Monday, September 22, 2014

Blog hopping

The very talented Catherine Parkinson has invited me to take part in an international Blog Hop. As I never have before, I thought I would.

It involves me answering a few questions and providing the link to Catherine's Blog so you can see what wonderful work she creates, (and she has this amazing quilt called Floating that you MUST see!) and then, giving you the link to another wonderful artist somewhere in the world.

First up I want to show you some Madness, 'cos that's what I'm all about really!

This weekend I've been teaching a Journal Journey class to a wonderful group of girls. I can always tell it's going to be a great class by the amount of disorder there is in a class. I'll post some more photos soon!

The first question is what am I working on at the moment? I am working on several projects, as we all do. One is a large quilt which will be an enchanting mix of old and new, heavily embellished. It's coming along nicely.

The second project I'm working on is this quilt. These are the first blocks almost finished. It just needs joining. Of course there are many more to make yet.

And anyone who has been following me on Facebook will know I have spent a lot of time on this of late. What is it you ask? Well it is my very first novel. Women's fiction, all 221,000 words of it! It has been a labour of love for the last gazillion years and it's almost at publishing stage!

How does my work differ from others of its genre? Several aspects make my work different. First I love to embellish, and in some cases embellish excessively. I also love to use free motion stitching in much of my work. Lines of stitching don't have to be straight, seams don't have to match, when I'm creating it's all about the journey and having fun along the way. I also challenge people in my classes to be somewhat 'freer' with their creations, not to worry if they make a mistake, the world doesn't stop, and everything can be repaired  -  and if not there's always embellishing! LOL

Why do I create what I do? Why do we create what we do? I love to re-purpose everything. I'm a hoarder you see, so it happens that I collect everything that passes my way. I love to embellish and I find these work well on the smaller items that I make. However, I'm finding that more and more embellishments are working their way into my larger quilts, which is surprising and exciting.

How does my creative process work? Often if I've decided to make a quilt, or a smaller project for that matter, I need to leave the fabrics spread out on a table in my studio for several weeks.Sometimes something speaks to me straight off. I'm very tactile and love to create things with depth that I can interact with, even if it's just that the viewer can run their hands over it.

This quilt that I'm working on at present started with a block I made some years ago. I loved the fabric and made a block up. It has sat on my inspiration board for a long time. Over that time I have got it down and placed it with other fabric, nothing spoke to me. Then after all these years, I came across some fabric which I bought, rushed home with and suddenly there was a quilt! I could see the blocks, the fabric was perfect for the design in my head.

Sorry about the nudity, but unfortunately Buddy likes to stretch out in front of the fire without regard for anyone!

Although I think Facebooking has taken over from blogging in numerous ways, I miss the blog family out there. It's a shift with the times, it's so much quicker and easier for many people to fly in and out and with one single click of the 'Like' button they can let you know they dropped in and they love what you do.

 If you'd like to participate in the Blog Hop and share a little about yourself, please leave a link to your blog in the comments! We'll come on over and say hi!

Carole x

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A wet spring day

The cherry trees are trying hard to be spectacular, but it's rainy and windy and far from nice. As I write this it's hailing! 
I'm still enjoying looking at them them though the window though! 

Carole xx

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A stitch in time for nine

On Friday I spent the day playing in the Studio getting ready for another class. It was a gorgeous outside so I opened all the windows wide. There was not even a breeze, just the birds for company.

Thought I'd get all the wee gift bags for my lovely students ready! They are made from ticking, I think it's rapidly becoming my most favoured fabric! 

I make one of these little bags for every student in every class. It's my way of saying 'Thank you'. The class is next weekend, and it's the journal class, it's going to be lots of fun! I think there is one seat left if anyone wants to join in! (Contact the Krazy Cow Quilts in Levin).

I'll take some pics for you next weekend. 
Carole x

Sunday, September 7, 2014

It's spring here in my garden!

Did I tell you how much I love spring? Today was a beautiful day.


The Kowhai trees are breaking out into bloom which of course brings the tuis. The birds feed on the nectar and each morning there are about 30 birds feeding. The trees are late to flower this year, but it won't be long before the lawn turns into a carpet of yellow. The birds a hard on the flowers and break lots of them off. 


I've got lots of pretty daffodils out too, almost an overload of yellow!


These are flowering outside the studio. The little wax eyes are enjoying the apples at this time of year too. There were four trying to eat this one. It hangs outside my kitchen window so I can see who visits. 


It was lovely to hear from those of you who left comments on the last post, it was interesting to hear about what you feed and who pinches it first! 
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Carole x

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Not much left!

This morning I did the rounds of all the bird feeders in the trees and put new apples in them. I peel off several slices of skin around the outside and the finches eat the insides and leave the skin and the apple core. 
Hungry little birds! Do you feed the birds and what do you feed them? I have a long container full of seed, but they haven't touched it, they prefer the apples! 

Carole x

Spring is here!

Playing with the new app Waterlogue and spring daffodils.

Carole x

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thought you might like to know the EXCITING news!


will be teaching The road to my house two day class here at my studio on the 30th and 31st of August! 

Cost will be $120 for the weekend and seats are limited to four! 

There will lots of free motion stitching happening and even if you are a total beginner when it comes to dropping your feed dogs you'll be able to make this. 

You will be hand stitching, embroidering details and embellishing - you know how much I love embellishing! 


If you're interested let me know. 

Carole x

Talking to the lovely girls over at Feilding Kowhai Quilters

Pop on over and have a look at the Feilding Kowhai Quilters blog, they have some photos up from the night I went along to speak. This first quilt is the one where some of my blogging friends all made a wee stitchery and I made them into a quilt. I always show it to everyone, I'm very proud of it!

They also have a photo of me hiding behind my quilt!
I also showed them some of the samples for my Symposium 2015 classes so they could get a close-up look at them.
I think it's hard deciding what classes to take and it's nice to be able to see the samples before you put your name down to do a class.

If you're thinking about Symposium 2015, head on over to the website - all the classes are now up along with all the tutors! Exciting!

Carole x

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Journal class

I am teaching another Journal Class in September! Yay!

I will be teaching it at Krazy Cow Quilts in Levin on 20 and 21 September. 
You will be making a very personalised journal and you'll be able to fill it as much as you want or leave lots of empty spaces to write in.


In this two day class you'll be playing with transfers, hand stitching, machine stitching, and you'll get to learn the secrets of making a fabulous journal.


These journals make gorgeous gifts, especially if you give them a theme. 

If you are interested give Trish a call on 06 368 5077 and reserve a seat. I'd love to have you join us! 

Carole x

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Spring is coming!

We have had a couple of beautiful days, when the grey murky cloud lifted from the ranges behind the house they were covered in snow! Yay, I get very excited about snow. We've also had some heavy frosts. 

But the best thing about frosty mornings is that the days that follow are usually very nice.

I have these cute miniature daffodils out flowering too, a sure sign that spring is in the air!

I spent today out doors working in the garden, tomorrow is stitching day. 
What are you doing this weekend?

Carole x

Thursday, July 10, 2014


I should be working on my exhibition piece for Symposium next January, but, well, you know how it is!

I decided to play with some silk rovings, and if I would happen to do a spot of felting?

Might work. I think I just like the colours to be honest! 

Oh well, let's see what it turns out like. I'll keep you posted. I'm thinking I might turn it into a wall hanging?

See you back here soon!

Carole x

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Progress is made in class!

I was teaching a class in Otaki yesterday and here are some of the blocks coming together on the Road Trip! Can't wait to see them finished! 

Carole x

Friday, June 20, 2014

Having fun with my cutting board!

No I'm not going mad, I just love playing! 

This was the mess on my cutting board once I'd finished. It looks like some sort of strategic military 

However, this is was I was busy trimming. All nice and neat and ready to add to a project! 

Carole x

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lots of fun in the Studio today

I love it when a journal comes together.

When all the pieces of lace and ribbon have been carefully positioned and treasures added.

Doesn't this make you want to pick that journal up and explore the pages?! 

This journal belonged to Karen and she made a lovely job of it too! 

Sketch class next weekend! 

Carole x

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Some juicy journal progress

I have a journal class happening at the Studio today, just had to share this snippet. 
Before the stitching.....

After the stitching...

I love them! Simple but gorgeous! 

Carole x

Monday, June 2, 2014


Preparing for the Journal Journey class next weekend. Think these might work! 

Love to have you join me if you're not busy! 

Carole x

Friday, May 16, 2014

Pencil this in your diary!


                                                               Journal Journey 
                                                      7 and 8 June  
                                                     Tui Glen Studio
                                                             More details to come! 

Carole x 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lots of goodies for sale!

Don't they look gorgeous! 

Some quilts goodness too. 

Carole x

It's Arts Trail time!

The Arts Trail is on all weekend. The sign is up and the balloons are hung. People are stopping and wandering in, it's great fun! 

I am loving the balloons hanging from the trees, it kind of feels like a Hansel and Gretal thing but with exciting art at the end of the breadcrumbs! 

Meeting lots of lovely people. I can see I'm not going to get any housework done this weekend! 

Carole x

Friday, May 9, 2014

Stitching today....

These are flying through my sewing machine today. 

Linen and lace.

Carole x