Sunday, December 03, 2017

Sunday Sundries....

......two new arrivals at my house. 

I have always wanted a large chiming clock. I'm thrilled to have this one. It has a mellow tone. So lovely to hear in the quiet of the night.

My new sewing pal Ellie. She will be my travel companion when I am sewing away from home. She is over 40 years old but she sews beautifully. 

Recently I found out about the Taupo Rocks project.
We went walking in the Botanical garden this week. We found several rocks (all of which we left behind for other happy hunters) , this one was my favourite. Painted in an Aboriginal dot style it looked very pretty glistening in the early morning dew. 

Two quick and easy baby / cot sized quilts completed. These will go in our "gifting" department. 
The larger one I constructed jelly roll style from a Moda scrap bag fabric collection. The other one was made by Peggy using Elizabeth Hartman's Baby Charm Square pattern

And just because I know you will be looking for a kitty photo. My sweet Hershey sleeping on my handmade patchwork balls. Little treasure! 

 I'm still having lots of issues trying to get photos into Windows Live Writer where I prefer to write my blog. So this blog is coming via my IPad. 

Thanks for popping by


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It’s Blooming Amazing!

.....I've actually finished a quilt for me! Last year our Sweet Pea Group made the "Bloom" quilt designed by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. I used the technique that Lori uses, one of our Sweet Peas used fusible webbing and one made hers with wool. This is the biggest applique project I have ever made. I have to admit that I am not enamored with applique. I enjoy the hand stitching part but all that tracing and preparation makes me feel brain dead.

Anyway without further ado here it is:

Full bloom quilt

Lots of doodling going on in the background of these block:

Bloom close up

Bloom tulips

Bloom quilt on slant

The backing is quite cute too.

Back of bloom quilt

Sharing with Linda and Julie "sew, stitch, snap, share

Thanks for popping by


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Sundries…..

I read so many blogs from the Northern Hemisphere that sometimes I feel confused about what season I am in. Especially when I see these colours out in the garden. How Autumnal are these colours?
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I never cease to amazed by the kindness of other bloggers. When Nancy of Wyoming Breezes mentioned recently that she had made a shawl that she thought was too bright I put my hand up and said “Not too bright for me”. Nancy very kindly popped in the post to me. I just love these colours. Our weather has been so dreadful and cold I think I may get some wear out of it before next winter.Do pop over and visit Nancy’s blog. As well as knitting Nancy makes quilts. She has just completed quilt #125 for Quilts of Valour

We watched the All Blacks play Scotland this morning. Hershey was not at all impressed. He was more concerned about getting feed.

On the frame today this colouful Christmas Cactus Quilt

…and just to get me in the mood I have been listening to this hot of the press CD. 

Last but not least we have had the pleasure of hosting two wonderful willing workers at our house. David and David from Germany.On their last day with us we cooked them a real Kiwi dinner. Roast Lamb with all the trimmings, followed by rhubarb tart. Here they are looking full up and happy.
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Yes, this is a repost of yesterday's post.Thanks to my readers who let me know my photos weren't all visible. Please let me know if you can see them now.


Friday, November 17, 2017

A quilt for a special wee man….

……recently we heard about five and a half month old Finley who has been spending some time in Starship Hospital, Auckland having heart surgery. We knew immediately that a quilt was required.Peggy delved into our stash for blue and whites and quickly made this:

and I quilted it.

Sweet Dreams are happening




Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday Sundries

Another Boomerang Bag ready to be released. Cute fabric, yes? 

More colour appearing in the garden. The Banksia rose in full flow. Competing with the clematis for space.

The driveway garden is looking nice. 

Vegetable garden all tidied up for summer, tomato plants in with their good friends marigolds close by.

All looking very sharp after the ministrations of two super duper WWOOFERS Lena and Maile who spent last week with us. 

My city of itty bitty houses 

was crying out for some greenery so I planted a Christmas Tree Farm.

Thanks for popping by


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sweet Peas....

...a small gathering of Sweet Peas today. 

Margaret showed her completed Forest Friends  mini quilt. It's very bright and colourful. 

Andreena is once again looking towards Christmas. She has made these snow crystals. These are large, about 10 inches tall. Andreena assures us they are easy to make. If you want to know how to make them there is a tutorial on You Tube. 

Andreena is also constructing these fabric baskets for her Christmas Day table setting. 

Andreena gifted Peggy this Santa panel which I quilted. 

Thanks for popping by.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Sunday sundries

Finally in spite of all the rain some colour is appearing in the garden. The clematis looks superb this year.

A sneak peek at quilting in progress...

The cats know what to do on a rainy dreary day

Thanks for popping by.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Jenny’s Raspberry Ripple

When Jenny gave me her beautiful Candlewick quilt to stitch my mind went into a creative spin. So much space to play with!

Candlewick quilt

After a chat with Jenny we hatched a plan. The first thing I did was cut a piece of batting to place behind each stitchery. This was to give extra puff to create a Fuax trapunto effect. I spray basted these to the back of each block before carefully loading it onto the frame with Soft and bright batting through the whole quilt. I wanted that candlewicking  to pop.

Here are some before and after photos to show how that worked.

These love birds are so romantic:

Candlewick love birds

I think this butterfly is my favourite block:

Candlewick butterfly

The centre block presented its own challenges as it required a repeat of the outer sashing quilting. Almost a a miniature quilt.

Candlewick medalion

Different patterns for the sashings/borders:

raspberry ripple sashing border treatments

Candlewick corner stone

I always get a kick out of how a simple piece of calico can be totally transformed with quilting.

Raspberry calico sashing

Of course you would like to see the whole finished quilt wouldn’t you?

Candlewick quilt


Please pop on over to Jenny’s blog to read her story about this quilt.

The back of Raspberry Ripple looks super too. Almost like a whole cloth quilt. Two for the price of one!

raspberry ripple backing

Thanks for popping by on what has been a dreary grey day. I have heard that spring is coming but it seems a little overdue.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bitty Houses…….

Bitty Houses village one
A wee while ago I spotted Bitty Blocks on Quiltmakers site. I found the Bitty Houses very appealing. I thought stitching a few of these a day would be the idea project to make me take a wee break away from my quilting machine. Five a day I thought. Well that soon turned into monster! These blocks finish at 3”, super cute, super addictive.
Peggy a I have a scrap harvesting system which means we have lots of pre cut squares available. This made it easy to find a large variety of fabrics very quickly. This where I am up to with my Bitty Houses production:
Bitty Houses all the blocks
I figured that joining these Bitty blocks in rows might end up with a hot bendy mess so I am building villages, 3 blocks by 3 blocks.
Bitty Houses village two
Then I will move onto Towns and finally my City will come together. I’m loving using fabrics which have been in my/our stash for up to twenty years!
It takes a village…..

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