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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


One of many pluses.
  Leonie's second born daughter Heidi loves Zebra's & Orange, so for her fifth birthday Leonie made her a quilt that she loves!
Leonie asked for all over loops & the odd 'Heidi' worked into the background of the pluses. I used a Gunold variegated thread. For the pluses Leonie wanted echo's in the pluses with straight lines, again I used the same thread. Warm & natural 100% cotton was Leonie's pick for batting.

A fun, funky, fresh quilt for an Orange loving girl, that will see her through many years of snuggling.

I couldn't not show you the back, as the back has nearly as much sewing as the front! Many seams & lots of care & love.

One HUGE plus on the back!!! Look at the corner........................................

Raw edge appliqued "H*E*I*D*I" label on the back of the quilt, how cool is that!!!
What was a special treat was I got to meet Leonie & Heidi, as they came to the quilt show to pick up the quilt. I just love meeting my customers. Because I have customers all over New Zealand, I sometimes don't get to meet them in person.
You may remember the quilt Leonie made for her eldest daughter that I quilted, see here.

Speaking of pluses, I got into the garden this morning to do some pruning. The last of my roses, hydrangea & wisteria. I was wondering what I was going to do with all the cuttings, then the squirrel in me jumped up & said to save them all for kindling for next year. So that's what I did, little piles ready to be put into old banana boxes & stored away to dry.

After some pruning in one garden I found a wonderful volcanic rock, just sitting there waiting to be discovered! Who else likes these lovely rocks in their gardens?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

quilt show part two

Such a bummer, that the lighting was yellowy, as this quilt was lovely. Made from men's silk ties, pretty quilting too!
The next one is for the boys, bright fun with lots happening.

How about this Double Wedding Ring! What a spin on a very traditional quilt, some young pink loving bride would love this.

                     This one was made with 365 hand blanket stitched hearts. A bit of Love every day.

                                         Last but not least............................................

Monday, July 21, 2014

quilt show

Setting up for the show was fun! We had a wonderful bunch of ladies welcoming us in. We took some of our BOM's, kits, patterns, fabric bundles, wool felt & some fun sewing paraphernalia that Kerryn bought back from Spring market in America.
Big apologies for the yellowy photo's, it was the lighting in the hall.

The swarms of ladies keen to see our goodies! They were a great bunch of ladies who loved our wares.

                                 Our fabric bundles sold like hot cakes! As did some of our BOM's!

Our basket of wool felt looked a bit flat when we packed up, as so many were purchased.
After setting up Kerryn & I took turns to pop next door to a vintage shop for a wee look around.

A lovely little old church brimming with vintage & retro china, linen & other yummies! I came home with a little blue & white china plate & a stack of magazines.

A view from the stage looking own over the hanging quilts. Despite the cold dismal day, there were plenty of people out & about.

I really fancied this quilt in browns & duck egg blues. The maker had stitched in the ditch on her machine, then stitched designs by hand using running stitch in a lovely chunky deep duck egg blue thread as well some areas simply tied.

I loved this string quilt too, made from men's shirts. It reminded me of the one I made my niece a few years ago see here.
Back soon to share more with you, until then keep warm & dry!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Country Yard is off on a wee trip!

Kerryn & I are taking the shop to a quilt show this weekend. Here are the details:

Village Green Quilters … “Undercover Quilts”

Featuring: Traditional and Contemporary Quilts, Craftwork Table, Merchants and Home Kitchen

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 2014 10am to 4pm

Kumeu Community Centre, Access Road, Kumeu

Featuring: Malcom Angus as Guest Exhibitor

I spent the afternoon packing up the car with some of our goodies.

Some nice goodies tucked away in the suitcases that will double as props. If you are that neck of the woods it would be lovely to meet you!
I will take more photo's when we are set up at the show. Leaving you with best wishes for the weekend & sharing a photo I took last Sunday while standing on our deck as it was raining.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

sewing with a friend

When nature gives you bucket loads of rain, what's a girl to do? Sew of course!
  Kerryn & I had organised a sewing day sometime ago, but as we all know life gets in the way sometimes.
Anyhow friends, yesterday was the day. I stopped on the way to grab us both a nice coffee from a local Cafe, then we set to work on our samples for an upcoming class.

My sample will be from my favourite fabric : Kansas Troubles & Kerryn is using her favourite too : French General. Kerryn & Raewyn came back with some lovely new treats from Spring Market in America, so this sewing day was founded on doing something with a new gadget & book. Something a little different, but fun. I will show you more when I can, until then you will have to settle for the teasers I have plonked here for you all!!

The sun is now out in all it's glory, but boy did we have heavy rain last night! Although I am a winter lover, it is nice to have the sun on me, it has re-vitalised me.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

creamy delights & Christmas in July???

Joanne signed up for a class at The Country Yard some months back to make the Antique Lace Patchwork Quilt , you will remember I made the class sample back here. Joanne asked for hers to be quilted the same.

Ever so sorry for the substandard photo's, but we are having the most incredible relentless rain & wind here in Northland,  there was no way I could take any outside photo's of this pretty quilt!
Joanne tells me she now has a new found addiction. . . . . . . . . . . . . .collecting doilies! I can join her on that addiction, they are hard to say no to. What better way to use some of them though, in a stunning heirloom for generations to enjoy.

Joanne chose Matilda's Own 50%wool 50%cotton batting. The quilt measures : 62" x 62". I used a soft taupe Maderia poly neon thread, that just seemed to blend nicely into the fabulous linen & cotton fabrics. Honestly I wish you could see some of the fabrics better, the colours & textures made this quilt dreamy to work with.

Of course I had a few 'interesting' times with the quilting foot getting caught in the doilies! I had to take things real slow. I like the choice of sashing, a tone on tone, old world look brown, which Joanne says she will bind the quilt with also. Now that the quilting is completed, Joanne will add some of her collection of antique buttons, no doubt that is another addiction!!

                                                     Thank you Joanne, enjoy your quilt.

More cream to share, not a quilt, but a pincushion. I made this for my friend Raewyn, who had a wee birthday last week.

Made from a wooden coffee tree stand ( saw some rungs off & the top) & an old round cake tin, a dash of paint, then sand some paint off for that 'well-loved-vintage-chic' look. My total inspiration must & does go to my dear friend Julie, over at My Threadbear  Life, so much inspiration is she!
 Backtrack a few months to here where I made another one for a friend for Christmas. Then I bought this awesome one from Julie at my last visit. fun to make, but much easier to buy from her!!
Anyway, I used felted cream wools from up-cycled woollen clothing, & a small doiley all bought from OpShops (thriftshops). I made a flower for the top. I called Raewyn's pincushion "The Pin House".

It's always fun making handmade gifts for friends & of course receiving them! I wonder how well my handmade gifts will be received this month, as I signed up for a 'Christmas in July Swap'. I had to make three handmade gifts. We got to choose from a Christmasy themed list. I have no idea who I will receive from, but of course I know who I am giving to!! Here they are wrapped & ready to post.

I hope other Northland readers are all OK & of course anyone else out there in the firing line of this amazing, relentless wild weather.