2018 – the year of quilting

It is funny how I suddenly find myself in the middle of four quilts! The cat quilt topping was made last year and then put away. I have now added the batting and done the quilting, just to add the backing and binding and it will be finished! As with the SS quilt I decided to give it a minky backing. The moment it arrives (I ordered the fabric online as we the closest fabric shop to me is nearly 4 hours away) I’ll finish the quilt and it will be ready to be used. Mollie already tested it and I think it has her approval.

The second quilt is the Sweetest Things Sampler QAL. A third of the blocks has been completed and joined. One block a month is released and block 6 will be released in July. In the meantime I am making the Irish Chain blocks. Five done, eight more to go. I have a feeling this quilt will also get a soft and cuddly backing


And then the Splendid Sampler QAL. Block 3 will be released tonight. I am completing the blocks as I go, back and front, and crochet a border around each before joining the blocks

I have another quilt topping completed (Going to the Zoo), it just needs backing and binding. I am definitely planning to complete this quilt soon too, it has been put away since last year.


This is turning into a quilting year, not what I expected at all!


Bags and stuff

The weather is changing here and it is becoming cooler. And of course I decided to have a cold early this year – not good when you have a puppy in the house. There is simply no time to feel sick 🙂 I have forgotten how hard work a puppy can be. Cats are so much easier

With the cooler weather I felt like crochet today and worked on the scarf I started in the middle of summer. I had to watch a couple of YouTube videos to get the pattern memorised again


For the past few days I have also been embroidering denim blocks for a bag I am planning to make. Yesterday I joined the blocks and today I added the leather at the bottom. Tomorrow I hope to start with the lining. I am going to use some left-over floral fabric for the lining and plan to add lots of pockets, as well as a zip. This bag is going to be perfect as a handbag when I travel


Of course I had puppy help today as I pinned the batting to the leather. Ended up popping her on the couch, she is still so small and I knew she couldn’t get down on her own. Cheeky as she is she barked at me

I have also embroidered a lace poppy to be worn on a lapel ANZAC day. I still have to hand sew the different parts together but it is going to be pretty


Looking back I have actually been quite busy 🙂

Tuesday already!

Sewing and needlework has been slow this past week as my son, who lives in Hong Kong, came for a quick visit. It was wonderful to have him here. We didn’t do much, just relaxed and did some sightseeing. I worked on the crochet baby blanket and is making good progress with it. About 18 rows left and then 3 rows for the border

I took him back to Christchurch Sunday so that he could catch a flight home on Sunday. I love having my children home

When I arrived home yesterday I was quite tired, it is a long drive over the Southern Alps and you have to concentrate even more than on a normal road. It was also snowing lightly when I came over the mountain. So instead of being active I sat down and started to crochet the bodice of a little dress I wanted to make. It wen very fast and this morning I completed the dress. It is lovely