Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Finish

I am so happy with the way my wall hanging has turned out and it is now on my sewing room wall. That's a much better place than having the stitcheries 'hanging out' in a plastic bag.
These stitcheries are not mass produced so are 'quite rustic looking'. Please click on the photo to get a better look at them.When I loaded this top on the longarm I really didn't know how I was going to quilt it but then after reading so many posts about Quiltcon I decided to do straight lines, and once I started decided to mix up both horizontal and vertical lines. Initially I was using my ruler and trying to make the lines so straight but then decided that these stitcheries do not have a perfect look so decided to do the lines totally freehand. I wrote the name SAPA across the top, which is the place we were staying when I bought these stitcheries.
The bits of cotton hanging down are what those thin strips were tied around my wrist with, so I decided to leave them in. I did have problems with beading as I used a white batting and knew I should've used black, but I didn't have any at the time and thought it would be ok. You only notice it when up close so I'm not going to stress about it.
Some photos that shoe the stitcheries and quilting better-

A wonderful tribute to the Hmong women and their handwork. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top Completed

Well I kept finding more stitcheries so decided to combine them all into one piece.
The thin strips are wristbands that a women tied around your wrist and that was a signal to all the other women that you had been 'claimed' and they were not allowed to hassle you.
Again this photo has not loaded well but it is a good record for me as to how it looked before it's quilted. this is now on the longarm and I think I will keep the quilting simple as I want the stitcheries to be the focus.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vietnam Memento

A few years ago my sister and brother in law lived in Vietnam for six months while he taught English. I went over for a holiday at the end of the contract and after a few days in Hanoi we went on the overnight train up to the mountain town of Sapa. As my sister was recovering from surgery on her leg and my brother in law from a severe bout of food poisoning, I wandered around town a lot on my own and spent most afternoons with the Hmong village women. These women would walk up to twelve kms a day to come to town to sell their needlework to the tourists. It was amazing to sit with them and watch them stitching-each design is one families traditional work. My sister used to say 'Are you off to see your friends?' and that is what it felt like.
Like a good tourist I managed to part with my money and purchase some of their items which have sat in a bag for a long time now so I thought it was time to do something with them.
These stitcheries are about to become a wallhanging-if you click on the photos you will see them clearly. Don't know why they look like they do here!!
They are stitched on hand dyed indigo fabric and are very intricately stitched. They would not stand up to a lot of washing so hence a wall hanging. I bought fabrics that I thought would suit-
and with this design-by Mary Metcalf and featured in the New Zealand Quilter magazine.
BUT NO-it didn't grab me once I started.
So now I have bordered all the stitcheries-with a Moda Cotton called Weave which is an exact match to the colour of the stitching Don't know why the solid has that pattern all over it in Blogger-in the camera it is solid!!
and am using the idea of Jacquie Gering called Variable framing featured in this book-
I am just having one frame around the stitcheries and using navy blue for the negative space.
One block is done and liking it so far-

Suggestions and Comments Welcome

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bound and Washed.

Oliver's quilt is now bound and washed and ready to be posted once his mum and dad get back from a holiday.
Not very good photography sorry but didn't notice that till now!!
And for a closer look at the quilting and a glimpse at the backing fabric-

I'm really pleased with how it all came together.
Have made these pretty Bowtie blocks today for one of the members of an online group I am part of-
So what next?? 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Next the Binding

This is where Maisie thinks her new sleeping place is. Whenever I have a quilt loaded on the longarm she is there-I have the machine set up in my garage which has internal access to the house and the door is always open. Luckily I do not quilt for others or the set up would have to change.

So here is the quilt ready for binding.
 I stitched in the ditch around the triangles and echoed this in the white triangles and then in the negative space, apart from Oliver's name I did double wavy organic lines. Enough that it will still cuddly when it is washed.
 This was a pattern in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Fons and Porters Quilty magazine and is by Christina Cameli who blogs at and she also has a Craftsy class on machine quilting.
Here is the photo from the magazine and you can see they look quite different just by changing the colours and the quilting..
I am pleased with how mine turned out and really like the lettering even though it is not perfect. I am sure when he gets it Oliver will not mind, and nor will his mum. This is a surprise quilt and will be posted off to a friend who lives in Australia.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015


Belated Happy New Year to you all.
Here in New Zealand it is the day after New Year's day and a holiday day. I worked a 12 hour shift on New Year's Eve as well as on New Year's day and boy were they busy shifts, so there was no after work celebration-it was dinner and bed once I got home.
Today was a day off and a glorious summer day that saw me on the golf course this afternoon.
This was one of the views I had-a Pohutukawa tree-known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree in glorious flower still. And then this little one was sitting on a little bridge that goes over a pond on the course-
It is a New Zealand Kingfisher bird and has bright orange under his wings. How beautiful is he!

So here is my last quilting finish for 2014- a quick strippie quilt pattern from I have made this pattern before and it is a great pattern if you need a quick quilt made. This one I made 'just because'  and it is now in the pile of awaiting a home-

Oops this has loaded upside down but you get the idea.
Closer look at the quilting=stipple in the novelty fabric, wave in the red and l's and e's in the blue.

So what is ahead for 2015-
I am not a list maker and certainly not when it comes to making quilts. I would rather respond to where inspiration takes me and boy there is so much of it in blogland. Saying that my aim for 2015 is to deplete my stash, even if by a little, and I have already started with these string blocks-
and to blog more, as well as comment more on others blogs. We all love comments and I have a long list of blogs I peruse frequently but do not take enough time to comment so I aim to remedy that.
Who knows where life will take me this year but it would be nice to lower my golf handicap, take an overseas holiday (further than Australia this year) and on the job front-that is watch this space-it may remain the same but there may be new doors opening.
So I hope to see you around in this coming year. Wishing you all health and happiness and lots of quilting fun in 2015.