Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The last week,

Well another two quilts have been sandwiched and are ready for me to attack them. I actually looked through my box of UFO's because I have been so motivated and I do not have as many as I thought. Believe it or not I only have two UFO's left, I obviously had more flimsies. I really can't believe how motivated I have been and as I said it is all down to spending a weekend with my wonderful friend Shiree. (And maybe the steroids I am taking for my Polymyalgia help....lol)

I have also been knitting a little cardigan for a great nephew's 1st birthday in November. I am loving this pattern.

 Bill and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary yesterday 25.09.17.
 I can't believe its been that long, it really feels like just the other day.


And when I arrived home from work there was the most wonderful surprise from the Postie for me from my gorgeous friend Gwendolyne in the USA. She is such a kind soul and  has a huge giving heart.
Anyway this is what was waiting for me in the most adorable post bag (I wish we had lovely decorative Post Bags in NZ)
Isn't this just the scrummiest? It is from Jera Brandvig from Quilting in the Rain blog, it's her new fabric range "La Conner". So beautiful and the scissors , oh be still my beating heart, aren't they so cute. When I discovered Jera's blog it was so funny as I sat at home watching her "Quilt-as-you-go" video (which by the way is so worth watching) and then the next morning I had an email from Gwen asking if I had seen this new blog she had found, and yep I need say no more. So over the emails we ohhhhed and ahhhhhhed about her beautiful fabrics and how much we both really took to this range.
Then low and behold my dear friend sent me this fabulous gift and yes she has the same for herself.

My hands are itching to get working with this beauty.

Deb.xx

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Surprise she said........

....... and then here she was.
Yes the owner of the Pink baby quilt decided to make her entrance into the world 10 days early on Saturday 16th September 2017, 5.39pm weighing 6lb 8oz, 49cm long.

So allow me to introduce to you-
                        Miss Harper Rose.
Harper Rose 16.09.17
The one above was taken not long after she was born
and below the next day. She is so comfortable isn't she and so totally gorgeous.

Harper Rose 17.09.17

Harper is friends of our's first grandchild. 
(just a wee bit jealous, lol)

Deb xx

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Proud Moment for our family.

Yesterday our daughter Beth graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing. We could not be more proud of her. It has been 3 years of hard work, studying and working part time, she well and truly deserves it. So below are a few photos of our wonderful day celebrating with her.

Beth.
Beth & her partner Henry.

Beth and her Dad
Beth and I later in the day.

 Have a great day,
Deb xx

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A finish A Long Time in the Making.


This is ten years of love in the making. Well not really. My Mum passed away in 2006 and I decided I wanted to make a memory quilt for her in 2007. These were colour's she loved and using Leanne Beasley's pattern seemed a natural choice. So I got to it and made the quilt top and then put it away as I didn't know what I wanted to do with the quilting of it. I had originally thought I may hand quilt it but as time passed I knew that wasn't going to happen.
So I put it in the hands of one of my GF's Shiree, and her big quilting machine and said to her to do what she felt was right. There was no pressure as I didn't want it rushed and I knew Shiree would do it with love.
I know it caused her some worry about what to do with it and how to quilt it but she made it beautiful. My Mum would love it. All that has to be done is put the hooks up so that I can hang it in our lounge wall. Funny but the love inside this quilt is like a warmth and I could feel it when I was binding it. I could feel Mum with me, watching me doing it. That's the best part of it, ever.
Thanks Mum, I will love you forever. xx



And below all finished! I know you are sick of see this but this is the last I promise. It's on it's way to Aussie now.


















So that's me for the first 3 days of this week that I have taken as holiday. Fingers crossed I may continue to get things finished.

Deb xx

Monday, September 4, 2017

A Slow week but nearly finished.

Last week was a bit slow as I was feeling a bit sore due to my Polymyalgia Rheumatica. This is a new diagnosis for me of about 4-5 weeks and I am still getting used to it although it's a good feeling knowing what the pain I have been having is. I have been having steroids and wow, the difference is truly amazing. I cannot believe the difference, so much better and now I have just been having break through pain and this affects my neck and shoulders where they feel really heavy and painful often with headaches. The other thing that has been happening is that my hands ache and my knuckles swell. Thankfully it doesn't last long. Probably from next week I will cut down to the next lower regime of the steroids until I find out if I will be able to come off them.

Anyway enough whinging.
I saw this on Facebook tonight and boy how exciting is this. September is National Sewing Month but because we are here in New Zealand I think it should be International Sewing Month so as far as I'm concerned it is. I know we don't need any excuses but hey this is a good one.
 Now I know I showed you the pink baby quilt below in my last post and I quilted it tonight and am just about to stitch on the binding and woohoo, Miss Pink is completed.
But I have only told you about making a Master Blue Quilt, so I am pretty thrilled that the top is all finished ready for quilting. I'm really pleased with it. I just used left over fabrics from one of the previous baby quilts I made for our great nephew.
 I must say though and I know we all experience it, "Why do those fluff balls who live in our homes insist on helping out whenever we are doing our sewing?"

Now I have been reading some brilliant books lately and recommend them to anyone to read.
The are by the author Nancy Turner.
Her first book is "These Is My Words" It is written in diary form but don't let that put you off at all, it really grips you from the beginning and is easy to read.
Her next one is "Sarah's Quilt" then " The Star Garden" and finally her new one is called "My Name is Resolute"



And finally isn't it lovely news about Princess Kate and Prince William announcing Baby # 3 is on its way. I know how thrilled you will be Gwen!!  So pleased for them both (mind you I think I may be in baby overload at present-lol) 

So happy sewing everyone,
Deb

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Progressing really well....

It's been a good few days of sewing and the progress on the pink baby quilt is good. I am busy doing the applique on it and hopefully will be putting it all together this weekend.
Not a very good photo but if you look really carefully you can see the flowers and the butterflies I am stitching on.

The weather of late has been beautiful and as I have said previously Spring feels in the air.
These daffodils are on the corner opposite where I work. I could not believe it, one day there was nothing and 2 days later here were all those beautiful nodding yellow heads.


And here we have the ruler of the roost, young Ron sitting at the window tonight wanting to be let in. He can become very demanding patting both his front paws on the window.

Now the other thing I would love to share, some of you probably know all about this website, I think I am always a bit slow on the uptake, but anyway...........
Quilting Land, this is well worth a look. Full of tutorials and patterns. It is very motivating so go and have a look.

Ow I forgot to tell you. Last week a dear friend and I went into one of our most favourite department stores in the city as we were invited to a celebration of 5 years of their Beauty Club. It was so lovely. It was also a bit of a launch party for their new cosmetic & fragrance brand "Tom Ford". Quite exciting for a little wee place like Christchurch. 
Anyway it was only a couple of hours in the evening. As we arrived we were all given champagne, fruit juice or water and they had some lovely birthday cakes to share also.
And when we left we were given goodies. Yes boy were we given goodies.
As we left these were what we were given, very exciting.
And when we got home and opened those beautifully present gifts...........

A small sample Tom Ford fragrance "Black Orchid" & a scrummy Tom Ford lipstick.

Then this was the box from Ballantynes Department Store and as you can see it was full of beautiful products and samples. Beth (daughter) fossicked through before I could and found herself some goodies for herself and her partner. She was extremely excited, lol. The rest of the lovely goodies I shared out among the girls at work and they were tickled pink. The companies were so generous I honestly couldn't believe it and had to email them to thank them. So, so generous.

A lovely week has been past, hope you have all had a lovely week.
Deb x

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Stumble.....

Friendship Of The Souls

Have you ever felt like you knew someone a long, long time ago?
Another place, another time, a friendship of the souls?
Two people who share a bond for reasons neither know,
A feeling that they were friends, a long, long time ago?

Did they stumble onto each other by pure circumstance,
Or was it fate and destiny that played a certain hand?
Two souls intertwined, they are worlds apart,
But the soul, it knows no difference, in matters of the heart.

Somehow they are drawn together, fate has brought them back,
Each living worlds apart, they journey separate paths.
When this life is over, and a new life begins,
Their souls will find each other, two souls that we call friends.
I came across this today and it made me think of my friends I have made through blogging. I hope you enjoy. xx

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hump Day

Well the middle of the week and already I feel exhausted. Let's hope the weekend comes around as quickly as the last one left us.
Last weekend we were blessed with truly beautiful weather. Very much Spring like and giving us a false sense of hope.
Bill and I started Sunday morning out with friends for breakfast. It was a glorious day as I said, the blossoms were breaking out everywhere. This tree in someones drive was beautiful.
 And I must admit I don't know why but every time the weather is like this, I always have this terrible urge to go Garden Centre visiting. Bill told me I have to wait a couple of weeks until I can instruct him on what plants I want in the pots on our deck, so I contained myself and just looked. The Polyanthus were so pretty all set out like this, the deep purple were stunning.


These little Violas were so little and sweet. They always remind me of Bill's Mum who used to say they looked like little smiley face's winking at her. They look lovely en masse don't they?



 Sewing over the weekend involved a lot of gathering of fabrics and ideas more than a lot of stitching.
I managed to put together the inside top of a baby quilt for friend's daughter, then sat there thinking what else I was going to do but determined not to over think it. I have edged it with plain white and now there will be a wee bit of hand stitching to do.












A friend from school of Jack's became a Dad on Sunday night and Jack thinks he would like a
"simple Blue " version to give to him and his partner for "Hank", so another gathering of fabrics is instore.

( I must admit I heard what they were calling this wee man I thought "wow" then thought what a great strong man's name. I know 27 years ago when we had Jack, my Mum had trouble calling him Jack for the first day or so then realised of course that her "poor wee man" was going to become an adult.)
Gosh I prattle on-sorry.
So today I will leave you with another wedding photo from our niece's wedding in June. Jaimee and Seth in front of the fire at the venue. Love this photo.

Deb x

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Couple of Cool Finds.

Hi,
I just found these today and was so impressed I had to share.
Firstly look how cute this pillow is:-
This pillow can be found at Simple Simon and Co. They have some really cool designs. Go have a look, I'll be going back to browse more for sure.


And this quilt just triggered something within and I love it. The pattern for this can be found at 

Hugs Deb.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I'm back, is anyone still there???

Hello all, it's been awhile.
Yes I've been out of action as far as blogging goes but I have been reading blogs every so often. Now I realise how much I miss the company from all of you lovely ladies. I know many people have disappeared and some have had breaks like I have but life goes on doesn't it and now I feel revived and have decided to come back.

I didn't stop stitching or quilting whilst I was away. I just revisited what it was I really wanted to do. For some silly reason or other I had put pressure on myself to make things. If anyone asked me to do things I always said YES. Now I am stitching what I want to do. It feels so freeing.

Since I have been away I am trying to think where I left off. I think it was about the time our nephew and his sister were having their weddings.

This (on the left) was the quilt I made for our nephew Mark and his wife Jenna.
And the quilt on the right was the one I made for our niece Jess and her husband Ben.


Now I can show you these two quilts which pair up with the ones above.................................................

 The one on the left, I made for Mark and Jenna's son "Theo Oliver" who was born in November 2016. I got the idea for this one from snooping on Jenna's Pinterest pages - sneaky huh?

And the one on the right,  I made for Jess and Ben's little man, "Hunter" who was born at the beginning of April 2017.
This one I used all the fabrics relating to hunting etc as Ben loves going out fishing etc and then when we were told this little man's name it was perfect.


I have also been knitting which is something I hadn't done for so long it must have been when other niece's were having babies I think and that's about 6 years ago. 
Anyway I decided to knit this poncho /cape for young Theo as Jenna had pointed it out that she had like the pattern. Her mother-in-law (my Bill's sister) read the pattern and decided it wasn't a go, so Auntie Deb read it and said she'd give it a go as long as Jenna wasn't told. Then if all turned to custard it didn't matter. 
But I persevered and changed things a bit where I wanted and I was thrilled with the outcome and so was Jenna. And Theo looks adorable in it, so snuggly, just perfect for going out at nights. 
Then in June this year we had another Niece's wedding up in Auckland. My side of the family this time. So off we flew on the Thursday for the weekend away. Well we couldn't have asked for better weather considering it was the middle of winter.
 This was the wedding venue. Above obviously the outside and below the inside. It was all so simply beautiful.
Jaimee (niece) and her new husband Seth organised everything themselves. It was such a love filled ceremony and we felt so blessed to have been asked.

  I just had to attach the photo on the right of Jaimee's dress. It was so beautiful.
And to close my first return post I'll leave you with a photo of my gorgeous man Bill and I. It was such a lovely day.

Nice to be back, thanks for finding me.
Deb.