Sunday, December 30, 2012

Today I did a little FMQ

 5 Days before Christmas Day, not the best way to get out of cooking!!!!!

After the first week I found out it was a very bad sprain and a crack in a bone in my ankle.  But the x-rays showed there was an old brake which I did not know about.  How could that happen without knowing!!!!!!!
Check out the cushion!!!!! Found a use for it!!!!!!!!

 One great thing that has come from it is my husband has had to learn to cook after 42 years of marriage now there is no excuse!!!!!!!
I have been watching a lot of quilting DVDs, and doing a bit of red work, reading quilting books BUT today I did a little FMQ using my left foot on the foot control.  I have to keep my leg up as much as possible, then back to fracture clinic on the 11th Jan....................

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December FMQ

The photo's here tell the story!!!!! This challenge was set by Patsy Thompson absolutely love her work, and have lots and lots more of Patsy's work to try.  I must thank SewCalGals for running such a fantastic FMQ challenge for 2012. Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!!!!! I hope you all have a safe and Happy Christmas.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas tree of "Jewels"

I have been working on this tree for some time now!!! It is not quite finished as I still have to stitch on the tree and the brooches.   This is made from my Mother-in-laws custom jewelry.  I hope one of my children would like to inherit one day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or maybe a grand child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

November FMQ Challenge

Well I have stitched my challenge for November not to happy with it I'm a bit under the weather again, now I have ti flu which I have had for two weeks now! I will be trying this again when I am feeling better.
 Finally finished my Halberg Challenge which should have been finished at the end of September, better late than never!!!!!!
Prince Charles and Camilla came to FEILDING for a visit while touring New Zealand, Camilla went to Palmerston North while Prince Charles went on to visit a farm.  We live around the corner from the road he was traveling, so many people took the opportunity to see him.  The main road out to the farm was near about three schools, so they had all come out to watch him pass by!!!!!  


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Table Cloth Quilt

I just had to try out FMQ an old table cloth, I bought this cloth from the arts recycling centre.  The cloth cost me 30 cents and it had quite a few holes in it.  It is amazing how it is very hard to see were they are now.

  The photo below is the back of the quilt.

Lucy JUST has to test my quilting!!!!!!!!!! I think it has passed the test!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Lucy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Quilted table napkin

Well!!!!!!! I just had to try quilting some linen onto a background fabric!   Cindy Needham does the most amazing quilting using old linen pieces, check out her blog here:
I hope this is just the beginning for me as I love the work Cindy does.  I was very lucky and win some of her E-Books June though the FMQ challenge I am doing with SewCalGal.   You can find her blog here:

Monday, October 15, 2012

October FMQ Challenge

My October Challenge quilting is done on my quilt sample and below is quilting on a fabric with a little bit of shine to it.  I may turn this piece into a cushion cover!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

On Saturday 13th Oct 2012 the day started at 9-30am with a class with Barbara Pritchard making a notebook cover. We used water soluble wax pastels to make our background fabric, then added flowers which we then free motion quilted them down.  I left the class early because I was going to a lecture in Palmerston North.  The lecture was given by Rosalie Dace she is from Durban, South Africa   (  Very interesting lecture.  From there I had to rush off to a surprise dinner for friend I used to work with many many years ago it was her 60th birthday.  So today I am just lazying about, I have finished the notebook cover today adding some beads!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Septembers FMQ Challenge

Well!  I have finally stitched my September FMQ challenge!!!!!!!   I am really am struggling  trying to keep up with these, I will have to do the Treadle ones at a later date when I can catch up with extra sleep and less work ( child minding ) is very tiring!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Quilting on the treadle at the Quilt Exhibition

I demonstrated  Free Motion Quilting on a treadle sewing machine for three days of Rose City Quilters exhibition.  I quilted seven and half cushion front top pieces. And had a workout as well, just joking!!!!!

 A closeup of the free motion quilting on the treadle.
 Three of the pieces I did on the weekend!!
Rose City Quilters had a fabric house challenge, I got carried away and made three!  I made a Mouse house, A smurf house and a fairy house. The judging was by the public voting,made by a gold coin vote.  I think there must have been a lot of children voting because my smurf house won!! !  How embarrassing as the other houses were SOOOOO beautiful with so much work put into them.
The ginger bread house got second it is beautiful it was made by Jill Hogg and my tree stump house was third!!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Art Panel at the RCQ Exhibition

I think the art panel look fantastic!!!!!! Now of the bed so I can do another day of free motion quilting on the treadle!!!!!!!! I will post some photo's of the quilting I have done at the exhibition some time soon!!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Merit awards

I had a great day at the RCQ Exhibition.  I got a merit award on one of my challenges and a merit award for my 12" x 12"s If you check out Lyn's Blog you will see all the challenge quilts.  I will not have time to blog for the next couple of days I am a bit tired, I am demonstrating free motion quilting on a treadle sewing machine all weekend.  Please go check out t Lyns Blog.

Happy Quilting everyone!!!!!!

My RCQ Quilt Exhibition Challenges

Here are my three challenges I did for the Rose City Quilters celebration exhibition the theme is "30 years"
I think it will be OK to post these now as they are hung with names on at the quilt exhibition now!!!!
I popped in to the exhibition as it was being hung to take a treadle sewing machine in as I am going to demonstrate free motion quilting at the show for the 3 days it is on.  I will have some quilt sandwiches made up so if there is anyone wanting to have a go they can!!!!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

August FMQ Challenge

Here is my August FMQ challenge I am not happy with this one. I am still coughing I am into the 7th week of it and finding it hard to keep up with everything, I will try July and August challenges again when I have recovered and do them on the treadle machine as well!!!!!!

All the practice things have worked lets hope the party goes of well!!!!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

12 12x12's

Here are the 12x12 art pieces I did last year I am getting them ready for RCQ Exhibition 7th 8th and 9th of September in Palmerston North.  I still have to put velcro on the back of other quilts for display as well. I only wish my cough would go so I had more energy to get everything done in time.  I have some challenge entries but cannot post photo's until after the exhibition.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

July FMQ and Art Panels

 These panels are for RCQ exhibition in Sept tomorrow I am hoping to bind them. I will try and explain in more detail when I am feeling better.
Below is my July FMQ Challenge I am not at all happy with it but I am getting over the flu which has hit me very hard hopefully I am on the mend now. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

June FMQ Challenge

 Here is my June FMQ sample stitched on my Janome 6600
Here is my June FMQ sample stitched on a Treadle sewing machine

I know I havin't been posting much lately I am trying to keep up with as much quilting as I can, I am looking after a 21 month old little girl (a busy little girl) I have been working on some challenge wall hangings so I cannot really put up photo's of these until after September.  Now must go and do some more quilting on my challenges!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Quilting to everyone!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I have surprised myself

 A photo I have taken of Lexus
I have traced Lexus from the photo then printed it out on two pieces of paper making it larger then tracing it on to a white piece of fabric, then painting it so I can then applique it on a centre block for a lap quilt.   I painted the fabric then did the shading I have surprised myself with this.  I think I will now add some light highlights to her. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

May Update!!!!!

 I have not blogged for a while I a just a bit behind I am having to look after my 20 month old grand daughter and she is taking up a lot of my quilting time but she will grow up!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

This sample is was stitched on my Janome 6600
 Back view of sample that was stitched on the treadle sewing machine
Front view of sample that was stitched on the treadle sewing machine
 My "Rose City Quilters" Tote and Gloat challenge entry for 2012

My second entry for "Rose City Quilters" Tote and Gloat challenge for 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

April FMQ Challenge

Free Motion Challenge for April

For April the challenge tutorial was to learn to transfer a quilting motif with a technique taught by Don Linn. He uses bridal tulle for this technique.

The transfer I made

Stitched on my Janome 6600

A front view of the block I stitched on the treadle machine!

A back view of the block I stitched on the treadle machine!

Monday, April 2, 2012

More FMQ on the Treadle

I am sure the photo's her tell the story!!!! What a lot of fun we all had!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Beach Girls

This is my last 12" x 12" in this series!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March FMQ Challenge

Free Motion quilting stitched on my 6600 Janome!

Free motion quilting stitched on my singer treadle machine!

March 2012 FMQ Challenge Tutorial, by Ann Fahl

I must say when I first saw this challenge I thought it looked quite easy WELL!!!! I found it quite hard as I am so used to NOT going over were I had stitched. You know when you stipple there is NO crossing over other stitches I'm sure you know what I am trying to say!!!!!!!!!!!