Friday, November 20, 2015

Sweet Peas

Our busy ladies gathered at our house this week.

Trish has made an apron using a pattern her Grandmother made for her Wedding Tea many years ago. The apron is quite different as it is made of  two separate pieces shaped like long petals. These are attached to a neck band. This makes the  apron is easily adjustable. I found this similar pattern on the net -

Margaret kindly modelled Trish’s apron for us.

Margaret models apron

This is Rochelle’s BOM from Cloth Shop. I love that touch of electric blue. Do you see the wavy black frame? That’s jumbo rick rack.

Rochelles BOM

Debbie has been beavering away making Advent Calendars. Each one different. Debbie doesn’t use a pattern for these she just gets right in and sews them. Too clever.

Advent Calendar 1

Advent 3

Advent 2

Margaret has just completed this Japanese themed wall hanging. Margaret’s straight line quilting is perfect for this piece. Hershey loves Margaret, he seemed to feel he was the star of the show.
Margarets Japanese quilt 2

Finally from the good things take time file:

Peggy bought a package of half square triangles way back in 2010. Recently when she was having a wee tidy up I spotted them and suggested she turn them into a table runner.A couple of days later this was the result.

Blue Table runner two

Bye for now.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Giddy up

Jo made this quilt featuring horses for her nine year old grand daughter who lives in Germany. Apparently she is horse crazy, all she wanted on her quilt was horses. So horses she got:
Giddy up one Horse quilt
I stitched around each group of horses and squiggled some ripples in between.
Giddy up three
Jo added horse shoes at each corner. I popped a special bit of stitching in each one. She also asked for some hearts n the stitching so I popped some in at random.
Giddy up two
I hope this makes one little girl in Germany very happy.
Thank you asking me to quilt for you Jo.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Mystic Moggies


Back in January this year I wrote about Maureen Mystic Quilter sending me some left over kitty blocks from a scrap challenge she was in. Hard to believe it is so long since I put them together. Now they are completed with matchstick quilting.

Mystic moggies two

I know I said I would never do this kind of quilting again but it seems so right for these Kit Kats. I feel like they are behind a mystic mist.



Thank you Margaret for letting me give your kit kats a forever home.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wonderful Willing Workers…

Once again we have been lucky to have a difficult gardening challenge sorted by WWOOFers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms).

This was the area that needed sorting. We needed it cleared, weed matted and planted.


First came Wylder who tackled our nasty bank with great enthusiasm.


Matting and planting started:


Then Wylder was joined by Mason and things stepped up a pace.


Job completed and yes that frame work is coming down.


Last but not least a “family” photo. Thanks Mason.

Family snapshot

Wylder and Mason were great company. They worked really hard.

Thanks guys, job well done.Now you are World famous, Super Stars on my blog Winking smile


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday Sundries

Sweet Peas…..

Clever as always, Rochelle made this lamp shade with repurposed ties.


Debbie designed and made “Jungle Kittens”:

Debbies jungle cats

New plants, so tempting at this time of the year. I remember when Arctotis was considered a very ordinary plant. That certainly is not the case now. I couldn’t leave this charmer at the nursery.


I love to get right up close and look at the centre.

Arctotis centre

Stitching on a project I cant share just now, so here’s a peep at the view from my machine:


It hardly seems like work when you enjoy what you do and can look up to see such beauty.

Thanks for popping by



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday Sundries

House sitters and house sitting
Whilst in England we were lucky have our house and cats looked after by House sitters. We arrived home to a super tidy house, garden and two very happy cats. Our sitters, Raewyn and Bill made this poster to welcome us back.
We in turn did some house sitting while we were in England. It was good way to extend our time and experience “real life”.
Quilt marking assistant
So there I was marking a quilt and look who appeared…
He batted my pen, sat in the way of the ruler, purred, rolled on his back and eventually curled up and went to sleep.
What a treasure.
Signs of Spring
It seen strange somehow to see signs of spring after we’ve just enjoyed Summer in England.
spring 2015
The Tuis are going crazy over the Kowhai flowers.
Tuis spring 2015
The far pavilions, the mountains look like they are floating today
On the frame
Zig Zag feathers going onto soft shabby chic Bears Paws.
Hope your weekend has been a nice relaxing one.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Friends reunion...

Bertha ( my Innova) and I got back together again today. I'm pleased to report we had a nice playtime together.  After a seperation of three and a half months it was comforting to find the magic hasn't disappeared. 

Thanks for popping by


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Sweet Peas Reunion

Last week we meet up with our Sweet Pea friends for the first time since we've been back.

Margaret has completed her Moda Modern Building Blocks. This was the project that was to take us a year or perhaps two to complete. She finished hers in about three months! Rather than solids she went for bright on bright Kaffe fabric. It's such a big quilt it was difficult to photograph but I think you'll get the vibe. It looks like bright stained glass. 

Margaret was delighted to receive one of Maxie's hug rugs. Maxie is so good at selecting just the right colours. 

We were joined by a troop of foxes. They had their own little chat group going:
These colouful creatures belong to Debbie and Margaret.
By the way did you know the group names for foxes are Leash, Skulk, Earth, Lead and Troop? 

And what would a Sweet Pea meeting be without a bit of cat love? Hershey smooching around Rochelle. 

Thanks for popping by


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Charmed I'm sure

As promised the only souvenirs I brought home from my travels were Pandora charms. I didn't get off to a good start with this plan as I left my bracelet at home! I thought about having my bracelet sent onto me, then I thought I'd buy a neck chain and pop charms on there until I got home, but a visit to a Pandora shop saw me buying a new bangle. I'm very glad I did that as my charms fit nicely on it. I now think it's nice to have my travel charms together. 

So let me share my new charms. 

First up an apple for Washington State, the Apple state.
A maple leaf for Canada
Gifted to me by family for a certain Birthday when I was in Venice...

A postcard from Paris
A Gondola
A Double Decker bus from London

Then added by me ......
A Crown to remind me of Queenie
A martini glass - long story but let's just say if your nav man says Lullingstone Castle and has wee cocktail glass symbol beside it you may not necessarily be heading towards a castle!
A tiny cottage to remind me of all the darling sweet cottages I saw in England

Last but not least a family love charm from the English branch of my family. 

I'm so pleased I did this. Very easy to bring home and I have happy memories right at hand. 


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

and so we said Goodbye to……


……..This Scepter'd Isle

This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,

This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,

This other Eden, demi-paradise,

This fortress built by Nature for herself

Against infection and the hand of war,

This happy breed of men, this little world,

This precious stone set in the silver sea,

Which serves it in the office of a wall,

Or as a moat defensive to a house,

Against the envy of less happier lands,

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England

From Richard II, Act 2 (Shakespeare)

We arrived back in New Zealand on Saturday. We had the best of times, puttering around England at our own pace. Stopping where and when we wanted to. So many happy memories. Our home and cats have been looked after marvellously by our House sitters.

As much as we enjoyed our travels it is nice to be back in Taupo,Godzone.

Go the All Blacks!




Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Feast your eyes on these pictures....

We feel very privileged to have spent time in the Staffordshire village Eccleshall. My sister-in-law Ruth moved out of her adorable bungalow so we could stay there. 

We fell in love with Eccleshall. The High Street had lots of tiny wee shops (and pubs) at one end and residential housing at the other. The townspeople take great pride in making the High Street look attractive with lots of hanging baskets and lots of bright bedding plants. I won't rattle on I'll let the pictures do the talking. 

You can read more about the village here:

We love this place and hope to return again to visit. 


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