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The challenge I set myself with this quilt for the new wing of the Rest home, was to incorporate images that stimulate memory and represent our local area. Thus came about the old advertising logos, some of them local, and the road signs with South Waikato place names on them. Some of the residents gave me ideas for logos that they remembered from way back.

South Waikato Quilt

South Waikato Quilt

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Taupo Totara Timber Company

Taupo Totara Timber Company

Fun Ho Toys

Fun Ho Toys

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Stanley Tools

Stanley Tools

Evening in Paris Perfume

Evening in Paris Perfume

Edmonds Cook Book

Edmonds Cook Book

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Retro Caravan Quilt

I enjoyed making this retro caravan cot quilt so much, each caravan was a little adventure. It also gave me a canvas to do lots of variety of machine quilting.

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Wood grain quilting

Wood grain quilting

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H20 quilting

H20 quilting

VW camper van

VW camper van

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Images drawn into a pattern for applique

Images drawn into a pattern for applique

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Winter Hoodie

Just finished this raglan sleeved jacket with hood from Shepherd’s book 1002. I really like the stripes and the pockets on the front. They used a zip but since I couldn’t find one the right length I just added buttons and front bands. Looks huge though it’s only for a size four!

Shepherd's 8ply hoodie.

Shepherd’s 8ply hoodie.

Mini Swoon Cot Quilt

I have been waiting for a chance to make the ‘swoon’ quilt block designed by Camille Roskelley. I went for the mini quilt block which is an 8″ square because it is for a cot quilt and the full sized one at 16″ was too big. It was a bit fiddly but worth persevering with.

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Autumn Knitting

Although the warm days are lingering on, mornings are starting to chill down. Great excuse to get the needles out again and start some knitting for the grandies. First off are two jerseys for a littleĀ girl. The plum hoodie is Bernat’s toddler hoodie with some extra cabling down the fronts and scallop crochet cuffs. The light purple jersey is from an old ’70’s pattern that looks completely different when knitted with an all over mock cable pattern.

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Original  'flower pot pattern'

Original ‘flower pot pattern’

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What to do on holiday

Not a lot of craft happened while travelling around the South Island for three weeks. There was a bit of knitting on route (when I was able to take my eyes off the view), and I managed to finish my giraffe cross stitch when we were occasionally stationary and I needed a time filler. Fantastic trip, NZ you really are a ripper!

Rakaia river

Rakaia river

Nugget point

Nugget point

Tairere Gorge

Tairere Gorge

Southland - hay bales :)

Southland – hay bales :)

Waiting at Middlemarch

Waiting at Middlemarch

Giraffe cross stitch. 11x14.5 inch

Giraffe cross stitch. 11 x 14.5 inch

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

African Flower Crochet

This beautiful crochet block in called African flower, I followed the tutorial on ‘African flower: paperweight Granny’. It’s a relatively simple pattern but very effective on mass. Thanks for the clear instructions :)

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