This blog is a bit of a ramble through my life. I'm a wife, mother, small-time farmer and slightly obsessed quilter - both art and traditional. Oh, and I live in New Zealand.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Candlelight.

I found this picture on my camera and wanted to share.  It's from the other day when we had a 24 hour power cut thanks to Cyclone Ita.  After dinner we lit candles and coloured in.  Actually, the kids request me to draw pictures and then they colour them.  That night it was a flying unicorn, a winged snake breathing fire, a crown and a water problems, right?  Mum's can do anything!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thanks Brandy Lynn!

Canadian Quilt Talk is a relatively new podcast and the host, Brandy Lynn Maslowski is working really hard to forge herself a career in quilting, which is great to see (and hear!).

I sent in a story for her weekly quilter's corner and got a bit of a thrill to hear it read out over the airwaves.  Even better was the lovely fat quarter bundle that was my prize!  You can hear my story on Episode 38

Northcott Fabrics are sponsoring Brandy Lynn and Canadian Quilt Talk.  Their tagline is 'cottons that feel like silk' - and they really do!  Fabulous quality, these got a bit of petting before I threw them in the washing machine.  Yes, I am a die hard pre-washer.

Here's a link to Brandy Lynn's website and podcast
And here's a link to her blog which will also take you to her podcast

Thanks Brandy Lynn and thanks Northcott!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

12 x 12 Purple Challenge

The Colour Purple

12" x 12" - Colour Purple

Entries close 21 November 2014

Purple will be the colour of our next 12x12 Challenge. This will be open to everyone - you do not have to be a member of Aotearoa Quilters, so tell your friends - get them involved.  You have plenty of time and these small quilts are very achievable.  Get a group together for inspiration, motivation and some new ideas - have some fun along the way.

Prizes: $300 for the winner and three merits of $100 each.

Conditions of entry and entry form can be found here.

Entry fee will be $15 for members and $25 for non-members.
Join Aotearoa Quilters now to get the member benefits.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Tired travellers emerging from the bush after an overnight hike.  I stayed home to keep the home fires burning (and because I'm working a 12 hour night shift tonight).  I picked them up and drove them straight to swimming lessons.  I do believe they'll sleep soundly tonight, all three of them!

Friday, April 11, 2014

What I saw this morning...

My ducks eating their breakfast.  Ducks are rude and loud and obnoxious, then they shut up as soon as their beaks are full....hmmm, sounds like a few people I know.

Wildpuss, pretending to be a tiger.  He's not a fastidious cat and doesn't mind the dew.

Emma saying good morning to Wildpuss and Wildpuss not looking so amused.  Don't worry, WP, I don't like the wet nose either!

Them's thar turkeys on thar hills!

I love this one.  She looks like she's saying, "We are not amused," in her best posh voice.  As in, we are not amused that you are taking pictures BEFORE you feed us.

Such an enthusiastic, dopey dawg.  Being a labrador, trained as a gun dog, Emma feels she has to carry something in her mouth at all times.  Today she's found a bit of wood.  Usually it's a rock, which is bad.  Check out her blunted tooth.  She will drop them when we tell her too, but as soon as our back is turned...

And another pretty sunrise.  Can't help myself, I've a million shots of pretty sunrises.