Wednesday, 13 February 2013

WOW on Wed 13th Feb

What a week, think I am still coming down to earth after Heart's Desire - My Christchurch Commerative Quilt  winning The Show and Tell at quilting gallery .com.
See my sidebar to visit the site and join in the fun, as there are some amazing quilts to view and vote for each week. Enter your quilts, you could be as surprised as me.
I was so happy just to be 3rd in the viewers choice but for a guest judge to give me all her points, just blew me away.
Thankyou everyone that voted for me, and thankyou Esther for such a beautiful design.
I am now starting to realise how much more I have learnt being part of Esther's BOM Group.
have not put up another photo as you must be tired of it by now.

Made Pickled Red Cabbage this morning, Not sure if we will even like it but Steve wanted to grow some and we now have a surplus, so will be giving some away to workmates as well.

Am off to Pahia with Steve this afternoon, we are taking a truck load of furniture to help stage the house he has been renovating as first open home is this Saturday. Several of my quilts going as well as need something for the walls!

Last for this week, I have made a start on Esther's wall hanging Pomegranate.

Colours not quite true as the leaves do have a lot more burgundy/red in them and the background is the same as my Cherry Thieves Table Runner, which is going to Pahia this afternoon.
This a stash busting exercise - almost- as my stash is not great, but these are nearly all early fabrics from before I fell in love with Batiks. I cut a piece from the fabric I bought for Cherry thieves for the vase centre, and think I have enough to use as a border, I didn't use it to bind the runner as I wanted it for this.
The pomegranate itself will be interesting as still looking at my fabrics, I may just have to buy something!!!
Have a great week everyone.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

WOW 6th Feb

Waitangi Day in NZ, a public Holiday to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, between the Maori and the European settlers. Goverment is still settling issues with various Iwi over over land, water and air rights.
We are having a laid back day as I don't have to work and the sun is shining after several drizzly days bringing much needed rain.
Yesterday I finished stitching my binding onto Cherry Thieves table runner.

I have only edge stitched around the applique as I love the texture of the vines on my background fabric, plus my freemotion is terrible. may add some beads yet to the flower centers.
It is square, it's my pinning that wasn't LOL
Have started mug mats this morning to match, reduced the bird pattern for some and used the corner flower for others.

While relaxing in bed with coffee and old copies of APQ magazines theother rainy morning I found this pattern  in Vol 19 No 3 Pomegranate  by  Esther Aliu

First in a traditional  motif inspired Vase Series - Esther, is there a series?
Must be from the time of  Red Delicious. I think I have found an accompniant for my table runner, and I also started this, this morning.

If you voted for Snowdrops on last week, thankyou.
There were some fantastic winter themed entries which you should go and see. I got to double digits in voting so was very happy!!!

This weeks theme is Commemorative Quilts so I just had to enter Hearts Desire - my Christchurch Quilt.

An unfinished quilt, which is always still on my mind, and the 2nd anniversary of the ChCh earthquake on Feb 22nd 2011 which claimed the lives of 185 people, is not far away.
For those of you that don't know why this still remains unfinished, after all my dreams to raffle it internationally and donate the proceeds to the rebuild, we COULD NOT get past red tape.
Steve talked with every possible Govt agency, but to run an  international online raffle from NZ  is seemingly impossible, hence I felt I could not ask anyone to donate their custom quilting time.
For any Raffle "or game of chance" the only payment formats allowed in NZ are cash or eftpos.
A Credit Card payment is illegal!!!
One Day!!!!
Cheers everyone, enjoy your Wednesday.