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October 24, 2021
A week of bliss from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

This time there was no sewing. 

We headed to the east coast--Myrtle Beach has been a favorite destination for us for several years. The soothing sound of the waves held healing properties for me when my one of autoimmune issues was diagnosed almost 3 years ago. It helped me understand that stress is the enemy and it is good to stop and do nothing.

A week before we left I thought I would visit the local quilt shops, but since we flew and could not get a rental car, and Uber and Lyft rides cost double what they did when ...

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September 22, 2021
Off on a Trip from Romany Quilting

Finally we are off on a caravan trip - the weekend was spent with our caravan club buddies, not too far away at Betts Farm.  Our previous caravan club rally had been cancelled due to Covid lockdown, as had our planned 3 week trip north.  So there was plenty of news to catch up with our caravan buddies.  The night ended with a lovely sunset, always so nice to see the gorgeous colours in the sky.


Lovely sunset

The weekend rally seemed to be all about eating and a little drinking.  Glenys was celebrating her birthday on Saturday so she rushed ...

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February 16, 2021
Stitching and Holiday Snaps from Romany Quilting

Have to admit that only a little stitching has been happening, but every bit helps, doesn’t it.  Packed away in my stitching bag is a set of 12 pre-printed small Christmas panels, designed by Bonnie Sullivan, my new hand stitching project.  This was a gift from my penfriend Carol from South Dakota, and has some felt pieces attached.  Here I am working on block number one.


My new stitching project

Our tripping around continues, and it’s always exciting finding “new to us” places  to stay.  We had never heard of Te Anga, a small rural community along SH37 ...

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November 24, 2020
Where are we Now? from Romany Quilting

Leaving Taupo behind we spent the next night out in rural Paeroa.  You may remember that we had discovered that the young Lone Pine planted behind the  National Army Museum had originated from seeds collected in 2012 from the Turkish red pine growing at Paeroa Golf Course.  We were so close – of course we wanted to see this famous tree.   So we drove off to see if the staff at the golf club could help us in our quest.  They were so helpful and we were kindly escorted over the greens to see the tree and the accompanying plaque.


“There ...

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October 11, 2020
A Weekend Away, and a Surprise Meeting from Romany Quilting

We have had a weekend away with the caravan club,  up at Himatangi so not too far to drive.  Just a short weekend trip, two nights away, so it seemed that we arrived back home before we knew it.  It is Spring here now, which can mean cool times along with the warm, and the season often brings blustery windy weather.


Staying at Himatangi Beach

Our club members enjoyed a scrummy morning tea on Saturday when we drove through to Sanson for a visit to Viv’s Kitchen “Food the way it used to be”.    We’ve been here before ...

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June 14, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: B E A C H from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 It's the BEACH! All beach! Sand, sun, water, sky, waves, sunburn.

20 Geniales fotografías que deberás intentar con tus amigos

Here's to a relaxing start to your week on Pensacola Beach </p>
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June 11, 2020
Pin It Weekly #340 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Happy Weekly! I hope you are enjoying your week. We are set to vacay in Galveston soon. It's a family (the whole family) vacation. So I thought I'd look at some art that would help me get into the mood of beach, sun and water. These are from my board abstract art paint oil pastel prints

Painting by June Yan.

abstract art

Painting by June Yan.

Artist Jill Van Sickle  Painting, artwork, abstract

Carin Lundblad

Michele Hoben, Paintings and Drawings

These are pins from a quick search on Galveston Island.  

Best Things to Do on Galveston Island

Galveston Fun Maps – Galveston Island Guide

Beach Pictures: View Images of Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Galveston, Texas - cherished memories of many long summer days spent at Galveston Island State Park before hurricane Ike ravaged her beautiful shore

Things to do in Galveston - Besides the Beach

at moody gardens, galveston. - Picture of Galveston Island, Texas ...

Have you been to Galveston? It's a lovely island that packs lots of fun in a little space. Many of those places are within walking distance from our hotel. Of course ...

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March 9, 2020
Last Days on Holiday from Romany Quilting

So what have we been doing on the last days of our holiday?  Plenty, it seems, although sadly  no more stitching took place, we were much too busy traveling and sight seeing.  We stayed in Solway Park, Masterton for a couple of nights.  Our group made the most of sheltering under the large shady trees for Happy Hour.  The clock has just ticked over to Autumn and already the ground is carpeted with fallen leaves.  These crunchy leaves almost want to make you to get out there and kick them around.

Staying at Solway Park, Masterton

From here we spent ...

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March 1, 2020
Stitching and Sightseeing from Romany Quilting

It’s been a busy old time away on holiday over the last couple of weeks and I’ve done a little stitching in between travel and sightseeing.  One of the items I’m working on is a stitchery, a cute little teddy bear which will eventually become a cot quilt.  I have done the teddy so far, and still have to stitch the surrounding flower garlands.  I’m ever hopeful that my grand-daughters will give us a great grandchild one day, guess I’ll just have to be patient and wait.

Cute little teddy bear

I’ve also done ...

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December 12, 2019
Sew Beachy Retreat from Mama Spark's World

I have just returned from a quilt retreat in California.  Venture beach to be exact.  I fly in there and meet up with some other quilty friends.   This is the third year we have all been together.   There are old friends and new.  I always bring Captain Jack along to my retreats.   I get photos of him throughout the time we are there.   He is now the official mascot of Sew Beachy!

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October 30, 2019
Weekend Camping at Kai Iwi Beach from Romany Quilting

Our four days spent at Kai Iwi Beach Holiday Park was very pleasant.  We coped with the wind as best we could, the sun came out, then the rain, a bit of everything, but then Spring weather can be rather unpredictable in our part of the world.  I enjoyed time doing a little hand quilting on my New Zealand Botanical quilt, nice and cozy inside our van.  When I put it down for a while, Gemma decided it made a great cushion to cuddle beside.

She’s always busy snoozing

In fact, Gemma was rather like “the Princess and the ...

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October 23, 2019
Tripping Around from Romany Quilting

Here we are – tripping around the country again.  We left home last Friday in the pouring rain, traveling along the Desert Road and through the army town of Waiouru to get a great view of my favourite mountain, Mt Ruapehu.  No time to stop here though, we were making for Taupo.

Mt Ruapehu

We like to have  the radio on while we are traveling, tuned to Magic which plays “all the songs you know and love”.  And look, they're playing my extra special favourite song, Ten Guitars.  I love it so much I’ve told the family I want ...

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