Saturday, 21 December 2013

Gannets and garden

Photo taken by Phil recently, do click on it to enlarge.  I think the colours and patterns are beautiful.

I've been doing some piecing, more strings when I seem to remember congratulating myself at finishing my supply of them.......... well, after some more tidying, there's enough to half fill one of those big striped bags that are so useful when carrying quilts around.

I made a top using the pattern from a block of the month at Capital Quilters, I debated whether to border the quilt and then this fabric leapt out at me!

I found a couple of old telephone directories in a drawer, so decided to use the pages for my next string quilt - the books are quite small, so I left the pages whole.  This is the first one I stitched and then trimmed -

A fairly eclectic mix of fabrics, and I'm happy with them - but, I made such a basic mistake, I could kick myself.

I should have cut the pages to the required size, then covered them and trimmed the fabric - but should have left the seam allowance free.  It makes joining and removing the papers so much easier.  I haven't made one like this for some while so had forgotten.

One of the reasons I haven't posted much lately is that I was having problems with the pills which seemed to be producing some unpleasant side effects.  Once more the doctor has altered what I take, and I'm so happy to be sleeping better and having more energy.

Not enough to want to do the gardening however, and my Hire a Hubby is working wonders - if it doesn't rain tonight, I'll be out there watering tomorrow - the newly planted hebes, manuka and cabbage tree need some tlc with our lack of rain and strong winds lately - Wellington was "well ventilated" today according to the weather reporter on the TV!

I mentioned once before that my garden had a lot of pink flowers, well one of the hebes is also pink but I couldn't resist one named Audrey Hepburn! and the orange monsters are putting on a good show -

The sorry state of the lawn is because Peter (the hire a hubby) has sprayed to get rid of broad leafed something or others - and the hanging bird feeder is a recent purchase - which I had thought was a waste of money as the birds ignored it for weeks, now the smaller birds are making good use of it.

I'll leave you with another photo, this one is Maori Bay which is just north of the Gannet Colony - you can see it in the distance.

Will I post again before Christmas Day? well now, I braved the dreaded Mall today - fairly early and with the help of some very pleasant people I found just what I wanted in a short time - if we have cold weather from now on, it's my fault - I bought three lightweight summer blouses - how could I resist the "buy two get one free".

As Robert Block once said, "The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on."

Thanks for stopping by, all the best for Christmas!


Jenny said...

Hi June

Do hope you are feeling better now your medication has been altered. Do keep on blogging, it is always interesting to read what you and the "girls" have been getting up to.
Merry Christmas.

Nancy J said...

June, a lovely block, I do like those colours. Hoping that the new regime with tablets has better results. One pill for one thing, then other side effects happen, this is so common. Take care, avoid those crowded malls, bright lights and loud music !!! Greetings from Jean. p.s. Did you see the lovely Renee Maurice from NZGT, sang to your girls??

Linda said...

Hi June! So nice to see your beautiful garden flowers. My garden is buried in ice and snow right now. Your scrappy quilt is just wonderful. You always make such great scrap quilts. Glad you are feeling better. Take care and Merry Christmas!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hi June
Nice to hear you are heading to feeling better.
I think strings are like milk bottles. Do remember if you put them in a dark place they multiplied?



Lisa said...

Hi June

I see congratulations are in order. Lovely to see you honoured for all your work at the prison.

Have a Happy New Year.