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 Budinrdd - Boualem Sansal
The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
Getting to Manana - Miranda Innes



    
                                                                                                                                     

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A LIFE OF PLENTY



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.


 



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Whoo Hoo Happy Days!!

As its International Quilting Weekend, TQS is allowing free access to their shows - from 20th to 22nd March, whoo hoo... Yesterday I watched Laura Fraga, Kim Diehl,Carolyn Konig, Cheryl See,and Vallerie White. I am so inspired and I have learnt so much. My SAL blocks are done. Now I have to trim the blocks and sew them together.



 So guess what I'll be doing this weekend, oh yes!! ...go HERE and enjoy!






Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Work in Progress

 



This is what I have done so far.. I don't know how many times I have unpicked the handle for the basket - I did cut the handle pieces on the bias. I went back to Jeni's blog to see what I should be doing. She says to curve it with an iron, spray baste, pin and applique - will try again. 

went shopping
and this




 I have prepped three more blocks... lots of leaves.



Another hot and humid day ahead.





Saturday, February 14, 2015

HUGS and KISSES

 Another lovely design by Temecula Quilt company. I enjoyed this little project. I used bits and pieces from my scrap basket for the blocks and I quilted hearts in the border. This mini measures 13" x 16"


Hugs and Kisses
 

Happy Valentine's Day!


Saturday, February 7, 2015

2015 Challenge

Christmas is just a lovely memory and January has gone in the blink of an eye. Children have returned to Cape Town and I am home alone again but not for long. My husband retires in May, I can't wait.  Challenge to myself this year is to learn needle turn applique. I think I have watched every needle turn video tutorial on Youtube. I decided to join Jeni's lovely sew along, A life of plenty. It has piecing and applique. I have needle turned 3 blocks using the back basting method. I tried to get smooth round edges but as you can see there are a few wonky places especially on the basket.


 And I have prepped my pieces for 3 sets of flying geese. Also enjoying that lovely quilting book.



Lots of lovely applique BOM's this year. I'm loving these,

Lancaster Co by Christy at Sycamore Hill Quilts
Oma's Blues by  Esther Aliu
Past Reflections by Wendy at  Legends and Lace
Bountiful Baskets by Pearl at  P3Designs
Be Happy by Erin at One Piece at a Time

Wishing everyone a wonderful year of quilting.





Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Another Finish

I have been so busy. October/November was crazy here with builders, plumbers, tilers etc -  dust everywhere. I had to pack my sewing machine away and sealed my sewing room but still, it was just dust everywhere. All I had been doing was vacuuming and dusting. No sooner had the builders left when my sister visited from overseas for 10 days. It was lovely spending time with her. Past two weeks my husband and I have had the worst flu ever- I am thinking of visiting the doctor again, still feeling yucky. My son is home for the holidays. Christmas is around the corner and I haven't done a thing........stressing!
                                                          

                                Quilted and bound...yay!
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

More Finishes

  
Market Day is finished.

Pam's Pocket Patchwork Sew- Along was great fun. See her posts - Airing of the Quilts where she shares photos from participants around the world.  


I hand quilted the circle quilt - BIG stitches, using Perle 8 thread.
Made more EPP stars and a long 17 1/2" heat pack, love these for relieving tension in the neck and shoulders.  I have made several over the years. In Summer when its very hot I put them in the deep freeze, perfect for cooling down.  I filled the bag with 1kg of barley. Wheat or rice can also be used.

 I ran out of batting and bought more on Tuesday. I have now pin basted Happy Scrappy Spring. Slowly getting there. More lovely Sew-Alongs here and here