Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spring is in the air

We have had a couple of glorious days. Clear blue sky but the air is still cool. Perfect!

I took a stroll around some of the garden today and captured these lovelies:




However the cats don’t think it’s quite Spring yet. In the Winter we had a little routine going. After they had their morning snack I would warm up their wheat bags for them. This morning Koko (aka the Princess) gave me a few cross “merrrrows” because I didn’t have the wheat bags heated. I jumped to and did my duty. I guess it was a little chilly.Here they are all cosy.They do so need a rest after a hard night sleeping!


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Crinoline Ladies II

The Ladies are finished and ready to go home. First they wanted to take some air:




Can you see our neighbours Cotoneaster – the perfect match for Moira’s quilt.


The ladies are so pretty. Moira’s work so accurate. Several people have asked if her buttonhole stitch is hand done, it’s so perfect. Moira did all the stitching on her Janome.I am a Pfaff fan but I have to say that I think Janome has the best buttonhole stitch.


I stitched the outer borders with vines and leaves, between the blocks I did my single leaf vine.



I am very happy with the end result. I think Moira is too.

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Crinoline Ladies

Do you remember Moira’s Crinoline Ladies quilt?

I’m so excited because she has asked me to quilt it. It’s so pretty, and made so nicely too. A real pleasure to quilt.





Moira is adding buttons for flowers when the quilting is finished.

These lovely ladies are favourites with me so I am linking on over to Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage for her favourite things linky party.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Our flirtatious neighbour…


We have a handsome Dude in our neighbourhood.

We call him Tommy.

Today he was at our  front door just waiting to be invited in.He seemed to know there were lots of ladies inside.

He’s sleek, he’s handsome (and he knows it!) and obviously very keen to share his charms!





Hard to resist the charm assault!

Yep, he’s the Clark Gable of the cat world.


Come and see what……


The Sweet Peas have been doing:

Debbie has been busy quilting her Solid Stars and Strings. Pretty cool quilting!


Moira had her wee Grand daughter to stay. They decided to work on a craft project together, a country style wall hanging featuring hens.Shania obviously thought Nana’s hens were pretty exotic, look at the colour she picked for the eggs!!


Now I did some research about eggs colours and I reckon Nana’s hens are Easter Eggers

Easter Egger, Ameraucana, and Araucana breeds, will lay eggs in colours ranging from khaki green to sky blue, to pink tinted, to occasionally lavender tinted.

Rochelle has made some Christmas table mats:


Theses mats have a secret feature, she has made sleeve so a solid table mat can slide inside to give the mat stability:


Isn’t that clever?

Peggy has been busy with Polka Dots and Cup Cakes. She has made these aprons which are going to our niece in Melbourne.These aprons are reversible – you can read more about them on Peggy’s Blog


That wasn’t enough though, she went on to make a quilt top with the same style of fabrics:


Look at this little cute topsy turvy block.


I have been to a Trapunto class, this is the piece I made. I am glad I have learnt this technique – but I don’t know that I would be in a hurry to do more.


About 15 years ago I decided to teach myself how to do freezer paper applique. Like most people I started with a nice soft heart. I had some pansy fabric so I appliqued a pansy heart onto a  calico block:


Don’t you just love those Hoffman Pansy fabrics? I wish they still made them.Of course one was not enough so with nine patches added a very pretty little quilt – only 15 years in the making!

This one’s for me!





We also had a little session learning how to make Dream Balls.


I know, I know ages ago I promised to show you how to make these. I’ll get onto it.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

….and now for something completely different……….

Tracey has made this lovely quilt for her Mum. The fabrics in it are just divine. Such pretty colours and so soft and smooth, All over vines, fronds,leaves and the occasional flowers perfect for this quilt.DSCF3339


The stems are ruched raw edge applique. I popped small swirls along side those to hold the quilt down so they would pop.


The flowers are also raw edge applique. Two layers of fabric there. I asked Tracey if she would mind if I pebbled the centre of the petals. She said “yes ok”. I think the flowers look  A – MA – ZING!!!





……..and just because I can – the back:




Thanks for asking me to quilt for you Tracey.

Rainy Sunday here for the long weekend. (Labour day here in NZ) We’re taking in some sport today.We’ve watched the Rugby, All Blacks v Wallabies and we are currently watching the Netball, Sliver Ferns v The Diamonds.

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PS I have more to show you about the Kiwiana Modern quilt, just waiting for the right photo opportunity.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

the Challenge continues…

More stitching on the modern Kiwiana Quilt.
Do you remember this?
it turned into this:
and this:
turned into this:
I am having so much fun working on this quilt.This is one corner
A sixteen patch made into a Whare
Lots of curls and swirls
………and just because I can more circles peeking out:
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