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Two Quilts

When Nana passed away my Aunties had the extreme privilege of nursing her at home, where she was surrounded by family and love, and always had someone at her side, holding her hand. At some stage they decided to cut her nighties, so they could get them on and off more easily, and I asked if I could have two of them- the cotton weave with flower prints reminding me of quilting fabrics. I paired the two prints, one pink and one purple with semi-solid pink, purple and green fabrics, and adapted an Irish Chain pattern to have two colour ways.

I call them ‘Nana’s Garden’ because of the way the green grass paths border the flower beds.

I made both quilts at the same time- piecing all the blocks I needed for two tops, then quilting them seperately.

They are all strip peiced on my machine, then hand and machine quilted. I machine quilted the bought fabrics, and hand quilted the soft, worn, nightie fabrics. It gave me a chance to sit and stitch a while- and it feels like the quilts have a part of me in them, and me a part  of them.

I like the pattern that appeared on the back just as much as the front- the unexpected way the lines crossed to give a suble reflection of the front.

And viewed from the back, with the sun shining through, they take on a stained glass window appearance.

These quilts aren’t perfect- not all the corners of the squares match up in the blocks (but some do!), and the backing has been caught and sewn folded in places, but it doesn’t matter- they are finsihed and that’s far better than a perfectly unfinished quilt.

On the back I sewed a dedication panel which I embroidered on a scrap of the sturdier, pink, nightie fabric.



A romantic dinner in at a resturant we’ve been wanting to try for a while

An amazing view

And a tear-jerking speech delivered on bended knee

A spot of embroidery

After Nana found out she had cancer she started going through her things, giving some away, tidying up. She found a supper cloth she had started when her and Grandad got engaged. She’d run out of thread, got married, had 4 babies… life generally got away. So she gave it to Auntie Julie, who said she’d find someone to finish it.


Because Nana deteriorated so quickly Julie didn’t have time to get it done. She brought it to Golden Bay and all the cousins stitched on it. Nana had finished it all, apart from the red and orange petals. We stitched them over 3 days, with 2 of us working on it most of the time, in time to find a special place for it at the funeral. We all worked on it, even if it was just a stitch.

Nana chose the pattern for the ducks, as Grandad has always liked birds.


I have been enjoying the embroidery Melissa has been doing lately, and have been wanting to do some freehand embroidery of my own, but was struggling to find the time. Last week I only took some muslin and embroidery threads to my craft group, and created these little designs to be turned into burp cloths for a couple of expectant mums I know. I really enjoyed the process and look forward to doing some more. Luckily I know many women having babies!

Nana Norma

First day of spring.

Nana Norma passed away on Daffodil Day this year- after a short illness with cancer. She was diagnosed at the start of August. We held a celebration of her life on September 1 under the magnolia’s in her garden.

The Vulcan

It was the perfect was to say goodbye to an amazing woman.

June 2018
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