Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Nearly as Big as Texas finished!!

……..just in case you thought I forgot to share:


My goodness this is a big quilt!

The fabrics in the blocks are very busy so quilting wasn’t going to show too well I put this little motif in the middle and quilted wavy lines out to the lattice strips.


The lattices became my playground:


Can you see how I took the stars out into the border?


Piano keys in the borders and a fan in the corner:


Maureen’s quilt has a very modern look.I loved quilting it, thanks Maureen. One last peek……


Sometimes the little things are such fun….

While Jackson was staying here I sent him a Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar. He had the best time checking it every day. The Snowflake design section totally captivated him.He designed lots of Snowflakes and then Nana let him print them off.


 We all got involved in cutting out the shapes. Jackson thought they needed some sparkle so glue and glitter came into play.


We found some satin ribbon and Nan and Jackson made this Snowflake bunting:


 Isn’t that pretty? Thanks Jackson, we love your bunting.

PS If you’ve never visited Jacquie Lawson I can recommend her Advent Calendars for hours of entertainment. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I’m forever blowing bubbles….

Jackson bought a bubble sword from the market today. Within minutes of arriving home he was creating superb bubbles.


Jackson’s Dad has been teaching him cricket. I think Jackson was using a cricket move here:


Then it was my turn to be tutored in the art:


 ………and I made bubbles too.

Linda makes bubbles

Thanks for sharing Jackson, I really enjoyed that.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Family times are soooo special


Peggy’s son David, his lovely wife Lisa and very cute Grandson Jackson have arrived from Seattle, USA to visit with us.

Peggy and her Grandson Jackson have a magic Nana - Grandson relationship. Jackson has a camera to record special moments from his visit. I used my camera to capture a special moment when Jackson shared his photos with Nana.


Precious moments


PS I think that Jackson is a better photographer than me.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Thanks to Sweet Pea Margaret…..

I won these cute Christmas Parcel Blocks:


Back in November Peggy was asked to source a pattern for a Christmas raffle block for Taupo Quiltmakers. She selected a gift wrapped parcel block. She made three blocks and stitched them into a wall hanging which I quilted for her.

Sweet Pea Margaret made three blocks but said she didn’t want to go in the draw. She said my name could go in the draw instead of hers. The blocks were raffled in lots of three, my name came out of the hat twice.


Now I have to decide, do I want two x three block wall hangings or should I make more blocks and make a small quilt? What do you think?

Thanks Margaret.


Thursday, December 05, 2013

Nearly as big as Texas continues……

……..I have been to the Southern border and I have travelled back to the North. I have seen lots of ditches on the way, I’ve been down some windy roads and visited lots of  town squares.


As I have been travelling the Lone Star state it wasn’t a surprise when a star appeared:


I have a few more highways and byways to explore yet.

See y’all later

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Nicky's Quilt

Way back I offered free quilting to a New Zealand quilter as part of my 100th followers thank you , Nicky of Farm Girl Stitching won. She sent me her lovely Scrappy Trip Around the World to quilt. So pretty.

Nicky requested all over spirals on her quilt.
Spirals starting:

I think they look so good on this quilt.
I used a very pretty pink Superior Magnifico Thread # 2009 Elizabeth. It looks good against all the colours.

I am in love with this quilt:

I couldn’t stop taking photos!

Nicky, your quilt has been a delight to work on. So nicely pieced, and flat. Even the back is pretty.

I hope your quilt gives you years of pleasure.

 PS Sorry this post looks a tad weird. Blogger is not playing nice at the moment.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A favourite kitchen tool….

……. have you ever seen one of these?
In 1981 Glynn and I bought a Holden Kingswood station wagon with a clip on camper in Sydney.
Camper kitchen
The plan was to drive around Australia. To equip our Camper kitchen we visited a huge Salvation Army shop in Sydney – fondly known by locals as the Tempe Tip.
One of the utensils I bought was a Kitchamajig. Engraved on this tool is this information:
Crushes, Strains, Whips and Lifts
Gosh, I thought, it’s practically a food processor! Yes  it does do all these things. I have even whipped cream with this tool. It was and still remains my favourite kitchen tool.
I found an interesting article about this tool at HubPages
When I am in an OpShop I always scan the kitchen utensil section to see if I can find another Kitchamajig. I see you can buy a modern version on Amazon but I love the vintage look of the old ones. Not so common these days to find a kitchen tool which is stamped “Made in England”
If you spot one on an Opshop Hop grab it. You will be glad you did.

PS Yes we did drive right around Australia and yes, that is me before I became a platinum blonde.

Linking to Blackbird has Spoken

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Nearly bigger than Texas

Maureen of Mystic Quilter has entrusted me to quilt her HUGE modern quilt:

Bento Box

It’s on the frame and stitching has commenced:

maureens quilt on frame


How about this for a view from my quilting frame?

maureens quilt and view from studio

Thanks for popping by.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Taking time to smell the roses…..

The last 48 hours have been a bit of a roller coaster ride dealing with health issues. This morning our good friend Debbie offered to come and sit with Glynn while Peggy and I took a break.
So coffee it was at our favourite coffee shop Piccolo.

After yummy cheese scone and coffee we headed for Riverside Market.We bought nice fresh vegetables, including our first green beans of the season,and new potatoes. I can see one of our 
favourite dishes Potatoes, beans and bacon on the menu in the next few days.

Next it was off to the Taupo Rose Gardens to, well, smell the roses.The air was full of perfume and the roses are all in tip top condition. If you are ever in Taupo this is a lovely spot to visit. In the centre of the garden there is a large summer house which is often used for weddings and family celebrations.


Mary Rose love that old fashioned look

Freesia - This one's for Debbie

Thanks Debbie

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Good Golly

I was so pleased when Moira asked me to quilt her Golly quilt. Moira does such lovely stitching, her button hole work is just perfect. She tells me that when she settles in to do some of this work she puts her phone on answer phone, ignores the door bell and just concentrates. Her work certainly reflects that level of attention.

I didn’t want the back grounds to these cute blocks to look too formal, so I mixed up my filler. I thought that lots of bubbles would add to the happy feel of this quilt.

Golly Collage

I couldn’t resist a bit of fun stitching around the lettering:

Golly wordds collage

For the borders I changed to a soft lilac thread and stitched fun daisies.


Thanks for letting me quilt your super quilt, Moira.

BTW the pattern for this quilt is from Li’lBlokes designs of Australia

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Recued from Trade Me….

If you have been following my blog for a while you will already know I cant help but rescue a quilt. When I saw this one pop up on Trade Me (NZ equivalent of EBay) I thought it needed to be rescued.


If this was someone’s first quilt,the piecing is superb. Check out this block, 78 pieces!!


None of the blocks are easy:
Trade me Sampler quilt

When I saw this quilt on Trade Me I thought it might be a a candidate for pulling apart and re-quilting, but look it has the nicest hand quilting:


Who could unpick that? Nice puffy batty makes this a nice soft snuggle quilt. I’m so glad I rescued it. BTW it is signed and dated 1999. I wonder how it got to be on Trade Me? I guess I’ll never know.

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