Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Open Days. Part 2

The Yellow Challenge also an Aotearoa Challenge was the second loaned travelling exhibit we had last weekend. Some of our members had entered. I have covered most but not all the entries. ( click to enlarge ) 

The winner was the 5 bees at the bottom here. Bees and honeycomb were a popular theme. All entries measured 12 by 12" 

 The varied quilting on the bird here was so clever - it gave the mottle speckled appearance that was  just right.

 Here are some of the visitors enjoying a cuppa and a sit down and chat.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Open Days.

Saturday and Sunday were Open Days at our Patchwork and Quilters Group site on Elizabeth Street in Tauranga. Entry was free, there were 4 lovely raffles and we provided a simple refreshment service. Pam our long time best scone maker made fresh scones on the premises each day. I mainly served the teas, coffees and scones ( Devon-shire tea style. )  We were aiming to attract new members and also give our members a chance to view 2 wonderful Aotearoa  (National Association of NZ Quilters ) Quilt Challenges we had on loan.
 Some of our members had entered both these challenges. Here are photos of the beautiful entries in the Floral Challenge . ( if you want to see the rules look on  (www.aotearoaquilters.co.nz  ))

 The 2 at bottom right were by members of our Group.

 My favourite of all was second from the left top row. The turquoise colours  on black were beautiful.

 The quilt with the Mountain backdrop won the Challenge.
 ( click to enlarge the photos for a better look.
 I would happily have given over 20 of these wall space at my place.
 Next post I will show some of the yellow Challenge.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hours of Gardening.

Spring is in the air...well some days. For me lately that has meant hours and hours of gardening.
 Plum tree blossom getting pollinated . That's a hopeful sign.
 I had already cut away any old growth on last year's strawberry plants and put 4 new ones in the gaps. I weeded  again  then spread blood and bone and sheep pellets then a thin layer of compost. Some flowers are showing so I hope that bee or one of the other willing workers finds them so I will get a good crop.
 Here little lettuces are coming ready and the peas are climbing their frame. ( they are, "eat the whole thing peas"  ) so only a few are needed. I replanted where there were gaps on another frame. I am not sure who to blame for the gaps....rabbits,  slugs,snail or quails all have been seen lurking. ( I know of 3 rabbits nearby. R has since reduced that number to 2 ) I have laid slug bait.
 A couple of posts ago I showed the "Little Garden, " free seeds kits that New World supermarket was giving away. 1 per $40 spent.
 This is stage 2 of mine on the bench in the garden shed.  I have stage 1 of another lot on the kitchen windowsill where I can keep a close eye on the watering.
 So far I have received : chilli; cress; basil; broccoli; carrots; chives; mint;cauliflower; kale;cherry tomato; rocket and parsley.  Some I have got twice. There are 24 different but you don't get to say which you want as there is no visible name on the outside of the packs. Some it is probably the wrong time of the year to be sowing ( temp and white butterflies on brassica ) . But I will give them all a go. I am now considering it a challenge to see how many I can get to fruition. I know the cress and rocket will be first ready.
 Any other Kiwis growing these?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

A Big Ship Sailed through the ........

A "BIG" ship sailed through the Tauranga harbour yesterday ( sorry Elizabeth Matterson - old English Rhyme ) Along with many other spectators we watched the Aotea Maersk container ship arrive from South America.
 When we arrived it was out to sea off the Mount beach.
It was travelling at speed so I we didn't have time to walk around the mount...I ended up sitting on the grass in Pilot Bay to see this appear from behind the Mt.
 It rapidly made it's way across the inner harbour to the wharf on the other side.
 It is the largest container ship ever to enter NZ waters.( or Australian )  It can carry 9640 containers! 
 It was loading up after it arrived and during last  night and taking off for Asia during the early hours ( less than 24 hour turn around...no wonder Tauranga Port is # 1 in the country! ) 
 Apparently it is going to be a frequent caller to our port from now on.

 I got this wee navy Jersey ( Debbie Bliss pattern ) finished and sent off to Grandson, who by the way is one today!

 It is a super pattern to knit. All the stitches around the neck are kept on stitch holders so no picking up. It was a lovely soft  4ply merino wool.

 The constant rain has trashed so many of the more fragile flowers in the garden but not this NZ native Rata bush. On the close up pools of nectar can be seen...The Tuis know about it.
 The bush wobbles when they land in it but that doesn't deter them they just grip on and keep licking.
 In my next post I will show how well my little free seedlings are doing.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Feast Your Eyes on Quilts.

Yesterday I went to the Mt. College Hall to the Papamoa Patchers Quilt EXHIBITION.
 It is still on today and tomorrow 1st and 2nd of October if you are near by. 10 till 4 each day.
 Labyrinth Walk was at the far end of the hall as you walked in your couldn't miss it!
 Yes the colours tell you it's a Ngaire Brooks' Pattern - Silvereye's Fantasy by Raewyn Wilson.
 Val Parry's Meandering Batik was lovely.
Kay McNeill used NZ Batiks to make New Zealand Aura.

 I have seen this McKennna Ryan Faith, Hope, Love as a quilt but I thought Fran Osborne"s idea of mounting the blocks separately really displayed it better than as a quilt.
 I think this masterpiece by Carol Andrews was getting the most attention and discussion. Rightly so. 
 Jacobean Journey was machine embroidered on a Pfaff machine and is made up of 120   8" blocks which were joined using the quilt as you go method.( each 8" block took about 3.5 hours to stitch / quilt! ) 
 Some of the detail ( an there was a lot! )
 There were many many more lovely displays of frocks quilts wall hangings cushions and toys . If you get the chance go and visit.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

E Paper Piecing Millefiori Blocks.

Last weekend our P and Q Group  had Tutor Chris Keena from Wellington take 2 classes using English paper piecing to make her Millefiori Quilt.
 This is her quilt.
 Using sheets of paper she was showing us how we could make a smaller example to use as a cushion cover if we didn't want to make a large quilt.
 This quilt featured on the cover of NZ Quilter mag  # 79 ( some time ago now ). To her horror the printer had shrunk one of the pattern pieces to fit it on the pattern sheet - what was he thinking?
 Luckily those who tried to make her quilt from the magazine sheet let her know.( no consolation for those who tried and thought it was their mistake! )  She had with her the correct pattern pieces for us to use.
 This is the back of my first 2 parts. 
The front of one untrimmed.
 This is my colour scheme in my first block.  All the smaller yellow and green blocks are going to be the same on mine. ( they could be plain fabric as an alternative ) ( they could be all different too ) The rest of the colour scheme I am still mulling over. I am going to retrict my pallet somewhat.

 I will continue mine to at least this size marked in the corner by the papers.
 That means making 3 more completed squares as I have above.
Chris was a lovely relaxed Tutor to work with. I enjoyed her company & that of my class mates.

 I have also been knitting this garter stitch 8 ply charity rug out of unwanted older wool with some new bright stripes to give it a lift.

 I also found a pattern for a toddlers hat with ear flaps that was knitted on straight needles not circular. It is in 8 ply and a bit rough( compared to the lovely 4 ply merino I have been using )

 Depth wise it looks right but I think it looks far too wide. I need grandson to try it on for me. I now know how to do it so can adjust size ( or try 4ply and or smaller needles. ) 
 The rain is keeping me inside but I'm not complaining.
 Lots of my little garden seeds are up already! ( I'll show that next time.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

What Do You Make When........

What do you make when you need to take a plate of food for a shared lunch????
 Tomorrow I need to take shared lunch when I go to a class with a visiting Patchwork and quilting Tutor. It starts early so I  have had to make something today. At P and Q we often have shared lunches but usually there is time to make it the same day.

 Today I went back to an old favourite, Vegetable Slice.( I have lots of variations of this )
 ( the grated carrot cheese and parsley )

 There are no courgettes at the moment so I have just used carrots. ( beetroot might work too )( Any vege that can grate. )

 Here's the basic recipe. Vegetable Slice :

500gms of grated carrot ( weigh before you grate )
1 small onion finely diced
1 cup grated tasty cheese
 1 cup of SR flour
 4 eggs beaten
 1/4 cup chopped parsley
 1 tsp garlic flakes

  In a small amount of oil fry off the finely chopped onion till clear and cooked.
In a large bowl mix well together the grated carrot ,cheese & parsley.
 Mix in the flour and onion, garlic and seasoning to your taste to coat all  these.
 Then pour in the beaten eggs and mix through..( it should be moist )
 Spoon into a well greased flat ovenproof dish ( approx 23cms Square ) and pat down.

 Today I then spread over the top a little of our homemade pesto and added a further measure of grated Parmesan cheese.
Place in a pre heated 180degree C oven for 30 minutes, till cheese bubbly and top slightly browned.
 Cool.  Slice into squares. Can be eaten hot, warm or cold. Can be reheated. It keeps in the fridge.