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From where I sit:

Busy crafting for the Christmas Ornament Swap Louise has organised. A sneak preview- hopefully I’ll get them finished and in the mail tomorrow, so I can get going on the gifts on my list!!


The kind of project I love.

I spent an hour under the guise of looking for this issue of ‘Your Home and Garden’ (August ’08) flicking through my magazine collection, only to disregard most of the instructions. A good excuse for unpacking them I guess. My naked ironing board has been wearing a towel and a piece of tye-dye for way too long!

 I used a sheet I thrifted on the weekend- fresh off the line. The middle was pretty worn, but a strip around the outside was just the right width for my ironing board. I chopped up an old towel and used it for the padding, and used some vintage bias tape to finish it off. There’s some elastic in that there casing to hold it on the board. An hour and a half later, and no nipping out to the shops for anything!

And I used the right side of the worn part of the sheet for the bottom- I stitched the towelling onto this piece. I like how the pattern shows through the bottom of the board.

Yellow is for girls and boys.

Before I left Christchuch I had a few more things on my to-do list. Because packing is so much more enjoyable under pressure because you stayed up too late last night finishing baby gifts. It’s also why all my craft room had to be packed on the friday- you know, the day before we left, just in case there was a last minute project that needed making.

I found this incredible yellow wool at a Church Sale a few weeks back, and cut it into 4 peices to make baby blankets from, with recycled cotton on the other side.

The sunny yellow sheet from a few posts back,

and some unbelievably soft flannelette, that I found crisp and new, wrapped up with a pattern for a little boy’s shirt, with a wee bag of matching buttons in a well-worn brown paper bag, soft and furry from being opened and closed over the years.

Gifts for two friends at my old work, each expecting one of either kind in the New Year. I’ve got a few more of these cut out in the boxes of craft stash I brought up from Christchurch. Let’s just say I’ve got more stash than clothes- Michael and I combined!

From Christchurch to Auckland

It’s been a bit quiet around these parts as we packed up and moved north. We are mainly settled in now- just the boxes to unpack in our new, sunny and spacious, flat.

1100 km in photographic form:

The packers arrived just after 8 and we had wiped down the last surfaces by the lunchtime, ready to hit the road. It was a scorching hot day!

We stopped for some refreshments in Cheviot

And a swim in Okiwi Bay.

We cought the 5:45am ferry from Picton to Wellington, which made for some bleary eyes and stunning photos.

We had lunch with my Aunty and Uncle in Wellington, and were back on the road by 1, taking the Desert Road up through the middle of the North Island. All of a sudden Ruapehu popped up! This is scenery like nothing we’ve seen on the Mainland.

We spent the night in Taupo, and found some treasures on the side of the lake.

Less than 4 hours on the road the next day and we hit the turn off for Pukekohe.

I’m hoping to get my craft room unpacked and back in action over the next few days. We’ll be hitting the markets and craft fair tommorow!

Yellow Binding

Thrifted sheet turned binding. LOTS of binding!

Peony Photo Shoot

At my last craft night with the Tiltass gals they gave me this peony and a heart shaped christmas ornament. I felt it was worthy of a photo shoot. I’m going to miss this cream wall when we move- I wonder what colour the walls are in the new house?**

** Yay! We’ve got somewhere to live!! Michael found us a place in Pukekohe with a fenced yard for Pedro, a piece of lawn begging to be turned into a vege garden, and neighbours who are trying to start a craft market. Too Perfect. 

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.

June 2018
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