Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gosh the time flies…

I have been meaning to post for about a couple of weeks, but other things get in the way. Then, I had a delightful visit from 3 grandchildren, all for different days/nights, so everything in my world was good.
I also went to my favourite retreat location. There are 2 different quilting retreats a year run at this particular venue, plus one at another venue in the same area, so I have to try and put the brakes on, as I could be away from home a lot, and that isn’t good!! I managed to take some pics of different quilts that were being worked on.
20 or so quilters attended this year, which made for a very friendly and intimate gathering.
But first a couple of photos of the lovely Bay
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Every-one hard at it – The sun shone so much we had to pull down the curtains – and its the middle of winter. Certainly makes a change from all the rain we have had!
We have so much fun, laughter and devine food. Its so good for the soul.
IMG_2382   Oh my gosh! this is all I managed!!   
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On the Friday night we traditionally make a small item that doesn’t require much thought. ( usually some of us have indulged in some wine by then.)
This year we made a block roll for all those stitcheries or hand applique we want to cart around.
Here is a photo of all the finished rolls. I never actually got to make mine. IMG_2430  The rolls partially opened..IMG_2429These are the rolls closed.
I have some photos from a Quilt Show I attended last week, but I’ll save those for next time.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It’s a bit slow going….

My Nearly Insane Blocks

But I am trying to do a few more blocks. I miss making them whilst I am doing other things.

Block 47
Block 47 - Nearly Insane
I never noticed that I had made a mistake on the next one, but I am going to leave it. I’m sure when its in the quilt it won’t be noticed, and if it is, so be it!!

Block 53
Block 47 - Nearly Insane 001 
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Happiness is using up old fabric….

I have been busy this past week making some cushion covers for the Heart Ward of the Auckland Hospital. One of our members of Village Green Quilters is a nurse at the hospital, and asked if we would like to make, what they call ‘coughing’ cushions. These are required for the patients of heart surgery in their recovery program. Also when they go home from the hospital, they need protection from the seatbelt across their wound.


Some of these covers don’t as yet have inserts.
I have felt so good getting amongst my old, but still good, fabric and sorting through them. Discarding some tatty endy bits, and pressing those bits that are usable.

Our Auckland Guild also has a woman who teaches women in prison, the art of Patchwork & Quilting, so I’ve managed to found a bag or two of my older fabric for 

them to learn on.. IMG_2367

As well as this I have made two more Dear Jane Blocks

A11 – Pebbles Protest

A 11 - Pebbles Protset

and B 2 – Sweet Tater Pie.

B-2 Sweet Tater Pie

I have made this block twice. After making it so I could cut it down to 5” I left it in my sewing kit. One day I decided I must resize it to show the photo, and without thinking used my 4 1/2” ruler, so….. back to the drawing board. So annoying to do these silly things.
Only a couple of blocks to go before I have finished Row A.

Had a lovely day out yesterday ( between a lightning/thunder storm )with 93 year old MIL. Looking through the local garden centre and having lunch.


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