Monday, April 26, 2010

Reminders of Anzac Day

Its always so interesting to take my camera when I go walking everyday,usually there is something that captures my thinking or heart even if only just for a moment. Monday night's walk produced these amazing images of things we don't see often. Anzac Day wreaths and reminders. I watched Saving Private Ryan on Saturday night. I've seen it before, but I still cried my way through it, even knowing what is coming next. I'm getting better than the first time I saw it at the movies - I cried from beginning to end and spent most of the movie hugging my knees. The guy seated next to me (who I didn't know) kept asking if I was okay. I'm truly glad that in mylifetime I haven't had to make a choice about war - to go or not. 

Here's how we usually see Yucca's in New Zealand.  I don't think I've seen one at this point of flowering before.  I love the way it is unfurling itself.
There is somethingincredibly graceful about the way the leaves are arched over the base of the emerging flower.

I'll have to remember to drop back there, to see what has happened in a day or two.

The end of the weekend

Brilliant Sunday night sunset colours - this is the view from my lounge.  Another busy day, today I re-arranged the furniture in the lounge, so now it feels more like home.  Spent the rest of the day reading, cleaning and scrapbooking quilt photo's.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


There were loads of people out on Takapuna catching the last warmth of the sun on Saturday evening, and the water was still, making for brilliant colours.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Crazy Quilting friends

Mary-Anne and Sarah.  Mary-Anne is planning a new photo quilt and wanted to capture the layouts she set up in paper.  Sarah was concerned she might fall off the swivel chair she was standing on.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Quilted Scrap Log Cabin

I had the scrap quilt on the top professionally quilted with a continuous line design in 2006 and had the quilt on the bottom quilted by the same professional quilter with the same continuous line design in 2010.  This first one measured 6.15sqm .  It cost me $26 / metre to have it quilted.  ($238.00)  Both quilts fit a queen size bed.

The second one is 6.30sqm and cost $50/metre to have professionally quilted by the same quilter ($315.00).  I made the error of not getting a quote first, and didn't realised her price for continuous quilting had doubled in four years.  By NZ standards, I think this is expensive.  Other quilters charge around $35/sqm for continuous quilting.  It is however, a very nice job.

The second quilt measures:  2.40m wide x 2.70m long.

This will be my 92nd completed!  I've been quilting since 1990 (20 years!)

Here's a close up of the 2010 one that has just been completed (2010) and you can see the quilting design.

Both quilts are random log cabin patterns - I think I prefer the design of the first one.  I started them to use up the scraps, but I still have enough scraps to start another one.

Autumn Harvest

Here's the leaves that inspire the second Harvest project.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fabric Harvest

My quilt club are having a "Harvest" challenge for our June meeting.  I wasn't going to participate as I'm not into the country quilting thing, and all the theme was conjuring up was 'pumpkins and autumn leaves' which I wasn't very inspired about until this moment of putting the two concepts together.  We have the most wonderful autumn reds leaves falling in Upper Queen Street at the moment.  I'll have to harvest some for another idea that has popped into my head.

Yesterday I was sorting through projects to figure which one I will work on next, and some fabric leftovers came to the top of the pile.  These were left from a class with Gloria Loughman.  She is a fabulous Australian quilter, and like American Jane Sassaman, (who is another quilter I really admire), encourages students to save leftover motifs (orphans as Jane calls them), either positive or negative shapes from projects, because in the future they may inspire a new work.

This is what happened yesterday.  I was playing with some leftovers, and they inspired a piece for the Harvest Challenge.  Here is the thread audition - I'm getting ready for some quilting.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


This is my 13 year old niece - Megan.  She was 8 when she last made an appearance on my blog which you can see here.  She is crazy about Animals and was holding a new doberman puppy.

I began from the photo by tracing the outline and then completed the drawing.  Some of the shading doesn't scan very well as it is so light.