Monday, December 31, 2012

Last quilt for 2012

We just squeaked in with another finish:


We wanted quilt to be light but cosy so we backed it with a coral fleece throw. I used So Fine thread top and bottom, stitched up like a dream.


The coral fleece looks like a luxurious piece of velvet


The quilt drapes beautifully, I’ll be using coral fleece again.

A big Thank You to all the people who have allowed me to quilt their quilts this year and share them with you.

Welcome to my new followers too!

Next time I chat to you it will be next year.

Bye for now

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kiwi Quilters Christmas swap

For many years now I have belonged to Kiwiquilters online. Every year they host a Christmas swap. This year I decided after a pause of 3/4 years to join in again. My swap partner was the amazingly talented Janet from JMD Designs.

My parcel was just delightful, check out the goodies


A piece of superb indigo blue  and white printed fabric. I think this maybe Japanese? Two of Janet’s patterns, chocolate, fancy threads…………..but best of all lovely hand stitched sewing accessories.


Happiness filled.

My parcel to Janet was adorned with this label:


One of the specifications of the swap is that you include a hand made item. Janet said she liked a modern Christmas look so I made this for her :


You can find the pattern for these Present blocks here at Ivory Spring Blog. The pattern is for a whole quilt but I just made the blocks.

If you ever get the chance to join a swap do give it a go. There’s nothing quite like receiving a parcel of goodies from another like minded quilter.

Thanks for popping by

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas


Today dawned grey and sultry. Never mind the weather suits roasting a  turkey.

We had Ham and Eggs for breakfast – a bit of a tradition around here. Spot of something good in my coffee. Ho ho.

Here’s a little bit of Kiwiana Christmas for you:


I had to shut the curtains because it’s so bright!!

It’s really like this at Riverside on Robinson::


How lucky are we?


Merry Christmas!!

PS Did you forget to chill the wine?

Here’s a solution:

Soak a kitchen towel in cold water, place the wine bottle on it:


……..and wrap.



Pop in the freezer for 10 minutes = chilled wine.


Monday, December 24, 2012

The end of another day in paradise and more

The sunset last night was just glorious. The weather forecasters keep saying heavy rain is coming. That’s not what the sky said.


Today it is very hot and humid. A warm breeze blowing, reminds me of Australia.

Last week we received some very sad health news about a close member of our family. Peggy and I decide a snuggle quilt is required. So we shopped our stash and using our favourite go to pattern for a quick quilt we got busy. Saturday afternoon we cut the fabric. Yesterday morning we finished the blocks.


Peggy has this very clever system of printing stickers to “road map” our quilt construction.


Construction of the top is complete. I hope to start quilting on Boxing day.

Christmas cake in the oven – yes just call me the last minute kid.However this is the cake you can make at the last minute and it tastes great.

A Christmas box delivery to elderly parents of friends who are away in the UK visiting their children.


Individual trifles, mince pies, rum balls, meat pies, a cracker full of chocs and more.

The house is tidy, all food prep done, time for feet up and a glass of wine.

Thanks for popping by.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sweet Peas


We had our last gathering for the year on Wednesday.

Table prepared:


See that table centre? It’s actually a Christmas tree skirt that Andreena gave us.We love it.

More Christmas stitching from Andreena:




Rochelle made this very modern Christmas tree:



and no that’s not polka dot fabric, it’s lots and lots of crystals.

Once again yummy food and lots of happy chatter.

Seems it’s getting a bit Christmassy around here.


Thanks for popping by.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Elvis Lives!!!


I have a friend who is a mad keen Elvis fan.When Peggy was in America I asked her to source some Elvis themed fabric. I have made my friend a suite (or perhaps I should say sweet) of items made with the fabric. Mug Rug, Pocket Diary cover and Loyalty Card wallet.


Here is the suite all tied up – or should I say – all shook up?


BTW see that tulle ribbon? I made that by cutting florist tulle using a rotary cutter with a wavy blade.

Thanks for popping by, hope all your Christmas plans are going well.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mono Modern

I have just finished this nearly Monochromatic quilt for Mary. Interesting quilt this, she bought it as a kit to make, when she got home she discovered that the centre is a printed panel and she only needed to add three borders to complete.


Mary didn’t want anything “flowery” on this quilt as it’s destined to be a man’s quilt. So after stitching in the ditch along the “Sashings” I started with a square or oblong in the middle of each block and repeated on out to the edge.

A before block:


After blocks:


Some wishbones in the borders:


I love the texture in this quilt.


That’s it, my last quilt before Christmas. I’m looking forward to some me sewing.


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

My name’s Linda and…….

I’m addicted to saving quilts.

This quilt came into the opshop that I volunteer for.


The usual sad story – wool batting that has been given a nice hot wash.


Look at the lovely applique. The quilt top was in  good order – well worth restoring.Perhaps it wasn’t used much after the disastrous wash.I always feel so sad when something like this gets sent to the Opshop. Hours of hours of work stitching all that applique. It even has a name on it. Double sad, Sam doesn’t get to keep his baby quilt.

All un quilted, new back prepared:


I was lucky to find this very appropriate fabric in my stash:


A little bit of cat scanning, very important part of the process:


A little re stitching to do:


Sam replaced with buzz – sorry Sam:


All re stitched and ready to buzz out of here:



I guess it’s official – I’m a quilt restorer! Send your worn and weary quilts to me – I will refresh them.

Thanks for coming by.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Blogs I love

It’s been a while since I shared some favourite blogs. I know it’s nice to share so here are some more:
The make your own zone. Lots of interesting ideas for cleaners,crafts,laundry and much more.
Not surprisingly I follow a few blogs written by quilters.
Tamarack Shack Great quilting, great photos and great scenery.
Sew Kinda Wonderful. Jenny designs quilts with a very modern feel. Her quilting is amazing.
I have just starting reading Frugal Queen. She started her blog in 2009 to record her journey from being 45K in debt to being debt free. She achieved debt freedom in 2011 and now she’s over paying her mortgage and saving money. The frugality continues.
Crazy Working Mum: Diary of a Mother on the brink of snapping.
Jessica Stilwell has lived every mother’s fantasy. She went on strike. For six days the mother of three girls -- 12-year-old twins and their 10-year-old sister -- did no “picking up, tidying, washing, cleaning, clearing, reminding or nagging.” …and just because I know you love a picture, look who came visiting us today….
Gossamer wings. So pretty. A careful catch and release exercise and our visitor flew away.
Thanks for popping by.

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