Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Tale of Two Quilts

After our visit to England last year there were two people we wanted to send quilted hugs to.

The first person is Ruth, who let us have the run of her bungalow in the charming village of Eccleshall not once but twice! Ruth has her bungalow decorated in the most delightful way it was hard to decide what to send. In the end we decided soft and pastel was the best thing to go with.

Ruths quilt


Some of the Bear’s Paw blocks came from a Round Robin I participated in and Peggy made a few extras to make a four x four setting. A nice soft all over clam shell seemed the perfect solution for this quilt.

Close up quilting ruths quilt

I love the soft smudged look of this colour palette. Because we know that Ruth loves the Christmas season we popped a cheeky Christmas fabric on the back.Look a chocolate wrapped for Christmas.

Hershey and Ruths quilt

The other person who needed a quilt was Josie the youngest member of our English family.We stayed strong and resisted temptation to buy fabric while we were in England. One exception was a panel we bought in a tiny Patchwork shop in Eccleshall, called The Corner Patch.Such a tiny shop I am surprised to see they have a shop on line facility. When we got home we realised that the panel we bought was the perfect centre for a quilt for Josie.

Josies quilt number one

The printed hexagons at the top and the bottom of panel inspired Peggy to make more pieced hexagons for a border.



Peggy put this together so cleverly. The hexagons seem to float around the centre. Not content with that wizardry, look at this back art!


As always the panel was fun to quilt.

Josie quilt centre

Sweet Dreams Ruth and Josie, we hope you have many happy snuggles with your quilts.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Another Marvellous Modern quilt...

......made by Cat of

Here's a before peek:

Interesting pattern, yes? 

First of all wishbones in the leaves:

Then lots of swirls travelling up the quilt 

A very interesting backing. The middle is patchwork utilising some vintage linens plus a lovely bright modern fabric. Very pretty

Just because I can here's another look.

Thanks for asking me to quilt for you Cat.


Sunday, February 07, 2016

Sunday Sundries

Got to love the bright colours of summer. Debbie gave us this lily three years ago. This year it has been absolutely splendid.

From large to tiny, it's all happening in our garden.

These poppies look like they are made of crepe paper.

It wouldn't be summer if I didn't pop in a Bumble Bee.

Spotted in the lagoon on Waikato River this afternoon. (Mason this one's for you). 

Our new bank garden installed be our lovely WWOOFERS is looking well established already. 

Check out lovely Maria from Austria. Doesn't she make you think of Heidi in mountain meadows?

........and no Sunday blog would be complete without a picture of the fur babies.

Thanks for checking in. 


Monday, February 01, 2016

A Star turn

Andreena’s Carpenter’s Star.

Full custom quilt on this one. Curved crossed hatching, feathers, Mc Dazzling, scallops, piano keys. This quilt has it all!

Such a pretty quilt. Thanks for asking me to quilt for you Andreena.


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