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

Sunday, October 2, 2011

OK, who stole the last week or so??????


Over the last week or so I’ve stitched, appliqued, pieced, quilted, stuffed and sent.  That took only seconds to write but crikey, I’ve been going flat out for days.

Firstly I needed to get my TTE2 Xmas decoration finished and posted.  It wasn’t a huge project but trying to get the flipping thing onto the blog was darned near impossible because of the201 flipping gremlins that made themselves at home in my computer – arghhhh, technology is great…when it works properly!  This is just a tease of my exchange as I don’t really want to show the full thing until it arrives at it’s destination.  I just hope all the little beads don’t set off some alarm somewhere – eeek!


Next I had an idea for a new beginners pattern rattling around in my head so after some drawings and finding ‘just the right fabric’189 I set to making a sample.  It’s not complicated by any stretch of the imagination but it’s achievable for beginners and that’s what counts.  Anyway… it’s a table topper called ‘High Tea’ and involves cutting up a odd doily to add a bit of texture.  Must have done the dusting that day, not a speck of dust in sight *wink*.


T-h-e-n, it was onto getting another Christmasy thing finished.  This time I made Nancy Halvorsons ‘Merry Christmas’  wall banner.  It went together really well and I was on a roll as I started the quilting.  I even did lots of little holly leaves all over it.  then I checked the back – oh no!!! birdnests everywhere.  Mmmm, if I were a cross stitcher I’d say I spent most of the day ‘frogging’ but being a quilter I just unpicked – the lot!195

This little pile doesn’t look like it took that long to ‘undo’ but it did and what an expensive exercise that was – it’s all Valdani thread. So in absolute disgust, I re pinned the thing out and quilted it as quickly and simply as I could – taa daa, here’s the finished hanging.


Wow, three finishes for OPAM, awesome!  I had better get cracking on the new SAL now so that Miss Chookyblue wont have reason to crack the whip.P1060414-764158

Have a great day everyone.

 a name Miche'le


  1. How busy has it been at your, the topper is gorgeous and so is the Christmas wall hanging...well done on all your finishes....

  2. I am having problems commenting on blogs ...goodness knows why ???
    hope this one gets through OK.

    Your banner is wonderful... well done.
    My TTE went off on time wonders will never cease.
    Sorry about all your birds nests ...but if you say it quickly " all that lovely thread " if will not seem so bad.
    hugs Laurie

  3. You certainly have been busy. Love the banner and have the pattern in the pile of 'I will make that one day'. All that reverse stitching- I do feel for you.

  4. Haven't you just been such a busy bee! Well done, everything looks great.

  5. Love that High Tea table topper! And the banner! Yes to that, too! Nancy Halvorson has such wonderful patterns.


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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