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April 8, 2020
Roll the Dice Again from Romany Quilting

Today is Day 15 of our Lockdown, staying home as we should, and keeping ourselves occupied.   It was time to roll the dice again, bringing up number 5.  Which is a bag of stitchery blocks which I did some years ago, and they have been residing in a bag all this time.  “Under the Sea” was a Block of the Month stitchery designed by Willowberry Designs in 2010.  I had the patterns enlarged at the copy shop, and used Perle No 5 threads.  After stitching, the designs were highlighted with fabric pens. 

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Nine stitchery blocks

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Gemma is helping

The first ...

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March 11, 2020
A March Mixture. from Sunburnt Quilts

There are a lot of bits and pieces that still need finishing, so I will try to keep on top of those UFOs in March.

Knowing that Easter is around the corner, I managed to find a frame for this little rabbit. I think it is a Bonnie Sullivan design (All Through The Night)

I had a pin cushion that had the stitching done from a long time ago. I finally stitched a backing on and stuffed it. It’s a Hatched and Patched design. (Annie Downs)

I managed to finish one hedgehog in time to give as a Christmas ...

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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.

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Cute little teddy bear

I’ve also done ...

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February 16, 2020
Slow Stitching Outside from Romany Quilting

It’s been nice to relax outside finishing off some slow stitching.  Our weather has been quite warm, too hot sometimes to sit out on the patio, so then I take myself off to the back of the house, where it is cooler and shady.  Much better to be in the shade on a really hot day, and I’ve been sitting down stitching the binding on  my Autumn Wall-hanging.

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A seat in the cool of the shade

Our cat Gemma often joins me outside too.  On a hot day she heads straight to the rhubarb garden – it’s just ...

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January 18, 2020
Family, Holiday and a little stitching from Romany Quilting

Just in case you are wondering, yes, we are still on holiday.  During our time in Hawkes Bay we called in to see my sister Kathleen and her husband Dennis, who live in Hastings.

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Kathleen with me

There were two “new to us” places to stay at while we traveled slowly southwards.  Guess it’s no coincidence that they were both by breweries!  The first was GodsOwn Brewery – Godfrey the brewer was originally from South Africa, married to Kiwi wife Rachel, and they have realised their dream of brewing craft beers on their own piece of rural paradise.  Of course ...

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January 12, 2020
Hand Stitching from Romany Quilting

Its hard work being on holiday, places to go, and people to see.  But I’ve managed to squeeze a little hand stitching in here and there.  One of my traveling projects is a little traced stitchery of a steam engine.  So far I've stitched the wheels, and feel like singing “the wheels of the train go round and round” as I’m sitting here stitching.  This will eventually be made into a cot quilt, I think.

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Steam train stitchery

And tonight I sat outside with our caravan friends and did a little more on the border of my ...

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November 18, 2019
Christmas in the Caravan from Romany Quilting

I know its early, but we are away for a week in the caravan,  heading off for a Christmas Rally.  There has been a tiny bit of caravan Christmas decorating done, and Gemma is making the most of it.  Such as sprawled out on the bed on top of the Christmas quilt.  She is such a poser – I’m sure she just settles down and waits till I get the camera out!

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Gemma snoozing on the bed

Our trip up was relatively easy, but Robin commented that with our new van being a little taller than the previous one, it ...

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November 4, 2019
Little Bits. from Sunburnt Quilts

It is always good to see progress on projects. This quilt is from Jen Kingwell of Amitie and is named Meadow.

This is the centre panel. I now have to make the border which consists of 24 applique blocks. Lots of tracing and cutting before any stitching begins.

A friend was working with some small pouches and offered to show a few of us how to make them.

They are made with plastic coated fabrics. The interesting part about making them is that only one side of the zipper is used. The bag is made in one piece then folded ...

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November 3, 2019
Autumn Stitchery from Romany Quilting

I’ve loved doing the slow stitching on my Autumn stitchery piece, a pretty free design from Crabapple Hill Studio.  When I finally completed all those brown knots representing sunflower seeds, it didn’t take too long to trim the piece to size and stitch the borders on.  The Autumn leaves fabric I had tucked away finishes it off nicely, don’t you think?

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Autumn Stitchery

This is quite small, so I’ve decided to layer it together, ready to hand quilt.  I’m already slowly hand quilting my New Zealand Botanical quilt, which seems to be taking me ages ...

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