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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?
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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:

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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.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Sundries….

It has been wonderful to see so many bees in our garden this spring. The last two summers it has been obvious that bee numbers were down. When I was photographing Cat’s quilt the air was full of the sound of happy bees. The mock apple blossom tree is a real bee magnet.
Cat quilt and bees
You can’t look at a sleeping cat and be tense…….
Cici in lounge
Left overs at River view on Robinson are pretty nice. Slices of Meat loaf fried,        re heated roast vegetables and fresh asparagus.
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It’s been a good week. How has your week been?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cat’s Christmas Quilt

It’s been a pleasure to quilt Cat of Catalina’s Cottage  quilt which was made for her by the lovely  Deb of Works in Progress.

Christmas quilt collage

So many fun interesting fabrics in this quilt. A perfect example of anything goes in a scrap quilt. Most of the fabrics are Christmas themed but there are some other fabrics in the mix too. I used to think I had lots of Christmas fabric but this selection is amazing! From old fashioned green/gold Christmas, to lime green/orange and silver/blue. A little bit of everything.

Amazingly the very mod and the old fashioned sit well side by side.

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Vintage Christmas kitten

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Cute birds and owls

Bird fabrics

Pink Gumboots????

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This quilt has it all!!

Cat requested a free motion overall quilt style. I used that lovely Magnifico gold thread again. A strange thing happened, as I stitched a star fell on the quilt, I think that must be for Philosopher. A flutter wing critter flew in too, I think that must be for Tsunami. Just to make sure everyone who snuggles under this quilt feels love a few hearts popped up too!

The quilt looks great, so colourful:

 

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I think the gold thread is just perfect on this quilt. It seems to sparkle against the black fabric.

gold thread on quilt

Thanks Cat, it’s been fun!

Friday, November 15, 2013

A nice add on to a quilt gift….

 

Mary was wondering what she could make with the fabric remnants from this quit.

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I suggested that perhaps some matching pillowcases night be nice. She left her fabric with me and I made these:

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I have often seen these pillowcases on the net.You can find very good photos and instructions on MaryQuilts. You can also watch a video.

Sausage roll pillowcase

These are so easy to make. The perfect way to use up excess fabric.

Pretty cute,Yes?

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A new playground for the girls…

 

Today the tall elephant grass under the Walnut tree was cut down. The girls just couldn’t wait to get in there and work on further cultivation.

 

Happy Girls

Henrietta, Clara, Zara and Penny say “thanks very much Vanessa”

Thanks for popping by

PS I don’t know that the grass is really Elephant grass – I just call it that because it grows so BIG.

Tuesday, November 12, 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.

Scrappy Trip Around the World

Nicky requested all over spirals on her quilt.

Spirals starting:

Scrappy Trip Around the World

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.

Scrappy Trip Around the World

I am in love with this quilt:

Scrappy Trip Around the World

I couldn’t stop taking photos!

Scrappy Trip Around the World

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

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I hope your quilt gives you years of pleasure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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