Monday, 24 April 2017

Japanese Country Dolls, Boro and Old Indigo

This week I took some of collection of Japanese bits and pieces into work 
for our new window display entitled "Japanese Country Folk and Boro"

It is already attracting a lot of interest which is cool.

The tiny dolls are sitting on the rungs of an old wooden ladder.

This is a Boro Triptych that I made a year or so ago. It uses all old recycled indigo 
fabrics that I also collected in Japan.

My Japanese Boro Journal was made in class at work, also a year or two ago.

These pin cushions were also collected in Japan - all old indigo fabric with 
a subtle amount of sashiko stitching. They are sitting on an old rag rug
purchased at a flea market in Nagoya.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Linen Bunnies

I have had so much fun leading up to Easter.
We got a stunning new pattern in and I got addicted to making Bunnies.

Between Cindy and I we had seventeen Bunnies on display in our Easter Window.

We have made up kitsets of some and tonight I am just finishing off another one.

Talk about a new addiction!

Back to some quilts tomorrow.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Last New Pair of Taupe Quilt Blocks

These are the last two designs for the blocks in this quilt.

There are lots of French Knots on this set - for no particular reason!

The second version looks like this:

Now two more blocks to make and then a couple of extras.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Taupe Quilt Progress

This is Block 6 for my new quilt.


Some of the stitching detail. 

Now here is  the second version of this one.

Back soon with the next pair.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Settlers Sampler

This is another reveal from our Wine and Cheese Evening.
We have had such good feedback on the evening that will do another one soon.

We just have to make more projects to release !!!!!!!

This is what you have seen so far.


Cindy and I have worked on this one.
We each designed and made 50 blocks and then we put them
together into this quilt.

We chose a selection of fabrics and then started making.
We didn't consult much at all so it was a bit nerve racking when we 
laid out all 100 blocks.

But they worked. Next it was on to choosing the sashing and cornerstones
and we were ready to put it all together.

And we love it.

It is based on an antique 1800s quilt and we have used all Reproduction fabrics.

You can join us and make this too. The blocks are 5"
It will be a Block of the Month soon, so watch our shop website

Now back to my poor old Mrs Holder Quilt - it really hasn't made much progress lately.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Jubilee Block of the Month

Last night we had our big reveal Wine and Cheese Evening
where we released about 15 projects that we have been working on 
over the last three months.

You have seen the two that I have been working on in sections,
now I can show you the whole quilts.

These are the sections that you have seen.



Now for the quilt.

This is now available at the shop as a Block of the Month.
Phone us on 09 622 2270 or email us on
You have a choice between the two border fabrics shown above - red or brown.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Indigo Instastitch

This has been such a fun quilt to make over the last 12 months.
It is Sue Spargo's Instastitch.
Each month she has released a block with the last block coming through last week.

I have made mine from my collection of old recycled indigo fabrics
collected on my trips to Japan over the years.

It has been such a good project for those fabrics.
As you can see I have added in some tan fabrics which also came from 
Japan on my last trip. Most of these have been dyed with persimmon juice.

Then on Waitangi Day attended an indigo dyeing workshop where we dyed our 
fabrics in the traditional old way with a natural dye vat.

This was such a great experience. 
Now I have a collection of indigo dyed fabric to use in a project.

I might even have to invest is a vat of my own so I can keep dyeing the 
fabrics as I would really like to have a collection of some really dark indigo too.
To get the really really dark blue they need to go into the dye vat so many more times.

Back soon.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Next Taupe Block Done

This is number four of my new project in Japanese Taupes.

It is actually quite fun doing two blocks the same and making sure they are 
different colours and different embellishing stitches.

This is the two blocks side by side.

Back soon with my old Indigo Instastitch as Sue has now released Block 12 
and the quilt layout, so my quilt is all in one piece.

I just need to get a photo and work is the best place to do that.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Taupe Applique Project

This week saw number three block of my new taupe project get completed.
The combination of applique and a little simple stitchery is so much fun to do.

I used a combination of two gold strands and one cream strand 
of Cosmo Embroidery Thread for the French Knots around this flower.
The gold alone seemed to disappear and the cream alone
just popped right out at you. I think the combo has worked.

Simple Lazy Daisy stitches enhance the centre of this simple flower.
I Chain Stitched with just one strand for these two leaves.

A couple of pistils add a tiny touch of interest to the blue flowers
with Fly Stitch in one strand up these leaves.

I have been drawing on my lines for the embroidery with a Sewline Duo Marker.
One pen puts on a fine grey/brown line and the other (hence Duo) takes
it away when you are done. They work every time for me with nothing
to show at the end.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

1800s Surprise Block of the Month

I have managed a little bit of time in my sewing room, 
between rests while recovering from a nasty bout of the 'flu.

Over December and January Cindy and I made 100 blocks between us.
We used a pre-selected bundle of fabrics but otherwise didn't share 
and compare notes often.

And when we laid out the blocks altogether were were stunned at how 
good they all looked - no modesty here !!!!!!!!

Sashings and cornerstones were chosen last week and 
now the quilt goes together.

Back soon with more of the quilt.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Version 2 Block of New Project

This is the next block of my new Taupe Project.
I will be making two of each design so I am trying to make them 
as different as possible.

This is the new one with last week's one below.

I fussy cut the blue for this flower giving it dark tips.
It also works well with a dark centre.

A light pink flower enhanced with stitching.

Fussy cut gold berries.

Fussy cut green leaves - the fabric had the spots in so I fussy cut 
them to go up the centre of the leaf. Only every second spot (the ones
that looks larger) is on the fabric. 

I then added a French Knot to them and an extra one in between fabric spot.

I am loving doing this applique on taupe again, so back with a new block soon. 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

New Year New Project!!!

I am so excited to be back working in my favourite fabric range 

- the Japanese woven Taupes. And starting a new applique project.

I have loved my English Paper Piecing phase and it does still continue 
alongside the new project, as my Mrs Holder Stretched Hexie quilt is 
not yet finished but I am up to squaring off the corners - so definitely on 
the home-straight with that one.

Here is the first new block made - applique with a small touch of stitchery.
I do find it hard these days not to embellish applique with just a little stitching!

French Knots around the flower centre.

Veins on leaves with backstitch, fly stitch or chain stitch.


Just in case you were wondering what had happened to the two projects in 
last week's post. Have they been relegated to the back burners?

Well no.

The pieced one is finished and ready for Helen to machine quilt.
And the other one is ready to be machine pieced together.

I do like to have several projects on the go at the same time - in case 
you hadn't noticed!!!

I like a machine project for my mornings before heading off into work and
hand work for the evenings. I find that I cannot English Paper Piece
all evening - it is seriously not good for my hands.
So having an applique project or even a hand quilting project on the go
at the same time works well.

After all my hands and eyes have to come with until I am 100 year old!!!
So they are seriously worth looking after.

Back soon with block two and maybe Instastitch number eleven all 
embellished - it is pieced already.