Thursday, October 17, 2019

Still Complaining about the Weather.

I suppose its cause we both like to garden that the relentless wind is so frustrating.
 But still we try. Some success too. 
 5 caulis have so been eaten by the family. One yet to mature.

 Finally I'm getting a reasonable pick off the red flowered Broad beans.
We have been eating petals and leaves off the nasturtium in salads. They are thriving despite the wind turning the plants upside down again and again.

 We have also been watching Mrs. Thrush valiantly struggle to make a nest on top of the wooden beam in our BBQ area. Finally it stayed there. I climbed on a seat and held the camera above my head to see into her nest.
Fabulous coloured eggs.
 My sewing has consisted of hand sewing a different type of felt ball and machine sewing little dresses for Dress a Girl Around the World, project , that we were asked to help with. So far I have done the skirts of 2 but need help on how the sleeves are done.
 Some ladies are going to work on them on Saturday when we have a UFO day. I might go and get some assurance that what I am doing is what is required.( its a good way to use up fabric from my stash!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Fickle Spring Weather.

After a fabulous warm weekend, (that I could become very fond of ) the weather is certainly throwing everything at us today. There will be a brief spell of sun then the rain pours down the wind rushes through lifting things in it's path including these avocados that I collected from under the 2 Hass trees.

 From the house I could see them swinging  like pendulums so no wonder some just snapped. Some fell stem and all some had their stems ripped out.( I so hope we don't loose the avo trees themselves )
 These windfalls may be a bit bruised but at least they are mature enough that we will use them when they ripen in about  8 to 10 days.

 The sun popped out again so both of rushed to do some garden jobs, BUT then had to rush for shelter a short time later. I got stuck in the old poly house for quite some weeds left in there now...finally I made a dash for it. Too windy for an umbrella today.

 The first of 5 Unique Rhododendron is flowering. The wind doesn't seem to be trashing that.
 We both decided that the rest of the day most definitely was an indoors day.
 I have been knitting ( beanies ) and sewing an adult type felt ball and sorting my fabric stash to find material suitable for little girls dresses. We are being shown this Friday at P and Q what is required. In an all boy family that will be fun for me.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Even More Quilts.

Here are some other quilts and hangings I liked from our recent Exhibition.

 Jan Nicholson's Taste of the Orient. It was the colours and the fabrics I liked.

 Karen Livingston's My Secret Garden, made from a pattern by Geta Grama from Romania .

 Also by  Karen and the cushion made from old blanket wool by Melanie Martin.

Rae Champion's, A Handful of Scraps was hand pieced and machine quilted.
 There were of course many more lovely pieces of work but I don't have photos of . This was just a selection.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

More Quilts.

Dorna's beautiful fun quilt has toys in pockets and things to play with.She made the toys as well of course. Clever lady.

 Muriel Brown's  Puzzle hanging.

 Helen Mckeon's beautiful quilt of Kaffe Fasset fabrics is on its side ( sorry )

 3 brilliant vibrant hangings.

My Carmichael Walkway hanging at the front of this row.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Selection of Quilts from Our Show.

Our Exhibition was well attended and the Sales table did very well. Here are just a few of the photos I took to share here.
2 members had made this same pattern. Christine McIntyre made this one. Some of the flowers are felt and there is a lot of hand embroidery.
She also made this fun tuffet out of French General fabrics. 
Rosemary Hancett's travel bag was so well finished, right down to the matching luggage label.
Muriel Brown's Wonky Houses were  very bright.
As were Sandra Bentley's,  Feathers . Such excellent workmanship in this.
A quilt made by the same lady ( Sandra ) for her son. The fabrics were nicer than they look here. She is a professional Quilter and many of the quilts others put in the show were quilted by her.
Helen Purllant's Seaside wall hanging was hand stitched and machine quilted. Lots of small detail in this.
Denise Lee's hanging is tiny .The blocks are miniature. It is foundation pieced from a kit she got in USA.

 Some more to come in my next post.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Exhibition Starts Tomorrow.

The Tauranga  Patchwork and Quilters' 30th Anniversary Exhibition starts at 10 am tomorrow at the Tauranga Racecourse. It's all hung and ready for viewing.
 10am  till 4pm Friday and Saturday. Adults $5 entry.

This  is a quilt made by members that is being raffled.

 Raffle Quilt.
 There are other great raffles too.

On display are members work. From large quilts like Valerie Blight's  quilt here
To tiny thread paintings of pets.

 There is also on display Aotearoa Quilters'  Exhibition, " New Zealand Through Our Eyes."featuring Canadian and NZ quilts.
 A huge Sales Table has a great variety of gifts and novelties and small quilts .

Friday, August 30, 2019

Royal Spoonbills.

I am still trying for that elusive close shot of the Royal Spoonbills. This is where I walk  by when I go right around our small sub division. The ponds were made especially for nesting purposes.
 There are many bright Spring flowers out in my garden and on my kitchen bench. Freesias in 5 colours. The best perfume from my old potted Burtonii ones.
 Theses white flowered ones are from the bulbs Grandson planted.

White Dutch iris are standing tall along the back retaining wall.

Around the base of a flowering cherry.

 Today I have used my time well. It is somewhat of a relief to know I can still knuckle down when undisturbed and finish a project. I made the hanging sleeve with a velcro strip and hand sewed it on. Usually we just safety pin the hanging strips on but my hanging is very light and I thought the weight of safety pins might just make it keep falling off the wall - so I sewed it on. I left the ends open so it is also a hanging sleeve into which a rod could later be put to hang on my wall.
 I sewed a matching label on too. So all ready to exhibit. ( ( Feeling relieved it is totally completed )