Sunday, November 25, 2012

Just found this guy through one of the many blogs I follow on google reader
He has a background in architecture, which is awesome from my perspective because I can (sort of) relate being from a CAD/GIS/Mapping/Cartographic background myself, I draw on the logic behind those computer programs when thinking about composition and the end product. It also reminded me to keep working towards a side goal I have of introducing mapping into one of my quilts on a large scale one day.. after I get a few other projects out of the way!  :)

Check out his website HERE

or click on the quilt he made below to learn more about it.

Below is my attempt at a photo inspired quilt I made a good few years ago.
The link to my project page for this is HERE if you want to read more about this!


Hope you are having a great weekend, and all the State side folk are recovering nicely after their Thanksgiving Day!

Take care!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Better late than never

Better late than never, otherwise known as "Dear Mr UPS, thank you, I think."

I had an order for some goodies, and they were due to arrive some time today, but being at work, was all prepared to do the dance with the courier around re-delivery or pick up options etc.

I got home and still nothing.. no worries, the website says residences packages can be delivered up to 7pm (or later) weird, but okay.. 

So "the otherhalf" and I were just sitting down to play Dota2 (a computer game) together, and knock knock, 7.40pm, helloo.. here it is!

Lucky! When you pay extra for a faster delivery you'd hope it comes on time esp when tracked (only because if I'd have waited for snail mail it might have coincided quite closely with another fairly important pending date)

So I finally got to do my excited "omg its here" wriggle before opening the parcel

Yes I did it.. I bought a few of the V and Co.'s jelly rolls!

what to do?! ... 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ribbons of Hope update

Last week mum and I made it into Starship Childrens Hospital to deliver my Ribbons of Hope quilt into the Oncology department. It was a lovely visit, I'm so happy it has ended up living there, it is definately where it belongs.

(left to right) Me, "the quilt", Dr Jane Skeen, Mum (Linda)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I'm off to Starship this week!

This coming Wednesday I can finally deliver my quilt " Ribbons of hope " to its rightful owners! 
I'm looking forward to gifting this quilt and catching up with my oncologist from when I was younger.. its been probably somewhere in the vicinity of 15 years since I've seen her or been up to that ward (now at Starship Childrens Hospital in Auckland NZ), so its pretty neat to revisit that little section of my life.

I'm off to un-roll it and let it breathe for a few days, as well as get the lint brush onto it.. gotta love that black cotton!

Have a great week ahead!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lovin the colour!

Now its no secret I'm addicted to Pinterest and I love all the quilting inspiration I gather from there... 

this one just couldn't wait to get to you through the natural courses of internet whats hot or not

So it might have been out for a little while, but I'm loving the new colours that are out there at the moment.. 

Specifically this range from V and Co

The ombre range of their fabrics are shown in their quilt below (pattern here)

ok, you can leave me now to swoon over the colour combo above .. see you next time !

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Hi Everyone,

I've got another update to my website for you, my latest project was a Tigger quilt for my friend at work, her little one has just moved into their "big" bed, so what better way to acknowledge that achievement but a quilt!

Click the Pic to see my projects website!

Today the boys are over for a computer gaming day, so I might put some time into my next quilt!! Any excuse :)

Take care
Have fun

Monday, September 10, 2012

Jungle Quilt!

Hi everyone!

I can finally show you my latest project.. one of my fav blankets so far

Made for my sister in law's pending arrival.

but I must start off by saying the design, though not identical in layout, the characters were copied (with some redefinition and an extra character!) from a quilt I saw here. I have googled and googled it to try and find the designer, so if you know where to get the pattern from please let me know!

I got my fabric from the Crafty Needle in Manukau, they don't really have a website but the shop is in Jack Conway Drive right off Cavendish Drive.. Great shop!

I will put this on my projects page soon, so watch out for it!



Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ribbons of Hope

Today was the goal date for finishing my quilt for child cancer, and today I completed the last of the hand sewing needed to secure the sleeve for hanging it up.. so other than a little brush down to get rid of the fluffy stuff ... I think I'm done!

I will give you fair warning, the following is a little long, on a fairly serious topic, so make a cup of tea or coffee, or just skim down to the pictures  :)

This is "Ribbons of Hope"

The making of this quilt was a journey lasting (virtually) my whole life, though only scratching the surface of what cancer means to me and mine, I hope it symbolises some of the things "we" forget about when it comes to cancer. For me, its the faces of the kids who sat next to me in our hospital beds who didn't make it, the days I didn't understand why I needed a humongous jab in my butt because I had next to no immunity, the helplessness my family must have felt when they had to place their faith in doctors they'd only just met.

The main thing you need in this situation is Hope
Hope that the medicine will work, hope that your body will respond to the treatment.

After you or your family have all the information laid out in front of them, all you have left is hope.
Hope that the decisions you've made will ultimately have a good outcome.

As my mum said, and she would know better than myself, cancer is a "one day at a time" healing process.

I love that many types of cancers are getting more airtime these days in media, without the medical research and dedicated support organisations many patients and families would be, to be blunt, at a complete loss at to what to do with themselves after receiving this sort of news.

The Oncology department at, the then, Princess Mary Children's Hospital (later the Starship Children's Hospital) in Auckland, NZ gave me and my family the treatment, advice and support I needed to ultimately beat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).

The Child Cancer Foundation played a major part in supporting my family through one of toughest things you can go through. They filled the gap with understanding (and later, I believe, love) for families like mine that were, at the drop of a hat, propelled into an alternate reality of having a "cancer kid"

The ribbons on the quilt are made from Canteen bandannas. I'd been collecting these bandannas (sold for fundraising for Teens with Cancer) for quite a few years, but I was undecided on what to do with them until recently.

The black ribbons at the end of each row acknowledges that not all of us made it through, the red sashing for me symbolises blood, in the case of my ALL, it is the now healthy blood I have free of cancer.

The next photo is for my colleague who, after I'd mentioned I was fundraising for the Child Cancer Foundation by making a quilt as I was unable to grow a Mo (moustache) for Movember, quickly rebutted with "Maybe you could ninja a mo in there somewhere" .. so how could I refuse! On the back.. is the mo!

My next step is to contact my old doctor and see how I can donate this to the ward that now sits at Starship Children's Hospital. This is my shout out to Dr Jane Skeen, Dr David Mauger and from the Child Cancer Foundation, Janette Falconer. You made a difference bigger than you'll ever know.

In future posts I'll go over some of the "How I made it" but for now I'll leave you with a close up of the quilt label, I think it sums up fairly well what this quilt means to me.

Also check out the quilts page on my website

Take care!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cancer quilt progress

 Hi All!

Just a quick update about what I've been up to today!

Last weekend I secured the pin basted quilt with my foundation lines, so this weekend I was ready and rearing to go with my "plan"... the "plan" was to quilt some words into the border.. in glow it the dark thread... Shut  Up.. I know!! Cool Huh!

So the following piccies show how I executed the plan.. and just so you know, I had done some quilting tests, as it is good to do, on some test scrap quilt.. 

I knew from my test that I'd like to go around the words twice, just to give the glow in the dark thread some oomph when its trying to glow.. take a look, I've added comments where I can!

UPDATE: the thread never really glowed, a bit dissappointed, but going around twice a definate YES, it makes them stand out nicely!


I started off measuring the space I had in the border, I allowed for the binding and then designed my words on cartridge paper (sketching paper, its a little stiffer than printer paper) I then cut them out all in one piece and pinned them on.  I actually just pinned them down to my ironing table to stop it move about. (ie I didn't bend the pins back up through the paper.. I just stuck them in on an angle)

Then I used the Sewline mechanical pencil - the ones with the ceramic leads to trace around the paper

Then I filled in the missing lines by hand, rulers or the papers edge can help to keep some of the lines straight.

The next step is a little tricky to show, but it was just free motion quilting around the lines twice. It was a little hard to know which way to go where the letters left gaps.

Here is an example of the direction I went in.. the second "E" in NEVER was one of the examples with an internal gap, but you can get around it.. the lighter arrows show the direction, not actually where I stitched!
Click on the image to enlarge it!

The bottom of the quilt

Here is another example of one of the words.. this word is a little bigger than the rest, it has the top line all to itself :)

Trying to show some of the layout!

Take care, more to come soon when I do the sleeve and binding!

Take care

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New comments box on website

Hi everyone,

I've just managed to add a comments/guestbook to my website! I'm quite stoked with the results, it's not flash, but at least now my awesome visitors to the website can leave me a quick general note without having to comment on a specific blog post, or they can just say "I was here"   :)

Check it out on my "About Me" page!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Child Cancer Foundation Fundraiser

The progress of my cancer quilt is up on my website

Current name choices...

Ribbons of hope
One in a million
Never feel alone

what do you think?

and remember if you haven't already, check out my fundraising page, sponsor me to finish the quilt

and yes Aaron, I will be add a mo for movember! just wait n see

Click the image below!!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Hello Again

Hi everyone,

I'm sorry it has been soooo long since I've posted anything, but I have been super busy at home, but have managed to fit in a bit of quilting in between!

I have also been a busy beaver over on my website, fixing broken images and generally cleaning her up!

Check out my three new projects I've added to the site, two are new, but the accordion cover is from a while ago.

Also, I'm currently making a quilt to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation here in New Zealand, so please check out my website here! and donate if you can, every little bit helps, I can vouch for this organisation first hand!

Click the image below to get to my fundraising page!

I'll be posting some pics real soon of the quilt top, I'm just about to baste the quilt sandwich and have sourced some cool glow in the dark thread from fil-tec its called "Luminary" check them out, loving their Glide polyester thread too.

Have fun, take care

And all going well, you'll be hearing a lot more of me from now on  :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Oma and Hello to Quiltville vistors

Hi everyone, 

Today is my shout out to my Oma (grandmother) today is her birthday! I made her a table mat, she has a round dining table in her flat so I thought I'd round off this large center mat too.  This is blue and burgundy has got to be one of my all time favorite colour combos.

We just got back from a lovely dinner at Volare in Manurewa here in Auckland, it is an Italian restaurant, fantastic food and great atmosphere! Had a great time.

And yes this post does have a second reason, Hi and Hellooo to all the visitors I've had over the past couple of days from the Quiltville Yahoo group! I can hand on heart say that I've never had so many visitors at once!  They have been checking out the binding tutorial I made last year while finishing up mums quilt Armagh ( have a look under "Projects"

The other day I had a play with the buttons on my new websites homepage. I finally figured out how to make them cool and change to the black and white image when the mouse hovers over the button. It was pretty intense and a few coarse words were uttered, but its looking pretty cool, Go check it out at the link at the top of my blog (there is a link to get back here don't worry!)

Check out the piccies of the table mat below:

Love love love this colour combo

 This is a really special fabric, it has gold paint all over it, and looks so wonderful in real life.

A wee arty shot to finish off, not sure if I aced it but not bad!

 Have a lovely weekend everyone

Take care


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Insight into what it is we do..

Hi everyone,

I hope you're having a good weekend! I've spent the morning with a cuppa tea and scooting around Karen McTavish's website

on there she links to this news clip from CBS, her mums quilt is there somewhere, I'm still trying to spot it!
But this is quite a good video showing others things about us they dont normally "get"

Take care!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Guess where I've been today

Hi everyone,

This morning I trundled off to lovely quilt show put on by the "Howick Quilting Friends"

Tucked away down Selwyn Road at the Howick Bowling Club rooms, though it was definitely no secret.
Lots of eager quilters and with their up n coming quilter grand daughters in step were there, but even though it was snug, there was plenty to see. Somehow they managed to fit in all the quilts in an efficient wee maze but also had room for some tables n chairs for the goodies they sold for morning tea, several merchants tables (where I got a curvy ruler - for another post) and a demo table with a couple of ladies available for a chat. Not to mention several raffles, a viewers choice vote and great quiters heritage display with old iron irons and various vintage bits and pieces. 

And also to let you know :  if you are in the area it is open again tomorrow from 9.30am til 2pm and the entry fee is $5.

Take a look at my "pick of the bunch" below. Click on the images to see a larger version.

This one got my viewers choice! Loved the bargello but the quilting is what really got me, perfecto!

My second little post for the day is not really quilting related, but read on anyway if you like!

Then just as I was driving home, I remembered that Stockade hill was nearby, so I doubled back made my way up to the top!

Now besides it nearly being ANZAC day in NZ were we remember the Australians and NZers who served their countries, there was also another very good reason for not leaving Howick until venturing up the well known mini landmark.

There was a fairly recent addition to Stockade Hill by the Rotary Club. They installed a "You Are Here" stone an engraved and moulded map with the directions of some local and global locations.  Anyway.. why you ask is this so important.. Well.. as some of you know, my day job consists of making maps by managing geographic data.. (dont worry I wont get into that much!) and my colleague was charged with making the template that the metalworkers would use to make this very installation! how cool is that!

The thing was, the last we saw of the design was a black and white version of the design whisked off to the company that made it, we never actually saw it in real life... until now!  Check it out! My steps of association to this mini monument is but ONE!  whoop!

Have fun
Take care


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