The ramblings from a small quilt shop on the South Islands West Coast of New Zealand

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hunkering Down

Living on New Zealand’s, South Islands, West Coast one would expect that we often get wild, windy weather attacking us fresh from the Tasman Sea, but that isn’t really the case.  We moved here just five years ago from one of the hottest regions in New Zealand (the Bay of Plenty) and havewest coast weather found the weather to be far kinder to our aging bones, as the extremes aren’t so severe - well that was the case until this last week.  Oh my goodness ,we have had every different kind of weather that the weather man could report on  -apart from snow and ice.  With the cobwebs being blown away outside I ‘hunkered’ down for a sewing marathon.
008I haven’t kept my new found love of Japanese woven taupe's a secret and proudly showed off the Sunbonnet Sue’s and Sam’s recently here on my blogspot.  Freezer paper applique has been my preferred method of applique for this beautiful fabric.  Now I have blocked the sunbonnets and bordered them including an appliqued vine, leaves and a few berries.008  Do you see the bottom right hand corner?  Well, that bit is where I plan to put a 3D flower and a few leaves so that has to stay like that until after quilting.
The other bits I’ve been working on are some little hexies.  These little gems are just perfect for a bit of stitching while relaxing in front of the fire of an evening.  13 down and probably a few hundred left to go but I’m in no hurry, not yet anyway ; ))
Apart from a bit of a secret squirrel project that is about it for this week, nothing that I can show finished but plenty on the go.  By the way, the Japanese taupe quilt – I think I’ll hand quilt that oneWinking smile
Have a great week everyone
a name Miche'le


  1. Wow your quilt just looks fantastic...we have also had some crazy weather...

  2. hand quilting is a fabulous winter night task, and I am sure there will be plenty of winter nights yet, you will have it finished in no time!

  3. Yes it is wild and woolly here in Northland too! Love your Sunbonnet Sue quilt.

  4. Lovely work. It gets a bit like that up here too- all the weather you could want usually in one day!

    I've yet to get to the craft room since getting back. I've doen some hand sewing though.


Thankyou so much for popping by and leaving a comment. I enjoy reading your thoughts and ideas and will get back to you if needed, hugs - Miche'le

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