Saturday, 9 March 2013

Boathouses, blocks and baby quilt

How's this for inspiration for a colour scheme?  One can understand why a poet would like to spend a lot of time in this area.......

And who says that Wellington is always windy?  I hate to put a hex on the weather, but it's been marvellous [if you're not a farmer or a fire fighter!]

I was chatting on the phone with my big sister last night, what else is there to do at 4am when I can't sleep? she's a luddite so no emails, and as for Skype ?!- we nattered for over an hour.........I do hope it was cheap rates, but then it's been almost a year since our last chat.  Anyway, she says that in the south of England they are hoping that spring will come before too long; the snowdrops are out and a few daffodils are trying hard.  It's been their coldest, longest winter since 1976 - probably been that long since we had such a summer, I think.

These are the blocks I was thinking of-

In my recent big clutter clearing session, these were amongst the toys no longer of interest to teenage girls! they are unique - truly.  One of the jobs my husband had before we started the family business was with a plastic fabrication company, where they made things from  sheet plastic.  They cut and stuck, sometimes heated and bent the stuff - the insides of salon hair dryers for instance.  Anyway, he made these from the scraps and our sons played with them for years.  Probably the pc crowd would be horrified at the pointy corners etc.

Also when I was tidying up, I went to shift a pile of quilts from the chest in my bedroom into the sewing room - they were just too heavy and one slipped off - quick as a flash, by the time I came back to pick it up, Floyd had beaten me to it!

Here's another piece of vintage fabric, these pieces I'm showing are on the design wall, so they are a decent  size.

And here's some fabric I found, for we Kiwis the price is very reasonable - but how many years ago was it bought?  That shop was one of the first in the area.....

Here's the rest of the label -

And, drum roll, here's a finish!  Almost a miniature, but it's done.  This is made from the bits left over from one of the quilts made by a Shut-in Stitcher [at Arohata prison] she tossed them into the rubbish, I rescued the bits and said I would make something from them.

I've hand quilted it with big stitch and pearl thread, and backed it with a cuddly fabric -

Great for a very new baby!

Here's a sunset to finish; I think that another local,  Julz, has taken some photos here too!

Ain't this the truth? "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.  No man has learned anything rightly, until he know that every day is Doomsday." - Ralph Emerson

Take care, we'll talk again soon - I'm off to do battle with a top that has a mind of its own - maybe I'm just not listening??

Thanks for stopping by


MrsC (Maryanne) said...

Ooh, I'm sending a link to Mum via Ron (Mum is a luddite too) because she is making a fishing hut quilt in exactly those colours! How amazing!

Ali Honey said...

You have been taking some fabulous photos lately. I love them.

Yvonne said...

Stunning photos June, georgeous colours too. Where are the boat houses, Bottle creek, Plimerton, Poriua inlet ot Titahi Bay?