Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas…..

to my quilting friends.Isn’t this just so us?


A big thank you to all the patch workers who have entrusted their quilts to me this year. I have enjoyed working with you this year. I hope we are able to work together again next year.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

A new member of the Fan Club……

…….Doreen’s classic low volume quilt seemed perfect for Baptist Fans too.


Doreen made this quilt by following a Mystery Quilt pattern.


Good result, yes? Always difficult to know if you have the colours right for a mystery quilt. I made one once and foolishly didn’t pay enough attention to the fabric specifications. I bought way too much bright pink for the fabric that was supposed to be the background. Eeeeeek! It all turned out okay in the end with a bit of a design tweak.  I gave it to my Aunt who loves pink and she couldn’t be happier!

Another quick look:

Doreens quiltIMG_1601_1

Did you spot those Gerberas photo bombing again?

Thanks for popping by.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seven shirts quilt

Peggy made this quilt top last year.The pattern is Seven Shirts+Seven Steps = One Thrifty Quilt. Peggy didn’t actually use seven shirts but she did have a pile of checks and plaids that needed to be used.
Whole seven shirts quiltIMG_1614_1
I quilted it with freehand Baptist Fans, thanks to Mary Quilts for putting up a super tutorial.
Corner of seven shirtsIMG_1615_1
They were the perfect solution for this quilt. Those orange gerberas are a great accent for this quilt.
Seven shirts at front doorIMG_1612_1
…..and just ‘cause I can one more peek:
Corner of seven shirtsIMG_1617_1
I haven’t used this pattern for a long time but I can see I’ll be using this technique again.
Thanks for popping by

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It has been my pleasure….

…….to quilt this quilt for Peggy. It’s a big as Texas with loads of wide open spaces to play in.


We took it to the Rose gardens to catch some images. It’s way too big for our favourite photo shoot places at home.

Peggy gave my full artistic licence to quilt as desired.  I stitched every feather I could dream up plus lots of McDazzle type background fill.

Raspberry and creamIMG_1582

Paspberry and cream two_1583

It was difficult to catch the white on white quilting.Do you see Peggy’s Magic binding? Perfect!


One more look with our beautiful Rose Garden in the background.


Thanks for popping by


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Return to Atlantis….


Back to Atlantis quilt

………the fabric in this quilt was designed by Jason Yenter. A vibrant dramatic fabric collection.

Lots of interesting quilting opportunities with this quilt. In these blocks I quilted wavy lies which made me think of seaweed:

Back to Atlantis quilt

The Mariner compass type stars were quite a challenge. What to stitch in those large plain blue areas? In the end I decided that straight lines with an orange variegated thread would provide  interest and allow the fussy cut points to be the star of the block.


Back to Atlantis quiltBack to Atlantis quilt

Hard to see but those red points have pebbles in them.Here’s a closer look with one quarter star in the corner:

Back to Atlantis quilt

I spent a lot of time on those dark triangles. Lots of lines with teeny tiny squiggles in between.

Back to Atlantis quilt

I loved working on  this quilt, one last peek:

Atlantis final lookIMG_1337_1

Thanks for popping by


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Midas Touch Quilt….

I showed you a peek of this quilt on Sunday. It’s a big quilt I haven’t got a space large enough to lay it out! Dianne made this quilt for her adult son. Fabrics a dramatic mix of gold, black and cream.

Midas touchIMG_1518_1

Dianne’s son did not want anything flowery. So spirals it was.


I used a superior Fantastico Spice # 5010

It blended well across all the fabrics, even the black border.


Midas touch cornerIMG_1521_1







Back looks pretty nice too:

Midas touch backIMG_1523_1


Just because I can one more look:

Midas touch twoIMG_1519_1

Thanks for asking me to quilt for you, Dianne.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Wattie’s Tomato Sauce is good for something besides hamburgers…….

A few weeks ago I bought this old brass pitcher at a church jumble sale. It was very gungy, no shine at all.

Brass before cleaningIMG_1541_2

So this is where  Wattie’s tomato sauce came in.I gave the pitcher a good coating with the sauce. I keep a supply of brushes from the $2 shop for this kind of job.A good coating of sauce all over. Check that chicken in the right hand photo.

Brass painted with sauceRibbet collage

After 30 minutes I washed the sauce off with hot water and more brushing.

Brass pitcher washed downRibbet collage

Already looking loads better.A quick rub with some Autosol metal polish and look:

Pitcher polishedRibbet collage

Pretty nice, yes? The chickens look happier now:


See I knew New Zealand’s most popular sauce must be good for something – it sure isn’t nice to eat!


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Sunday Sundries

Here we go, I haven’t done this for a while.

First up a sneak peek at a quilt I have been working on. It’s for a man, he said “no flowery stuff”. So my favourite for men’s quilts got another work out.



We’re in summer here now. Hard to believe, only ten days ago there was a huge dump of snow on the mountains at the other end of the lake. Mornings and evening are still cool. Not that I am complaining, I don’t care to be hot.We’ve had such a wet cool spring the some parts of the garden are still looking very fresh and spring like.

Entrance to vege gardenIMG_1524_1

Garden colour dec 2014Ribbet collage

Peggy was given this lily for her Birthday last year. I love the way those three are kind of lined up, like soldiers on parade. The centre of the lily is very dark. A dramatic flower.


We have a new boy in our lives. His name is Bailey. He’s a Lilac Mink Tonkinese. We rescued him from a not very nice situation. He’s two years old and has never been free to roam. He finds lots of things very scary but I’m sure he thinks his new home is pretty nice.

Bailey twoRibbet collage

He’s long and skinny but he’s eating lots so I guess he’ll fill out soon.

Bailey full lengthIMG_1429_1

We thought he didn’t know how to play hunt but he’s getting the hang of it.

Bailey hunts feathersIMG_1469_1

It’s a lot of fun having a young man about the house.

Catch you later in the week



Friday, December 05, 2014

Red, White and Blue

Yesterday I had a small window of opportunity between customer’s quilts to quilt one of our twenty something quilt tops.

RWB at front doorIMG_1515_1

There’s a story to this wee quilt. About 10 years ago I attended a Calling all Quilts Day in Hamilton. I bought a bag of blocks from the Trash and Treasure stall. These blocks matured in a cool dark place until July last year when Peggy pulled them out and made them into this very cute top. The outer border bandana type fabric was purchased in Texas when we visited in 2006.

Feathers aplenty across this top:

RWB croppedIMG_1509_1

RWB centreIMG_1511_1

With that whole Red, white and blue theme a few stars seemed right for the borders:

RWB stars in borderIMG_1512_1

Looks like a quilt for an all American boy doesn’t it?

The block is super simple to make. It’s called a shaded Four Patch or Trail to Treadleonia.It can be set in all sorts of ways. A marvellous way to use up scraps. The link I have given shows a way to make these blocks quickly.


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