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September 18, 2019
Just a little Road Trip from Romany Quilting

It’s been all go since we arrived back from our holiday last Thursday – we quickly packed the caravan and left on Sunday, will be away about a week.  We are heading up to Hamilton to get the back window of our caravan repaired, then we will be attending the annual Motorhome, Caravan and Leisure Show. 

We stopped in Ohakune one night, home to the Big Carrot.   At 7.5m tall, the carrot was built for a TV commercial for ANZ Bank, and then donated to the town.   Visitors love the Big Carrot and often stop and have their photos ...

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August 2, 2019
A Friday Finish from Romany Quilting

I’m so pleased that I’ve managed to get my Jingle (Christmas) Table Runner completed this week.  With the straight line quilting completed earlier in the week, the next step was to do some FMQ in the stitchery panels.  Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike doing this sort of machine quilting?  Probably because I’m not very good at this free motion business and find it a strain to do.  As you know, when we are up close and personal to our work we can see all the flaws, but now it’s finally completed, it doesn ...

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July 28, 2019
Jingle Table Runner from Romany Quilting

Sunday was certainly sewing day here today.  After Robin cooked Sunday breakfast of bacon and scrambled eggs, I did a few chores and got on with the job of finishing up my Christmas table runner top.  Santa had to gather up his reindeer while they were enjoying munching on the grass.

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The reins have now been stitched on the reindeer so Santa could control them while he goes on his merry way on Christmas Eve.

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Here are the stitcheries added to the centre section, enjoying the winter sunshine out on the patio table.  My runner turned out a little bigger ...

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July 22, 2019
Christmas Table Runner from Romany Quilting

Monday is “Roll the Dice” day and it landed on  number 6, my Christmas Table Runner.  The actual name is “Jingle Table Runner” and the pattern was a free download from Red Brolly.  I first saw this lovely design when Maria from Life on the Block wrote about it on her blog a couple of years ago. 

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The pattern

I completed the four stitcheries which go on the ends of the runner a couple of months ago, then put it away to add to my list and await the roll of the dice.  In the pattern these blocks are done ...

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June 30, 2019
The Sewing Day that Wasn’t from Romany Quilting

I was all set on Saturday for a day of stitching with my quilt guild members.  My packed lunch was all prepared, and I had sorted out my hand stitching projects to work on.  I took plenty - you have to make sure that you don’t run out of things to sew, do you?  Plus my camera, and note book, after all, there’s sure to be something happening which is blog worthy.  Waving goodbye to Robin, off I went to the hall.  But on arrival I could see that the gate was locked up tight, and not a soul ...

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June 23, 2019
A little stitched gift from Romany Quilting

Now that the cute little mug rug I stitched has been posted, traveled across to the other side of the world, and arrived safely, it’s time to show it off.

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I made this for my pen friend Janet, who lives in Cromer, England.  Janet is a quilter too.  We have been very lucky to meet up with her and her husband Alan when we had two trips to England. I seem to recall that their kitchen is blue, so hopefully this will fit right in with the décor.

This little stitchery didn’t take too long at all to ...

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June 2, 2019
A Little Hand Quilting from Romany Quilting

A four day weekend away with caravan club friends – what could be nicer?  To be truthful the weather could have been much  nicer, but then, the season has just clicked over to Winter on 1st June.  After a long and very mild Autumn, Winter has arrived with a vengeance.  Winds strong enough to buffet the caravan, torrential rain, and low temperatures.  Thank goodness for fluffy winter sheets on the bed, and warm socks and slipper to keep our toes warm inside!  My quilting bag was packed, so I’ve been tucked up inside doing a little hand quilting today.

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May 25, 2019
Stitching Day from Romany Quilting

It’s always the big question when I am going out for a day of stitching – just how many projects to pack?.  One or two maybe?  No I decided on three hand projects.  I could have taken my sewing machine if I wanted, but quite honestly, its rather a hassle to unhook it from my sewing cabinet, and quite heavy to load it in the car,and lug it into the hall.  So I usually take the easy way out and do hand stitching on these monthly quilt club get-togethers.

There were several Town and Country quilt club members already ...

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May 22, 2019
Rolling the Dice and Two Drowned Mice from Romany Quilting

Monday is roll the dice day (if we are home and not galivanting away in the caravan), and it brought up number one again, the same as last week.  Not that I’m complaining at all, I’m more than happy to keep working on my New Zealand Botanical blocks.  It seemed a shame to pack this project away last week, as I was not too far from completing the quilt top.

Number one again this week

So some cutting, pinning and stitching took place over the last couple of days and I now have borders on my top.  I ...

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May 15, 2019
NZ Botanical Blocks from Romany Quilting

The dice rolled one this week, so I’ve been working on my New Zealand Botanical blocks, designed by Jenny Hunter. I’ve stitched them over the last year and a bit, with the earlier blocks stitched while traveling around in the caravan during our South Island holiday.  My first job was to trim them to size.  This is always a bit of a worry, hoping I get the stitchery centred correctly before I start slicing away. 


Then I had to decide how to arrange them.   This one went here and that one went there while I pondered and rearranged ...

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May 12, 2019
Another Slow Stitched Santa, and Mother’s Day from Romany Quilting

Santa is sitting in his sleigh with the sack of toys, all he needs is to get hitched up to the reindeer and he will be on his way.

Santa in his sleigh block

This is the final stitchery block of four of the Christmas table runner.  The next step will be to piece the fabrics for the centre of the runner, then add the stitcheries to each end.  I’ll add this to my List of Six projects when I write a new list. 

But never fear, I still have several hand stitching projects to work on.  Including this ...

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April 11, 2019
Stitching and Traveling from Romany Quilting

Just a little stitching to show so far.  I’ve enjoyed several hours stitching away outside under the caravan awning.  Autumn weather here usually means quite warm settled days, so we are making the most of it.  Mind you, the nights are quite chilly now in the caravan.  Time to put my fluffy bed socks on!

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Our three week road trip started with a weekend caravan rally on a farm in the hills of Otaki.  We had a real treat on Saturday night before our evening entertainment arrived – toasted marshmallows!  And not just any marshmallows, “Flamin Mallows” especially ...

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April 9, 2019
Stitching Along In April. from Sunburnt Quilts

Stitching along slowly. Not a lot of big finishes, but several small ones.

This is the second block for Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs.

I have also completed the February blocks for the Gail Pan BOM.


I have nearly completed the March blocks so I am not too far behind.

School holidays have started here in Victoria so it is time for fun with grand children sleeping over and lots of playing. And of course there is some rain – always part of the holidays.

Hope you have a great week. Cheers, Karen


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March 21, 2019
New Zealand Fuchsia Stitchery Block from Romany Quilting

My final New Zealand Botanical stitchery block is now completed, designed by Jenny Hunter.   The bright purply-red bell shaped flowers have stamens laden with intense blue sticky pollen.

My final NZ Botanical stitchery block

Photo bombed by Gemma

Kotukutuku  is considered to be the world’s largest fuchsia. In damp forest it can grow to 12m tall and form a trunk over 1m in diameter. It is one of New Zealand’s few truly deciduous trees, losing its leaves in winter in all but the warmest areas. Attractive, small flowers appear between August and December. They change from greenish-yellow to ...

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March 17, 2019
Stitching Fuchsias from Romany Quilting

We have been away in the caravan this weekend, a nice restful couple of days and I had time to enjoy a little stitching time outside under the awning.  I’m coming along quite well on this block, stitching fuchsias around the circlet of leaves. 

Working on my fuchsia block

Gemma came away with us too, she is quite at home in the caravan and likes to find a nice spot to lie down and keep an eye on us.  Right by the door, this time.  She is certainly getting bigger now.

Gemma likes caravanning too

We were staying the ...

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March 3, 2019
Enjoying a little Slow Stitching from Romany Quilting

There’s nothing nicer than a little slow hand stitching, is there?  I’ve been working away on my final New Zealand Botanical block, sitting outside and making the most of the warm temperatures.  The circlet and leaves are now done, with just the fuchsias to be added.  I’ve also been “sewing in the ends” after machine quilting on my Animal ABC quilt, another restful job to do while seated outside.  With a drink to hand, and a quilt magazine to flick through when I want a break, the birds chirping, it’s very pleasant indeed.

Starting on my ...

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February 17, 2019
New Zealand Clematis Block from Romany Quilting

I’m pleased to say that I’ve just finished stitching another of my New Zealand Botanical blocks,   designed by Jenny Hunter as applique blocks.  This one is Clematis Paniculata, also known by the Maori name of Puawananga.  As the white flowers tended to merge into my background fabric, I decided to outline around them.  This is block eight of nine blocks in the series, so I feel the project is  coming long nicely.


Lately I have been enjoying the hot sunny weather and have been stitching outside.  Mornings are better under our Archgola before the sun gets too hot ...

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February 3, 2019
Weekend in Masterton from Romany Quilting

The temperatures were still hot when we packed the caravan and headed over to Masterton for a four day weekend.  It’s so nice when we can sit outside in the evenings enjoying the cooler evening air.


Gemma always enjoys her caravan trips as well, there is plenty to explore outside.  She loves  being outside investigating fluttering leaves, and sharpening her claws on the tree close by. She was rather perturbed when a large magpie landed on the ground not too far away, and carefully peered around the tree to make sure it didn’t get too close.


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January 23, 2019
Blue flowers, and a blue native bird from Romany Quilting

I’m pleased that another of my stitchery blocks has been completed, I’ve been stitching away on my Chatham Island Forget-me-knot block.  Designed by Jenny Hunter, this is block seven of nine New Zealand botanical blocks, and is my “slow stitching” project.

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The threatened Chatham Island forget-me-not grows naturally on the Chatham Islands - on coastal cliffs, rock outcrops and sandy and rocky beaches.  Grazing, trampling and rooting by domestic and feral animals and weed encroachment, especially by marram grass, are major threats to this species in it’s natural habitat.  This large showy plant is also available to home ...

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January 8, 2019
Reflecting Back and Looking Forward from Romany Quilting

We are now back home from our Christmas/New Year holiday and it’s that time of year when quilters and crafters like to take stock of what we have achieved during the year.  Whether it’s been a little or a lot, each finish is special and something to celebrate.  I’ll never be in the league of some of the “super quilters” out there in blog-land, but I’m still happy with what I have done.

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Lace cushion for niece’s 50th birthday and table cloth recording our South Island holiday

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For the caravan, hand stitched native birds ...

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