Monday, 25 May 2015


Real wintery weather arrived here this weekend, perfect for staying inside cooking and sewing, and relaxing with books, magazines and hot cups of tea.
  • Playing with my Liberty again - gosh I love this fabric so much.  This time a needle book for my sister, totally different in style to any of the others I have made.  So far all I have done is cut lots of 2.5" squares and yes there will be some hexis in it.
  • I made another couple of feather blocks, this time downsizing them.
  • Homemade fresh crusty Turkish Bread - recipe from the new Annabel Langbein Winter annual.  It tasted pretty good, and when I make it again and remember to put the salt in, I am sure it will taste even better.  A really easy recipe.
  • New magazines from the library and Earl Grey tea - perfect.
Hope you all had a great weekend too.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Scenes from my Week

From the kitchen
  • homemade chicken and corn chowder with my favourite bread
From the morning walks
  • it must be autumn
From the sewing room
  • another block for the scrappy sampler quilt
From the sofa
  • the other end of where I am sitting - lots of handmade goodness here

Monday, 18 May 2015


Believe it or not, I did other things apart from sew all weekend.  I just didn't take photos.  Anyway as you can see, I am still inspired by my scrappy sampler quilt idea.  I have been having a lot of fun sewing new blocks, using precious scraps of fabric.  I am noticing  I seem to have a bit of a fascination with orange and purple toned fabrics, so I will have to start making some with a little more blue and green in them.

The Scout walked into my sewing room on Saturday night after being away for a week and commented on the mess. Organised chaos is what I call it, needless to say it has been cleaned up.

Hoping you all had a fabulous weekend, and here's to a great week ahead.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Sampler Blocks

I didn't work yesterday, and because it rained all afternoon, I spent time in the sewing room.  I think my sampler quilt idea has restored my sewjo.  I had fun playing with scraps and created these two blocks from pattern #1 in  Tula Pink's City Sampler book.  I love how just by changing fabrics each block as a different focal point.

Here's to a fabulous weekend!!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Wednesday WIP

Way back in February,  I made three paper pieced arrows for the sake of sewing something. I had know idea what I was going to use them in.  The other day when I was cleaning up my sewing room, I came across them again, and put them to one side.

Last night, when I should have been asleep, but the brain was too active, I had a brainwave.  I am going to attempt to make a scrappy sampler, or very ambitiously maybe a medallion type quilt. Those days when I feel the need to sew something, I can sit down at my machine and make one or two little blocks, or a simple row of flying geese or simple squares to add to the collection.  Today I made this star using the July Star Block tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew.

This will be a slow long term project, but will give me the chance to try new blocks and techniques without committing to a full sized quilt.  So now I am busy perusing my quilting books, and bookmarking blocks that I have wanted to try, so when I have my next 'gotta sew something' moment, I have some projects lined up.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, 10 May 2015


Britomart Train Station

Robert Russel's Cradle Boat

Lighthouse Lamps

Model of the Ururoa

Art outside Shed 10

  • Mother's Day flowers from Miss B
  • From Mr J, breakfast in bed - pancakes with lemon and brown sugar
  • Scenes from my day trip into the city with Mr J.  We caught the train in and spent the day at the Auckland Maritime Museum
  • Happy mail - my beautiful pillow and extras I received in the Great Pillow Fight Swap from Leila and a lovely pouch from my flickr friend Pennie.
Hoping you all had a fabulous weekend too.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Scenes from my Week

From the kitchen

  • Spiced Feijoa Cake with cream cheese icing - I don't know where the recipe came from but there are similar recipes online
From the Liberty fabric box
  • Teeny tiny hexis and another log cabin block
From my bed
  • Finally a cat on quilt shot - this is my 18 year old cat, Hattie, who thinks she doesn't have to get up after we have.
Hope you all have a great weekend.