Wednesday, January 28, 2009

a short trip away...

No pics at the moment, but decided to jump on a bus and travel up to Auckland to visit family. Also have done some shopping!
It was a relaxing trip on the bus, and will have lots of photos when I get home!

Carole ;D

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ok, replacement block finished, what do you think?

Well, here it is, what do you think? I am pleased with it, it is simple and in keeping with the other blocks. I think it fits much better than the large pot.
I was talking to the lady who owns Cherry Pie Quilt Patch, the store I'm doing the block of the month thru. She said last time they ran this BOM, 50% didn't like the pots (there's 2 of them in the quilt top), and 50% did.

Of course while I was there, I made a small purchase, (surprise, surprise! lol) All fat 1/10ths or fat 1/8ths

I thought the fabric on the left, (above) might be nice to embroider on. And then I found these 2, the nicest shade of pale blue! I'm not normally into blue, but these were delicious!

Carole ;D

Mmmmmm where to from here?

Whatever it might be, my daughter has put her order in for one!
Hope you're all having a relaxing weekend!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Amazing what you find when you're cleaning up!

I found 2 little 4x4 inch canvases! Can't remember when and where I got them. So they have had a coat of paint. Check back to see what happens to them!
Carole ;D

Thursday, January 22, 2009

walk thru my garden with me.........

In the small piece of garden I've made so far, I can't believe the joy one gets from a simple daisy, or the velvet richness of an opening rose!
Carole ;D

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

a small deviation.....

Well here we are. The above pic is from the pattern for the latest block I'm working on. But I have one small problem, I'm not that keen on the pot and the flowers. Nothing in particular wrong with them, it's just that I think they are a little heavy compared to the other blocks. I made this block up, and still didn't like it, sooooooo.....
I made this block up instead. I know it is plain, but I thought I would draw a pattern down the middle piece of fabric and do some stitching on that. I think it is more in keeping with the rest of the quilt blocks.
I keep you posted!
Carole ;)

Friday, January 16, 2009

well there's not too much mess, but there's definitely madness!

Well my friends, I am now going to lull you all into a nice calm sense of peace as you look as these 2 pics. They are of my finished 1st block. I am really excited to have it finished, and although it kind of looks 'random' I checked out the sample finished quilt hanging on the wall in the store last time I visited, it looked very much the same. I was keeping my fingers crossed that the blue water soluble marker that I traced the designs with would actually disappear with a bit of water! It did, phew!
The pattern also states that you use 3 strands of DMC cotton, but I think it looks a little chunky, what do you think?

OK, STEEL YOURSELF! ..........
this was my house guest last night!!!

This CHARMING creature is a huhu beetle, it is native to New Zealand. Well darling Wednesday bought this in through the window. Every night she brings something, well last night it was SCREAM material! I hate them, they make my skin crawl, no kiddling!
So I said to DH that it was that thing or me, the house just isn't big enough for the two of us! LOL! I mean can you imagine getting comfy on the sofa with a good magazine and a nice hot cuppa, and WHAM! this thing flies into your hair, or lands on your arm! OH NO, I think not! It was removed by my knight in shining armour, MY HERO! (if you'd like to read more about the huhu beetle, google it.)

Of course this morning this awaited us at the front door. Buddy, not to be out done, had to bring us something even bigger! Ohhhhh, how sad I can hear you say...... this is one rabbit who is not going to eat Mrs McGregor's lettuces!!! (you might just notice that the cats like to sleep on top of their lovely sheepskin house instead of in it!)

Oh well, another night, another suprise!
Carole ;)

Monday, January 12, 2009

A mini quilted beach scene for etsy store

In fact two small quilted wall hangings! I've put these in my etsy store if you're interested!
Have a good week everyone!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

And some sewing during the week....

I have been beavering away on these blocks. I only collected four as that's all they had, I will have to wait until they get another order arrive from Australia. But I have sewn them all now and have them all ready to take on holiday, when I can stitch them at leisure!
I have been trying to get all my joins matching....some do very nicely, and some just don't want to go there!!
Then I cellotape the pattern on a window and trace all the stitching patterns.

I've actually finished this one, above, and have started on this one below.
But I am now going to make another start on block 7 of my McKenna Ryan quilt.

Catch you soon,
Carole ;)

A visit to a friends place

We went to visit a friend last week, and she had a shearer in shearing her 14 sheep, some ewes, a couple of rams and the rest lambs. Isn't it cute how they all have different faces? What do you reckon this one above is saying? "Just a trim thanks daaaaaarling!"

A pen of naked sheep.....



happily in their paddock.