Friday, October 21, 2016

Kaleidoscope and Cats - warning top heavy on the cats!

A funny week spent fiddling around and not really
making a heck of a lot of progress.
A post  heavy on photos - have patience please!

Rainbow Safari for one of our grandsons all basted and ready
for me to quilt - this is the very last time I shall baste
a large quilt, it almost finished me off!!!

This is the pieced back and I'm thinking of this multi thread for quilting.

Choosing two more fabrics for my Kaleidoscope and you may wonder
where on earth will these be going

so a quick view below.

Just a few blocks in this pic with only 4 sewn together.
Remember this is my take on an old Persian carpet, it's not intended
to be the usual kaleidoscope block of light and dark, these
are pretty mixed up blocks!
 All be revealed at the next link-up for Kaleidoscope of Butterflies and I need to
get a move on at the machine over the next few days, I shall be celebrating my
70th birthday on Wednesday next so I may be doing a little

Moving on  to cats - Leila and her new friend:
I photographed these out of my little studio window, hence reflection

watching John gardening

? battle stations

into battle

time out

time for a tea break in the overgrown area by the veg patch.
These two are great buddies, this little barred cat lives over our back fence and calls
around every morning for Leila! We hear the bell on her collar tinkling
and Leila heads for the cat door.

Before I go this was the sight at the beach two days ago at low tide

Time to go I think!!


Friday, October 14, 2016

Colour My World - Gypsy Wife (section 7) and more

 If you should want to head to Gypsy Wife first
you'll have to scroll past the pics below.

Speaking of colour

this is one wonderful, wonderful book!!
I spotted it originally on Amazon, read a little review and
as it sounded just my thing I ordered it from
Minerva in Wellington.
What a treat when it arrived to see that it differed slightly from
the cover photo on Amazon, this zingy orange
elastic is attached on the back of the book, presently holding
the whole book but can be used to put over the current
page as your bookmark. But look at the effect of that orange!

Colour in the early morning

Colour from my garden and two cherished pieces from my cupboard

Colour in my quilts
Gypsy Wife Section 7

This had three partial seams to work through.
Only three more sections to go, 8 and 9 are quite small and the blocks are a good size,
section 10 doesn't look too complex.

And now before I put fabrics away time for a little black and white

Leila - not too pleased at being photographed!

Hope you all enjoy a happy quilty weekend!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kaleidoscope - one more block to go!

The original size of my Kaleidoscope quilt has shrunk!
I'm going with 6 across and 8 down  - I think.
For this size I need one more block, the one I had in place
bottom right just didn't fit colour-wise.

Then I wondered if I should move out some of the
lighter blocks and go for a darker look - on reflection I've
decided to just get on and sew another block.
This is not the final layout, I want to play a little more
before I make a decision.

Fabrics for the back of the Rainbow Safari quilt for our grandson

have been cut

and fabric with cats - same colours as the kiwi fabric -
has been added to the mix, also multi coloured dragonflies
on a black background. Top is sewn and I'll post next time.

More from the Spring garden



It's been so very wet her, we desperately need
 a few sunny days to dry everything out.

Linking up with  Cathy and Ann

grab button for kaleidoscope of butterflies

also linking up with
Judy at Patchwork Times

Now I need to get sewing that last block!


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Definitely Spring and more on my Medallion

We have a very old orange tree in our front garden,
it sits at the beginning of the path to the front steps

and it may be a good age but my word we have great oranges
from it, husband makes the marmalade (which is delicious) and the blossom is just beginning to open.
The perfume is almost gloriously overpowering, I love it! Spring is definitely
I have a few bluebells out so I must remember to take a photo of those
later this morning.

You might remember I made a start with the
Gwennie Inspired Medallion and  had reached the stage below,

 this was taken on a pretty dull day, it shows
in the colours here.

Anyway with lots of things going on I didn't keep up with
the monthly schedule so the Medallion was shelved.
Yesterday I decided I had to finish it but just doing my own thing.
I've  added a couple of sliced borders, patched in a couple of
places because I had only a smidgy strip of the dark fabric (top and bottom) left
which I intended to use all around. After all  improvisation
can add a bit of interest.

Oops I never cropped the photo!

Fortuitously an order of Moda Grunge fabric arrived yesterday afternoon
and without realising it I had ordered the perfect lime green, so I added
a very narrow border. The next round will be pieced, but as yet I have
no idea of a design - I'm really making it up as I go along.

Back quickly to the fabrics - these are gorgeous, there are well over 100
colours in the range, the ones I ordered are below.

I am guilty of having been on a spending spree lately with
books and fabrics,  come to think of it that's a silly thing for me to say
because I actually don't feel guilty! There are many things I don't or can't do,
 some due to health problems and these include
not taking expensive holidays, or sometimes any holidays,
 I can no longer enjoy a glass  (or two) of lovely
rich red wine - which I loved - and I'm not a big buyer of clothing. The
first two are out for health reasons, the last because I'd rather
have fabric, or buy plants for my garden.

So given  the above you may be seeing more fabric and a couple
more books over the next few weeks!

I'm linking up with
Kaja and Ann
At Ad Hoc Improv Quilters

Back to the machine for me - enjoy the last few days of the week
and happy quilting.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Gypsy Wife and beautiful blooms

For two weeks I've been battling with two infections and coping with the
effects of the antibiotics to clear the infections!!
Not the best and no sewing was done for a good 10 days or so but Wednesday this week
I headed off to my machine. 

Gypsy Wife - now completed Section 6 - hooray!! Here I must say that it
was partially complete, I certainly didn't do the whole thing
in two days!

Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, the odd point missing etc.
this was a mammoth job and one I very much doubt I would do again.
Just four more sections to go and then the task of putting all
ten sections together - what fun!

Mine is quite a busy quilt, I guess some would say a bit of a jumble, but I
wanted to try and create the feel of the Gypsies of old and the ones we used
to come across in my childhood. Research on the colours they used show
that rich colours were favoured and mixed  happily together, especially
in their clothing - no co-ordinating required here!
Their traditional caravans were beautifully painted, once again using
rich, bright colours. 

Keeping with the subject of colour look what arrived for me yesterday

a feast for the senses!!
I intend to spend some quality time this coming weekend with my head
buried in the pages.

More blooms - but pastel this time. Tulips are up in the garden

just opening

second day

a peek into the centre

fading today
I think that's it from me until early next week, have a lovely weekend!

Friday, September 9, 2016


It's an absolutely beautiful Spring day today, although extremely cold and yesterday
we actually had hail and horrific cold blasts.

Cherry blossom is out in the garden, guaranteed to lift the spirits,
regardless of whether they are in need of lifting or not.

A few more kaleidoscope blocks were added to the growing collection
yesterday. A few sets, mix of Kaffe Collective and batiks

then cut and sewn, with a few left over pieces just
to mix things up a bit.

So, progress is being made but I need to ramp things up a bit
with this project, in fact I need to ramp up on a lot of projects! 

Today I'm getting on with a few improvements - hopefully - to my working
set up in the studio. I have a large board to cover after I post 
which gives me a larger area
for ironing, this will sit on new cubes which we bought yesterday, 
they're 40cm square, four of them and stacked two together
gives me a good height for my padded new board.

The sturdy fabric boxes which fit inside give me a heck of a lot
of scope for fabric reorganisation.

That's me for Friday, have a good quilting weekend!