Friday, March 16, 2018


My plan this week was to try to finish up my block unit #10 of my Southern Charm quilt.  Well I usually only work one or two days a week.  But, since I was gone for three weeks all those day's work sat there for me needing done.  No sewing time for me.  I did accomplish last weekend on Sunday a couple more rows of the pieces in unit #10.
Well I now have four of the geese done with three more to go on this unit that has seven geese in it.
The plan today and until I return to work on Wednesday is to get unit #11 done too.  
And here they are.  I will need two of the three block rows and one single block as well.
Now the suggestion was a special ruler to help in their construction.  I love tools, I have dozens of rulers and other quilty tools.  So yes, off to to pick up this new tool.
Quilt in a Day Fussy Cut Rulers.  I see lots of uses for these guys.  
Plus they came in three sizes at a very reasonable price.  So I am off to get some groceries and sew the afternoon away.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


I finally had time after after returning from our holiday in New Zealand to sew a bit.  
My Southern Charm Quilt has been sadly behind with a finish of my Dresden plate blocks.  
The last Dresden done.  I made it 4.5 inches on its blades.  I am glad I increased it from the 3.5.  Instead of a circle in the center I tried a sort of flower shape.  Plus placed three small little dollies on it.  
So this finished off the large Dresden block.  Now on to the next block set.
A start of Block #10.  I had to really wrap my head around these little guys.  But, I think I have a good start of the seven I'll need for this block. 
And at last my last New Zealand purchased of fun fabric.  I just could not leave without buying some fabric that was truly New Zealand.  It was just too much fun.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


We have been in New Zealand for almost three weeks.  Time does fly when you are having a good time, but it is time to get home.  I did finish some yummy fabric here.  
These are quarter meters.  A little larger than a quarter yard.  We should not complain about the cost of fabric.  Two meters of fabric cost just a little over $40.00 of American money.  It is lovely fabric with a feel like Art Gallery fabrics.
And here the second fat quarter meter I purchased.  Now to fly home tomorrow and get busy making something fun.  
And a last photo of a really interesting wall piece we spied in a quaint shop on the way back to Christchurch.  I really love the colors on this piece.  

Monday, March 5, 2018


We have been traveling since Feb. 18th here in New Zealand and finally came across a quilt store in Arrowtown on the South Island.
Yes I bought fabric, and took lots of photos too.
 I like the fabrics in this one they had on display.
This piece was so pretty an the flowers were dimensional, which made them really stand out. 
This is just a part of this quilt, but I have some fabric at home which is must the same color range with leaves on it.  I think this clue gives me ideas.

Friday, March 2, 2018


We have taken in a lot more sites in the last couple of days.  We went to a sheep farm and watched them shear sheep.  They lay quite calmly when being sheared.  It was quite hot so I guess they are glad to have all that wool off. 

Plenty of wool off just one of these guys to make some of that nice wool batting some of us really like.
In Christchurch they had many wall arts done on the sides of their buildings and walls.  So many interesting quilt/wall hanging ideas.
I particularly like the bird in this piece and the ferns.  All sorts of possibilities. 

Monday, February 26, 2018


We stopped in a small town traveling from Auckland, to Rotorua over the weekend and ran across all this local art.  
This tile sofa was really interesting, however I see a possible wall hanging idea for this one.
There were all sorts of decorative pieces around this town like this, but this one really catches the eye.  But I have another idea in mind as well.  In Auckland the first day we arrived in New Zealand we did a hop on hop off bus around the city and saw the sites.  We took this picture and I plan to reproduce it in fabric and it will be a wall hanging for my entry for sure.  
We won't be headed home until the 8th of March, but some fun ideas to think about when I do get home.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


New Zealand has a quilt history too.  At a museum on the way to the Bay of Islands we came across this display.  

And of course this item which some of my quilt friends use regularly even today.  
Our trip has included some fun events.  We spent some time watching dolphins in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
And of course my traditional Maori greeting.
We did a traditional war canoe across the Bay of Islands up a river to their traditional meeting place and a water fall.  Important to get involved with the traditions of another country.