Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE









Welcome to another Sew, Stitch, Snap SHARE.

Between work, trying to be a domestic goddess and playing taxi driver for Miss B and Mr J, there has not really been a lot of time for sewing.  Solstice Dream is still very much an enjoyable work in progress and so easy just to pick up and do a few stitches here and there in the evenings. Admittedly there is some unpicking that occurs too, I think I am trying to be too much of a perfectionist.

The first couple of photos are details of my latest finish, Block 10 - Big Bloom.  I love the colours in this one.

I'm really enjoying all the bullion knots on Block 15 - Pretty in Pink.  Hard to believe that this time last year I had never even heard of some of these stitches and had to constantly look at tutorials to see how to do them.  Now they are second nature to me.

On my days off this week, after a serious vacuuming and furniture moving session, I'm planning to baste the Sea Glass sampler quilt, never something I enjoy, but I am looking forward to getting on with the quilting and hopefully finishing it in time for Miss B's birthday.  Nothing like working under pressure.

Now it's your turn to share, it doesn't matter if it's embroidery, a quilt, applique or epp, or some other stitched or sewn project,  It can be a start, a finish or just a wip.  All we ask is that you follow these guidelines when linking up:

  • Link up any post from the past week that features  a sewing or stitching project you have been working on.
  • Somewhere in your post, please link to this one.
  • Also please take the time to read and comment on some of the other linked posts, it is always nice to know that people are reading what you have written, and we are trying to encourage people to keep blogging and reading blogs.
Thanks for joining us
Julie and Linda







Thursday, 15 February 2018

Here & Now








Loving // My new arrivals from the library - both fiction and non fiction, entertainment, inspiration, and information,

Eating // Fresh cherry tomatoes from my garden - and all from the one plant


Drinking // lots of water


Feeling //Hot and bothered, I love summer but am not really a fan of the humidity, and the library I work in, doesn't have aircon in every room.


Making // Another block for my Solstice Dream Quilt, I've changed the stitch required on the yellow petal from crested chain stitch (sometimes my head does not like complicated stitches) to oyster stitch, still lots more to do on this.


Thinking //About what to make for dinner tonight, it's a neverending chore some weeks.


Dreaming // Of cooler nights which would let me sleep well.


Linking up with Here & Now at Say Little Hen

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Heroic Garden Party at Foggydale Farm


Children's Playhouse





I need a view like this and the garden art to go with it

Rudbeckia and Dahlia

Rudbeckia under the apple trees





Bird and bug hotel

Close up of some of the guest rooms

Coleus and flowering Hosta


Russian Red Sunflower 




Just before Christmas I booked tickets for Mum and I to attend the Heroic Garden Party hosted by gardener and author Lynda Hallinan at her home and garden, Foggydale Farm as part of the Heroic Garden Festival.  The garden festival  itself is held over two days and visits many different town and country gardens in the greater Auckland area.  Originally it was established as a fundraiser for Herne Bay House which offered respite care for suffers of HIV/AIDS.  Now it supports Hospice.

We just wanted to visit the one garden event,  the idea being that everyone would dress up in pretty summer clothes and wear lovely creative sunhats,  Unfortunately the weather put paid to that, it was Soggydale Farm we visited with everyone garbed in coats, gumboots and wielding umbrellas.

The gardens were lovely, especially the potager garden of which most of my photos came from.  There were some stunning colour and plant combinations too, which I think I may be inspired to recreate albeit on a smaller scale in my little garden next year.   I was also quite intrigued to see how she mixed coloured vegetable plants in some of her flower gardens.  Devonshire teas were available, there were different market stalls to shop at offering plants, garden art and other treats.

Weather aside, was still beautiful garden to visit, and to see in real life so many of the different features we have read about or seen pictured in various house and garden type magazines over the past few years.


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE - 2018








Hello and welcome back to the first Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE of 2018.  

Here in New Zealand, we have been experiencing a record hot summer, which has at times, made sewing or hand sewing feel like a chore.

Nevertheless I have been stitching away on my Solstice Dream blocks and have finished another one.  I love the how the hedgehog block turned out and am so pleased I and managed to find just the right scrap of Liberty fabric for the flower and all the threads I had on hand.


That moment you realised you used felt from the offcuts bag, not the project bag. Half an inch too short.   I posted it on the Solstice Dreams facebook  page, and both Kerry Green and my sister suggested adding a strip of felt to the block and embellishing it,  I figured I had nothing to lose, cos if it didn't work I still had to do a new block.  This is what I came up with.  I think that once it is properly quilted, that will hopefully  help disguise that extra seam too.(tell me that will work please Leeanne


Guess this is the impetus needed to clean up my sewing room, and put the offcuts away.


And I'm finishing off with a little sewing room cuteness, Meeka has obviously decided that unused quilt blocks and an almost empty pincushion make a great bed.


Now it's your turn to share, it doesn't matter if it's embroidery, a quilt, applique or epp, or some other stitched or sewn project,  It can be a start, a finish or just a wip.  All we ask is that you follow these guidelines when linking up:

  • Link up any post from the past week that features  a sewing or stitching project you have been working on.
  • Somewhere in your post, please link to this one.
  • Also please take the time to read and comment on some of the other linked posts, it is always nice to know that people are reading what you have written, and we are trying to encourage people to keep blogging and reading blogs.
Thanks for joining us
Julie and Linda



Monday, 29 January 2018

Sewing and Stitching










Late evening stitching in the cool, means another block has been completed from my  Solstice Dream project.   I loved working on this one, even the little spider was cute, though I have found it doesn't matter what time of day you stitch with black it is still very hard to work with.

Slow progress on the Marsh block, after three attempts, I am very happy with my little frog.  Now onto the dragon fly with her sheer wings and metallic thread - not a great combo to play with.

Still plodding away on the Sea Glass Sampler quilt -  it is in large panels now ready to piece together, I just have to summon some enthusiasm to do it.  A few blocks have actually been unpicked and redone with different fabrics, so I am a lot happier with how it is looking now.  It has actually turned out to be a way bigger quilt than I anticipated making, so I'm not looking forward to wrangling that through my machine, when it comes to quilting time.  Hopefully next time you see this, it will be a finished quilt.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Scenes from my Week









I had a couple of days leave which added to my rostered days off and an upcoming long weekend  have given me a nice break.  I haven't done anything majorly exciting though.  Lots of running kids around getting ready for school next week, and painting the deck. 

A few little things giving me pleasure this week are:
  • Solstice Dream -  It's quite normal isn't it, to start a new block when you don't like the stitch you have to do next, or don't have the correct coloured threads, hence three more started and none finished.
  • In the garden - my tamarillo tree has flowers and baby fruit for the first time in it's life.  Having never grown watermelon before, we are quite delighted to see that  my son's watermelon plant is also fruiting, goodness this plant would take over the garden if I let it though.  My cosmos are flowering and this beautiful bloom is from a small unknown plant I got from my sister in law's garden last summer.  I have since discovered it is  a Brazilian Plume Tree.
  • Currently reading and being inspired by the the author and homeowner of this beautiful property in Australia.
  • Also being inspired by the lovely Liberty Kantha projects I am seeing here - I keep thinking I need to start one, but I have a lot of other wips I need to finish (especially the sampler quilt).  We'll see how long that good intention lasts.
Have a fabulous weekend.
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