Saturday, 27 July 2013

Whangamata Retreat

Hi All
Just checked out the blog to see Jackie's lovely summer photos and Wendy's lovely quilting projects.
Last month Susan, Joanne, Claire (a friend of Susan's from Australia) and myself spent a weekend at our beach house in Whangamata.  It was a great weekend of sewing and also managed a trip to Waihi to a quilt shop and a spot of clothes shopping in Whangamata.
Last weekend in Taupo it was the New Zealand quilt symposium where Joanne was signed up for some classes and I spent a day with Joanne viewing the beautiful quilts and seeing Joanne's City Block quilt win her section.  Fantastic.  I will let Joanne put a photo on the blog of her in front of her quilt as I know she has a few of them!!
Anyway a few pictures showing what we were all working on at Whanagamata.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Darcey's quilt and book pillow

Hi Ladies

A few of us must all be thinking the same.  I have missed my envelopes of fabric arriving each month and reading the blog to see what everybody has been up to.  I do drop into the blog every know and then just to see if anybody has added anything.  Really good to see some new postings.

I have at last finished the final baby quilt, until my friends decide to start round two!  I have loved making them all, and they have all been very well received, which is why we put the work into these projects.

The book pillow was from a recent purchase, 'Growing up modern' by Allison Harris.  I really wonderful book with 16 fantastic projects.  Aimed at children, but I personally would adapt to any age- young or old.

We have just had two and half weeks of amazing weather.  I don't think I have eaten so much BBQ food in such a short space of time.  You could sit out in the evening until 10 pm and not need a cardigan, a real summer for a change.  Even though the rain is very needed for the garden, it is a shame to see the temperatures drop, but it is still warm and we do need some rain, the water butts are empty.

Having worked on baby quilts for the last 18 months I was very excited at the prospect of starting something new, but the UFO stash called, and I am quilting a quilt I made about 3 years ago using a jelly roll.  It is from the book two from one.  Very pleased with the stencil I am using and I always quilt using the anchor pearl cotton.

I hope you are all enjoying the season that is with you?  Keep up the blog, it is great to share.
Wendy  xx

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Summer is here....

Summer has finally arrived here in The Netherlands....

Time for sitting in the garden...

for enjoying the lovely colours....

for eating the local strawberries (Eton Mess)....

and for making a summer quilt....this one is for baby Isabelle Clara born on 6th June.