Monday, August 18, 2014

Spring is just around the corner

Late in autumn I planted daffodil bulbs below pansy plants in tubs on our patio.

The pansies did not really do that well during the winter but the daffodils are beginning to show their beautiful colour.

The mountains, with all their snow, would like to tell us that winter had not yet left us but the daffodils seem to be saying that spring is just around the corner.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Taking time out

Temperatures plummeted in the Taupo area this week and we have had a number of frosts at our place.

Our local mountains have had some of the best dumpings of snow for this winter season.

They look very impressive from our place but today we decided to take time out to get a different view.

We went to our favourite coffee store for take out coffee and then drove to a scenic lookout on the other side of town.

A totally fresh aspect, with much more of Lake Taupo in the foreground.

Great coffee, great view - so nice to take time out to enjoy what we could so easily take for granted in this lovely part of the world.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Isn't this a nice bit of fun

Take a couple of pieces of contrasting fabric - these ones are 10 inches square.

 Make 4 half square triangles from the two pieces of fabric and piece them together into an hour glass block.

Cut the hour glass block into 9 equal squares.

Turn all of the pieces around and suddenly you have a star block - now isn't that a nice bit of fun.

Here's my first four blocks pieced together - so far so good.

I plan to piece 30 blocks so I hope I still feel like it is a nice bit of fun by the time I get to the end.

Now this idea does not originate with me.

It is called the 'Disappearing Hour Glass Block' and you can see how to create this here in much more detail from the Missouri Quilt Co.:-

Hopefully you may be inspired to have a bit of fun too.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Precious new life

Not so long ago, Linda and I had the privilege of visiting with a newborn baby and his parents at the local hospital.

Young Jaxon is the latest grandson for our Sweet Pea lady, Debbie.

He weighed in at a very health 9lb 9oz and is doing very well.

Linda and I both got to give him a cuddle.

Lovely to see his Dad, Adam, being very hands on and changing Jaxon's clothes for him.

We took along a gift for Jaxon, a quilt panel that Linda had machine quilted and to which I attached magic binding.

Mum and Dad were very pleased to receive the quilt and have already put it in his cot in readiness for Jaxon.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Someone to watch over me

I am not sure why, but I have never been very fond of traditional angel images.

On the other hand, if I see one that is a little bit on the 'crazy' side it suddenly has great appeal for me.

Our local quilting group, Taupo Quiltmakers, recently held their quilt show and had a sales table.

I found this delightful angel and had to bring it home.

She now hangs in my bedroom - someone to watch over me.

Even better, I found out later that one of our very own Sweet Pea ladies, Margaret, had made it and donated it to the sales table.

Margaret makes some wonderful hand stitched items and so I am very pleased to call this one my own.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Going round and round

Life has been a bit topsy turvy for us around here in recent times.

However, things seem to be moving along and recently I received a lovely card and note that was very special to me.

I had been asked by my son to make a baby quilt for someone he used to play basketball with and it was to be in the team colours, black, white and orange.

There is not always the opportunity to get to see these sort of quilts being used but here is the photo of little Zoe enjoying tummy time on her quilt.

Mum and Dad were very happy to have received this gift and it was lovely to have it acknowledged in this way.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Man in action

If you have been reading my blog for a while you may remember when my brothers, Norman and Alan removed a tree from a garden using Norman's car.

You can read about their exploits here, just over two years ago.

We have had a walnut tree on the border of our property which is not particularly well located so we asked Norman if he could take it down for us and today he set about the task.

He is taking up the challenge little by little.

So far so good, we look forward to the final result.