Friday, October 30, 2009
I have also decided to participate in the "Show'n'tell Fridays" hosted by "Amy" each week. So this is my first Show'n'Tell post. I think it's going to be just the motivation I need to finish at least a small item each week and hopefully a big item every now and then. Head on over here and check out the other posts this week. Just click on the 'Show'n'tell' Button on the right sidebar.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Look at what came in the mail today! A very inspirational book with beautiful quilts beautifully photographed. I can't wait to have a really good read of it.
I did manage to make it into my sewing attic today. I got 3 items cut out but realised I didn't have enough interfacing for them so they will have to wait till tomorrow. I did some mending on the girls clothes. They had both worn holes in the knees of their leggings. On Caitlin's pair the hole was quite big so I cut out some flowers from some fabric scraps, reinforced it with a little interfacing on the reverse then simply stitched around the flowers. Caitlin was pretty happy with them and will probably wear them tomorrow. Amelia's pair just had a tiny hole and I found a stitch on my machine that I had never realised was there and it is obviously designed specifically for darning. I can't believe I've had my machine for 15 years at least and never discovered this stitch.
When I am mending the girls clothes or taking up hems etc I feel grateful that I learnt to sew and always wonder what women who don't sew do in these situations. A lot of clothing must be wasted out there!
Friday, October 23, 2009
A blogging friend Deb gave out a small challenge to tell everyone what is making you smile this week. Well for me its my garden which has been making me smile everyday since it was made over way back in April. In New Zealand we have a TV programme called "Mucking In", where a lucky recipient is nominated by someone from their community to have their garden made over. It is usually someone that gives a lot to the community and the community feels the need to repay them in some way. My husband was one of those people to be nominated. He organises an annual event called the "Beach hop" which celebrates the 50's and 60's era . It has grown to be a huge event that brings millions of dollars into not just our town of Whangamata but the whole of the Coromandel Peninsula and all the funds made from it go to charity's to do with water safety since we live on the coast. It is a fun event that people look forward to every year and travel from as far away as the States and Australia to attend.
Because I do all the gardening I was let in on the secret a couple of weeks before my husband was surprised. It was very tricky keeping it a secret from him and also our girls. I was generally quite happy with the way our garden originally looked but I'm no garden designer and there was a lot of people wanting to thank Noddy for his efforts so I agreed to have it made over. The "Mucking In" team then come in to town and surprise the recipient and they are then sent away for the weekend along with their partner while the community and local business band together and majorly make over your garden. I'm talking diggers and truck loads of garden supplies here.
The programme screened here last Sunday the 18th October but can be viewed again on TVNZ's website. Here's the link. The programme is only available for New Zealand citizens to watch but you can still read all about our garden and why Noddy was nominated on the website here plus they have a few more photos. Our garden is now absolutely beautiful and the new "hot tub" is getting a lot of use! Everyone did an amazing job in just 3 days.
And these are our new back steps with stepping stones that lead further down to the redwood trees that border our property out the back.
Another view of the back of our property before the make over.
Our new boardwalk leading to our new hot tub. To the right of this photo are the big redwood trees.
And a couple more photos taken from our deck. Hope you enjoyed my little photo tour of our new garden that we are very proud of.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This sounds like fun!! I'm playing long with Joan from Wishes True and Kind. Won't you come and pay it forward with me.
1. I will make a little something for the first three people who comment on this post. It will be a surprise and it will arrive on your doorstep when you least expect it!
2. I will have 365 days to do it in.
What's the catch? To get a handmade prezzie from me, you have to play too.
1. You must have a blog.
2. BEFORE you comment here, you must post about your Pay It Forward on your blog to keep the fun going, and display the Pay It Forward button.
I have installed the Amy Butler software which was an extremely easy process ( if I can do it anyone can!) and had a wee look around. There's a great range of projects to choose from and endless ways of changing the designs to make them your own. I can't wait to have a good play around. Watch this space!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I then made 32 smaller (six inches) quarter log cabins for the border around the larger blocks
Then yesterday I managed to find time to put all the blocks together. I wasn't quite sure how the wonky houses and trees would look with the other blocks but I'm now really pleased with this quilt and in a way pleased I got the flu and had the wonky house idea. I really like the white with these blocks. It gives the whole quilt a crisp clean look.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
This cat block was also fun to make and one of my favourites just because it's cute!
Well I hope you enjoyed this quilts first blog outing! There are lots of other beautiful quilts for you to look at over at Amy's Quilt festival. Enjoy!