Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Walk about Australia

When this quilt came to me I immediately fell in love with it.

Walk about Australia one

In 1981 Glynn and I toured around Australia in a camper van.Yep that’s me at The Devil’s Marbles.

The Devils Marbles

The Australian prints seemed like old friends.They bought back so many memories. The colour used in the alternative diamonds evokes the colour of ochre rock in the Outback. I pondered for some time about how to quilt this one. In the end I went for Boomerang shapes with an Aboriginal art style ( I hope) snake shape running through the middle.


In the dark borders I put a narrow up and down matchstick quilting.



Linking up with Julie Lou and Linda from Koka Quilts


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Log cabin with a twist

Cat’s inspiration for this quilt top came from some log cabin blocks gifted to her by her Aunt.

Cat's modern log cabin one

Her colour choices and setting are perfect to show of her Aunt’s log cabin blocks.

Cat's modern log cabin floor

Cat requested a soft all over quilting style.

Perfect modern twist to a classic quilting block.Lovely combination of some older fabrics (spot the pansies) with more modern prints.

Cat's modern log cabin three

Thank you for asking me to quilt for you Cat.



Monday, May 15, 2017

Steaming along…..

Cat sent me a quilt with a Steam Punk theme. I have to confess Steam Punk was not a subject I knew a lot about. So off I went into Pinterest land to be educated. “Could I quilt circles” she asked? “Yes”, I said. So we developed a plan. About three quarters of the quilt would be covered with circles and straight lines, the bottom right hand corner would have larger wheels and cogs quilted there.

Steam Punk full quilt

Steam Punk corner

A very interesting quilt. In this case the back of the quilt actually shows the stitching better.

Steam Punk reverse corner

Cat is extremely generous with her quilt making. Steam Punk has already been gifted as a big quilted hug to a friend of hers. It was a pleasure to be involved with this project.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Sundries

I love living where the change of seasons is so distinct. Right now we have glorious Autumn colours on display.

This tree is right outside my bathroom window.

Autumn Colours May 2017 three

More lush colours in our garden.

Autumn Colours May 2017 one

Autumn Colours May 2017 two


Look what has been happening to our front door this week.

Front door refurbishment

This is what I got to do today:

Painting door

All looking as good as new.


….and what would a Sunday post be without some Kitty Kandy?

Hershey in the studio

Hershey and friend.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bright colours and Bubbles for Baby


Kathy made this bright quilt for a soon to be born Grandchild.

Bubbles for baby

I think this is the split four patch pattern. It looks quite intricate doesn’t it?All those itty bitty strips in the border are about ¾ ˝  inch wide. Very effective. I quilted a big soft bubbly paisley all over.

Bubbles for Baby2

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sew, stitch,snap share

Along with two other members of our in house Sweet Pea sewing group I am embarking on an applique project. I have been told that a pressing board is essential to achieve nice crisp edges to my applique pieces. So this week I made pressing boards for our applique team.
  pressing board
To make these I followed Sharon Schamber’s excellent tutorial on You Tube.The fabric I used to make sleeves is about 20 years old. Perfect for this project.
Peggy and I have been making runners for various bits of furniture around the house. Peggy has been completing the piecing and I have been stitching the quilting.
Table runner one
It is nice to have the occasional smaller project to “play” on. I have long admired Judy Madsen’s quilting style. I like the way she stitches frames around parts of the piecing and creates different shapes. So this piece was perfect for trying out that technique.
Table runner two
I’m pleased with how it turned out.
Linking up with Julie Lou and Linda from Koka Quilts

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tracey’s sampler quilt…..

Whilst tidying up my photo files I discovered this quilt that I hadn’t posted about.


I believe this quilt was made with a pattern from
“The Cloth Shop” Saturday Sampler program. I think the mix of black and grey with a touch of red works well.

I put spirals through the main body of the quilt, wishbones in the narrow border and simple piano keys in the outer border. This quit, was destined to be owned and loved by Tracey’s son. I think it has a good masculine look.


I’m sure by now he has enjoyed many warm times under this quilt.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

A gift for Mr.Tai Chi


In February last year I started attending Tai Chi classes. A few weeks later my friend Margaret also started to attend Tai Chi. We both love it and we very much appreciate the effort Toni (Mr.Tai Chi)puts into teaching us. Towards the end of  last year Margaret and I decided to make Toni a quilt to say “thank you”.

Margaret pieced the quilt top:

Toni's quilt flimsey_1

 and I quilted it.

 Tonys quilt

It’s always a bit of a challenge to make a quilt for someone when you have never visited their house. Toni had attended our local quilt show with his wife. He made the comment that they found the many of the quilts very busy and that they preferred a “quieter” colour palette. So that was the information we had to go forward. I think Margaret did an excellent job with her colour choices and piecing to pull off the right look. Margaret and I were both delighted when we visited Toni’s house to discover our “Thank you” quilt hanging in the entrance way.

Toni's quilt in his house2



….and so we said Goodbye……

…to Iris. Our last wonderful willing worker until Springtime. Iris has moved and stacked fire wood, trimmed hedges and generally weeded and tidied up our gardens ready for Winter. Today she will be crossing to the South Island to continue her New Zealand Adventure. Hershey, I think, had a bit of a crush on her.He climbed on her lap for a big purry snuggle just when Iris was ‘sposed to be getting ready to leave. I don’t think she wanted to go!

Iris and Hershey 2

…….and we said Hello to a new four footed family member. Jeremy and Bhavna popped in on their way home from picking up their new puppy Beau. Isn’t he cute?

Jeremy and the boys2

BTW his big brother is called Arrow. So we have Beau and Arrow. That’s a big bundle of cuteness right there.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Wonderful willing workers

This past week we have had four super young people staying with us. 
From left to right we have Antonia, Logan, Andrew and Marlene. 

The girls have been to stay with us before in December last year. They are on their way home to Germany now. The guys are from America and they are just starting their journey around New Zealand. 


The weather has not been great but in spite of that a lot has been achieved. The girls worked in the garden and completed tasks indoors. The guys main mission was to clean down the garage door and panelling by our front door, then paint those areas. All done! 

It's always lots of fun having these young people to stay. We do so appreciate all the work they do for us. 

Thanks, Marlene, Antonia, Logan and Andrew. We wish you all well with your futures adventures. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kaikoura we care……

A couple of weeks ago Peggy and I whipped up a two quilts for Aotearoa Quilters appeal:

Cosy Kiwi Kids
Aotearoa Quilters have been making and sharing quilts for the Cosy Kiwi Kids in the North Island. They have been very well received and it has helped to keep kids warm in homes that are cold and damp.
Bobby Duncan heads an industrious team of volunteers, making sure tops or unfinished quilts donated are completed ready to meet their new owners. This is her update.
"In all we have had 612 quilts (either finished or just tops) donated.  250 were sent to Porirua, 244 have gone to Rotorua.  There are 20 finished with Bobby at the moment , 8 out for binding, 12 out for quilting and 78 tops still to be quilted.  There have been 62 tops quilted so far."
We are getting ready to donate the next batch to the community in Kaikoura and surrounding towns who suffered such loss in the earthquake on November 14th.
Cot and single size quilts are always welcome. When you send or deliver your quilts, please let Bobby know where you would like your quilts to go.
If you have quilts you would like to donate please send them to Bobby as detailed below
Bobby Duncan
Fabrics By Three
17 Fleetwood Grove
Kapiti Coast 5036.

First up this construction panel quilt :

Kaikoura KIds quilt 1

Secondly this bright owl panel:

Kaikoura KIds quilt 2

Lovely bright flannel on the back of this one.

Kaikoura KIds quilt 3

All packed and ready to go plus three other quilts. We have requested that our quilts go to Kaikoura.


















Sunday, March 12, 2017

Some sunshine in my day

It has been a pleasure to quilt  Clare of lotsmooredesigns stitchery and patchwork quilt. 


I loved working on this quilt. It seems such a happy quilt. Clare requested that I kept the quilting soft so I just outlined each stitchery two times with a little added detail inside. The patchwork blocks I kept simple too with some fanlight shapes and leaves.



......and of course feathers for the borders. 

Thank you for sending your beautiful quilt to me Clare. 

.....and thank you for popping by. 

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