Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Having finally got my head around the fact we are having another baby (!) I decided the time was right to think about a baby quilt. It's going to be perfectly plain with their name on it...
So this is the boy option for Baby Thomas (if that's what it is!)
and this is the girl option for Annie Rose (Baby Rose) if it's a girl!
and then there was a whole lot of fabrics at $2 per metre which I just could not leave behind. Actually they haven't photographed that well, but they will be fun to use!

Sunday, October 19, 2008


The other night David worked out that we are going to have a teenager in our house for 22 years straight - such great planners we are!! Anyway this weekend three of Chrissy's friends came over, cooked their dinner and stayed the night. We had been instructed to get the house tidy and to remove the annoying little brothers for the night. We also removed ourselves for a couple of hours to the neighbours for dinner.
It was so lovely to get to meet these girls and talk to them and just see how nice they are! Teenagers are great, once you get to know them :)
I didn't get one stitch of sewing done this weekend, hopefully will get some things done this week. I have lots of plans to make some little Christmas Presents so need to get on to it, oh actually and one big present - a large quilt for the cousins. Hmm better get started!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spring Inspirations....

This week I have started feeling better. It's great. Actually it's fantastic. I've even been to Aquagym for 20mins aquajogging.

The weather is beautiful this week. The sun is shining and the flowers are looking beautiful. I don't have as many flowers as I would like,
but the hardier ones are surviving neglect and the dogs (and children).
The colours of spring, lime green, purple, pink, bright blue and yellow are really inspiring me.
Even the weeds are looking pretty!

I'm inspired by all these spring colours and the thought of summer ahead. I've decided to make a picnic rug quilt. Don't these fabrics just make you think if cloudless skies and cucumber sandwiches?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Off the UFO List

I sewed the bindings on four quilts last week so they are offically off the UFO list. It's a good feeling isn't it. Then I updated my UFO list and discovered that it has magically got longer. Yesterday and today I have been feeling better so I am hoping that it will last then I can get some projects underway! I have lots of plans for things to make for Christmas. I just can't help myself, I love to make people things!!

My parcel went last week...

i think its safe as to post these pictures as my angel has NO IDEA who I am!! So much fun. I enjoyed putting it together.
I actually didn't make these two items, but I was too sick to do that at the time and a I wanted to get it away, so hopefully my angel will forgive me for cheating. Aren't they beautiful, I hope she likes them. Actually I hope she can read English because I can't read her language!!

It's arrived....

From my lovely lovely stitchers angel in ITALY (how exciting is that?) It is the lovely and talented Ale at Cakes and Cross stitch!
Beautifully wrapped gifts!
A lovely letter, thanks Ale!
A teddy for the baby - not this one the baby that is coming in April. Sooooo soft and fluffy.
Handmade cross stitched bibs for Baby - will be best dressed baby thank you.
A cross stitched apron and some kitchen gifts. Very thoughtful.
Beautiful, beautiful handmade gifts for me. Too nice to use. I love them.
Thank you so so so so much. You put so much thought into this. I love it all. Thank you thank you thank you.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Finally a project finished!

This is the rest of the jelly roll that I used for David's quilt (Mystery Quilt at Kaikoura). It's amazing how far a jelly roll will go. It's the first time I've used one, but I would buy one again as it is lovely to use the whole range of fabrics which we NEVER get in New Zealand. This quilt is the third one quilted by Shenleigh on her machine and it looks great. Christina, my neighbour who turned 40 on Saturday loved it! The only reason that I managed to do it was because it was straight sewing, my brain has gone on holiday and have not been able to do any hand work for a few weeks. Hopefully will feel better soon.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

This is how our baby would look now...

13 Weeks - looks quite human!

I'm in love...

with this beautiful fabric I brought off Trademe. It is a heavy cotton and the colours are so rich and lovely. What am I going to do with it? It's way to nice to just cut up willy nilly!