Tote Bag

Finished the tote bag for a friend today. Added lots of pockets inside, as well as behind the embroidered part on the outside. I think I need one too



Going to the Zoo

Two blocks in two days – I am quite impressed with myself 🙂 Five of the eight sections now done, two more have been released and I will work on those next week (I simply HAVE to do some housework today and tomorrow). I love the detail on the zebra. Oops, and I still have to get rid of the fabric pencil lines



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!

Baby dress

I fell in love with this little dress when I first saw it – the pattern, the colour, the ribbon – everything. But the problem is that I still cannot read a pattern when I crochet, I still follow YouTube videos.

Luckily………a happy dance when I found it on YouTube!!!!!!! And it was so quick to crochet


I am also making good progress with the jelly roll quilt – busy attaching the cats to the quilt top, using blanket stitch.


Jelly Roll quilt

We dropped our daughter and her partner off at the airport just after 4 am this morning. It took a while for them to get checked in as they were unlucky to meet quite a nasty young man checking them in. Although the Qantas website says they are allowed two check-in bags each, at 23 kg each (but not one more than 32 kg) – he made them repack their bags and said one bag cannot be more than 22 kg. Two of the bags were 22.5 and the third 23. Instead of 4 bags between them, they had three. Was it really necessary to get them to repack the bags? Seems like it, yes. And when my daughter’s partner frowned, the check-in guy said ‘yes sweetheart, you have to repack’. That was not the right thing to say and I was really angry when they told me. As a professional you do not call a passenger ‘sweetheart’. But anyways, we quickly moved some baggage to my daughter’s carry-on bag, after deciding she’ll check it in as well……..and back into the line. They ended up with another young man, next to the nasty one. And this nasty one was quick to tell this guy that they had to repack their bags and to make sure to weigh their carry on bags too. As I say……….NASTY! The second young man served them with a smile, ignored the instructions to weigh their carry-on’s (although it would have been ok) and was really friendly. He made the whole experience pleasant again

We said our good buys at customs just after 5, went back to our accommodation with the plan to get some sleep before travelling back home. We decided to pack, clean and drive back immediately. Maybe not the best decision as it is a three-hour drive in the dark (at that time of the morning) and through snow and icy roads. But we made it back safe and sound, although it took 4 hours instead of the normal 3. Back at home we went straight to bed to sleep 🙂

When I woke up I decided I felt like needlework and started working on a jelly roll quilt I have been thinking on for quite a while. A few hours later and the strips are all sewed together – ready to add some appliqué. I will do this by hand as soon as I get my printer sorted to print the templates

Here is my progress so far: