Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Sundries.....

No job is too small for my buddy Bertha:

An easy way to quilt three small blocks. Lined up on a single piece of backing.

It's always good to have help on the sewing area. Hershey sitting plonk right on top of Peggy's lap top 
that she had set up for sewing instructions. 

We have had wonderful willing workers at our house again. No job too big or too small:

Maxime and Mylene from France. A lovely couple - who surpringly love Downton Abbey just as much as we do!

Gardens weeded, garage deep cleaned, windows washed, we're all set for winter now. 

A lovely touch of late autumn across the river from our house.

As I have said before, I am sure cats have an innate colour sense. Look at Hershey on this quilt top. I'm sure he knows these colour are so complimentry. Does he know his nose is pointing to "cat"? 

I think he does.


Friday, May 27, 2016

A quilted hug for a special young man…..


Just before Easter Cat of Catalina’s Cottage mentioned that she was making a quilted hug for a special young man called  Max. When I heard the sad story about how Max had lost one of his Mums about a year ago I felt very sad. Cat made the quilt top with clothing that had belonged to Max’s Mum. Knowing what a  busy lady Cat is I offered to quilt the top. So here it is…..

Cats hug quilt2

A very appropriate backing:

Cats hug quilt3

I hope young Max feels lots of love when he snuggles under his quilt.

Thanks for popping by. TTFN


Monday, May 16, 2016

A border without....

A quilt. A long long time okay I quilted this for Terri: 

In the bag she brought the quilt top in there was a long strip of the border fabric. Terri said she was intending to make cushions or perhaps bed runners. I said if she left it with me I would quilt it. Well good things take time! 

Yesterday I loaded the long strip of fabric on Bertha. Not much wriggle room! 

I used Renae Hadadins "no mark" technique to create a feather spine.
Stitched a feather all the way along then went back and filled the open spaces each side with straight line fill. 

As I worked my way along it wasn't easy to see how this was working. 
.....but when it can off the frame....

Am I happy? Yes thank you!

The back looks very modern


Happy days, I love to quilt! 


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Strawberries and Cream

I have just finished stitching on this beautiful quilt for Fiona. 

So much to look at on this quilt.

 Fiona's embroidery exquisite. 

Lots of pretty detail

I know this quilt holds special meaning for Fiona. I feel honoured to that she asked me to quilt it for her. 

Thanks for popping by.


Monday, May 09, 2016

Sweet Peas

Last week Sweet Peas gathered at our house.

Rochelle has been busy making Baby quilts. Obviously Hershey though quilt two was just right for him.

It was our day for tracing templates for our next Bloom Quilt blocks. 

We’re all making great progress. It’s nice to see the different colour selections. 

Rochelle attended  Midnight Madness with Taupo Quiltmakers. The pattern for the evening was Bonnie Hunter’s “Happy Scrappy Houses” Rochelle is well on her way to completing a whole housing estate.

The previous week we had a sew along day. Our project for the day was the “Sew Together Bag”. A challenging little project. Here are the completed ones – still a couple to come:

These bags have been all over the internet but in case you haven’t seen them, when you open the main zipper there are three more zippered pockets inside. If you feel a mad keen desire to make one of these you can find the pattern on Craftsy. To help you along the way if you go to Quilt Barn you will find an excellent tutorial with heaps of photos. 

Thanks for popping by.


Sunday, May 08, 2016

The Great New Zealand Quilt Show....

....has been on in Rotorua. Today I was lucky enough to visit. The show was staged by Aotearoa Quilters.

The exhibition was in a super venue and I have to say one of the best shows I have seen in New Zealand.  Here are a few quilts that I particularly liked:

Walled Garden (Ithink) made by Norma Slabbert. Gorgeous soft colour palette and the quilting just perfect.

Grecian Cats by Sonya Prchal. 

Floating by Shirley Sparks. Super quilting on this.

Tea Time by Kathleen Burford. 

Did you spot the teacups quilted into the border?

Roundabout by Rae Dudding 

This quilt which I regretfully didn't get details for won, I think, Best Machine quilting. 

It's a Bit Bright by Nancy Woodney. When Nancy showed this quilt to "the other half" his only comment was "it's a bit bright." Love it - couldn't be too bright for me.

Happy 69th Birthday by Maria Rohs. Maria's family and friends helped piece some of the blocks at her 60th Birthday party. Later she added more florals and machined quilted it. Some super thread painting on the big flower prints.

Fabulous Feathers by Carol Newsham. This quilt won my viewers choice vote. So crisply appliqu├ęd ang amazing for such a big quilt these days, all hand quilted. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Aotearoa Quiters are planning to have another exhibition in two years at their same venue. I for one will certainly attend, don't miss it if you have a chance to attend. 


Saturday, May 07, 2016


........every quilter needs to take time to play. 

After all

....back to work now.


Wednesday, May 04, 2016

It seems my quilting is all about picture panels ……

…at the moment.

Andreena made this quilt up for her husband Ken.


It’s a pretty picture. As always I loved stitching the panel. I love to see that texture.


Aren’t these critters lovely?


Thanks for asking me to quilt for you Andreena.



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