Not an Op Shop treasure but a latent treasure - these are the buds on the little self seeded kowhai tree - in quite the wrong place of course but I do not care if it grows over the lawn and I have cut back the nearby bushes to give it room to grow. I'm not even sure if it will bear the weight of a Tui should one decide to have a meal!
I have been spending a lot of time in my sewing room - trying to get some order into the chaos!
I know it didn't happen overnight and I shall only rectify the problem one small step at a time - maybe I should put on blinkers then I wouldn't get sidetracked.
I have been checking out my tops - in the US I believe they are known as 'flimsies' and organising backs for them. I came across one back and I can't for the life of me remember which top I made it for........
Here are some more of my sewing tools -
Top left is a brass thimble & needle case, underneath it beside the golly is an aluminium case advertising Coca Cola; the yellow box holds little cotton reels and a needle threader and the green & gold tube to the right holds needles.
The quilt - which was featured in the NZ Quilter magazine, was a happy purchase from a second hand shop in Lower Hutt - sadly no longer there. All they could tell me was that it came from a farm in the Hawkes Bay. I wish I could find out more. I think that it was a kit with the felt applique pieces cut out - the maker put on the kiwi. It has no batting but is backed with curtaining.
These next are tea cosies -
The top two are purchases and the crazy patchwork one at the bottom was my sample for teaching beginners at Onslow College night classes in the eighties!
The last is a hexagon top I bought from the Sallies; it was machine stitched very roughly onto a pink poly sheet, so I took it off and have very intention of finding something more suitable for it.
I have never seen a hexagon quilt stitched together quite like this - and do click on the photo to enlarge it to get the full beauty of these fabrics -
Your eyes do not deceive you, that is crimpelene, and the black and tan would be unforgettable, here's some more
I love the sheer exuberance of this top!
I have been reading more of my Girl Guide diary - even then I wrote in it most days. I went to the cinema a lot, no TV of course and in the village we had a cinema and in the next town, Chichester, where I went to secondary school, there were three and they all changed programmes three times a week. I must check out "It Happened in Flatbush" my comment was that it was stupid and a waste of money!
The thought for week 1 was "A little 'ginger' is good for all of us." which would have resonated with me as my nickname was Ginger!!
Talk to you again soon, thanks for stopping by