Going to the Zoo!

A very productive week with heaps of sewing. I finished all the blocks/sections of the Going to the Zoo quilt – all quilted and now sewed together. Next step backing and binding


Also made a couple of dresses and a crawler, although I still have to make the buttonholes



Going to the zoo

A very slow needlework week last week as I had a cold and didn’t have the energy to do much. But I made up for the lack of productivity and completed two more sections of the Going to the Zoo quilt. Still have to quilt the last two blocks but will do that when I finish and quilt the last block, which will be published the end of the month



I live on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, and although this is the biggest town on the West Coast, it is sometimes impossible to buy everything you need/want here. You can’t wake up in the morning and decide to sew something, unless of course you have a big stash of fabric in your sewing room; it is impossible to quickly go and buy a piece of lace or ribbons or fabric. We actually don’t have a fabric store nearby at all. Yes, there is a quilt shop, but not with a selection of fabrics for little dresses and ribbon and lace.

I often shop online as the courier service is fast and reliable. But I love seeing the fabric and touching it and putting it together before I buy

So this weekend we made the big trip over the Southern Alps and went to Christchurch (a three-hour trip one-way) for some bits and pieces I needed to finish some projects and for a couple of new ones I have in mind. It also gave us the opportunity to catch up with our eldest son (who lives in Christchurch) and to have a meal together to celebrate his birthday next week. Luckily there was no snow on the roads and we could get through the pass – apparently it is going to snow this coming week, so this trip was just in time

And I came back with some good stuff:

  • fabric, lace, ribbon, buttons and embroidery yarn for three little smocked dresses, as well as petticoats
  • white and black felt for the Going to the Zoo quilt I am working on
  • fabric for backing and binding of the cat quilt
  • extra buttons
  • thread
  • blade for the rotary cutter


I also needed some batting for the Cat quilt and the Going to the Zoo quilt, but the girl at the shop told me they have a good deal going, they are sold out, but I could order online – instead of buying by the metre. I straight away ordered the batting online, even before I finished my real shopping and saved $100 by ordering it online. It will be delivered this week.

This is going to keep me busy for a while!

‘Going to the zoo’ playmat

Another productive fews days and two of the eight blocks completed


The train and little penguins are softies which can be moved around. Inside the train I have a little bell, and squeakers inside the little penguins. The penguins also have blobs of velcro on their backs, with the fish having velcro for eyes and the penguins can therefore be stuck onto the fish

The next step is to add some batting/wadding to the back of each and quilt each block. This is quite time consuming as I am hand stitching all the appliqué, with blanket stitch. I have a very basic sewing machine which can only sew straight and zig-zag 🙂



Going to the Zoo playmat

Today was a very productive day. I decided on the fabric to use for the Homespun Going to the Zoo playmat, traced all the appliqué shapes for three of the ‘blocks’ onto the HeatnBond feathelight and started with the February block

block 1

I started with the softie for the first block – a little train with bells between the layers


Some way or another I lost the April edition of the Homespun magazine, which includes the third block for the playmat. I searched everywhere but simply cannot find it, even looked under the bed. Luckily I managed to find one online and ordered it – they are out of stock but will get some more the end of the month. So hopefully I can get a copy