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Windmill Quilt

This is another quilt that will be heading to Mexico to help furnish the ‘home of hope’ house Stan will be working on. A very simple block but the variety of fabrics gives it life.

Denim Skirt Bag

It’s always fun to find just the right denim skirt to turn into a bag. Not too wide at the top, long enough to cut a strap from the bottom, no gathers and plenty of pockets to make it interesting. The bonus was costing 80 cents at the op shop!raspberries-denim-bag-from-skirt-005

Number Five Birthday Cake

Another year has rolled around and our lovely eldest grandson turned five years old! He chose a race track birthday cake this year, and this is how it turned out.

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When Stan and the team head to Mexico in a few months, I plan to send a few quilts to help furnish the house they are going to build. This is one of them, a Chinese coin quilt with green sashing and colourful stacked coins.

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Denim Skirt Bag

The key to making a good bag is to find the right skirt to start with. I like a flared skirt with a front zip and pockets. If it’s long enough, you can use the hem you cut off to make a shoulder strap. It looks best if you line it and add a large dome to close the top. I’ve embellished this one with applique flowers but you can leave it plain if you prefer.

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South Waikato River Quilt

Years ago I saved one of my son’s school painting projects from the bin thinking that ‘one day’ I’d use it for something. With some added applique it’s now heading to Rangiura as a wall hanging, show casing some of the flora and fauna found around our local water ways.

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Rainbow trout

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Thread painted Cow collage

Another quilt for the rest home planned in collaboration with Yvonne. She drew me a fantastic cow and I filled it in with fabric and thread. We’ve put it on top of an old, tired itijeme quilt that had passed it’s best … quilt recycling! I was inspired by a master of collage and thread painting, Sophie Standing, take a look at her stuff on line, it’s amazing.

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