Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Sundries

Yesterday Peggy and I attended a Regional Quilters gathering in Rotorua. The event was hosted by the Rainbow Quilters of Rotorua. They had been very busy making Mug Rugs to gift to all attendees. This is my rug. Very cute, yes?

Mug rug

Liz Pearce, of Heartfelt Dolls gave a presentation about sparking our creativity. She has been resident artist at The Arts Village, Rotorua. Liz made samples of her art work available for us to see and touch as she was speaking. She has challenged herself to make a doll every day for a 100 days that reflects her mood for the day. She has been attaching the dolls to her Rainbow patchwork jacket. She admitted that she doesn’t think she can attach all 100 dolls to her jacket – it’s getting a tad heavy.

Rainbow coatimage1

At the end of her presentation she issued a challenge to us. We were all given a postcard with a poem printed on it. We were to read the poem and using old magazines, scissors and glue create an “art work” to interpret the poem. My poem was:

Te Arawa

Arawa tribe

Steaming hot geysers

As you walk by

The brush of your hand

So magical.

By Nathaniel McKenna a young Rotorua Poet

Luckily we were given a NZ quilter magazine so I was able to find Kiwi themed pictures to make my “art work”.

Postcard challenge

We left about midday and went on into the city to have lunch, followed by a little retail therapy. First we visited Cottage Flair in their new location. Nothing to tempt us there. Then onto Moorelands fabrics where I was able to buy some Christmas Fabric. These are for a special project I am going to share with Sweet Peas.

Christmas fabric

Following on from that a stop off at Spotlight. They had nice fabrics on special at $8 and $10 dollars a meter. I couldn’t resist this conversation print with old sewing related ads printed on it.

Sewing machine fabricIMG_1175_1

Look at this ad for Sewing Machine feet. Imagine being able to buy a foot for $1!

Sewing feet ad

Rotorua City has a Tulip Festival on at the moment. Lots of colourful tulips around the city centre. Well worth a visit in the next week or so just to see the tulips. 

Last but not least, Peggy made me another Healing Heart:

Healing heart block

Bye for now 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Andree’s quilt


Andree brought her first ever quilt to me to quilt. What a special thing to be doing. As soon as I saw this quilt I knew it just had to have a curling feather border. My imagination took flight as I saw the opportunity to stitch it in such a way that it would look like it had very tricky piecing.So curved crosshatching between the blocks went in plus diamonds in the sashing.




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I love how the quilt suddenly looks like it has some curved piecing.

quilt movementIMG_1143_1

quilt movementIMG_1143_1

As I have said many times. I like the quilting to go somewhere the piecing doesn’t.

Curving feathers:

Quilt cornerIMG_1142_1

and some more just for good measure:

quilt corner IMG_1145_1

It’s getting hard to send these quilts home.

Quilt on floor oneIMG_1140_1

One side of quiltIMG_1147_1


The piecing in this top was superb. A pleasure to quilt. Thanks for trusting your precious first quilt to me Andree.



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

First I had Hugs and Kisses, now I have Hearts…..

Christine popped around last week to deliver Healing Hearts to me.The Hearts were made for me by members of Taupo Quiltmakers.


They know me well don’t they? This block is so me

HH with beadsIMG_1149_1

I have two of these with the colours reversed. So soft and pretty.

HH double 

And several embroidered hearts.

HH stitchedIMG_1152_1

Thank you my quilting friends. Now I have to think of  a setting. Any ideas?

Bye for now


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blogs I like to follow…..

Time to share some of my favs with you again,

Addicted to Quilts. Desley is a long arm quilter, she does all her quilting free hand with out computer assistance, as I do. I enjoy looking at her creative solutions.

Blue Mountain Daisy Rachael lives in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Her quirky denim Double Wedding ring quilt was accepted to go on tour around the USA. While you are visiting her blog  make sure you check out her Clam shell quilt. Very different, I like that.

Confessions of a Fabric Addict I swear this lady never sleeps!She has a super busy life, managing the making of quilts for her church’s ministry. On a Friday she holds a Linky Party “Can I get a Whoop Whoop.And as if that isn’t enough she’s helping her daughter raise funds to adopt a baby from China. Phew, makes me tired just reading all the things she does.

Jacquelynne Steves This is a new to me blog I have just found my way to.For starters I love the look of this blog, very pretty. She offers a free E Magazine with some very cute ideas. She is just launching a free BOM which has several options. One being the choice of making 4 or 6 blocks. Applique may be added if that’s your thing but the quilt will look just as nice without.

This list would not be complete without adding a Kiwi blog. Check this one out  The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. Charlotte works magic with fabric, paint and stitching. She brings a distinctly New Zealand feel to her work. As well as being a very busy craft person Charlotte, her husband and two children are about to leave life on solid land and live on board a refurbished 1945 Naval boat!

Do pop over and check out these blogs. Say “Hi” from me.

……..and just in case you were longing for a picture:



The Seed Moon taken on the 9th. Thanks to Leeanne of Cottage Tails for her informative posts about the Moon.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I have Hugs and Kisses

A parcel arrived for me today, posted by my blogger friend Cat of Catalina’s Cottage.Now I have quilted a couple of quilts for Cat, the parcel was squishy so I though it was a top and backing for me to quilt for her.

Surprise! Look at this…

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and this….

Hugs and kisses textureIMG_1098_1

What an amazing surprise. Turns out that Cat had sent out a message via Instagram (very sneaky!) asking fellow NZ quilters to make hugs and kisses blocks for me.I am so humbled that Cat organised this for me. I am left wondering who are the other quilting friends out there that stitched blocks? Time to ‘fess up fellow bloggers.

 Leanne of Quiltmekiwi completed the quilting. Leanne is a knockout quilter. She does all her quilting on a small Bernina machine. I am in awe of her work. She obviously knows how I like texture. I love the way she has straight lines through the kisses and rounded shapes in the hugs. Very clever. She even popped a few feathers in there. Love love.

Hugs and kissesPicMonkey Collage

Even the back is pretty!

hugs and kisses backIMG_1103

Thanks dear friends, Cat in particular. You are all so kind. This quilt will always have a special place in my home.

Your hugs and kisses are waiting to snuggle and comfort me.

Hugs and kisses on chairIMG_1104_1

Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Sunday, September 07, 2014

Sunday Sundries

Our chooks have been indulging in a beauty treatment this afternoon.They are still producing eggs very consistently. Tally to date over 1800!I guess we’ll have to forgive them for digging up the lawn.
Chickens beauty parlour
The plum trees are looking very pretty. Fingers crossed we’ll get a good crop this year.
Plum Blossom 2014PicMonkey Collage
The Flatto Peach tree is blossoming.
Have you ever tasted a Flatto Peach? They are so yummy. If you live in New Zealand watch out for them at Pak’n’Save. We were told that you cant buy the trees but we did,

Everything old is new again.
I had Glynn’s wedding ring and my wedding ring combined.  Glynn’s ring was a plain wide band, mine was a Russian wedder, three bands entwined. I had the jeweller shrink Glynn’s ring then expand mine and wrap the bands around his. So our wedding rings are one, just as we were.
Everything old is new againIMG_0944
Thanks for popping by.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

It’s been hot in Taupo today…


Look even the cats though it was hot:

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I still managed to get some quilting done. A couple of Maxie’s little quilts.


Two quilts made with the same pattern. Two very different looks.

Maxies quiltsPicMonkey Collage

Thanks for popping by.


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Japanese Baskets The End

Front of quilt indoorsIMG_1027 Golly it’s hard to get a good picture of white on white quilting.This quit is 85” x85”, I don’t have anywhere I can hang it up to photograph it.
Closer up
Close uo frontIMG_1028
I love how the baskets look
This is how it all began
Andreena's baskets unquilted 2
and just because I can
J basket collagePicMonkey Collage
Shay you were so right, Andreena said to tell you that if she was a bit younger she would have indeed done cartwheels. Yes, she’s pleased with the end result.
Thanks for sticking with me through this. I hope you have enjoyed an insight into my way of quilting.
Bye for now

Monday, September 01, 2014

Japanese Baskets VII

…..nearly across the finish line. Off the frame and trimmed. Today I am only going to show the back. Andreena is picking it up tomorrow. Although she hasn’t been reading my blog I don’t want to risk her seeing the finish.

  back of quilt oneIMG_1038_1

That final border took about 3 hours to complete. I decided to turn the quilt yet again.I’m so glad I have Red Snappers. It always seems easier to execute piano keys across rather than down the borders.

Quilt back twoIMG_1034_1

A final look

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I think that brings my hours tally to 27.

Come on back tomorrow to see the front.

Thanks for popping by.


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