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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.

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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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January 10, 2021
Aotearoa Blooming from Romany Quilting

This wall hanging was actually completed just prior to Christmas, so I can claim it as a 2020 finish, just didn’t have time to blog about it during the Christmas rush.  Aotearoa Blooming features nine stitchery blocks, adapted from Jenny Hunter’s applique patterns, which were printed in the New Zealand Quilter magazine in the late 1990s. 

After bookmarking these patterns in the magazines for such a long time, I decided that I would prefer to do them as stitcheries.  The first of the prepared blocks came along on our 10 week South Island caravan holiday back in early ...

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December 31, 2020
Looking Back at 2020 from Romany Quilting

What a year it has been, what with the global pandemic throwing a spanner in the works.  So it has been interesting to look back through the blog posts to see what I’ve managed to achieve this year.  Some old projects finally finished, plus a few new ones, and I enjoyed taking part in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again this year.

I finished my Autumn stitchery in February.  Hand embroidered and hand quilted, I really enjoyed stitching this little wall-hanging - this is a free pattern from Crabapple Hill Studio.

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Autumn stitchery

Several items were stitched for the caravan.  Christmas ...

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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.

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Staying at Takapau

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

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A little snow on the Ruahine Ranges

Our trip to ...

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August 9, 2020
Slow Sunday Stitching from Romany Quilting

It’s been a beautiful day here in my part of paradise.  So mild you could almost think it was Spring, instead of mid winter.  I’ve spent some time outside today doing a little knitting.

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My knitting is coming along well

Then it was time to hand stitch my quilt binding down, something I always enjoy.  This is a cot size quilt, so didn’t take me too long.  And here at last, Under the Sea quilt is finished.  I started the stitchery blocks way back in 2010, so it was well overdue to become a finished quilt.

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Under ...

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July 12, 2020
Teddy Bear Stitching from Romany Quilting

This bit of slow stitching was completed while we were away this weekend on a caravan trip.  I finished stitching the flowers surrounding the teddy bear, using blue/purple, and two shades of pink.  I can’t do “random” so the colours were used in the same place on each spray.  What does that say about me, I wonder?  I like to think I work this way because my star sign is Libra, the Scales of Justice, and I like things even and balanced.  That’s my story, anyway.

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Teddy Bear Stitchery

The next step on this project is to ...

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June 28, 2020
Half Way. from Sunburnt Quilts

It is odd to think that in a couple of days we will be half way through 2020. Time flies regardless of the way the year is unfolding. That is the limit of my navel gazing. On to the craft projects!

I am keeping on with my 2019 Gail Pan BOM. July is completed.

Now I am at the stage where I need to decide how big to make the quilt using these stitcheries. And select which stitcheries to use if I limit the size. A bit of thinking needed here.

I am deciding on a new crochet project and ...

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June 26, 2020
Rainy Days Camping from Romany Quilting

Time to move on again on our trip, and we drove along the Desert Road.  No chance of a photo of Mt Ruapehu this time, the mountain was covered in low clouds.  After a brief stop for lunch, off we went again.  Turning off SH1 we took the road over Vinegar Hill.  Vinegar Hill was named after an incident in early colonial times: a bullock cart carrying barrels of vinegar overturned after the bullocks slipped on the muddy track on the hillside, covering the hillside in vinegar from the broken barrels.  Couldn't you just imagine the mess, and the ...

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June 21, 2020
Holiday Stitching from Romany Quilting

Not a great deal of stitching has been happening on this trip – just a little more on my teddy stitchery.  I’ve now added some blue flowers to the yellow daisy garland, it’s looking quite nice I think.  By doing a little stitching here and there, it all slowly adds up.

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A little more done on this

We had a fun day out with Awakeri Rail Adventures the other day   on one of those dinky little  rail carts, traveling along the former Taneatua Branch Line.  Rail traffic declined over the years and the line closed in 2001.  Awakeri Rail ...

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June 15, 2020
Where have we been? from Romany Quilting

So where have we been?  Rotorua, for a start – which has a love story to tell.  From where we were staying, I could just get a glimpse of Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island.  The Maori legend tells of two lovers.   Tutanekai lived on Mokoia Island and Hinemoa was a princess of a tribe that lived on the shores of the lake. Though deeply in love, Hinemoa's parents had forbidden them to meet. In desperation Hinemoa swam to Mokoia Island guided by Tutanekai's flute, and so began Rotorua's most famous legend. Arriving at the island Hinemoa rested in ...

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June 7, 2020
A Winter Finish. from Sunburnt Quilts

The first day of June saw temperatures drop here so we really knew that Winter had arrived. Coats, hats, gloves and scarves all came out.

So, on that basis it was timely that I had finished my crochet blanket.

This is a pattern from Attic 24 called Sweet Pea. It is a very simple design but works so well with the gorgeous colours of sweet peas.

I followed the pattern for the edging as well with seven of the colours.

It will be a perfect blanket to be able to use on those really cold nights when you just want ...

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April 12, 2020
Under the Sea from Romany Quilting

There’s quite a bit of “slow stitching” on this project, all stitched some time ago now.  I’ve spent the last few days putting it all together, using a pastel stripe for the sashing strips.  “Under the Sea” was a Block of the Month stitchery designed by Willowberry Designs in 2010.

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Under the Sea

The blocks contain all sorts of whimsical sea creatures.  I rather like Josephine Jellyfish with her pink bow and purple tendrils.

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Josephine Jellyfish

Another hour or so over the long weekend and I had the small quilt layered and pinned.  Plus the binding prepared.  It ...

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Easter Stitching. from Sunburnt Quilts

Happy Easter!

Regardless of what is happening in the world, the days still roll by and we reach special dates. I hope many children around the world get to have some fun celebrating Easter.

I enjoyed using my Bertie’s Springtime as a backdrop for pictures today.

This was a Bonnie Sullivan pattern.

I realised I had several stitcheries traced for Easter that had not been completed, so they were moved to the top of the queue.

I think this is a Red Brolly pattern.

This is also from the same designer.

They in their hoops ready to go up ...

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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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