Saturday, January 31, 2015

…. and now for something completely different

Terri was given the challenge of creating a quilt with a skull and crossbones theme and just a touch of red. Now that really is something different! Here it is before stitching started:

RazzleDazzleQuilter ltIMG_1687_1Skull and cross bones quilt
Terri is so clever, she created the skull and cross bones from lace pieces.
Skull and cross bones quilt
Spooky, yes? I started by stitching tiny micro stipple in the eye sockets and skull gap. Then tiny pebbles around the edge of the skull to make the skull “pop”. I have lightened this picture in the hope that you can see the stitching.
Skull and cross bones quilt
After the centre I moved on out to the large setting triangles and stitched cobwebs with red/black thread.
Skull and cross bones quilt
Terri placed Mariners compass blocks with a touch of red in the corners.Here’s the whole quilt finished:
Skull and cross bones finishedIMG_1707_1
Yep we were flying the Jolly Roger when Terri came to collect her quilt.
Skull and cross bones quilt
Quilting never gets boring around here. Thanks for the challenge Terri.
So what do you think? That really is something different isn’t it?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Double Pink

Cat sent me this quilt which I have called Double Pink. A eclectic mixture of new and vintage fabric. This is for her daughter Pheobe. Such a girlie quilt.

Coming off the frame.

Double pink coming off frameIMDG_1395_1

 The sweet picture fabrics are so right for this quilt.

I have been slowly building my range of thread colours. I thought it would be nice to add some Pink. I bought this Magnifico colour 2009 Elizabth.


Up until this quilt it has been too bright for anything I have stitched but it was just perfect for this one. All over clamshells suited this quilt perfectly too.

Double Pink close upIMG_1395_1

Looks like Pheobe is pretty happy with her quilt too. Pretty quilt for a pretty girl.

Miss P and her quilt_1

Thank you for asking me to quilt for you Cat. 


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Sundries

Golly it has been hot around here. Lots of iced lemon water being consumed
Lemon waterIMG_1730_1
Sharing the love. Our Silk tree and the Pink Rose from next door playing nicely together.
Pink Roses and silk tree
If you ever need to make a small quilt quickly the Bandana quilt is a great solution.Here’s the recipe:
Bandana quilts with only four bandanas! You need one for the centre, one cut into fourths diagonally for the "middle layer" , and two cut in half from corner to corner for the outside corners.
Surfs up bandana quilt
The bandanas I used are from Canteen. The finished size is just 42” square. The outer bandanas had a big fern running through the middle. Cut like this the white parts remind me of surf boards. The swirls reminds me of the sea. so this little quilt is called “Surfs up”
The size of this quilt made it perfect for a bit of Cat Scan training for Bailey.How about this for enthusiasm?
Bailey learns to cat scan one_1
I think he’s going to be a very a very strict inspector, he obviously thinks the back is just as important as the front.
Bailey learns to cat scan_1
…..however it is clear Cici thinks she is the senior cat scanner around here.
Thanks for popping by.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

More Pansies

About sixteen years ago I decided to teach my self to hand applique. I used the freezer paper and glue technique. I had a collection of Pansy fabrics so hearts on six and a half inch calico blocks it was.


I have to say they were very addictive. After I had made a stack of them I popped them in a dark place to mature. Last October I finally stitched them into a quilt with another favourite – Nine Patches.


Just before Christmas I finally quilted it. Cross hatching through the Nine Patches and Feathers around the hearts.

Hearts and PansiesRibbet collage

Hearts and Pansies side viewIMG_1701

A bit of ancient Debbie Mumm fabric and Peggy’s Magic binding a nice finishing touch.


Currently hanging at the end of our sunroom. A new favourite, and it’s mine!

Heart quilt end of sun roomIMG_1702

Do you see the way my quilt is hanging? My friend Clare and her husband Kerry manufacture these great quilt hanging devices. The binding at the top doesn’t show but golly this device is a dream. No sleeves required and it’s a breeze to change quilts.

Thanks for coming to visit.




Sunday Sundries

Maureen aka Mystic Quilter was involved in a scrappy sew along last year. The block she selected to work on was a pieced cat. As you probably know I am a little bit cat crazy. As Maureen worked on her clowder of cats we often chatted about them. She even made a Bailey block to celebrate the arrival of my new cat.At the end of her scrappy challenge Maureen decided she didn’t want to use all the pusscats so she sent me some surplus blocks. Maureen uses a lot of Kaffe Fasset fabrics so I searched out one to border the cats. (BTW if you reside in NZ the Bernina Sewing Shop in Rotorua has a very nice selection of Kaffe for $22 M)

Cats plus KaffeIMG_1682_1

Yesterday I decided to indulge in a little personal sewing and stitched my puss cats together. Don’t they look cute? When I have quilted this it will hang in my bedroom.

Mystic Moggies twoIMG_1683_1

….perhaps I will call it Mystic Moggies. Thank you for you generosity Maureen. Your blocks are so well constructed they were a breeze to sew together.

First flower out on a new to us Lily, given to us by our friend Debbie.


This is the view I see from our kitchen bench. The Silk tree has just burst into bloom. Always so pretty.

Kitchen bench viewIMG_1697_1

It’s been very hot here. This is our girls idea of a cool spa:


BTW Bailey is doing very well after his tough start to life. So funny to watch the first few times he went out onto the grass. He wasn’t quite sure about that stuff.


Thanks for popping by


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sweet Peas……

……gathered together earlier this month to have morning tea with Trish who was facing a hospital visit a few days later. After our usual tea, coffee, yummy food and show and tell we popped a basket of goodies in front of Trish.


plus this basket of Nurse Bait.  I spotted this idea on Pinterest.

Nurse Bait

The card reads:

Nurse Bait

When one is in Hospital and feeling sick,

The very best thing is to get well quick.

The nurses are wonderful and take good care,

They can’t stay long it’s just not fair.

To lure them in to check on you,

Even more often than they usually do,

This basket of NURSE Bait should do the trick,

To get them to see you often and quick.

Of course there was a quilt in the basket too.

Trish's quilt IMG_1676_1

Trishs quilt collageRibbet collage

We’re all wishing Trish a speedy return to wellness.


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