Sunday, July 31, 2011

As American as apple pie

It’s been another happy day here at Chez Razzle Dazzle. A morning of sewing followed by homemade Pizza and apple pie for lunch.

apple pie

I made the pie filling with slices of raw granny smith apples and sugar.

Mmmmmmmmmm yummy.

Gotta go I’m off for a leisurely tour around blog land.

Glass of wine, stressless chair, feet up – my version of travelling first class!


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Flowers for a friend

On Monday I was shocked to learn that a fellow volunteer at the Opshop has breast cancer. She goes to Waikato Hospital on Monday for a mastectomy. We were all feeling very shocked and wondering what we could do for her. I said”She needs a quilt”. So I offered to put one together for her. Fortunately several years ago I made a top with lovely floral Robyn Pandolph fabric. Onto the frame it went toot sweet. This is how it turned out:


I quilted it with leaves, fronds, swirls and the occasional heart.


I have just returned from delivering it to her. Please hold my friend in your thoughts on Monday.















Friday, July 29, 2011

A Golden Moment

Last year my eldest sister and her husband celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. A target not often reached anymore.

I managed to purchase a block from my friend who does the beautiful candlewick/applique/beading quilts. I quilted it……….Golden wedding block

…………Peggy supplied some glorious gold silk for me to frame it



and trim the back

The happy couple love their special cushion.

Thanks for popping by




Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Oh happy days

What a happy day we have had today. Our small in house quilting group (Sweet Peas) met today.Two of them received their Birthday packs. The Birthday girl gets a Fat Quarter from each member in the colour of her choice. Today we had one with soft  muted colours and the other with brights.They were both thrilled with their collections.
Now let me show you some of their work:
Debbie made another one of her fantastic bags for Andreena.
Trish had 2 items, this eye popping Black,White & Red quilt (sorry colour not too good) -
and this top which she just whipped up when she found a bag of 6.5” squares in her stash -
Finally a “stained glass” glimpse of yet another heart quilt for Christchurch.
It’s been a super day – not too much sewing but lots of chatter, laughter and eating! Not only do our ladies sew but they cook yummy food as well.
Hope your day has been great too.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Op shop treasure

I never cease to be amazed at the treasures that come through the Op shop door:

This charming old cream with gold crockery came in today. Just the end of someone’s treasured dinner set. 3 cups and saucers and 8 bread and butter plates.



Doesn’t that just make you think of Tea with Aunty?

Bye for now


Monday, July 25, 2011

Yesterday they said……………..

………. it was going to snow in Taupo today. Oh yeah, we said, heard that before. Well guess what ? It did ! I’ve been living here 10 years. In that time I have seen the odd snowflake in town but today it was really snowing. Unfortunately not enough to cover our garden but the mountains and hills around us all got a good coating.
 Mt Tauhara sure got a sugar coating. It hardly ever gets a coating of snow but this is what it looked like this morning:
Mount Tauhara 25 July 2011
Lovely to look at. Great start to a new week
Ps I  have actually been to the top of Tauhara

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Is it Spring Fever?

When we moved into this house I put my quilting books in a very silly location. Silly because

a. I put them on the shelf behind Glynn’s big chair and

b. I put them on the bottom shelf.

So to look at my books I had to sidle in behind his chair and kneel down on the floor. Not a pretty sight.

Yesterday I hauled them out and put other books in that space. Then I adjusted three shelves  higher up and easier to access in the next book case for my books.


I was on a roll and didn’t stop there. I got all my quilting magazines together and had a good sort and throw out session. Now my magazines are looking tidier too.

I have also culled my quilting books. I guess I’ll be putting the spares up on Trade Me. I’ll be looking for more books, after all I have all that space to fill!


It feels real good to have this done. I wonder if I’ll be this good when spring does get here?

Thanks for popping by.



Thursday, July 21, 2011

I’m so excited!

A friend of mine who does the most exquisite Candlewick/applique/beading work is going to be featured in an Australian Quilting magazine. She makes beautiful blocks but doesn’t really care to sew them together or quilt. So enter Linda, I put her blocks together and quilted for her.
Here’s a tiny sneak preview – watch out for the whole picture later this year.
Phew that’s enough excitement for one day. I think I’ll take a wee nap.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Beautiful Hibiscus

…….another finish!


ooooooooops that’s a bit crooked!vcm_s_kf_repr_832x624

Just loved free motion quilting these divine Kaffe flowers.  See how they seem to “reach” into the next block?


I quilted this with a variegated bronze/gold rayon thread. The thread seemed to sparkle on the quilt.

Lot’s of quilting to do. A few days ago I was up to date and now I have 5 quilts to do!  I wont be bored in the near future.

Thanks for popping by. Please leave a comment I’d love to hear from you.



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Jack Frost visited this morning

Hi di hi
This is what we woke up to this morning.

The frost was followed by a glorious sunny day. By midday we were peeling off layers of clothing to keep cool.
We’ve had a lovely leisurely Sunday. Yummy roast dinner and dear friends visiting in the afternoon.
It’s all good.
Thanks for popping by

PS The table did get cleared and put way.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Well I did have a plan……

……….But I think I am at the it gets a whole lot worse before it gets better stage.Mind I did add more to the pile.
I have been packing up those kits I cut for Taupo Quiltmakers Community quilts. That took a tad longer than I thought it would. Then there’s pressing scraps ready to cut them down. I like to “harvest” the scraps from my projects into squares and strips. I start by cutting the largest square I can out of the scrap of fabric.
Then move on to cutting smaller squares from the rest until I get down to 2”
From this piece  I harvested:
1 x 6.5”
1 x 5”
1x 3.5”
2 x 2.5”
These go into trays marked with the size of squares.
Just love these baskets. I bought them at the $2 shop. They’re great because the handles flip in and create support for stacking.
Pieces suitable for loading on our Go cutter get cranked through:
Okay there is a bit of waste but I do save strips.
Finally strips over 1 inch wide go into the strip bin. These are great to delve into for Foundation Piecing projects and string blocks.
I love having squares on hand for scrap quilts. Like this one:
I whipped this up quickly to test quilting free hand Baptist fans on. I needed to know I could get them just right for a vintage scrap quilt I was quilting for a customer. A stack of pre-cut 3” squares for the middle, a narrow border and 5” blocks round the edge.
Cici's first cat scan 2
Beautifully modelled by Cici.
Perhaps I will be able to report a clean table top tomorrow.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Who’s in charge here?

Hi di hi

Kaiser thinks he is so the man, but when he cant find Koko to cuddle up to he turns into a whinging toddler.

So here they are together, just who is in charge?


What do you think?

I’m looking forward to a day of fabric play. I have all this to sort out:


See you all tomorrow

Thanks for popping by



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hot and spicy

Hi di hi
Did you wonder where I had gone? Nothing to worry about – just a tad busy on the home front.
One of the many advantages of living in an extended family situation is the sharing of household duties. This means that sometimes I have cooking free days and then I cook and Peggy has cooking free days.
It’s a ghastly wet dreary day here. My turn to cook so I made Hot and Spicy Turkey with vegetables served on rice.
Yum yum.Do you want to know what my secret ingredient is? Here you go:
This curry paste is very rich and quiet hot. The Pantry Shop team roast and grind 16 different spices then cook them in oil and vinegar to make this tasty curry paste.No affiliation to the Pantry Shop – just love their products. An added bonus this product comes in the most dinky little pot bellied jar. A must save for craft storage.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Midnight Madness Reveal Day

Class over,  time to reveal………..but first I wish to acknowledge Amy at Amy’s Passions for showing this pattern on her blog and supplying inspiration for our night. She found the idea here: Ten minute block on you tube. Please pop over and visit Amy.

I had one quilt completed for the night, here it is. I have called it First Edition


Then I made another


…………….and then started another


I cant believe I have done this as I don’t like to do things twice, but this is a fascinating pattern because you can create so many different looks.

23 Ladies came along for the evening. There was lots of laughter and yummy food. They all enjoyed the evening. Here are some more pictures from the evening:

I think these quilts should be called the Potato Chip quilt – one is not enough!

Thanks for popping by for the big reveal.



Thursday, July 07, 2011

Fast and furious

Today my mother asked me to make a slip cover for her mirror.
…….so action stations
1 Grab a piece of fabric and a piece of cotton batting
2 Trim fabric

3 Trim batting to fit
4 Chalk quilting lines. Just love those Clover chalk markersDSCF1045
5 Quilting finished

6 Hem pressed down and bottom shape marked.
7 Flip hem allowance up, stitch and trim. Fold hem down again and stitch. I used a triple stitch (most machines have one) for the hem.
8 Turn right side out. Completed mirror sleeve. Ta dah!
I don’t think my Mother could believe I had made it so quickly.
Thanks for popping by

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