Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kwilter’s Eye Kandy

Look at this:
Kwilters Eye Kandy
Yum yum, Moda Dessert roll of Ombre Dots. Today it was my turn to request my Birthday Blocks from Sweet Peas.I have asked for Rolling Stone blocks

made with the Ombre Dots with the pale blue pictured for background.I think this is going to make a quilt with a very modern look with lots of movement.
Sweet Peas gathered at Mary’s house today. Lots of show and tell and chatter.
Trish is making a big block quilt with four of these ginormous 27” blocks Debbie has been helping her by satin stitching the applique down. Ah, the perks of being a Sweet Pea.
Andreena has just completed this Chevron top which is coming to me to quilt.This quilt is for her son, a keen fisherman. The pattern squares are all fish/beach themed. I’m thinking some nice waves stitched through the blue will look good.
Debbie shared some small blocks she is button hole stitching by hand.
Debbie’s Birthday block booty:
We couldn’t resist a wee play with them. They are going to look stunning.
Margaret had taken a couple of classes at Symposium. Here’s some of her work:
Margarets wall hanging
Andreena has made her Birthday blocks into a quilt and is busy quilting it.Looking good:
Moira has finished her Santa Table Runner:
Once again Sweet Peas have been very busy. I wont add the 12 tops Peggy and I took along – you have probably seen them already on our blogs.
Bye for now

Monday, July 29, 2013

A nice treat for me……


…today I was given this divine bracelet:


The beads were made by Lindy Nicholls of Hotglass Jewellery Opotiki. I see her site is under construction but there are a few items up.

As well as the bracelet I given two of Lindy’s hand made glass buttons.


Happy Days!

Thank you Janelle for these very special gifts.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Scrappy Trip Around the World

Over Summer I caught the STAW virus. Other people were churning out STAW blocks. I just had to join in. I did make a STAW quilt about 6 years ago. I gave it to our Community Quilt project. Sadly I don’t even have a photo of it as my computer died and took my photos with it. Grrrrr.

I made my blocks but they were set aside in favour of quilting. Last week Peggy offered to sew them together for me. A bit of stash busting followed and borders were added.

Scrappy trip around the world quilt top

Bit of a breeze off the mighty Waikato river today.

Scrappy trip around the world quilt top

I’m very happy with how it has turned out. Golly my new machine better arrive soon, quilts are stacking up at an alarming rate.

Bye for now, I’m off to complete yet another UFO.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Catch up stitching

Way back in July 2011 I made a sample for a Midnight Madness evening of a 10 minute quilt block using a directional fabric.

Ten Minute Block

I finally completed the quilt top.

Ten Minute Quilt Block 2

Only two years.

I had two blocks over so I made two cushion covers.

Ten minute quilt block cushion

Now all I need is my new long arm machine so I can get quilting.

Frosty here this morning but I am sure that will lead to a beautiful day.

All good in Taupo.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Re purposing……

Every now and then I put a calico quilt sandwich onto my quilting machine to check out threads or patterns. Some quilters call the result a Graffiti Quilt.

Chair quilt

We have a new sewing chair which is covered with that horrid synthetic fabric that attracts threads and cat fur like a magnet. I have made my graffiti quilt into a cover for it.

Ta dah


Not a perfect fit I know. I kinda made it up as I went along.

Peggy and I decided to move our sewing machines into the Sun room for a few weeks. Spot my new sewing corner. Too nice.

sewng in sun room

I have to admit that is the before sewing photo – doesn’t look that tidy now!

Thanks for popping by.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

More quilts from Taupo….

My trip to the exhibition was sadly a rather rushed affair. I snapped photos of at random of quilts that appealed to me. I am sorry I don’t have details about makers. The standard was very high, I would love to be able to show you all the quilts but 150 photos would be a bit much!


I do know this one was made by Gloria Loughman

Gloria Loughman

This was my fav quilt, purple, pink, blue – now is that a surprise?


The piecing, quilting and embellishment all superb.

Star quilt

Loved this one too. A double wedding ring with tiny nine patches in the arcs. Small wedges placed between the nine patches to execute the arch. Then about 260 yoyos around the scalloped edge.


Double wedding ring

A couple more that took my eye:



Hope you enjoyed this wee peek. Peggy of Kiwi Klippings is posting photos of other quilts, please pop over for a look.

Monday, July 22, 2013

It is Quilt viewing time in Taupo


Taupo is the Kwilt Kapital of New Zealand at the moment. Just a walk around town provides lots of Kwilt eye Kandy.


Lots of liquorice  coloured quilts in the sweet shop window.

sweet shop


How about this patchwork styled tunic with a quilt in the background?


………a quilt you may have seen before:


Today I went to the big exhibition. The quilts on display are mind blowing. I’ll share some pictures tomorrow.

Thanks for popping by

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Stash Box is on its way……

I loved having it at my house but it’s time for it to move on. Before it left I added these goodies:
Stash BoxCollage
I put a pop of colour and a dash of vintage in the button jar:
I had quite a struggle getting the lid back on. I hope it doesn’t explode when Louana at NZGreenButtons opens it!
…….and just because I can, a picture of our beautiful mountains this morning,
Thanks for popping by.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Something old, something new,

something borrowed, something blue.


The something old is the wool blanket in this quilt and the op shopped Laura Ashley print on the back.


The something new is the printed squares fabric.



(did you spot the girls bombing my photo?)

………and for something borrowed I am going to claim my first attempt at Susie’s Magic Binding.


Oh, and I’m sure you can see the blue!

Thanks for popping by


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