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February 9, 2023
Presidential Highway and Dunedin from Romany Quilting

We went out exploring one afternoon, driving an oval shaped route from Gore and back through the countryside, a road we hadn’t previously traveled on.  And goodness me, on reaching Clinton we discovered this sign, we had just driven along the Presidential Highway!


This stretch of highway between Clinton and Gore acquired unexpected fame in the 1990s when Bill Clinton and Al Gore were respectively president and vice-president of the United States. When President Clinton visited New Zealand in 1999, a photograph of the road sign was presented to him by the United States ambassador, Josiah Beeman.

Clinton to Gore

Hello, Mr ...

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January 9, 2023
Weekly Word: Trust + Books, Stitches and Gratitude and the Finalized Reading Challenges Are Posted! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer


 Hello There, 

Happy New Year to each and every one of you!  I hope your holiday season was wonderful and blessed!  

As you can see, I've added a few changes to my Pages.  My 2023 reading challenges are there in a simplified format.  I've also decided to take a page from some your blogs and add an annual page of finished crafty projects.  In addition, I am eager to become more consistent with my posts to 1 Xmas Item a Month!  This is a fabulous way to sew for Christmas throughout the year and avoid that last minute ...

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January 3, 2023
Time for a little stitching, and Pancake Rocks from Romany Quilting

We have moved on to the tiny settlement of Barrytown and I had an hour or so sitting under the shady awning doing a little stitching. We are camped up on a hill and have a wonderful sea view.


Not only did I finish this tiny little dove from Noah's Ark stitchery, but worked a little longer to start the next design – two kangaroos waiting to hop onboard the ark.


Just a small finish

Sitting outside in the balmy evening with our camping neighbours, we were chatting away and waiting for the sun to go down into the horizon ...

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December 28, 2022
A fun Christmas from Elsie Quilts

Our Christmas included giving this quilt and an apron to our son's fiancee. She kind of expected the quilt but hadn't seen it, but didn't expect the apron. What fun to watch her face...

She wanted lots of flowers, white with pastels. While it was a challenge to find flowers in November, a local shop had this panel with a few fat quarters to match in a kit -- only one left. Fun to make for a charming and fun-loving young woman who is also smart and keeps surprising us. How delightful to surprise her!

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October 10, 2022
A little Sewing, and Physio visit from Romany Quilting

I did a little sewing over the weekend, something that I’d wanted to stitch for a while.  With a good supply of donated children's fabric on hand, I wanted to make some little girls pinnies (aprons).  Sew Wot friend Heather lent me her delightful pattern a while ago, and I traced a copy off.  She used to make the dress and pinny for her own girls when they were little, she told me, all those years ago.


Such a cute pattern

Gemma wanted to help too, and showed interest as I was stitching away.  It’s nice that ...

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September 25, 2022
Be Grateful, and Daylight Saving starts from Romany Quilting

Spring has sprung here in my part of Paradise, and last night was time to turn the clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving time.  Our evenings will be  little longer, more time to enjoy the balmy early evenings.  It must be said that I love Summer.

I’ve been a bit preoccupied lately with several appointments in the lead up to Robin’s knee replacement, and his operation last Tuesday.  It went well, I’m pleased to say, and he was home within a few days.  He wasn't allowed home until he could get out of bed and ...

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August 7, 2022
Slow Stitching and Knitting from Romany Quilting

My slow stitching this week has been a little work on another apron.  Once again, I’m using a design from Stitcher’s Revolution “Cute Kitchen Sayings”.  This one is Be Grateful.


Another apron

I’ve also been working on another pair of socks.  These were the very first pair I ever knitted, but I’ve found them much too short, the pattern has them finishing just a couple of inches above the ankle.  I wasn't happy wearing them, so decided to unravel the rib down from the top and lengthen them.  That was easier said than done, I ...

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July 17, 2022
Another Finish from Romany Quilting

It’s taken a while, with this project put in time out for a while, while I’ve worked on other things.  But at last I’ve finished the stitchery on my caravan apron.  The design is from Stitcher’s Revolution Camping Adventures patterns, and I certainly enjoyed working on it.


I remember purchasing two of these aprons while on a trip to Hamilton.  Just what I was looking for, the lighter coloured front bib would be the  perfect place to add an embroidery.


Camping apron now finished

This  was so enjoyable to do, I’ve now got the second ...

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July 12, 2022
Just A Little Hand Work from Romany Quilting

It’s winter here in my part of paradise, with wet, cold, windy weather most days.  But believe it or not, the sun came out, the wind dropped and I managed to spend an hour outside on the patio one afternoon this week.  Gemma joined me, and she sat on the wooden seat soaking up the sunshine, while I sat at the patio table.  My task was to do some more stitching on my latest pair of secret socks for one of the granddaughters.  I knit my socks on two needles, so have to finish them with a seam up ...

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April 3, 2022
Let’s sew a Hipster Apron! from Crafty Gemini

Learn along with Vanessa as you sew this super cute Hipster Apron! We’ll cover a TON of different techniques in the pre-recorded video lessons as she teaches you how to make this reversible apron.

You’ll learn:

  • tips for making a buttonhole
  • making & attaching slanted patch pockets for easy access
  • sewing a V-neckline that lies flat
  • slip knot adjustable closure for quick & easy putting on and taking off apron
  • and so much more!

Get everything you need in the Hipster Apron Course & Kit Bundle.

With the Hipster Apron Course & Kit Bundle bundle you’ll get:

  • Unlimited and indefinite access ...

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December 16, 2021
Weekly Word: Love and Forgiveness, Reading, Stitching and Gratitude from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hello There, 
This week has flown by with a bit of Christmas shopping, sewing and reading!  I hope you enjoy reading the last of our Stayed On Him series, a new Zoom book discussion I joined, how I'm still a tad bit in the negative with my stash, the cute little softies I'm making for my grandbabies and my digital gratitude journal!  
Time for this week's post.  Here's is an index should you have a special interest you like to read first!  
The Weekly Word - is a short devotional that sometimes becomes a Bible Study series ...

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January 26, 2021
Last Minute Game Day Projects from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Are you watching the Big Game soon? Chances are, you or someone you love is! Whether you love the game or not, you can’t deny that it’s a great chance to get together and be surrounded by friends and good snacks! 

In the Doan family, we take any chance we can get to get together and throw a party. We love a good theme and going all out! In that spirit, here are a few projects that you can whip up in no time and make extra special, with the addition of some fabric representing your favorite sports ...

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November 9, 2020
Setting the Table for the Holidays - Handmade Makes and Decor from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

46 days until Christmas and I am rocking and rolling this year, taking my time finding the best handmade makes to fill my home and to fill the homes of family and friends. If you haven’t jumped on the holiday making bandwagon yet this blog post might get you to jot a few sewing projects on your to-sew list. So, get a pen and paper ready as I show you some great ideas to set your table for the holidays and fill your home with handmade holiday makes and decor. 

Xmas Holiday Ideas

Adorn your Tables with Table runners

A ...

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May 1, 2020
What happened in April from Romany Quilting

Looking back, it  seems that April has been a very productive month.  Mind you, we have all been in Level 4 Lockdown here in New Zealand, just moving to Level 3 with similar restrictions, so hardly any tripping around at all.  I remember that I often used to comment on my lack of stitching endeavours, saying something like “not much time for sewing as we will be away in the caravan this weekend etc”.  Well, during Lockdown that hasn’t happened for a while and all weekends lately have been spent at home, including Easter and Anzac weekends.  So….. a ...

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April 25, 2020
Christmas Coins from Romany Quilting

I blame Jocelyn who writes as Canadian Needle Nana for this, check out her version of Christmas Coins here.  Such a great idea, I thought, so why not make something similar for myself.  All the Christmas coins were small scraps and strips hanging around, some longer than others, wider strips, and narrow ones too, so nothing Christmassy was cut from stash at this stage.  I’ve never been what you would call a scrappy quilter, so with mixing up all sorts of colours and designs, and different widths too, this project was a real adventure for me.  Originally this started ...

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April 5, 2020
Finished – Caravan Stitching from Romany Quilting

It’s Sunday, and I’m so pleased I finished my “roll the dice no 4” this week, which were a couple of items for the caravan, using caravan themed fabric.  I had been gifted two lengths of fabric a birthday or two ago, so was happy to finally get on and use them.   I’d decided to make placemats with the grey, and an apron with the blue.  Messy cooks like me need aprons, even away on caravan trips!


I had to piece the blue fabric to get the length I needed, and couldn’t match the pattern, but ...

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January 27, 2020
Working the Border from Fret Not Yourself

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard a work worth doing."
~Theodore Roosevelt

Last week the black border didn't add anything to the conversation but the quilt still needed more contrast. I pieced more hourglasses with some black added to the pink and blues for the border then spent a while laying them out. This arrangement makes a striking zig zag but is much too strong for the weak center. {I'll have to remember it for another time.}

Zig zag border arrangement

Black to the outside and pink ...

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January 1, 2020
Ruby slippers from Bizarre Quilter

The journey of Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ has struck a chord with me for quite a long time. 

It is only through a journey of life changing experiences that Dorothy discovers that she had the power all along.

In this case, all she had to do was use the magick in the ruby slippers.

I have used this utterly amazeballs purple swirl with metallic gold print fabric as the background for an altar cloth, then added sparkly socks, and painted the ruby slippers with layers and layers of sparkly fabric paint to make them shine and shine.

And ...

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January 25, 2015
Sharing Sunday - New Series of posts from Bee She Bags

I haven't ever done a series of posts before, and I'm going to even try and include a linky widget so you can add links to whatever theme I've done for this week, which happens to be APRONS, you know, things we use when cooking, painting, cleaning (yes, I do know what that is, I looked it up in the dictionary!) etc to protect our clothes from getting messy, or just because we love wearing them.  I know when I'm cooking, if I don't wear one, I sometimes get splatter marks up the front of ...

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