Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Noah’s Quilt

Our friends Marie and Jack have a Grandson in Germany called Noah. What could be more appropriate for a child named Noah than a quilt featuring creatures two by two?
Cat Scan 3
………….of course it had to be Cat scanned before it could travel.
Cat Scan 2

Panels like this are such fun to quilt.
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Look what we woke up to this morning

Our mountains have been sulking in the clouds for days. Today we woke up to this glorious View:
We never get tired of looking at this.
I guess I better explain to any non New Zealanders where these mountains are. Perhaps the easiest thing is to link you to The Tongariro National park site.We live North of Lake Taupo in Taupo Township.
We are very blessed to be living in such a beautiful part of the world.
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Japanese Mug Rug

Hi di hi
Remember how I told you my Mug Rug technique is so easy that you cant make just one? I recently bought a Japanese wrapping cloth at a church fair. This is what I made:
Such fun. A nice project to practise a bit of free motion stitching on.I have enough fabric left to make 5 more! Not bad for a $1 investment.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

More Midwinter Cheer…………


That little posy of flowers from the table made its way to our bathroom.


I’m not sure what these flowers are, except for the Daphne tucked in behind the blue daisies. I love the smell of Daphne, it takes me right back to a happy memory from childhood. I think the blue flowers are the Australian Kingfisher daisy? The pink flower is like a Chatham Island For-get-me-not.

Does it matter what they are called? I just like them.

Today I have been to Taupo Quiltmakers UFO day. I managed to cut 3 quilt kits for our community quilts.

Time for a quiet glass of wine.




Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mid winter cheer

Inspired by Leanne at Cottage Tales we thought it was time to drag a malingering turkey out of the freezer. We have just enjoyed a yummy lunch:
Roast Turkey and gravy, with roasted potatoes, kumara (sweet potatoes) and parsnip. Carrot and cauliflower with sauce served on the side:
Followed by rolled passion fruit Pavlova.(Sorry no pic we ate it all!)
Oh dear two foodie posts in a row, I better get doing some stitching instead of eating!
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You cant eat just one

We had a special delivery at our house yesterday. A whole carton of these:
Have you tried them? They are so yummy. Made in Nelson, with only three ingredients; potatoes, sun flower oil and Marlborough sea salt. Gluten free. They taste sooooooooo fresh.  Smell yummy too. You can read all about them at Proper Crisps site. No affiliation just love the product and want to share.
Crunch crunch

Friday, June 24, 2011

Nature Study

I was visiting Freshly Pieced today. She is having a give away, to be in the draw you need to submit a comment about your favourite memory involving nature.
That brought to mind my favourite memory:
Our Mother was always very good at spotting opportunities to expand our knowledge. One day she rounded us up and took us to the pumpkin patch to watch the pumpkins grow. Yes, it’s true. The pumpkins were at that very fast growing stage. She sat us down with a small stick each and  twisted the little curling frond at the end of a pumpkin stalk around the stick. We sat quietly and watched the pumpkin continue to grow and twist around the stick. True I kid you not.
Just like this picture I found on Google.
Try it with your children, they will love it.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another quilting finish

If you like navy, tan and orange together you’re going to love this one.

This was going to be an X Block quilt but Maxie decided that she didn’t want to cut her blocks down small. She decided to lattice her blocks instead. Doesn’t it look nice?
I used my favourite gold/brown variegated thread. It blends across the blocks well and looks amazing on the dark border.
I didn’t want to send this quilt home. One of my favs so far.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Some cats can paint…………..

……………..and some cats can blog!
……well Kaiser thinks he can.

Kaiser blogs

Thank you Kaiser I couldn’t do it without you.



Hearts for Christchurch

Hooray finally finished!! Sweet Peas combined their resources and talents to make three quilts to send to Christchurch.The heart blocks were made by patch workers from New Zealand and around the world. One of our Sweet Peas also added some special hand stitched blocks with
The first quilt is on its way tomorrow.
SweetPeas Hearts for ChCh 1
We are awaiting address details for the other two:
Healing Hearts strippy
oops sorry that’s a bit crooked!
Healing Hearts Puss in Corner
DS Peggy printed these super labels:
Sweet Pea Quilt label
I enjoyed quilting these. We used slightly puffier batting, it really made the hearts pop.
Healing Hearts strippy close
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Monday, June 20, 2011

What’s cooking?

It was my day to go volunteer at the Inter church Op Shop today. I decided to bake them a little treat:
Alison Holst’s Champion Cheese Muffins
Cheese Muffins
These are sure to win the hearts of any cheese lover. The ladies at the shop thought they were pretty yummy.Cant you just smell them?Want the recipe? Well here you go:
Recipe: Champion Cheese Muffins (Alison Holst)
Put 2 cups (200g) grated tasty cheese, 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp sugar and a pinch of cayenne pepper into a large bowl. Mix lightly with your fingers to combine.
In a small container beat 1 egg and 1 cup milk until evenly combined. Pour all the liquid onto the dry ingredients, then fold the two mixtures together, taking care not to over mix.
Spoon the mixture into 12 medium muffin pans, which have been buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray.
Optional toppings: Sprinkle with a little extra cheese and paprika or chilli powder.
Bake at 210 degrees Celsius for about 12 minutes, until the muffins spring back when pressed in the middle and are golden brown.

If you try these and like them you might like to visit her website – more yummy recipes there.
Bet you spotted that lovely little bit of table linen. A genuine piece of vintage 1930s patchwork.My Mum found this in an Op Shop about 15 years ago. Much to the horror of my quilting friends I use it all the time
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rainbow Quilters Exhibition

Today DS Peggy and I braved the inclement weather and popped through to Rotorua to view the Rainbow Quilters’ Exhibition.Lots of stunning work to view. I wont show loads of pictures but here are a few that really appealed to me.
Tequila Sunrise”
This bright table runner was made by Ann Gregory.Just the thing to brighten up a dreary day:
Ro quilt show 2
“Daisy Dance”
This classic Blue/Yellow quilt called to me. You just cant beat this traditional colour combination.A kitset I believe from Cottage Flair made by Ruth Lewis.
Ro Quilt show 1
“Frosty Night”
This was my favourite quilt, hard to capture how vibrant this quilt is. I couldn’t get far enough away to capture the whole quilt. It glows with an inner light like an Amish quilt. I was blown away by the quilting. I was lucky enough to meet Carol Andrews the maker. She executed the quilting with her domestic machine. Great attention to detail – check out the Multi colour insert in the binding
Ro Quilt Show 3
RO Quilt show 5
Ro Quiltshow 6
Love love love this quilt.

Midnight Madness Mystery

Funny I typed that and then wondered what unsuspecting people would arrive here as the result of a search. Imagine their surprise to end up at a 60mumble lady’s patchwork and quilting site! In three weeks I am teaching a Mystery quilt at our local quilting group Taupo Quiltmakers.
These are the fabrics I am using:
Midnight Madness Fabric
A total change for me.Very trendy I know but I have never used this combination in a large project. Not happy about the far left fabric I have put on the “black” side. I think it reads as more white than black. What do you think? I’d value your input.
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

What is better than one cat and a quilt?

………………… two cats and two quilts of course!
Two cats
Another dreary day. I think they have the right idea.

Friday, June 17, 2011

What’s a cat to do…………….

…………………….on a dreary day?
Snuggle up under a quilt of course:
……………………or perhaps do a bit of Cat scanning:
We had a huge frost here this morning and the day to follow has been grey and sunless. Perfect quilting weather.

A gathering of quilters…….

We have a small quilting group that meets at our house every second Wednesday. We call ourselves the “ Sweet Peas”(aka sweet patch workers) I thought you might like to see what they have been up to.
This bag was made by Debbie, whom I have already written about on this blog. She loves cat fabric. I think she has made a superb job of this. Her finish and attention to detail is tops. The pattern is an Amy Butler one – called I think Weekend tote.

This quilt was made by Trish for her new Grandson. Isn’t it cute?
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love to hear from you.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Freedom Flowers

Time to share another op shop treasure with you. I found this quilt as I was leaving the Habitat Restore in Rotorua. There was a sign up saying
“All items below this sign free”
I glanced down and saw something made of patchwork. So what’s a girl to do? I just had to bring it home. On my way to the car I realised that this item was very smelly. It was consigned to the boot for the journey. When I got home I discovered a lovely old piece of hand stitched patchwork. The patchwork had a gathered calico skirt sewn to three sides so was more of a bed spread than a quilt. So into the washing machine it went before I deconstructed it.The calico skirts came off and the minimal machine quilting in the patchwork removed
 Hexagon quilt 1   
Then Koko performed a Cat Scan  

…………….before I quilted it.
This was my first attempt at free motion on a hexagon quilt. I think it turned out pretty good.
(Double click to see a close up)
I was sitting stitching the binding down with my DS Peggy seated beside me. When I finished she reached out and claimed the quilt! It now resides on her  chair.
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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chocolate Ripple

There that got your attention didn’t it? No I’m not talking food here. This is my name for the latest quilt I have finished for Maxie.DSCF0959
The quilt is a present for her Granddaughter who lives in Australia. The chocolate pink colours and ripple quilting made me think of Chocolate Ripple Ice Cream
When I took it off the frame I realised that the ripples had a kind of Koru look to them which is nice because it evokes thoughts of New Zealand.
……………….and a few hearts stitched in for love

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Friday, June 10, 2011

So near but so far away

We have 3 cats at our house. First we had Kaiser and Koko. They are both Burmese cats.Kaiser is a chocolate silver tabby. Koko is a seal. They are both 12 years old – the senior citizens around here.Koko came to us first and Kaiser arrived 4 weeks later. I don’t think she ever forgave us, she’s such a little princess
Koko and Kaiser snuggles
Kaiser is our resident clown I could take a funny, cute photo of him every day. I don’t know why but he always turns up when I am putting binding on a quilt. He so wants to help with this job.
Kaiser helps bind Dylans quilt 1
Koko as I have already mentioned is our little princess. Petite and elegant. When she has been sleeping she carefully stretches before she moves off, like a ballerina. She has a knack for creating perfect photo opportunities.
Then there’s Cici. When we moved to this house Cici was living wild around here. Slowly she started to sneak in and eat some of Kaiser and Koko’s food. Then we started to feed her. She was very cautious and timid. After about 6 months we decided we would like to offer her a real home. Off too the vet she went for a health check. She passed with flying colours. Now a year later she is just about at ease with us. She still doesn’t really like to be picked up but when we do she is very snuggly and purrs away. She must have had some very bad treatment somewhere in her past. She has a beautiful tortishell coloured plush feeling coat. We are making progress with her but………………….
been ignored by a cat
Koko and Kaiser are still not keen on her. If it was just Kaiser I think they would be firm pals by now but Koko is still not pleased. Hence my heading for this post. I snapped this picture of them on the couch last night.
You do all know that cats must be tucked up in  quilts don’t you?
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Monday, June 06, 2011

Mug Rug Tutorial

Here it is at last!
WARNING!! These rugs are like potato chips – one is not enough.
Fabric requirements:
6 ½ ″ by 9 ½ ″ piece of batting – I like cotton because the fabric you work with clings to it.
7″ by 10″ piece of backing fabric
Bits and pieces of fabric to make your top
Small amount of fusible webbing at least 4″ by 2 ½″ .
Place your first piece of fabric on your backing
Place a ruler on top and make a rough measurement of the pieces you will join on.In this case I decided I needed a 2” strip top and bottom of my bird.
Place strips right side to right side on top of the feature fabric
Stitch and flip, then decide what to add next. I measured to the left and decided  100_FUJI0004
to stitch on a 2” strip.Carry on stitching and flipping until you cover the batting.
It’s time to play. Add any embellishments or quilting that you like. Perhaps some modern quilting straight lines ¼ ″ apart across the whole rug or go mad and practise some free motion quilting. This small item is a perfect skill builder. If you have added lots of strips like my Kaffe rug you may not feel the need to add any quilting. I didn’t add any quilting to this rug.
Don’t fuss about the edges looking too tidy – here’s the next sneaky tip:
Flip rug over and trim excess fabric off in line with the batting.
Now that’s beginning to look smart isn’t it?
Now pop you rug on top of the backing and trim backing to same size as top.
Take your top to the cutting board and trim/tidy the edges. Lay the top on top of the backing and trim the backing to match the top.
Now for the trick bit
Cut a slit in the backing say about 3″ long and in at least an inch from the edge.
Put the backing and mug rug top right sides together and sew a ¼ ″ seam all the way round.
Trim corners and turn out through slot.
Cut length of fusible webbing the length of the slit plus 1″ and at least ½ ″ wide.
Fuse this to a piece of fabric – either to match the backing or to continue your front colour scheme. Trim to the edge of the fusible webbing, remove the backing and fuse to back of mat to cover slit.
This is another place to have fun. I made a rug with circles on the front so I sealed the slit with a circle of fabric.
Optional extra – top stitch ¼ ″ from edge around mug to give the illusion of binding.
There you go – finished. How easy was that?


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