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Saturday, December 3, 2011

BBQ Challenge

Some of the group members participated in this year's quilt challenge, The
Black and Bali Quilt (BBQ) challenge was originally organised by the Sunshine Quilters group, but then people in the Wednesday day and evening groups got interested, and the challenge also went on Facebook. The instructions were to make a quilt using black background fabric, use at least one Bali fabric, to make a tryptich (a quilt in 3 parts), and use one new quilting technique.

Sue and Donna participated this year, and Andrea had started hers but didn't get it quite finished. We're hoping for her entry for next year!
Sue made a wonderful New-Zealand inspired quilt, showing three native NZ birds, and some fern leaves. Sue's work is exquisite!

Donna's quilt was more geometric, called "A Diamond Venture", as it is made of lots of paper pieced diamonds. She got the inspiration from the internet, and tried machine piecing with invisible thread as a new technique.

Some of the Gisborne Quilters and Sunshine Quilters joined us at the Gisborne Peak Winery for a lovely lunch on a sunny summer day.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fat quarter quilt

Marg made this 12 fat quarter quilt for a 70th birthday present. Beautiful colours and beautiful job Marg.


The bears are done - Well Margs beautiful girl is made and dressed and looking beautiful! Isn't her hat and coat just to die for? And her dress is beautiful too.
My bear is made and nearly dressed, she is lacking knickers but I will get to that. Mine is a more casual bear!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

new authors

Hi all,
I notice there are only 4 authors listed for this blog. If anybody wants to contribute to it, you need to get yourself a Google account, then send me the email address on your Google sign-in, then I'll put you on the list. Then you can blog to your heart's content!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mitered corner binding

Hi ladies,
I came across this little video the other day, while I was working on a binding for 'odd' corners. I used the technique, and it worked perfectly! I thought I'd share it with you -

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Sparkles making himself at home on Donna's window sill. Thanks, Susan!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

more sewing

Dorothy finished a cute little redwork stitchery (no Dorothy, we don't mind if it's not ironed for the photo!).

Helen brought in her lovely raggedy-seams flannel quilt to show us. The designs in these fabrics are really lovely. Gorgeous quilt Helen!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Healing hearts Quilt

My quilt is done and in the post - even sewed on the label this morning!! Hopefully it will bring happiness to someone in Christchurch who has been through the trauma with the earthquakes and many many aftershocks. Beautifully modeled by Tupai.

Sewing Saturday

Last Saturday we got together to help Annette and Maureen begin making a French Braid quilt.
We sorted out the instructions - thankfully Tania and Donna had made this pattern before so lots of help was available. We had a great day, lots of conversation, laughs, dogs to trip over and great food. (Thanks for the quiche Maureen) We even got some sewing done. Donna was working on her beautiful quilt, putting on the leaves - fantastic colours!! Tania was working on her quilt, me on mine and Annette and Maureen were rocketing along - despite Annette's attempts to amputate her fingers with her rotary cutter - Note to us: Annette and a new blade in her rotary cutter = bad news!!

Healing hearts quilt

Hi Sue

Your quilt arrived safe and sound this morning. It is just lovely and please thank everyone involved, you are all angels thinking of us over here and I know this will bring much comfort to its recipient.

Kind regards


The quilt arrived safe and sound.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Healing hearts Quilt

One quilt is finished and off to Christchurch!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Christmas Twinchies and Inchies

A collection of inchies and twinchies made to the theme of Christmas in July. Some really lovely ideas and work here.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Christmas in July

Christmas in July! We had the table beautifully set, lots of yummy food, and great company!

Helen's Quilt

I forgot to show you the photo of Helen's quilt in its finished glory!! She did a wonderful job.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Inchies and Twinchies

We had a challenge for June to make an Inchie or a Twinchie with the theme of Winter. Here are the results from Helen, Margo and Sue.

QFO - Healing hearts quilt

Wednesday 29th June we had another working bee and have placed and sewn together both Healing Hearts Quilts. ne needed a little TLC from Annette to get it sitting correctly, but both are well on the way and looking good.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Convict bonnets

Ann Smith who travelled to Australia on the Emma Eugenia (3) in 1846.

Convict bonnets

Ann Smith (1) who travelled to Australia on the Elizabeth and Henry (3) in 1848.

Ann Smith alias Mary Ann Williams - had a dark complexion, round head, light brown hair and hazel eyes. She had a burn scar on inside right arm above the wrist and a cut on the little finger on her left hand.

Convict bonnets

Ann Smith (2) who travelled to Australia on the Elizabeth and Henry (3) in 1848.

Ann Smith had a pale complexion, brown hair and grey eyes, she had a long scar on the wrist of her left hand.

Convict bonnets

Ann Smith who travelled to Australia on the Edward in 1834.

Ann had a dark complexion, dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She was 18 years old and a nurse maid. She was 5 feet 2 inches and came from Coventry.

Convict bonnets

Ann Smith who travelled to Australia on the Emma Eugenia (2) 1844.

Convict bonnets

Ann Smith who travelled to Australia on the Harmony in 1828.

Ann was aged 24, 5 feet 6 inches, and a cook. She had a fair complexion, brown/black hair, and oval head. She had a scar on the fore finger of the left hand. The surgeon on the ship spoke favorably of this woman during the voyage.