Sunday, April 10, 2011

My weekly? ramble

I can't believe I haven't posted for over a week. I always find the week after daylight saving ends is really tiring.  Getting up in the dark and coming home in the dark.. I hate it but I'll get used to it, my body clock just needs to get tuned into it again.  (Daylight Saving = In New Zealand we turn our clocks forward in summer so we have an extra hours daylight, and then back again in April.)

Yesterday I went to Government House which is New Zealand I guess is like our "palace"??  However after walking the steep incline to the home there was a 2 hour queue so we never went inside.  Instead we peeked in the windows at the grandeur of it all. 

The view of Wellington from the front verandah
 Jenny waited to get inside and there are photos on her blog.
I had a lovely surprise this week to get another parcel from Martina in Germany.  This gorgeous card accompanied the latest issue of their patchwork magazine, some pretty buttons and beautiful rose fabric.  I was so excited when I found a parcel in the post I couldn't wait to open it.  I think this card is a beautiful picture and would make a lovely quilt... or another UFO??.  Or maybe I should just frame it haha.  Thank you Martina. 

Lovely tree quilt in magazine.

Owls.. and circular too.. Owls seem to be all -in-fashion with quilting fabric!

Now this is stunning and a must do.. I love the red. so warm and vibrant. Red  appears to be the 'in' colour this year in decorating and fashion.

My scraps.. remember the green I posted before... I have yet to make the tree from the brown with a little sunlight in behind it... and the blue bird in the tree. 

But here I have quilted leaves.. It's a multi coloured green and silver thread but doesn't show up well in the photo.  I'm going to cut the leaves out to put on the tree.

Today I went to the first class of Sheryl Anacich's Strawberry Fields.  We made the top for the quilt today.  I was amazed to get it finished in one day and I'm really happy with the result.   
At the next class we quilt it and then in July we make flowers as on this one below and quilt them onto the top.  I will be making some of my flowers in plainer fabrics to go on the flowery blocks.  This quilt was all out of my stash except 2 pieces which altogther cost $15.00.  I really enjoyed the class with Sheryl.  And to top it all Sheryl's mum made beautiful scones with home made strawberry jam and cream for morning tea... Diet gone again! 


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karen,

Was good to see photographs of Government House.
Also the card you got from your friend is gorgeous and love all the beautiful quilts you have shared.
thanks for your visit and kind note.
Mum is doing a little better now in hospital, so we just hope that she makes a good recovery.

Happy week

MrsC said...

Oh I went to the Open Day about 20 years go, and it rained and got RALLY COLD and we were soaked and freezing but we perservered after a three hour queuing! BUT we were young and stupid! hehehe. It is a grand old pile isn't it.
Love that magazine too! Such a different feel to their work.

Nanci said...

Beauty photos! There must be a lot of maintenance on that old place!
Usually classes here require us to buy new fabrics for classes. It really ticks me off. I love the work on the quilt top.

stufenzumgericht said...

Dear Karen,
when you love our German Quilting Magazine - so no problem, you'll get some as soon, as the next issue will be available on the newsstand ;-)
Hugs from Martina