Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March Stitching

This week there is definitely an autumnal feel to the late afternoon, the rains of last week seem to have taken summers heat with it as it moved on. The lower temperatures are definitely helping with getting a better nights sleep which is always a bonus.

I have been working away on some goodwill quilts for the past few weeks, both on my own and with a friend.
Work progressing on the first quilt.



Second quilt coming together.


Today we put this one together. We still have enough fabric for one more quilt. We are loving how these are coming together and we have enjoyed the Tuesday mornings that we have spent working together. 

I have been working on a couple of quilts on my own, both of them are Bonnie K Hunter patterns from her website. Check them out here


Scrappy majestic mountains, I love this pattern and this is a very good way of using scraps. I need a few more blocks for this one before I can think of putting a border on it.


Waste Not, Want Not blocks laid out on the bed. This pattern always works regardless of what scraps of fabrics that you use. I definitely have more blocks to make for this top.

We are having a stitching weekend at our local quiltimg club, watch this space to see what we get up to.

Happy stitching everyone
Donna-Maree





Saturday, February 25, 2017

February Stitching

The headcold developed into bronchitis which I wouldn't recommend to anyone, and I got to the stage where I couldn't even stitch. Thankfully after a doctors visit this improved.

The quilt got completed although stitching on it continued into February as I needed it completed by my granddaughters third birthday.

I had a go at quilting her name into the quilt.


Quilt being checked out by furbaby.


I just love a stripe binding and I tried a 2" binding on this quilt and was very pleased with the result. 


Cake cutting time, the cake was made by our youngest daughter for her niece. 


When an oops becomes a creative moment.


The quilt on the bed and the granddaughter. 

I need to get a move on with February's project.


February is marching on but it hasn't ended yet, there is still time for stitching on this. Check back soon to see the progress. 

Happy stitching everyone 
Donna-Maree




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January stitching

Here in New Zealand, January means summertime, warm temperatures, sun and beaches.

It is always a time of reflection and evaluation for me, what worked last year, what I achieved, what I want to achieve this year and the opportunity to have a good clear out. 

I am making good progress on my January challenge which is number 6 on my list for the APQ 2017 challenge, 6 being the number drawn for January. Especially considering that I have been sick with a horrendous headcold for over a week now. I have pushed on whenever I could, making the most of precious moments to sit and stitch.

Auditioning fabric placement 

Getting it all laid out.

The quilting has begun.

Letting the fabric do the talking. 

I constructed the quilt into four pieces and are quilting it in the four pieces and then will join them together. All of the stitch in the ditch has been done and now some detail is being added. I am just chipping away at it, bit by bit.

Hopefully I will get more done tomorrow, check back and see.

Happy stitching everyone
Donna-Maree







Wednesday, January 04, 2017

January 2017

Well here we are in January 2017, the Christmas things have been taken down, packed away and put back into the ceiling space. I had sorted my 2017 diary months ago so that was all sorted and ready to go. Yesterday morning I sat and looked at my UFO list from 2016 and noted any changes and then I made a new list for 2017. 

Since then I have become aware that All People Quilt have a 2017 UFO Challenge going on where you write up a list of 12 UFO's and work on them one a month and either complete it or at least get some progress on each UFO. I pondered this briefly and decided, Why not! I will document my progress here as I go. This month we are working on item number 6. When I wrote up my list, I put as number 6 the project that I have to get done this month as I have a deadline.

Yesterday I ironed my fabric and now I need to start working out exactly what I am going to do. This quilt is for a special person and will be a gift. This quilt will be a quilt as you go quilt, probably in four sections.
Some of the fabrics I'm using.

Our books for Symposium arrived just before Christmas and I have had a quick look through but need to have a more in depth perusal. There is quite a group of us going from Tauranga here and we are having a get together later in the month to check out what we are all doing etc before we do our final selections.

We went out for a walk around Mount Maunganui this afternoon and a cruise ship was visiting.


It was very windy especially on the harbour side of the Mount.


The views are quite spectacular from the walkway.

Okay I have some ideas to spin around, so until next time, happy stitching everyone.
Donna-Maree


Saturday, December 31, 2016

The End of 2016

Wow, here we are staring down at the end of 2016 and into the beginning of 2017. 2016 has been a mixed bag of a year and this last week in particular has brought a string of curve balls that we could definitely have done without.  I cant wait to see what 2017 has in store but one thing I know for sure is that there is going to be change, lots of change.

My word for 2017 is going to be 'embrace' and it isn't just a word but an action and a change of attitude. Since I have become chunkier I have stopped doing certain things like swimming at hot pools, but I have bought some swimwear and I am embracing who I am now and not letting things stop me from enjoying experiences and making memories with my family. I am embracing opportunities and where they may take me, I am not letting fear rob me from experiences, I still have a lot that I want to do and accomplish

We had a lovely Christmas with our family and created many memories, we did some things the same and changed up other things.


Pavlova that my 2 3/4 yo granddaughter and I made for Christmas, definitely one of the best yet.





Scarlett and I on Christmas Day

Take care everyone, happy stitching and we will see you on the other side of 2016.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Open Weekend continued

Our open weekend was very successful with many people through the doors checking us out and seeing what we have been up to. It was a fantastic opportunity for our community not only to see what we have been doing but also to see what quilters as a group have been doing in New Zealand as we had the Aotearoa Yellow Challenge on display as well as the Floral Challenge. These quilts are small by quilters standards but when they are hung together enmass they make for an incredible display. 






The Floral Challenge











The Yellow Challenge


Our merchant was Wise Owl Quilting with some beautiful fabrics available to purchase. 




My purchases, just couldn't resist the colours and designs.


Can't wait to use these tapes to brighten some future projects, rolling them into empty spool should keep them tidy.

It is Labour Weekend here in New Zealand this weekend which is the official time of planting your vegetable garden if you are wanting fresh produce for the Christmas table. While I haven't planted a lot so far I do have seedlings coming along nicely and have planted a courgette or zucchini as they are known and our lettuce and strawberries are doing well. Hopefully we will make some more progress with getting things planted over the weekend although I am working tomorrow and are catching up with family on Sunday so Monday might be quite busy.

Have a great weekend everyone and we will catch you back here soon, until then happy stitching.

Donna-Maree















Saturday, October 15, 2016

Open Weekend

Day one of our open weekend has come to an end and what a fantastic day we have had with lots of people through today. Here are some pics of some of the quilts on display.


Some of the Presidents Challenge quilts


Results from Rosemary Rush class


Some of the goodwill (charity) quilts that have been made


Another gorgeous goodwill quilt.

If you are out and about in Tauranga tomorrow, Sunday 16th October come in and check us out and you just might be treated to fresh homemade scones with jam and cream and an amazing display of quilts.

See you there
Donna-Maree