect pattern to tame this area of the quilt.


I think it all came together superbly:


Thanks for asking me to quilt for you Alison.


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