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

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A bit of this and a bit of that


I was asked the other day why I don’t put all exciting things into my blog – I had to stop for a while and think (not an easy task).  I thought I did but this customer/friend reminded me of a few things that have happened here at By Hoki that I haven’t posted about, so during this post I’ll try to correct that (OK Connie?) *wink*.


OK, starting backwards and because I want to try and remember all sewing completions for OPAM we will start there.


This little darling is ‘Fern’, she is the latest doll I have made and I have been well and truly bitten by the ‘Tilda’ bug while making her.  To begin with I thought she could go for sale in the shop but now she has a home in my sewing cave and that is where she will stay.


With T.V. programmes being rubbish lately I have really got stuck into stitcheries, well I have to really as my Wednesday ladies are really into them.  Anyway I found this image and with a few changes I stitched it in red.  It’s such a shame that I’m no photographer otherwise I would know how to avoid reflections showing up in shots.




Mostly over the last couple of weeks I have been sewing clothes – I know, shocking isn’t it?  To begin with I struggled with trying to stick to the 5/8” seam but after the third or fourth garment I had it sussed.  So here are my efforts:032

A new pair of jeans and four pairs of dress trousers, all the same style just different fabrics.003

Different tops too, although I’m not really happy with the mauve one, it doesn’t feel ‘me’ if you know what I mean.001


Then I found a few skirt patterns too, long and floaty is how I like to wear them.009


Now all of that lot is out of the way I can get back to more important things like patchwork and quilting, but what a great start for my OPAM year.


My last bit of news happened some time ago and although I shared it on FB I didn’t post about it here so Connie tells me. Way back in December I got awarded the NZDFM.  In a 001former life I was a medic in the RNZAF and the medal is a result of my time then.  I remember when I got it I felt so special, now the medal is tucked up in its case waiting for the next dawn service I attend where I will wear it with pride.


Have a wonderful week

a name Miche'le


  1. Yes that was a full on post catching up on everything. Your trousers and skirts look lovely. A whole new wardrobe for your new slimmer you!! Good on you.
    I do love Miss Fern, she is gorgeous, I wouldn't be putting her in the shop either but watch out, she might be finding it a bit dark in her cave.

  2. My goodness you have been busy. Love the redwork stitchery. i am a fan of stitcheries and have just made one for a wedding gift, now, i want to do the same pattern for myself. I think the mauve top is lovely.

  3. Congratulations on your medal Miche'le. Your sewing machine stitchery is gorgeous, you have done a lovely job on it. May I ask where you found the pattern?

  4. Well done on all the sewing. Congratulations on your medal. My R got one too.

  5. Congrats on such a wonderful award! :o) Love all of your projects, too. Esp. the sewing machine embroidery. So cool! And the doll is so cute! xo

  6. you have been a busy Fern, very sweet, love your new clothes, love, love, love! that redwork stitchery....where did you get the pattern please?

  7. It sounds like I need to stop by facebook more often to catch up on the news - A medal !! That's wonderful. And Fern is too adorable for words - She is gorgeous. Can't wait to see you in 39 sleeps xxx Fee XXX

  8. Congrats on your award. That is fabulous news. You have been busy lately and I agree...TV has been crap lately!

  9. busy girl I would love to stitch one of the sewing machine stitcheries where did you get the pattern I need to get one please tell
    hugs Beth

  10. Congrats on your medal. Nice stitchery.

  11. Congratulations on your award!!! I love that sewing machine stitchery. I sewed clothes many years ago at the beginning of my sewing "career"....but haven't since I made a thing or two for the grandkids years back. You have really done a lot.

  12. All blogworthy items, especially that medal Congratulations.

  13. Hey Miche'le, so much news to share! Congrats on your medal, you have lived a lot of interesting former lives I'm guessing .....
    Your sewing is great, as is your 'new' sewing machine!

  14. Congrats on your medal, we have friends who recently received a medal too so perhaps the Armed Services are getting up to date?

    Just love that sewing machine stitchery, can you let us know who designed the pattern? Perhaps you sell it in your shop?

  15. It is a beautiful sewing machine stitchery that you have created as is your floppy earred friend.
    Congratulations on receiving such a lovely award- It is wonderful that you are recognized for your terrific contributions.
    Warmest regards,

  16. Congratulations on receiving the award. You must feel very proud. I've seen the Tildas around and I must say they are very cute! Love the stitchery and well done on doing some clothes sewing - lovely.

  17. Lovely catch-up post! I am totally in love with the sewing machine stitchery, it looks fantastic in red! I know others have already asked, but please can you share details of the name/designer or where we can get the pattern?

  18. Well done on your NZDFM! Very proud!

    I think Fern is very cute and REALLY like the sewing machine stitchery!!!

    CLothes makes - gash you are good. That is something I hope to do one day... but crochet first - that will be one day as well!


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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