Friday, July 17, 2009

Photos... finally

Sorry for the delay, I got caught up with night sifts and weddings and life in general but here are some new photos for you of the photo quilt. I didn't manage to take a pic of the entire quilt but you can get a good idea from these. The fabric is a Tula Pink - Nest jelly roll and plain white cotton for the sashing . This is the first time I have machine quilted something that is not a "practice piece" and found it a lot easier to do loops rather than stippling, is hard for me to picture where I am going next. But things were going a lot smoother and faster at the end. There are 12 blocks in total and it is the perfect size for my friend to sit under while she has her chemo treatment. The 4d scan is of their baby boy who was born just before she was diagnosed with leukemia. I'm going to my parents next weekend so will get to catch up with her then and give the quilt to her. It still needs a label but that should be stitched in place tomorrow. I also made today a laptop sleeve out of black and white polka dot fabric using the tutorial from here. It was super easy and only took 2.5 hrs from start to finish and it fits perfectly. No more taking my laptop out of its case to go through airport security... I still haven't done the blocks for the last two months of the geese in the forest, maybe after next month, which is super busy already with two weekends away and a 25th birthday party to organise and pull off, may be that's where the inspiration for the black and white spots came from...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

For today

JUNE 24th 2009

Outside my window... The birds are sitting in the tree eyeing up the old bread that we put out for them to eat

I am thinking... I really should be working on my blocks for my Geese in the Forest quilt instead of working on things for the hospital on my day off

I am thankful for... The sun streaming in my window after a super frosty and cold start to the day

From the kitchen... I'm on cooking duty on Saturday, any suggestions on what to make?

I am wearing... New jeans & my fav Hoodie with the New Zealand map made out of "N's" and "Z's"

I am creating...A photo quilt for my friend with leukemia, my picfolio album with my childhood photos, Geese in the forest quilt plus some other UFO's, oh yeah and a care pathway for kids with fractured forearm/elbow

I am going... To go to bed on time tonight so I can get a good start to the week

I am reading...Devil Bones Kathy Reichs, brought with a gift voucher from the student nurse I had for the past five weeks

I am hoping... That summer will be here really soon, we are past the shortest day but that usually means the weather is worse before it gets better

I am hearing... A lawn mover, who mows their lawn at 3.30pm on a Wednesday when it is the middle of winter?

Around the house... Is a contrast to my neat tidy room

One of my favorite things... My new duvet cover and 500 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets

A few plans for the rest of the week...Going out tonight, Work for the next two days, Saturday off, planning to do some scrapbooking, work on Sunday.

A picture to share...

My neatly folded, sorted and colour co-ordinated fabric stash

Friday, June 19, 2009


What not to do when free motion quilting, thankfully the rest of the experience was not as dangerous. I have been working on a quilt for a friend and will hopefully have it finished to photograph and blog tomorrow.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

More Blocks

Although I have been sick for the past week I managed to find some motivation yesterday and completed eight blocks for my geese in the forest. It only took about five hours of serious hard work and a sore pinky from all the rotary cutting, but now all the blocks for last month are completed. I have done 60 out of 100 blocks but there are still 28 to do for this month so not much time for resting. I have also been doing lots of scrapbooking with a friend. We have both purchased Creative Memories Picfolios and it is so much faster but still gives you space to play around and be really creative. I have one album with all my childhood photos and another with more recent and "arty" pictures. It is getting really cold and dark now in the early evenings which makes it harder to get motivated with doing crafty things instead of sitting in front of the fire in my bean bag reading a good book. Hope where ever you are you are warm and well...

Thursday, May 7, 2009


I have set a goal to do at least two Geese in the Forest blocks every day except Sunday and so far it is working. It is easy to do two blocks or more before heading off for an afternoon shift but it is much harder to get going after coming home from a morning shift.
So far I have completed all 6 "Goose Bumps" blocks, 27 "Friendly Flock" blocks and 2 Triple Tree" blocks, so now I only have to do 25 more blocks by the end of the month and I am all caught up.
I love all the really bright batiki colours but it is harder to incorporate the paler yellow, orange and green colours. I have two rolls and still have lots left of the first roll so not too stressed about it at the moment but I don't want to get to the end and only have pale colours left to choose from.
I don't have a dedicated sewing space so my dresser has turned into my ironing board, an old atlas inside a folded woollen blanket is the perfect size for pressing the blocks. My cutting mat fits perfectly on top of my small desk so I trim all the seams there and the sewing machine lives on the dining room table so I get my exercise walking back and forth.
I changed the pdf pattern file to a word document using this free webpage and the cut lengths of the freezer paper so it measured the width of an A4 page(21cm), the freezer paper width(38cm) is a bit longer than an A4 page but neatly fits two block patterns underneath each other. I can then print two blocks at a time with my printer by setting the page size to custom (21cm x 38cm). Saves on the freezer paper and time.
I printed all the blocks and then cut them out using my scrapbook paper trimmer and scored all the lines using the back of my unpicker, then I had all the freezer paper blocks ready to go. I also cut out lots of white fabric pieces at one time so I didn't have to keep stopping and starting.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Geese in the Forest BOM

I think I have finally convinced myself to start the Geese in the Forest block of the month. It looks like lots of work but the Over The River BOM that I have signed up for won't start until August or September, by which time the last block of the GITF should be out. This BOM uses 100 freezer paper foundation pieced blocks of triangles to make a 60" x 60" quilt.
I have decided to do the coloured version with a white background. I have brought and washed the white fabric for the quilt and have ordered this fabric for the triangles. I'm already 3 months behind, that's 33 blocks to catch up on... oh yeah and I have never done paper piecing.
I have had the past three days off work prior to working 5 days over Easter. Have been busy making whirlygig quilt for my niece. The top is pieced except for the borders, and I have found the perfect co-ordinating flannel for the backing.
It is getting cold now and the autumn leaves are everywhere, but it's nice sitting in front of the fire quilting...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Amazing giveaway...

But you are not allowed to enter or I might miss out and I really really want to win
These fabulous pillows from Kellie are her latest creations.
I love reading her Don't Look Now blog as she is so creative and still manages to be a stay at home mum to four kids, throw amazing birthday parties and make a bunches of sock monkeys.
Ive got part one of her rainbow lollipops quilt pattern, need to get the second part and then I can start building a stash of fabric to get creative with.
It would be nice if this was my first giveaway win... just keep dreaming and hoping

Friday, March 20, 2009


Here is block 3 JOY from the Christmas wish Have also found some more BOMs that I have been stashing away the instructions for

Monday, March 2, 2009

BOM photos plus holiday pics

I have been on holiday for the past week up in the Abel Tasman having a lovely time exploring this beautiful National Park. I walked and sea kayaked for four days, took over 200 photos with my new Nikon D40 and met 5 of my new second cousins and a new cousin-in-law, and squeezed in a little bit of stitching... I also have been working on this free Christmas Wish BOM, I have stitched and added boarders to the two blocks avaliable and am using the "It's snowing" jelly roll that I order from American ages ago.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Pink Penguin Baskets

I tried out Pink Penguins tutorial for fabric baskets and they are so easy to make. I love the fact that I am much more precise with my cutting and sewing as evidenced by the matching seams. This basket I made for my friend for her birthday and is made from scraps left over from cutting out my 365 day challenge quilt pieces. She loved it. The second basket is for all the "junk" that comes home in my uniform pocket and needs to go back to work namely all this stuff. I made this basket bigger by using 2.5" squares and it made a big difference to the finished size.
It ends up going back to work eventually but it is nice to have just one place to look for my name badge, watch, ID card and pens in the morning. I love the nurses hat fabric and still have lots of it left for another special project.
Today is Waitangi Day, a public holiday in NZ. The Treaty of Waitangi, signed in 1840, made New Zealand a part of the British Empire, guaranteed Māori rights to their land and gave Māori the rights of British citizens. So every year we get a long weekend in the middle of Summer when the weather is usually very settled. Today is hot and sunny, perfect for lazing around.