Thursday, 1 December 2016

midweek snapshot

up on the design wall...
improv tea towel WiP
still working out a plan here, more details of inspiration & progress soon, but having fun so far!

from the garden...
jamjar herbs & roses

off the bookshelf...
pondering next year's possibilities, a little EPP perhaps!

and in the post...
a fat 1/4 bundle of Greenfield Hill by Denyse Schmidt
a more traditional fabric range than some of her others,
one that evokes "afternoon teas, polite gossip, faded wallpaper" - a lucky find on Trademe!

How's your week going?

Saturday, 26 November 2016

a few favourites #8

Here's what caught my eye today, all around home this time
... more summer colour from my garden

... some happy mail
new plaids & florals, love how they play nicely together

... and Annabel Langbein's latest book, lots of ideas for those long hot days of summer!

what are you loving this weekend?

Thursday, 24 November 2016

one more finish

I've made a real effort lately trying to finish a few things
{and then I figure I can start a new some thing!}

... and now auntbetsquilt my moderne utility quilt, is finished too
I really enjoyed making this little quilt, and am tempted to make another in different colours!

It's a simple design,
with large pieces perfect for your special fabrics to shine
and with the 1/4 log cabin and flying geese blocks to add some scrappy 'quilty' interest

- for earlier progress pics & more details see here

clamshell quilting by Annette from WildCotton Quilting 

Linking up with Kelly for 'needle and thread thursday' here at myquiltinfatuation.
with Myra  over here at busyhandsquilts this week
and with Ann & Kaja for the monthly 'Ad Hoc Improv Quilter' here

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

right place, right time

Popped out for my morning coffee
and right next door was the vintage 2nd hand shop...

A lady had put her lovely collection of tea towels up for sale
all Irish linen
each one with crotchet edging...

couldn't believe my luck!

I had a little play with a trial fun block,
mixing up bright modern scraps with vintage colour!

plan B almost underway!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

modern & vintage

Happy Tuesday!
I did have a plan...

... c'est tres hard though
I can't seem to cut up this pretty tablecloth just yet
{sigh} onto plan B!

Friday, 18 November 2016

finishing my quilts

Thank you all so much for caring & asking if we are safe after my last post.
On a more cheerful note, I thought I would share my recent finish

'daisy days'
All done & dusted, just in time for Xmas... {sigh} it's only taken me since May 2015!
I guess it's a little bit old fashioned but that's ok, I still love this happy mix of fabrics...

I had it quilted in an allover pretty daisy pattern by Annette from WildCotton Quilting
- lots of lovely texture here now!

Each block is 8"
and the finished quilt ended up around 60" square

I used a template set made by Meredithe from pomegranateandchintz to make my daisies
The backing is made up of a scrappy mixture of green florals

and the binding is a pretty floral stripe from Denyse Schmidt
- a quilt all made from my stash!

{ for earlier progress pics follow the links here and here}

quilts make the best gifts, don't you think!
Linking up my finish with Amanda Jean here at crazymomquilts
and with Debbie here  for tgiff

Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

almost finished

My Scrappy Trip quilt is almost finished!

... just love a great trip, don't you?
The Scrappy Trip is one quilt that looks harder than it actually is.
It is made by sewing strips together, not those itty bitty individual pieces. 
Bonnie has a great free pattern over here

I had it quilted with interlocking circles by Annette from WildCotton Quilting
It's a bit of hit & miss with me when choosing patterns.
I sort of hold my breathe that the pattern I've picked really will work, and I wasn't disappointed!
- lots of yummy texture now!

and today I took a break from stitching stars... and all the latest sad news here in NZ
... and started stitching on the binding...

{see here for earlier details}
*EDIT: there is a pic of my finished 'scrappy trips' now over here

Linking up this week with Kelly here for 'needle & thread Thursday'

a bit more # 54
Our thoughts & prayers go out to all those affected by this traumatic event. 

Our headlines include...
The 7.5 earthquake was felt as far north as Auckland and has caused damage and knocked out power to a number of regions. Multiple quakes have since followed in both islands

A tsunami alert was issued for all coastal areas of New Zealand - threat has now passed

Since the earthquake hit, police received 19 reports of burglaries at Canterbury properties
- what?

and the latest today...
no way in, no way out
Cows stranded on quake island, see pics here
Schools, universities closed, exams disrupted