Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sweet Peas…………

……gathered at our house this week.

Andreena has made another Yoyo elephant,which she gave to Maxie for her new Great Grandson:

yoyo elephant Collage

Andreena has also been busy making this alphabet quilt:

alphabet quiltCollage

Debbie has quilted Trish’s Birthday block quilt for her:


Great quilting Debbie


Debbie brought along her Healing Heart quilt to show:


Debbie is also working on a T shirt quilt for her Grandson Rex:


Andreena brought along this quilt that she won in a raffle.Lucky lady.


Moira has nearly finished stitching on her Golly quilt. Her hair treatments have given her Gollies personality.

Moira's quilt Collage

Debbie has given Peggy a nearly completed set of Golly blocks. They are the same as Moira’s but made in country colours.


Sorry I haven’t been around much. I have been working on two shhhhh secret projects. One is an entry for a competition and the other I don’t want the owner to see just yet. 

Bye for now

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I have mail….

Remember when I told you I had won a Giveaway?

Well my parcel from Katherine of Sew me Something Good has arrived.Please take a moment to pop over and visit Katherine, she has some good tutorials and a super cute pattern for a mini quilt with a Keep Calm theme.

My giveaway prize was this lovely needle book, check out the needles:Needle book Collage

Katherine spoiled me and popped some extra goodies in the parcel:


Too nice!! Thank you Katherine. Just the perk up I needed after fighting an attack of the change of season blahs and getting ready for a significant Something Oh Birthday Celebration for my DH.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Sundries

When I was cleaning the lounge on Tuesday I heard a rumble grumble in the corner. It was the Teds! They were tired of sitting in a cute basket on the floor. They thought they should have their position in the house elevated.

…….so onto the sofa they went:

Teds on sofa

Of course there would be no show without Punch:


Feathers flying off the quilting frame:


Look at our friend Debbie’s WIP. A Healing Heart Quilt for a friend. This one is coming back to me to quilt.


Thanks for popping by, hope you have had a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sweet Peas

Yes it’s that time again! We had such a nice morning together. So much to share.

Andreena brought along Elmer the Elephant. Isn’t he cute?

Yoyo elephant

Maxie has made a take 9 Fat Quarters quilt


Take 9 Fat quarters quilt

Peggy’s work in progress “Turkish Delight”

Turkish Delight quilt

Phew by now Elmer was getting restless, he fancied a bit of mountain climbing:

Yoyo elephant

Two of Maxie’s quilts ready to go home:

Simple Rail fence quilt

Debbie is just completing an I Spy Quilt for her Grandson Rex. So bright and colourful, great quilting Debbie.

CollageRex's I Spy

Moira has sewn her Golly quilt together. Her stitching is so perfect. Check out that stem stitched hair.

Moira's quilt Collage

I had plans to show the Sweet Peas how to make these microwaveable bowl holders.We ran out if time so we just had a quick “walk through”and they all went home with the pattern. Thanks to Kathy at Tamarack Shack. These are a quick sew up. Reversible too!

Microwave bowls

We were very busy, Elmer got tired and had to take a snooze.

Yoyo Elephant

Thanks for popping by

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I’m a winner!!!


Yesterday I received an email from Katherine of Sew me Something Good to tell me I had won her giveaway.

See that cute needle book with the red rose on it? It’s coming to me, moi,myself!!! Yipeee!!!!

Thank you Katherine, it’s very cute.

Monday, April 08, 2013

If you saw this in an OpShop……

…..would you be tempted???

I think by the fabrics that this  is a genuine 1930s quilt.

1930s quilt

Why do I think so? Well the background fabric colour and “conversation” style.The fabrics in the blocks have the same 1930s look. Perhaps feed sack materials?

1930s quilt

The batting is thin cotton, not bonded in any way like modern batting.It is all hand quilted.The blocks are not perfectly pieced but still very charming.

 1930s quilt

 Two of the blocks are badly shredded. They could be copied and replaced.

 1930s quilt

What do you think? Am I right – and would you be tempted?

It is so soft and cuddly. I think it would be nice just folded and popped on the end of a bed, as is. I have seen soft toys made out of old quilts. Would that be an idea? Of course I would like to restore it! The binding is very worn in places but I think the whole quilt could be down sized a bit  and new binding made with the spare fabric.


Please make a comment and share your thoughts with me.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Master Stitcher Taupo

On Thursday night at Taupo Quiltmakers meeting we had a Master Stitcher evening.As we arrived we were all given a coloured badge. Just like Masterchef we had a blue, green yellow and pink team. I was the stunt sewer for the Blue Team.

Each team had a sewer with machine, cutting equipment,and a box of ingredients.  When my team opened our box we discovered we had a very uninspiring collection of green fabrics. We had a few minutes to look at our raw ingredients and have a quick brain storm about what we could “cook” up.This was our inspiration sketch:



Two members of our team were dispatched  to the Pantry to select more ingredients. While they did that other team members ironed the fabric we already had.

Once we had all our ingredients together it was all go.With free form cutting and free motion stitching we managed to create this little scene:

Free form cutting and stitching

It makes me think of this nursery rhyme:

There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house

We sure did have a crooked little house!


It was a great fun evening.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Feather finish

… the frame today:
Sampler quilt
This quilt was donated to Taupo Quiltmakers for our Community Quilts programme.The fabrics are just lovely. I am wondering if it is a Thimbleberry quilt.I felt the traditional style called for feathers. So free motion feathers abound.
Free motion feathers
Machine quilted feathers
Did you spot our clover lawn? It has stayed nice and green all summer.
………..and just because I can a back shot:
Machine quilted feathers
Thanks for popping by

Linking to: Confessions of Fabric Addict


Monday, April 01, 2013

I Spy……

a wee while ago our Sweet Pea friend Debbie’s second Grandson Baylee arrived. We had a quilt ready to go for him.

Baylees first quilt

Baylee’s parents love the quilt so much that it has become a wall hanging. It hangs just like this on the wall with the label corner pinned up.

That wasn’t really the plan. Peggy and I decided a “working” quilt was required. So cutting and stitching was done by Peggy at Kiwi Klippings and I did the quilting.

I spy quilt

Simple quilting here – loops and stars.

Baylees I spy quilt Collage

We’re hoping Baylee gets to burp, slurp, bloop and play on this quilt.


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