Thursday, December 30, 2010


Here are the results from my earlier post but you will have to wait for quite some time to see what I am going to be doing with these fabric's, I DO HAVE A PLAN!!!!!!!

A Painting Day

Just wanted to do some painting today. I think this is called sun painting lots of fun trying out all sorts of things to put on to the wet painted fabric and see what happens when it dries, waiting for it to dry is the hardest part. Well I have looked at two pieces and they have worked really well considering the paint colour is so light. I know it works better when using a darker colour paint.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Taking time to play around

Just taking a bit of time of from the cooking and cleaning. The woven fabric is some of my painted fabric's and the piece in the centre with the photo printed on is also a piece that is painted with dinosaurs done the same way the dolphins were done (On the purple fabric you can see them if you look closely.)
(Sun prints I think that is what it is called)
Anyway the pale green was to pale for the dinosaurs to show up. I will try some Dinosaurs on darker fabric some day soon, when time and weather allows me to. I have stitched this on my Janome 6600.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Free Motion Quilting on a TREADLE MACHINE

I have had a work out today! Using a treadle machine on a hot day like today certainly must burn some calories. I have had fun I wanted to see if I could do free motion quilting on a treadle sewing machine, what fun!!!!

I have stitched the orange art piece onto a piece of black calico, I have wanted to try applique free motion stitch the way Patsy Thompson does on her blog.

A Painting Play Day

Marbling using shaving foam, loved this and will do some more some day.
This is after the painting, heat set and been put through a wash cycle in the washing machine.

Printing using the gelatin method, I found this quite messy not sure that I will ever do this again.
All my new fabrics out drying!!!
Who is the KING of the Castle?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy Feet Christmas Float

Happy Feet won a highly commented in the pre school entry section. I think they are soooo CUTE!!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Peachy Dammes 2010 Challenge

My Challenge

Liz N's Challenge

Norma's Challenge

Marion's Challenge

Marina's Challenge
Ann's Challenge

Peachy Dammes Challenge for 2010: We each had a magazine and had to
go to page 14 (I think)
from that we had to get our inspiration. The results above

Monday, November 29, 2010

12x12 Kiwiquilters Challenge

Here is my 12 x 12 Kiwiquilters challenge, the theme was "Home" I believe any house with quilts in make it a HOME!!! I have used this challenge to try out some techniques I have not tried before, much easier on a smaller wall hanging.( I wanted to try out very close free motion quilting, I am pleased with my result)
I have also decided to make my challenges to reflect some part of my life if the themes will allow my inspiration to work in that way.
This house is the house I lived in as a child, it was pulled down to make way for a school and we cannot find any photo's of it. So this is how I remember it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy Feet

I have just spent the last week making baby penguins for the Kindy Christmas Float. Their theme is going to be "Happy Feet" NOW hopefully this weekend I will make up two mummy penguin's to look after the 8 little ones.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Birthday Lap Quilts

I made this lap quilt for my brother-in-laws 70th birthday. I had it sent to OZ where he was going to celebrate his birthday.

The lap quilt below was a Halberg Challenge I had three blue and white fabric's I had to use and we were allowed to use as many more blue and white fabric's
we wanted. I then decided I would make it for my sister's 70th birthday which is early Dec, the name embroidered at the bottom is the name of her bed and breakfast.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Exhibition Photo's

Here are some photo's from our exhibition the only quilt that is mine is in the top photo the one on the red wagon, thank you whoever placed it there I think it shows off my quilt nicely. Our exhibition was a great success approx 700 people came to view the quilts and we have had fantastic feedback. So all that hard work has paid off. Now we all need to catch up on some sleep

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Quilt Show this Weekend

Quilt Show this weekend 15-16-17th October 2010
I have spent from 9am this to 6.30pm at the Feilding Coach house helping put up this display, I think it looks Fabulous. If you are interested in visiting details in one of my past posts, check it out

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blossom and Roses

Just a quick look at part of the garden I think the only part you can't see any weeds. Why do they grow so fast I wonder?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How will I quilt the Black Border?

WELL! I have quilted the centre part of my wall hanging BUT how will I quilt the black border?

I am pleased with the way I have quilted the sky BUT how will I quilt the black border??????

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Painted Sky

I am working on this piece of work with the photo of my Grandson extended out to make a western scene. I am excited about my piece of painted sky. I am hoping to get this finished for our exhibition in October check out below and see the details of the Show

A mockup photo taken in the coach house museum.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sewing on a stormy day

Look at the foot on my treadle! I have a walking foot on so I can do some quilting, it does look a bit funny. Anyway on this cold stormy day it is perfect to stitch using my treadle sewing machine. You can achieve 3 things by using a treadle, save power, have exercise and keep warm.
Lucy is blobbing out for the day! Well she was until the thunder hit.
The white fabric under her is a very small UFO from many years ago, I thought if I bring it out and leave it hanging around I may get it finished, only problem is the hand quilting is not quite finished. I have not hand quilted for many years, I am into speed quilting and you can only do that by machine.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Back in Time

A Challenge Quilt I have done as it is in the section not to be judged I thought it would be OK to blog about it. We had to use 4 fabric's from a pack we purchased for $5 the theme was" Back in Time" and also had to have a 9 patch visible. We could also use another 6 fabric's of our own choice. It did have a size restriction which I found a bit tricky as I think it needs a border, maybe I can add one after the "EXHIBITION"

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Orchid Challenge

I just needed to show my orchid challenge I made some time ago using some of my painted fabric, the paint is from Itsy Deals, I also made my own bias tape, as I am writing this I am wondering way did I need to made it bias when I have not curved any of the black strips. The black would have worked if it was cut on the straight of the fabric. I will take a mental note of that in case there is a next time!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Playing with paint

Playing around again. It is a shame my quilting in the black has not shown up I have quilted three ferns in a variegated thread. The green ladder fern on the yellow has been painted then stamped on. The leaves on the bottom brown fabric have also been stamped using little foam stamps. The small wall hanging is to demonstrate fabric paint bought from Itsy Deal. A $2 plus shop. The paints are $2.50 each

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Murray Halberg

Today 3rd of September 2010 is 50 years since Murray Halberg won a GOLD MEDAL in Rome. I made this quilt for a challenge in 2005 at Rose City Quilters.
The theme was a "New Zealand Icon"
I am a second cousin of Murray"s

Friday, August 27, 2010

challenge quilt

I think I have made a big mistake!!!! I was supposed to write an artist statement, not how I have made my challenge, will I have to say that is something I have so much trouble with just can't do it.
Maybe I had just give up doing challenges, I believe I am a quilter not a writer.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Saturday evening I took two of my granddaughter's to The Feilding High Wearable Arts. There were entrants from High Schools around the Manawatu region, what an amazing show of work done by these students. I will be trying my best to go again next year. It was truly amazing. I think there would have been about 2000 people there, I will see what it says in the local paper when it comes out I am sure they will have numbers. Well done Feilding High School.