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February 23, 2021
Holiday Knitting and Tripping Around from Romany Quilting

I’ve taken both knitting and stitching projects away on the trip.  Must admit I often do knitting in the car while we are traveling, and have finished two little sleeves on the toddler cardigan I’m making and have now started on the back.  I’m not in any hurry with this project, and I’m using up left over wool from my own jumper finished recently.

P1010793  P1010816

Knitting in the car, and two sleeves finished

After the Covid scare in Auckland we changes our travel plans are have been moving slowly southwards. We drove along the Desert Road and ...

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January 26, 2021
Caravanning and Knitting from Romany Quilting

We enjoyed a three day weekend way with our caravan club friends, staying in the grounds of Oroua Downs School 30kms away up SH1.  The Maori name Oroua means “place of dredging for shellfish” with the coast not too far away.   The wind blew, and blew, and blew even harder, meaning that it was only comfortable to sit outside on the day we arrived,  buffeting the caravan and trying it’s very best to whistle back down through the Range Hood over the oven.  After that, with the addition of rain, we made good use of the school hall.

Gemma ...

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January 21, 2021
Working outside in the sun shine from Romany Quilting

There is nothing nicer that spending an hour or so outside on the patio in the sunshine.  So what was I working on?  Another pair of socks, and a mystery bag, which Gemma found so interesting.  And no, she shouldn't really be up on the table, but cats do what they want, don't they.


Mmmm, wonder what’s in this bag?

It didn’t take too long to finish the toe shaping on my second sock, and get it stitched up.  These are nice warm woolen socks, knitted with 12 ply wool, knitted on two needles with a ...

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January 6, 2021
Packing Up from Romany Quilting

Gemma let her feelings known, Christmas is over and it’s time to pack it all away, she thinks.  Why else would she be taking a swipe at Santa and knock him over?  She does look a little guilty, doesn’t she?


Poor Santa

So the last day or two I’ve been packing the Christmas  things away, and putting the normal things back in place.  The brass needed a bit of attention, so I sat outside on the patio, rubber gloves on, cleaner and cloths to the ready, and started a little polishing.  These jugs usually reside on the ...

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December 25, 2020
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL from Romany Quilting

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, from our home to yours.


The Christmas Mice

Our Christmas Day started with the traditional family breakfast of hot croissants filled with ham and cheese, and a pot of “real” coffee.  Then we joined friends Dot and Derek and son Brent for Christmas Lunch out at a local restaurant, The George.    With three lunch sittings, the place was heaving with people, most of them oldies out with grown children, it seemed, and some of the patrons looked so much older than us, we commented.  Unfortunately, our table was situated right by the door ...

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December 24, 2020
It’s Hard being the Perfect Hostess from Romany Quilting

That’s what Gemma thinks, after welcoming Robin’s sister Kaye who came to stay overnight.  Gemma was enchanted with our guest and wouldn’t leave her alone.  I told Kaye that she should feel honoured, as Gemma has been known to be rather stand offish to visitors before, and not want to have anything to do with them.  When Kaye departed, Gemma took a well earned snooze on the dining chair, head tucked under the table cloth, and her back legs hanging down!


Job done, time for a rest

Having someone to stay in the sewing room/spare bedroom ...

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December 22, 2020
Unwelcome for Christmas from Romany Quilting

Look what I’ve acquired for the next few days, just in time for Christmas.  Putting the groceries away yesterday I tripped and fell, putting my hands out to break the fall, as you do.  Nothing broken but it seems I've sprained my wrist.   So now, for the first time, I’m sporting a wrist brace as it is quite painful.  Doing something like this makes you realise how often you use two hands to do so many things.  Hopefully in a few more days it will all come right.



Backing up a few days, we have enjoyed ...

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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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November 18, 2020
Cats on Tour from Romany Quilting

We are away on another trip (lucky us), the weather was good and the car and caravan just hummed along.  We had our  favourite radio station belting out all the songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s “songs that you know and love”, as the adverts say, rather like spending time with good friends, as we hummed along.  Gemma came too, of course, and she is quite good on car rides, she usually spends her time beside me, leaning on the consul with her head facing backwards as we drive along.  Rather like an ostrich with her head in the ...

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November 16, 2020
A Slow Week from Romany Quilting

It’s been rather a slow week here, as far as stitching goes.  No rolling the dice, and sadly, no chance to start assembling one or other of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects.  But…… I did get one out, my little spool wall-hanging I’m making for the sewing room, look at it to see how I want to arrange the spools, and that’s about it.  Does that count for anything?   The only actual stitching I’ve done is for a secret squirrel Christmas project, and you know I cant show that just yet.  Or maybe, just a smidgeon ...

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October 14, 2020
Still Working on Number Three from Romany Quilting

I decided not to “roll the dice” this week and work on project three again.  After all, I’m not too far from the finish line that I couldn't bear to put it away, and wait for the number to come up again.  Just as well I'm in charge and can change the rules a little, don't you think.  I have been working on quilting around the rugby players on the blocks.  Slow going for me, as I don’t know how to do it free motion very well so I’m going slowly with my walking ...

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October 6, 2020
Number Three Again from Romany Quilting

I rolled the dice on Monday morning, and it brought up number three again, the Rugby panel, the same as last week.  Not that I really mind, just that I was not expecting it so soon.  During the weekend I had stitched the backing, and layered and pinned it all together, so I was raring to go. After struggling down on the carpet getting a few pins in to secure it, I then picked it all up and finished the job on the glass topped picnic table outside.  So pleasant outside in the warm Spring weather, and much better for ...

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October 1, 2020
Working on the Rugby Panel from Romany Quilting

Its been a frustrating few days working on the boys rugby panel.  Although the stitching has been straightforward, what to use in the borders has not.  With trying to use up what I have and not being tempted to rush up to the LQS and buy extra fabric has been  little frustrating.  I decided to frame the panel in dark blue teamed with a black/grey print, and I’m happy with how that turned out.  I had planned a slightly lighter outer blue border in a similar shade seemed a good idea, but I had nothing suitable available in ...

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September 25, 2020
String Block stitching this week. from Romany Quilting

There hasn't been a huge  amount of stitching time available this week, but this is what I’ve managed so far.  You may remember that my “Roll of the Dice” brought up number one on my list, neutral string blocks.  These blocks were made quite some time ago for another project, which I didn’t continue with.  So I’ve been using them in donation quilts.  This week I started with this last pile of assorted blocks and some pink fabric.


The last of my neutral string blocks

After some time spent diligently at the  sewing machine, this is ...

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September 17, 2020
A new list, and rolling the dice from Romany Quilting

It’s taken me a while to get on to it, but I’ve finally organised a new List of Six projects for myself.  Some items are recurring, and there are a couple of new ones added.  This newly updated list contains:

1:  Strings blocks – still have enough of these to make another donation quilt.

2:  Pinwheel blocks, previously stitched together but I’ve come up with a Plan B now.

3:  Printed panels – I have two of these in the bag for another couple of donation quilts.

4:  Burgundy Log Cabin, first time on the list for this long ...

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September 12, 2020
Red Colourpoint Cat from Romany Quilting

Red is the colour for Rainbow Scrap Challenge stitching this month, so I decided to start off my RSC sewing with a cat block first.  I laid them on the bed and auditioned some red fabrics.  After all, red comes in all sorts of shades, bright red, orange/red, pinky/red so I wanted to see which shade would work best with the existing blocks.  Gemma decided to come and help out too, as she likes to do.  She wasn’t really much help at all, she was much more interested in keeping up with her grooming routine.


Gemma and ...

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September 6, 2020
Blue Socks finally finished from Romany Quilting

Its taken me quite some time,but I’ve finally finished knitting my pair of blue socks.  These are knitted on two needles, and they came on a holiday in the caravan with me where I stitched the side seam up.


My blue socks

I’m quite new to this sock knitting business and found the heels a bit of a challenge.  These were started in a class at my favourite quilt shop some time ago.  As I had long realised that I couldn’t cope with knitting on four sock needless, it seemed the ideal pattern for me.  Sewing ...

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August 24, 2020
What I’ve been up to from Romany Quilting

The last few days have been a bit of a mixed bag.  Sadly on Friday we had a family funeral to attend as  Robin’s cousin Steve had passed away.  The day was wet and wild, and we drove up to Palmerston North to attend the church.  Reflecting in the car that as the aunts and uncles have now all passed on, sadly the cousins are the older generation.   Quite a sobering thought.  With our part of the country being in “Level 2”, gatherings are capped at 100 people.  Therefore, the family  wanted to know who was likely to attend ...

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August 20, 2020
Something for Gemma from Romany Quilting

I’ve been doing some sewing over the last coupe of days, something for our beautiful Birman Gemma.  She really needed another couple of “cat mats” – I have one under her litter box and another under her feeding tray.  They certainly serve the purpose of keeping the flooring clean but of course they need frequent laundering.  It goes without saying that cat lovers would have some kitty fabric in the stash, and I found two novelty type fat quarters tucked away, so that is what I used.


Two cat mats for Gemma

These were made very simply, just two layers ...

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August 14, 2020
Will we - wont we? from Romany Quilting

Here we are camped in the little town of Takapau in the Hawkes Bay where we have been for a couple of days. Other than the caretaker, we ae the only ones staying here, so had the choice of where we wanted to park.  This is a very reasonably priced camp, and we are nice and toasty with a power site, plus our cozy diesel heater too, keeping us warm.


Staying at Takapau

The weather started out fine, but rather chilly, probably because of the snow on the Ruahine Ranges.


A little snow on the Ruahine Ranges

Our trip to ...

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