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…..


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sweet Peas

Now that’s a heading I haven’t used for awhile. Blogging friends have been asking me about Sweet Peas so I thought I better check in and let you know that we still meet every two weeks and we are all still stitching away. The ladies were here today so let me share what they have been creating:
Andreena found a super tutorial on You Tube and stitched up this tote. If you think you would like to make one you can find the tutorial here.
Sweet Peas 27 Andreenas totejpg
Debbie has made two quilts for her Grandsons. The first one is for Perrin:
Sweet Peas 27 Sept Perrins quilt
I love all the bright colours. Did you spot the cats in the cars?
The second one is for Jaxon, who although he is only three is motor bike crazy. He has his own wee motor bike that he can ride already.
Debbie got right in there and free motion quilted around the bikes and riders,adding lots of texture.
Sweet Peas Jaxon Motorbike quilt two 27Sept
….and from the good things take time file:
Sweet Peas 27 Sept Peggy Road to Oklahomaonejpg
Way back in 2013 we all made each other a block or two for our Birthdays. Peggy requested Road to Oklahoma for her blocks. She made the top up a long time ago but it has been in a dark place maturing.

Linking up with Julie Lou and Linda from Koka Quilts
Thanks for popping by

Monday, August 21, 2017

Pets on Quilts….

I think cats have an innate ability to pose with items of colours to suit.Simba my lovely Ragdoll Burmese cat has the most beautiful aqua eyes. He knows the right colour to pose on to set of those eyes.

Simba 1


I’m entering him in Pets on Quilts 2017 show over at LilyPad Quilting. Please pop on over there to visit Simba and all the other pets.

……..a vote for Simba would be nice too!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Four years ago….

Peggy made this baby memory quilt for Ashton and I quilted it.

Recently the same family contacted her to make a baby memory quilt for Ashton’s younger brother Nate.
Peggy worked her magic building blocks and once again I completed the quilting.

It was fun working on this quilt with each block quilted differently. I think these are my favourite blocksNate's blocks
Nate’s Mother chose this quote from Dr Suess for the label.
Nate's quilt label
This was a fun project to work on. Pop on over to Peggy’s blog if you would like to see more about the process of making this quilt.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

A day in the life of a long arm quilter

Recently when a member of Taupo Quiltmakers came to drop off a quilt she asked to see my machine. As a result of that she asked me if I would be prepared to show other club members my machine and how I go about loading a quilt.  “A day if the life of a long arm quilter” was born.

Six Quilters came to spend the morning with me. I had prepared a calico whole cloth quilt to put on my machine. I showed the ladies how I do that and talked as we went about backings, battings  and why your long arm quilter asks for a generous amount of backing fabric.

I had marked a Star on point in the middle of the fabric, setting triangles and a narrow frame around that.

A Day in the life centre


Firstly I showed the ladies how I baste the quilt sandwich from top to bottom before I start to quilt. Then I moved on to show them how I do ruler work. I stitched out the Star, the setting triangles, the pumpkin seed shapes in the middle of the star and the narrow frame around the center..

From there I moved onto some free motion quilting. Filling in the spaces between the pumpkin seeds, one of the setting triangle feathers and the curling ribbon in the narrow stitched border.

After that the ladies took control and all had a turn at the machine.

A Day in the life team work

When the ladies departed I went back and and stitched pearls around the star, completed the feathers, filled in the balance of the background and bound our quilt.

A Day in the life 3_1

A Day in the life 5

I think we made a great team effort. What do you think?

Thanks for popping by


PS Once it was completed one of the team got to take the quilt home.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Angela’s Hexagon quilt….

Forty seven years ago my cousin Angela set about making a hexagon flower quilt with scraps from family clothing.

Angela's quilt before quilting

There’s every kind  of fabric from that era that you can think of in this quilt.

A glorious array of colours and textures.
Angela's quilt before quiltingclose up

It quilted up lovely. Nice soft all over in the centre:

Angela's quilt middle

The wide border was a perfect place for some swirly dwirly quilting.

Angela's quilt

It was a pleasure to quilt this up for my cousin.

Linking up with Julie Lou and Linda from Koka Quilts


Thanks for popping by


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