Friday, May 20, 2011

Why I haven't been sewing lately...

Since I few people have been asking me what I've been sewing lately?
ie Why haven't I been posting quilty things on the blog?
I thought I'd show the other stuff I've been busy with. In my other life (work!)
The last few weeks have been taken up with dreaming, planning, ordering, taking down and putting up new shelves. So here's the 5 steps to a new look Library.

NB: I had help putting up the shelving from Jeannie* (National Library) & John* from
Keri Keri (both of them are camera shy). Jeannie is a new quilter too!

*Thanks heaps guys it wouldn't have happened without all your help!

1. You have to take books off the shelves! There were piles like this everywhere!
2.  Take old shelving down.
 (thats the old shelves leaning against the counter, see the empty wall they have came from)
More piles of books and the all the letters. 

I did have to leave a little room so I could use the computer when needed!

3. Next open Hundreds lots of boxes of new shelving.

4.  Assemble shelves. 

5. Add books!

New face out display for Junior Picture Books
Quick Reads. Love the bins that hold complete book sets.

Senior Fiction. Face out display is so more appealing than 'spine'.
 Now to make it quilty I grabbed out some quilt related books. Did you know there are a lot of pictures books with quilting/patchwork stories? They make great gifts to give kids, with the quilt you have made for them.

Still have some things to tweek in the Library, but as most of the work is done now, there might be some sewing in my future!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Show & Tell, May 2011

The meeting yesterday was the first  club meeting since the Quilting Symposium in Queenstown. So we had members who had been to Queenstown tell us about their trip and the classes they took. Sonya also spoke about being a tutor for the first time at a Symposium, she really enjoyed it and is looking forward Taupo Symposium in 2013. 
Unfortunately the photos I took as these people spoke did come out (too much sunlight behind them), but I'm sure when the items are completed we will see them again at future show n tells. Anyway onto the photos that did come out!
Marie Finnegan started this Bargello quilt in a class
 taught by Debbie Williams at Symposium 

Helen Poot made this in a Symposium class 'Cascading Tyvek Flowers' 
taught by Karen  Broderson

Here's a closer look at the beading and stitching.

'Machining with Metallics', was another Symposium class Helen did. 
It was taught by Cheryl Comfort. 

And congratulations to club members Shirley Julian & Robyn Halverson who both won awards at the Symposium.
They didn't have their quilts with them yesterday as the quilts are now travelling the country in the Suitcase Exhibition of award winners.
The Exhibition will be in Whangarei in August at Itch to Stitch, Bernina.

'Wonky Houses' by Maureen Gray.

'FYSH4T' made by Shelia Udjur for her husbands 55th birthday.

Crazy Patch Chicken Pincushion made by Sue Gillard.

Flower Pot Fairy made by Sue Gillard.

Sue has been busy again and made these hot water bottle
 covers to showcase these folded fabric flowers.

'Henry the Heritage Bear' made by Tric Carte using old and precious fabrics.

Sue Farrier made this large play mat using a
 fabric panel she purchased a few years ago.

Gaye Miller made this using a photo she took of her own sun flowers.
She said she learnt a lot about  needles, and what fusible not to use!

This is the first quilt by new Member Mathea Daunhemier
(she has moved here all the way from Maine, USA and is pleased it doesn't snow here!)  .
It's called 'Throwing Apples' 

'Dock Ropes' By Mathea Daunheimer.
 Painted with tsukineko inks & freemotion quilted.

'New York Beauty Circles' By Jenny Gough. 

'Dragon Fly Summer' by Lynda Parker started in 
mixed media class taught by Hazel Foot last year. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Quilt Frame

OK I just read my Quilt Club newsletter and it says I have a photo of the quilt frame we have for sale by tender on the blog, so I thought I better re-post some photos as that was a long time ago!

Details of how to place a tender are in your Newsletter. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wai-Quilt Show

While I was in Hamilton at the weekend I popped into Wai-Quilts exhibition in Gordonton. Of course I took a few photos to share with you so lets check them out. 

Horned Dragon by Lynda Bates of Te Awamutu Quilters 
Close up so you can see all the detailed stitching, just beautiful!
This 'Affairs of the Heart' quilt was made by Betty Mclean and named 'In Loving Memory of Brian'
Reeling Reds by Mary Arvidson. The points are perfectly sharp!
'Nga Mihi Nui' by Mary Arvidson, made as wedding present for American friends. 

At the show they also had on display the Hoffman Challenge Quilts for 2011. 
So I took a few photos of the ones I liked. 

'The Gift' by Mary K. O'Hara Matheson of Dunedin. I really like the story book feel to this wallhanging.
'Ride With Me'  by Joanne Mitchell of Geraldine.
This amazing quilt had LED lights in the silver circles on the top of the carousel and when a button was pushed they lit up and music played too! No wonder it won the viewers choice for the Hoffman Challenge & Best Overall.
'Indian Chief War Sheild' by Jenny Skudder of Timaru
In this close up you can see the different use of the challenge fabric as the base of the feathers and also the wrapped around the stems of the feathers
And this is why I was in Hamilton in the first place. My eldest Son Graduated on Monday. Can you see who is capping him? See if you can work it out, I'll put the answer in the comments.


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