Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sewing at Opononi

I'm just back from a Girls Week Away, sewing at Opononi. It was a great week, lots of sewing, talking, eating, and walking on the beach. Lily especially enjoyed the walks on the beach.

Lily on the deck. Lily is Fiona's Foxy/Corgi cross

We were lucky with the weather while we were there away, lots of sunshine so we could enjoy our walks.

View looking left out to the Heads of the Hokianga Harbour


View looking right.


Donna taking a photo of me taking photos :-)


Two men, a dog, one caravan and tractor

It was common to see boats being towed, but we also saw caravans and a horse and cart. It was like going back in time really.
I was a bit slow to grab the camera to catch the horse and cart, but here it is in the distance!

Horse and cart!

Working on piecing together my 'Sparkle Punch' quilt I fed the units through the machine upside down!
No unpicking was required though, just snipping the connecting chain piecing threads, and rearranging the units. (2nd Photo) See it all makes sense now


Here's my Sparkle Punch it is all sewn together!


Fiona finished this quilt top she is making for her son.


Here's a close up of the fabric in Fionas quilt. Can you guess her son likes surfing?


Checker boards

Onto my second project, a kit I bought from Itch to Stitch Bernina. It's a cute emergency vehicle panel surrounded by several borders.

Checker boards added, and in the background is one of the blocks Donna was working on.




Fiona's 'Horses' Quilt

Fiona completed the top of her 'Horses' quilt. The brown border fabric is so perfect for it with the criss cross  design mirroring the block design.

Up the right way!


  1. You guys got heaps done! Were you tempted at all to call your border a "cheddar board" design? Love your sparkle punch (glad no unpicking was required) - and aren't you thinking you are glad you're home with this terrible weather???

  2. Looks like you had a great time, lots of sewing done. Love the surfing quilt, so nice and bright. And the horse quilt is great too. My grand-daughter would like another quilt and she just has to have horses in it too, not quite sure what I'll do at this stage.

  3. Wow looks like a great time!I love Fiona's horse quilt!You did a great job with the panel of emergency vehicles.

  4. Looks like a lovely place to have a retreat - I'd be too busy looking out the window to get any sewing done. Your Sparkle Punch looks gorgeous - def putting it on my to-do list. Just come back from our retreat, all puffed out and gotta go work a night shift tonight. Ug.


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