Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Op shop find……


Check out this Opshop bargain. Two meters of Patchwork cotton for $2! 


Has a bit of a Christmas look, don’t you think?

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Quilters are the nicest friends

Fellow quilter and good friend Debbie popped around yesterday to give us this:

Debbies wall hanging

Isn’t it great? Bright and vibrant just like Debbie.

We’re going to hang it on the back of  our front door. It’s going to brighten up our entrance way. We need to a bit of work on the height it is going to hang at but doesn’t it look great?


Thanks Debbie, we love it.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Using up all the bitty bits.

On Thursday Peggy wrote about our scrap harvesting session.

We have a lot of 2” squares which lead me to dig out an old UFO


Today I have been busy stitching lots of these:


Ready to make lots of these:


To add to this:


Did I mention that I love scrappy quilts?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

but wait there’s more………

….way back in 1999/2000 I collected a lot of Year 2000 fabrics and fabrics with a astronomy theme. I decided to use them plus scrap from the construction of my starry top to make the back.


Who remembers this fabric?


Peggy gave me this dramatic night time city scene from her stash.


That’s it bye bye starry fabrics.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Good things take time.

In 2008 I joined a Block Round Robin run by I think Lynda Renny of Kiwiquilters Online. We all sent off a block pattern and a colour scheme. If you pop over to Amy’s blog Seven Stitches you can see some of the other blocks we made.While I have been waiting for my new machine to arrive I have been completing some UFOs.My Linda’s Stars blocks came to the top of the pile, this is how I put them together:
Linda's Star Quilt
I love the block, if you would like to make some you can find the pattern at The Quilter’sCache. It is a tad tricky to piece – but worth the effort. The setting was designed by Fiona Hussey of Taupo Quiltmakers.Thanks for sharing with me Fiona.
Linda's Star Quilt
I love this quilt top.
Yep it’s right what they say on the Mainland, good things take time.
Good Things Take Time
It wouldn’t do to rush.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Something a little different

When I was teaching at Clever Hands last weekend Jane came in to show us her creative story quilt. Jane is very much into recycling and repurposing. The base of her quilt is a recycled blanket which she has hand stitched 3 rows of fancy stitches around.She has used fussy cut bark cloth to create “beds” of flowers on the background. This he stitched down in Broderie Perse style.

Edge of Janes quilt

Then the fun part, she made lots of little dolls to represent special women in her life. These tuck into bands on the quilt. Her friends are having a garden party together.

Janes Garden Party

I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of the whole quilt flat but here are a  couple more glimpses:



Very different and creative.Thanks for sharing Jane.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sweet Peas…..

…gathered at our house on Wednesday.
Debbie has finished satin stitching Trish’s big blocks.
Andreena has completed her Birthday Block quilt. Doesn’t it look grand? (sorry my photo is a bit fuzzy)
Andreenas quilt
Peggy showed the ladies how to make fabric flowers.
Debbie has added to her Birthday Blocks and created this quilt top:

I received my Birthday Blocks back.I popped some of them (I have 20)up on the design wall today for a quick play. I think I will be tweaking  for awhile to get the most effective colour play.
Can you see that circle appearing? This is going to be such fun to quilt.
Thanks Sweet Peas, I love my blocks.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How could anyone send this to the Op Shop?

Look at this wonderful Cross stitch:

Teddy bear cross stitch

 When I saw this it was crumpled and stained but couldn’t leave it behind could I?

A good soak in Sard and then dash of Janola and it has been totally transformed.

Hours and hours of work beautifully executed.

Teddy collage 1

PicMonkey Collage2

You want to know how much I paid for this don’t you?


That has to be the Opshop buy of the week.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

One of my favourite places to be…..

……is teaching a Beginners’ Quilt class. There’s nothing quite like the buzz of being involved with stitchers making their first quilt.
Here they are busy stitching away:
Design ideas being tested:
Tops completed:
The stain glass look with light behind:
Susie decided to make her top long and narrow to use as a bed runner:
Doesn’t that Kaffe print look fantastic?
All a buzz.
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Thursday, August 08, 2013

My Special Quilt

Three years ago some of my quilting friends made me this very special quilt.


I understand the colour recipe was: purples, pinks, pansies, butterflies, cats.

There are some super fabrics in this quilt.

My 60th birthday quilt

Love this block, whacko cats and a butterfly.


I never get tired of this quilt.

Birthday quilt

I feel happy every time I see it.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Happy Days……

I haven’t talked about the girls (chooks) for a while. You are probably longing for an update. Our Brother in Law John is visiting just now. With the assistance of the new portable chicken fence we have purchased John was able to take the girls around to the vegetable garden. John weeded, and the girls assisted.

Johnand the girls

A winning team!! Thanks for showing the girls a good time John.

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