Wednesday, 18 October 2017

AMH Quilt in Progress

Under the watchful gaze of Meeka, sewing has commenced on my AMH quilt - I really need to think of a name for it.  (I mentioned that to my kids, and Mr J, being the funny guy suggested Jenny - there's always one in a family).

I had a minor disaster the other evening, I came home to find that my design sheet had  fallen off the wall, the pins had come out and all my carefully placed blocks had fallen everywhere. Luckily Meeka was outside, so I couldn't blame her.  Yes I had a photo of them all laid out in my previous post, but I had reshuffled a lot since then, and not taken another photo.  Sigh!

I laid it out on the floor this time, put them back into a semblance of order and then labelled and clipped the rows together ready for sewing.  Hopefully I have the colours fairly evenly spread out, every time I look at it I want to change things.  Since taking this WIP photo, I notice I have the same fabric in two colour ways next to each other - guess I need to decide if it really bothers me and unpick and replace it,  or just keep sewing and finish it.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Here & Now

There are not a lot of flowers blooming in my garden at present, one old spring faithful though, is my Corydalis Blackberry Wine - I love  the fresh green leaves and mauve flowers, although I have never been able to smell the fragrant scent it is supposed to have.

Other things making me happy this weekend are:

Loving // This blog post

Eating // Home made chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, the joy of having Miss B and Mr J do the baking in the school holidays.

Drinking // Water, earl grey tea and hot chocolate.

Feeling // 

  • Pampered, I spoiled myself and bought a beautiful new hand cream and shower cream.  
  • Excited, cos my Bird Dance is being quilted at present - see here for a sneak peak.
  • Pleased, I have mulched all the gardens now, it has been a big job, but they look great and hopefully will retain a lot of the moisture from all the winter rain we have had, as well as keep the weeds down
  • Surprised, when I received some lovely mail from a friend in America
Making // The last few blocks for my AMH quilt, - the design sheet is up again and providing it doesn't become a toy for Meeka, this can stay up until next weekend for sewing.  Another ice cream soda block (lunchtime sewing only)

Thinking // It is all very well, when all the books you have been wanting to read arrive at once, it's just hard to find the time to do it.  Maybe I'll ignore the house work for a while ....

Dreaming // of what I'm going to plant in the flower and vegetable gardens this coming weekend.

Linking to Here & Now at Say Little Hen.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE

This weeks Sew Stitch Snap Share from me  is all about the stitch.

I have been very good and actually completed both the swans I needed to for my Christmas decoration exchange with my sister. We are doing mmmcrafts: 12 Days of Christmas ornament collection, I make the odds, she make the evens.  We both make two each,  so at the end we will each have a full set.

Every year I put off doing these, thinking they'll take a long time to do. In reality they are quick and fun to make.  Admittedly the neck was a little faffy to stuff, and there is a reason you are told to prewash your felt before soaking off the sulky fabric solvy.  They are starting to get trickier now with people and clothes to make in the last four patterns to be released.

These swans just need to be threaded for hanging, and one of them packaged up for my sister ( I think she'll get the pale pink one).

Now, it's YOUR turn to share, by linking up your sewing and stitching projects, whether they are starts, wips, or finishes, following these guidelines. 
  1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching,
  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
  3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew,Stitch, Snap, Share links - it's fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.
Thanks  for linking up
Julie and Linda

Sunday, 8 October 2017


Saint Andrea Corsini c1630 by Geurcino.  Bullet holes courtesy of  a soldier in 1944.

Maffeo Barnerini c1597 by Caravaggio

  • We had a wind free day, so I managed to get a group shot of all 32 Ice Cream Soda Blossoms.
  • Tin Man by Sarah Winman, a  charming bittersweet novel of love, life and friendship, that's easy to read.
  • Colourful stitches on felt for my Christmas decorations - pattern from mmmcrafts
In the Garden
  • My lemon tree is just covered in clusters of buds, they'll be opening properly and perfuming the air soon.  Looking forward to lots of lemons for baking and summer G & Ts.
City Tripping
  • Miss B and I went into the city, to see The Corsini Collection at Auckland Art Gallery.  Beautiful portraits and pictures from the Corsini Family focusing on the Renaissance times.  The colours and workmanship was amazing, as were the personal family stories relating to the portraits.  Many of the frames were just as impressive.
Hoping you have all had a lovely weekend and have a fabulous week ahead.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Eight More

Well that's another month completed, bringing my total of Ice Cream Soda Blossoms to 32 now.

I never realised how many floral fabrics I had in my stash, I haven't used the same fabric twice yet, I'm trying not to use solids in these blossoms, but am finding the inner kites hard to work out sometimes.

I bought some fabric (Jennifer Paganelli's Austin in green) to use as part of their quilt backing over the weekend - it just seemed a perfect match, and a pretty box to store them in, much better than the plastic bag I had, now they stay flat.

I'll be having a little break from these now, I must make my felt Christmas decorations in time for Christmas and finish my AMH quilt top.  October goals!!

Friday, 29 September 2017

New Inspiration

When I was a stay at home mum I used to spend a lot of time reading blogs, all sorts of blogs, quilt blogs, craft blogs, food blogs, lifestyle blogs even wooden spoon making blogs. They connected me with other like minded people, inspired me and provided some escapism from my life.  Over the past few years a lot of my favourites have disappeared, so I thought I would find some new inspiration.  Here's a little list of  mostly new to me blogs and what I like about them.
The most beautiful photos, the gorgeous colour palettes, her regular posts, in fact she is almost inspiring me to totally change my style and colour palette.  Lots to drool over here.

This is a Finnish blog,  (a translate option is available) again beautiful creative colourful quilts.

I have been reading this blog pretty much since I discovered the world of blogging all those years ago,.  Kate an Australian writes about her family, their lives and their organic farm. Lots of lovely photos of food, knitting, family and everyday life.

A Tennessee quilter who likes colour, very textured quilting and just creates amazing quilts.

Another Australian blog,  Interesting posts discussing all sorts of crafting topics and people, gorgeous photos of stitchers, knitters,  food and foliage.

Quilts, cats, yoga, sometimes books, interesting places and food too.

Another Australian quilter, EPP fanatic,  Beautiful photos and colours, always inspiring.

Plants, flowers, beautiful gardens - lots of colour and beauty

Happy reading everyone.  Hope that you all have a fabulous weekend, let me know if you have any favourite blogs too.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE

I have been busy cutting squares and strips and sewing them together for my AMH quilt, which I am working on as part of the #AMH Sewalong.  Currently I have completed 100 blocks, so the end is in sight.  Of course this is where the enthusiasm starts to wane as well.

I was hoping to not have any repeated prints, but to get to the number required, I will need to double up on a few favourites.  Thanks also to Linda for sending me some of the new Retrospective range to include in this.

Over the weekend I installed a very basic design wall in my living room using a flannelette sheet, so I could see how it was looking.  Nothing is in it's final place, these were just whacked onto the sheet as I pulled them off my pile of blocks

It's definitely bright and bold,  (or as my sister said "looks good, a hot mess") and now I can see what colours I need to add in the way of solids to it.  It has been quite interesting too, seeing how the quality of some of the fabrics has differed over the collections, the newer ones definitely have a nicer feel to them.  Have to admit I am not looking forward to sewing them altogether now.

Now, it's YOUR turn to share, by linking up your sewing and stitching projects, whether they are starts, wips, or finishes, following these guidelines.
  1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching,
  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
  3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew,Stitch, Snap, Share links - it's fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.

Sunday, 24 September 2017


52 and Others by Anne Bell

Oma's Garden by Willie van Florestein

c1960, made in Birmingham, Alabama, assorted fabrics, edged with broderie anglaise

These will be pieced together and turned into quilts for Women's Refuge and neo natal wards

A Bit of Blue and Green by Gloria Davies

Flower Garden by Jean Groves

  • I attended the Project Hexagon Exhibition at Nathan Homestead, a heritage arts, culture and events centre.  Built in 1925 it has beautiful grounds and gardens too.   Over 30 quilts in varying colours, styles and sizes were exhibited all made from hexagons.  The majority of quilts on display featured hexagons based on the book, The New Hexagon.  Some quilts were hand pieced and others machine pieced.  Over 1000 pre-quilted loose hexagons have been donated, and these will be stitched together to make quilts which will be distributed to Auckland Women's Refuge and the neo natal ward at Middlemore Hospital.
  • Enjoying some vicarious garden visiting through this post and for those who really want to experience colour, craft, food and friendship, check out this beautiful post.
  • A little retail therapy - some for my AMH quilt, some for Ice Cream Soda Blocks, and a tiny rotary cutter for easier fussy cutting.
  • Meeka, was she sheltering from the sun or trying to camouflage herself under the rhubarb leaves?
Hope you have all had a lovely relaxing colour filled weekend too.
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