Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Saturday night stitching

Sandwiching my quilt while watching the thrilling All Black vs Wales on TV. Great game and I got the quilt all pinned together. My parents were meant to be staying with us but with Eli really sick they resided at my sisters. I felt quite bad about that so made Dad's favourite biscuits to take over on Sunday afternoon.
Hmm there is a big gap on the trays of Afghan biscuits.





Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A bit of kids time

 A few weekends ago we had my wee niece and nephew for a long weekend. We had forgotten how different it is to have little ones in the house and how much fun it makes. Our boys took them under their wings and had a great time.

Both the kids were seriously into making food. It does mean they eat really well as they want to show that their food is delicious. It is a technique I always used with my boys when they were little. If they chop the veges, they will eat them! We made their favourite cake - spiced apple - and both days we had to make bread. Alex made vegemite and cheese swirls and Mieke made cinnamon and brown sugar.


Lots of mucking around and staying in jammies. A mattress on the floor created a great gymnastics display area. Spades for some outside time, until a certain young girl found a snail and squealed her way back inside, sigh.






All in all, a fantastic weekend.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

An Alpaca Hat

Well here is another thing that has taken a long time - 8 months!! It is just a Alpaca Hat with earflaps and lovely and warm. It was meant to be done for Christmas. Now as it is an extra I am going to put this into the caravan for those cooler nights. I finished it while watching Downton Abbey with our boys. They are 10 and 13 and saw the last few episodes. They got hooked so we have started from the beginning as a bit of family TV time.

Linking to these places and Crazy Mum Quilts

Thursday, June 9, 2016

My latest upcycle

I am thrilled with this upcycle but when I went to show it to Aaron....hmm...how many ways can a husband be polite when he just isn't riveted? How can you not be excited by an amazing travelling ironing board?
revamp an ironing board

I found the small board at our local dump shop and paid a huge sum of $2. I need a board for my yearly quilt retreat. I added two layers of wool batting as it was sitting on metal mesh. Then I raided my canvas fabrics. Drafted a pattern sewed and Ta Da! I love it. The fantastic thing about it is that the legs fold away and it has a hanger. So when not in use you just hang it in the cupboard.


Looking forward to being fully equipped on my next travels.

Linking to these places.  and Crazy Mum Quilts

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

What to do with the finished quilt?

Well I finished it. Memory verses from Jakob's first year at our current school.

Practised heaps of different quilting techniques, trying to be more like a professional. BUT - no one wants it!! Moral to the story, don't do a quilt unless someone has specifically given instructions. So although it is about our journey, I think this will travel to far off lands. Into the bundle for the orphans at Hope Homes International.


Being the long weekend and the last long holiday before the end of winter. We dashed off to Mt Cook / Aorangi for the weekend. Wow - COLD. The bottles of water in the car froze solid!!
But we had an awesome time. Did some walks - though really they should be calls skids, it was either in gorgeous soft powder snow, or massive ice. We all skidded and slipped.
Lots of selfies

And some amazing views from the Hotel room.





Thursday, May 26, 2016

Trying to be more adventurous

A long time ago I started embroidering squares with my boys memory verses from school, thinking it would make a great quilt.
I then patched it all together with scraps that were given to me or left over from other things. This was August 2015 by now and then I parked it. Too difficult to quilt, so I put it in my pile of things to finish.

This is where being adventurous begins. Normally when quilting I just do an all over pattern, as fast as possible to get it done.  

But this time I decided to try new patterns as I really need to get better at quilting than just using it to keep all the bits together. So I used a Koru style pattern around the embroidery. A clamshell pattern in each of the teal flying geese, no matter the size. So some of the quilting is tiny!!

Then I got stuck. The borders where there is no patchwork I tried a more flowing style of quilting. Not as good as I have seen others do but I know that practise makes perfect and it fits really well with the fabric choice.

Then I resorted to a general stipple on the rest. So this is quite heavily quilted.

patchwork quilt
As usual Morris managed to photo bomb. I have no idea what I am going to do with the quilt. It is a single bed throw size. So trimming and binding to do. But then it is not relevant to give to the orphans as it relates to our school. I thought one of my two boys would jump at it as they are both quite sentimental. But no. 

Anyway, pleased to have pulled this out and finished the quilting.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A small giraffe

Well I have finally finished. This giraffe is a Melly and Me pattern that I shrunk by 50%. I started it before Luca was born and he is now six month old!! Not good.
I have a lovely book called "Giraffe's can't dance" that originally inspired me to start making these as gifts for newborns. Baby's can clutch the legs and necks with their tiny hands. 
Now I need to find another copy of the book and send it off.

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