Sunday, 14 May 2017

2017 School Programme

This year's Redoubt North School Programme is underway with a new project this year.

This is my sample - Trip Around he World in Elizabeth Hartman's Pond fabric range.
I can cut you a kitset if you would like to make a quick and easy quilt.
The squares were cut 6".

I have 26 students involved this year which takes our total to 100 quilts
made by 100 students. This the fourth year of the programme.

Each student makes their own quilt which they get to take home.
I have organised sponsorship for all the costs of the programme, as this 
school is in a low economic (decile) area. 

This Friday they planned the layout of their quilts.

There was lots of excitement as they opened their bags to reveal their fabrics 
and even more as their quilts took shape on the floor or table in front of them.

Then is was on to some accurate machine piecing and wow did they do well.

Some finished their first row and began piecing their second.

Back in a fortnight with more progress.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Taupe Quilt Now Finished

My Taupe quilt is now almost finished - just a bit more hand quilting to go.

It now has a name - "Kyoto Flower Pots".
It is named for my favourite city in Japan and because it is made in the Japanese 
woven and printed 'taupes' that Japanese fabric companies design so well. 
And of course every block is a pot / vase of flowers.

The original was designed by Lori Smith but was a small quilt.
I have enlarged and multiplied it up to make a bed size quilt.
It will be available as a Block of the Month starting at the end of next week.

Here are photos of two blocks that I managed to miss posting earlier.

Second version - managed to make my Freezer Paper pieces in reverse 
but it turned out to be a good idea rather than a mistake!
It makes my two blocks in mirror image.

Back to the hand quilting now.
Back soon with a new project or two!!!!!
Probably one hand work and one machined.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Taupe Quilt Top Finished

My taupe applique blocks now have their machine pieced partners.

They are all joined together into a quilt top, complete with borders.

Sorry this photo is not great - it was on the floor ready for pin basting and 
I just can't far enough from it to get a really good photo.

I have machine quilted in the ditch of the blocks and around the two borders.
Now it is time for some hand quilting.

We will start cutting this at work next week as it is our newest Block of the Month.

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.