I’m having a go at drying hydrangeas this year, they look good on day one and the garage smells like a florist shop. Happy with this little green baby hoodie knitted in 4 ply Bella Baby Merino and using a Paton’s ‘Hoodie Jacket’ pattern.

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Old Blanket Oven Cloths

I have a few old woolen blankets that are too tatty to use anymore, most of them sourced from op shops. They make wonderful oven cloths, I’ve had one for five years and it washes up fine in the washing machine. The best size seems to be 65cm long by 38 cm wide (25″x 15″). I cut two pieces of blanket the same size then embellish one piece¬†with either embroidery or for the two below, with wool applique. My applique fabric is often from felted wool skirts that I’ve also found in an op shop. When I’m happy with the look I back it with the second piece of cut fabric to hide the stitching. To finish I bind the edge as you would with a quilt.

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Holiday Knitting

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We stayed for three weeks in the beautiful Whanarua Bay around the East Cape of the North Island. Gorgeous and raw, the landscape is full of rocky beaches, mature native trees and heaps of bird life. There was plenty of time in the evenings to read and knit this Aran Jacket set from Patons’ book 5000.


With a special little one on its way, it was time to have a go at a pop art quilt. I really like the clean silhouettes of children’s book illustrations from the 50’s so that was what I looked for when I gathered up the animal shapes. The fabrics are a mix of batik and prints and give a vintage vibe while still being fresh. I had fun making it, looking forward to the little grandie’s arrival now!

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Elephant cot quilt

A few months ago, Colleen Redit spoke at our church about her work in India with the Christian Mission Charitable Trust. If you google her name you’ll come up with her web site. I bought one of the elephant wall hangings off their fund raising craft table and have turned it in to a cot quilt for one of my friends:)

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Plus Quilt

Proceeds from raffling off this ‘plus’ quilt are going to the NZ Red Cross. I used Lauren Grande’s design of how to put it together.

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Sunset over Maungatautari

This quilt is destined for the studio wing of the rest home and is based on a photo composition from our back lawn looking over toward Mount Maungatautari. The quilt sky is made of crazy log cabin patches with hand embroidery embellishment. My dilemma was then how do I machine quilt it to the wadding and backing with embroidery all over it. My solution was to ignore the embellishment and machine quilt over it. Now there is lots of texture and it’s ready to hang.

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