Saturday, October 26, 2013

Linen loveliness complete…

This little quilt has been such a joy to work on.

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After completing the intense micro work in the middle oval I moved on to a larger softer fill in the next area:

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Finally some leaves and tendrils to reflect the soft flowing woven pattern in the blue areas.

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This has been an interesting piece to work on because of the multiple layers and different thread weights and textures of the fabrics. I used So fine on the top and Bottom Line in the Bobbin. The backing is cotton patchwork fabric and the batting bamboo. All in all I think it turned out very well.

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………the girls thought so too!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Warning!! Heavy Machinery ahead….

 

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Mary has the luckiest Great Grandchildren. She makes them terrific quilts.

It’s always fun to stitch around the details on panels like this:

Caterpillar collage

I think straight lines in the borders suit this quilt.

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and look, on the back ghost tractors!

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Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Photo shoot time….

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….and the girls are sick of the cats stealing the show.

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Mary’s pretty cup cake quilt, made for a Great Granddaughter.

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Lots of soft swirls with the occasional heart and daisy added to the mix.Modern, fresh and bright.

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The Sweet Peas have had a bit of a love affair with chevrons. Andreena made this for her fishing/surfing son.

Chevron Quilt

Straight lines stitched through the squares and lots of rolling surf on the blue.

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I love that shade of blue, it’s Kona Cadet Blue. A super quilt for a man. I used Soft and Bright batting, the quilt is soft and cosy feeling.Hush don’t tell the man I said that!

Mean while behind the scenes the girls were very busy:

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Thanks for popping by.

 

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Vintage Linen

Alison has made this quilt top from layers of vintage linen.

First an old linen table cloth with a touch of blue, next a pillow case followed by an oval doyley with a small round doyley centred in the middle. I must try and remember to take photos before I start. This is the best I can do as I just start stitching:

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First I pebbled the centre:

Alisons quilt centre

Then I micro stippled close around the embroidery on the oval doyley:

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Hard to photograph this white on white project!  What I hoped to achieve by this is a trapunto look. Then I moved on out to a slightly bigger pattern:

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I think it’s looking very good, I’m getting the look I want to achieve.

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When I move into the next area the lace on the oval doyley will be left unstitched. I think this is going to look very pretty. I cant wait to stitch more on this one.

As Mrs Beeton would say…..

First catch your Trout….

(note this post is not for the squeamish – that means you Lisa and Debbie)

Our good friend Teresa gave us two trout. She knows that Glynn is rather partial to trout and thought this might tempt his failing appetite.

What a beautiful fish, a rainbow trout no less.

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I cooked it by the newspaper method. You can find the recipe (which I tweaked a bit) at Ken Drummond’s site.

First season the inside of your trout and fill with aromatic herbs. I put in sliced lemon, fresh ginger paste, chives, sage and thyme.

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I popped it onto newspaper, gave it a liberal sprinkling of our favourite Marlborough salt and a drizzle of olive oil.

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Then I wrapped in 4 layers of paper and secured.

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Into the sink for a good wetting and on into the baking dish.

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15 minutes per pound in a 150c oven and it came out like this:

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Yum oh. Not the most elegant serving platter but with buttered new potatoes, slivered carrots and peas – perfect!!!

Trout for lunch

With a  glass of Villa Maria Hawkes Bay Rose – what more could you want?

Thanks Teresa, it was so good to see Glynn enjoy a meal.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Jo’s Flower Garden…..

……..rolled off the frame today:

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I love how the garden has turned out:

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One more peek:

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I’ll show you the whole quilt after Jo has seen it.

Thanks for popping by

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Work in the Garden today

Pretty paving has been laid between the borders and the main flower bed:

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Nice paved areas add such a lot to a garden, don’t you think?

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Cultivation continues….

……….in Jo’s Flower garden

Borders all neat and tidy now:

Jo's garden borders

Preparatory work completed in the main garden:

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Coming along nicely:

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I’m hoping it will be a nice day for gardening tomorrow.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Sunday Sundries

I haven’t been able to cultivate Jo’s garden today so let me take you for a stroll around our real garden….
…….suddenly everything is bursting forth in the garden! We have had lots of Double blooms on our Camellias. Perhaps this is a sign of a good growing season ahead?
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 So nice to walk around the garden and see so many things exploding into flower. This Rock Rose under our letter box is going to be a mass of flowers.
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Banksia Roses are going to make a splendid show this year.
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A bit of borrowed landscape, just above our clothes line our neighbour’s garden shed is smothered with clematis. In a few days this will a mass of pink.
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…and what’s this, an Aussie Interloper?
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Cats are the masters of camouflage don't you think ? Can you see a cat in here?
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Come closer if you dare!
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We’re so lucky to love in such a beautiful place.
Thanks for popping by.
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