Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Barn Dance

I am home after six weeks in the western cape looking after my daughters dog while she was away on business. Suzi was happy to see Bella again. They had fun on their daily walks to the dog park. My sons graduation ceremony was postponed from December last year to June due to two months of student protests about fees at UCT. Finally its all over. Then we all went to the George Benson concert. We love his music, everyone dancing and singing along. It was great!

Before I left, I prepared three applique blocks and pieces, popped them into plastic bags. So much easier when its all prepped. Then everyday sitting in the sun, sewing away. 

four of these

 Yesterday,I used a sponge and water to remove the blue marking and this happened. I quickly put it in the machine with a Dylon colour catcher and chucked the sponge never to be used again..
I think it was the rubbing motion instead of dabbing that caused it to bleed. In future I will just soak the whole block in cold water.

 I am doing Barn Dance by Robyn Falloon of Bon Bon Designs

 Those circles drove me round the bend ...I have since seen a lovely tutorial on Quiltsalott blog. This pattern has lots of circles. Forty more to make for the first border.

Despite all the circles I am enjoying this project

I have two more 30" blocks to prep and several weeks of Circa blocks to catch up on.

Friday, May 6, 2016

CIRCA 2016

I am doing Circa 2016 by Temecula Quilt Co. These cute 3 1/2 inch little blocks are such fun to make and I have finally caught up.

I have also made 89, 2 inch HST. 31 more to make.

I look forward to Fridays when new blocks are posted.

My Granadilla vine is growing rampant and strangling my shrub. When the fruit has ripened its going to get a good pruning. They are delicious, high in Vitamin C and potassium.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Back Online

 I have a new computer. The old one crashed. It was old and not worth repairing.
December and January visited my children and now that my husband has retired there is no need to rush back home and we always take Suzi with. Its just a short two hour flight.
Summer is always extremely hot so I have mostly spent more time reading.
We had a  severe hail storm a few weeks back causing a lot of damage. Heavy rain, strong winds and hail like I have never seen before - it was very scary, and... we had an earth tremor 3.1 the same day as the earthquake in Taiwan...hmm strange. My son is home for three weeks holiday. I cant believe Easter has come and gone. This year is going by too fast for my liking.

Some small items that I have made.

                                     lunch bag. Tutorial from Ayumills blog

                               microwave bowl holders - these are so handy

         Cell phone armband case with window and a pocket for earphones or house key, for when I walk the dog. And four snack bags.

secret luggage tag and handle wrap

                                               cable holders

             Tablet holder for my sister

The above links can be found on my Pinterest project board here

and a warm jacket - pattern from the book Stylish Doggywear by Annien Toukes and Joke Kahler

A pet throw, from here

Guild members were asked to make a paper pieced Protea block - here is my block.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Top is Done!

                                                 222cm by 216cm

The top is finished and its big, 87 1/2" by 85". I will quilt this next year.

This morning I cut more fabric for EPP - still working on the stars as and when I have the time. I have 18 more to make. I need a total of 203 stars.

Can you believe there are only 7 more weeks to Christmas. My sister arrives on Tuesday for a whole month, so happy!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Part four is done - one more border to go....prairie points!

I am so glad I set the alarm for 3am on September 28 to see the lunar eclipse. I drew open the curtains, sat on the edge of the bed and watched the show. From big and bright, to red, was amazing. The next time we get to see another supermoon total lunar eclipse will be in October 2033.
 Did you get to see it?

Mounted orchids

Friday, September 11, 2015

Its Spring!

 Both my children came home in August. Its always nice to have them home. This week I have been trying to catch up with the mystery quilt along, I managed to get part two done and the flying geese strips.

                                               part two is done.

                                           flying geese done.

I made this cushion for my daughter - she has a brown miniature dachshund named Bella. When I saw this pattern I had to make it for her. I used a faux suede.

I love this shrub, I have several in the garden and they are flowering at the moment - Mackaya bella. Its also known as the forest bell bush. Its a larval host plant for the Blue Pansy butterfly.

 I have four dresden plate cornerstones and four french braid strips to make - lots of cutting. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Finish and A Mystery

Festival was awesome!.. KwaZulu-Natal quilters guild hosted the 18th South African National Quilt Festival from 3rd to 7th of July -  5 days of classes, lectures and vendors, with 6 international teachers, and 25 national teachers. The quilts on show were incredible. We had visitors from around the country and overseas. Kearsney College in Bothas Hill was the perfect venue.  We get to host every 11 years, so It was something to look forward to and it exceeded my expectations, I loved every minute. Last week we had some rain and already I have seen new growth, soon we will be mowing again. I have quilted, bound and labeled my Life of Plenty quilt.

While deciding on my next project I finished a small quilt.. Noah's Ark, I had done the stitching in 2011. I have palpitations every time I look in my UFO basket. I won those four luscious little layerings at the tombola stand at festival.

I am doing Kaaren's mystery quilt along - 

16 house blocks done

I have completed the first part

If you would like to quilt along go to Kaaren's blog The Painted Quilt and join the fun!

Blue moon last night, did you see it and make a wish - I did. Next time round will be in 2018 when there will be two blue moons..January and March, so you will then get to make two wishes.;))

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Winter but it feels like Summer

Nearly finished the quilting on the Life of Plenty quilt - one more border to go and then the binding. Its been so hot here lately that it feels like Summer without the humidity. 29C temperatures most days - just cold-ish in the mornings. Two weeks ago we had gale force winds that blew over a small tree. We cut it up into manageable pieces then took it to the municipal dump and because its so dry ( lots of veld fires) we decided to do a good clean up, pruning all the shrubs and remove dead wood and plants.  Four bakkie loads last week and two yesterday. Its back breaking work. I'm full of cuts and scratches on my arms and legs. We are experiencing drought conditions- the worst since 1991. No rain in months. Certain areas are on water restrictions.  We have been asked to conserve every drop as there are only two months supply remaining.  I hope it rains soon - we already have to contend with load shedding, two hours a day. 

Aloes flower in midwinter, dripping with nectar just when the sunbirds and bees need it most

Monday, May 25, 2015

May is the best month of Autumn

 Warm sunny days..just gorgeous weather. I have been reading in the sun, pottering in the garden, dry leaves everywhere, lots of butterflies around. Lately I have been watching a pair of birds prepare for winter. At first I thought they were eating insects off  a dead tree stump. A few days later I was amazed to see the head disappear into the stump, so I watched them everyday. They made great progress working steadily taking turns removing the softwood. Then they were in!

I was quilting my Life of plenty quilt when I ran out of cream thread. I was really in the mood to quilt so I scratched around in my UFO bin and pulled out this top that I had finished in 2012 . It is now quilted, bound and labeled. 
Coffee with Geta

 Books I have read lately...                                                                                                      
Out of a Clear Sky - Sally Hinchcliffe
The Beacon - Susan Hill
Beauty for Ashes - Dorothy Clark
My Journey to Heaven - Marvin J Bestman
Ties that Bind - Catherine Deveney
Married to Bhuton - Linda Leaming
The butterfly Month - Ariella Kornmehl
The book of Transformation - Lisa Barretta
A Happy Human Brain - Pierre Van Der Spuy
October - Zoe Wicomb
Spit 'N Polish - Barry Ronge
Tinkers - Paul Harding
Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure - Joanne Harris
An Unfinished Business - Boualem Sansal
The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
Getting to Manana - Miranda Innes


Thursday, April 9, 2015


I trust everyone had a wonderful Easter. We spent the day at this quaint hotel in Bothas Hill.. The Chantecler Hotel. We had lunch in the Zebra room, delicious food, and we were entertained by a lovely singer Sandy Lawrence. The  kiddies enjoyed a Easter egg hunt. Will definitely visit again.
I have been without Internet and phone line for 9 days. We phoned our Internet provider, we were given a reference number and told it will be sorted out soon. I phoned everyday from my cell phone and you know how frustrating it is when you have to listen to a recording and wait in a queue for an available operator..and wait and wait,.. well I just gave up and thought I wont pay the account maybe then they would do something. They finally came yesterday. When I questioned why the delay they were full of excuses. They checked everywhere and couldn't find where the fault was. they went into the street, climbed the telephone pole and fiddled there, then moved onto the next pole, then back inside to check -- still nothing. Eventually after 5pm  they came back and said it should work now as they have now connected us to the underground cable. Fingers crossed we dont have any more problems.

Here is my quilt top. Its now on my d/w. I look at it everyday and can't decide whether to hand quilt or machine quilt it.