Thursday, December 8, 2016

Show n Tell November 2016

Finally here is the Show n Tell from November. This time of year is a busy one, so I have been a bit slack about posting here. Sorry.

The Club Christmas Meeting is on this Saturday (10th Dec) at the Pipe Band Hall,
9 Rawhiti St, Morningside, Whangarei. Usual time of 12.30 noon onwards.
I won't be at the meeting as I have other commitments, so unless someone else sends me some photos there will be no Show n Tell from this meeting.

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I think this one was made By Shelia Udjur from a pattern in NZ Quilter magazine by Jenny Hunter.
If I'm wrong about it belonging Shelia please let me know.

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This Mug Bag was made by Alison McRae using scraps and quilt as you go techniques.
Love that button Alison.

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Thread painted pet portrait by Lyn Madden made in class with Sonya Prchal.

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Square Dance in Limes and Raspberries made by Kim Cairns, quilted by Wendy McGee.

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Made by Helen Barron for her 18 year old nephew.

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 These two Jelly Roll quilts (above and below) were made by Lynne Wilson.
I really like the cat silhouettes on the quilt below.

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Another quilt made for Starship (National Children's Hospital) by Yvonne Davies.

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Disappearing 4 Patch made by Fiona Carter for one of her Grand Daughters. Quilted by Wendy McGee.

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Seaside Seahorses made for a Grand Niece by Rikki Going.

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Lynne Topia made this quilt to showcase the rose fabric. Made from a pattern in Quilt Mania Magazine.

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Quilt made by Shirley Julian for her Grandson.

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Dolls made by Chris Cook.


I will be taking a break from blogging over the Holidays, so thanks for reading over the last year, see you back here in 2017

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Auckland Festival of Quilts 2016

I went to the Auckland Festival of Quilts last Sunday, and here are some of the photos I took to share with you all.

I have never looked up and seen the large skylights before. 
No wonder this venue has good light!


Another overview from the top level
Here are some of the Quilts that appealed to me, in no particular order. Some have detail photos to show the quilting, and photos of their award ribbons  



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Monday, November 7, 2016

My Mum



Mum 2016
Mum and I 2012
I have been silent lately on the blog, and those close to me know why.
My Mother Marie Hunter passed away . She had been unwell for along time, so it wasn't unexpected. But when it did happen I was still very shocked.
Mum taught me most of my needlework skills so I decided to write a small tribute to her.

Some of my earliest memories are of Mum sewing "Mummy and Me" matching dresses for her and I. I loved that I got to play with all the fabric scraps, and made clothes for my dolls and teddy bear with them.

Mum taught me to knit, crochet, sew soft toys, embroider and make my own clothes. I remember making pom poms for toys, teddy bears, crocheting dollies for my dressing table, embroidering hankies, knitting slippers etc all while still at primary school.
Once at primary school I was told off by a teacher, as she thought my Mother had done my sewing project for me. Mum put that teacher right telling her, "Leeann does beautiful work, I don't need to help her!"

Mum loved doing cross stitch in her later years, I have many on my walls at home as does my brother and many of her friends. But I think knitting was always her favourite. She hated to just watch TV, she needed to have something to do with her hands.
Before she moved into Care she knitted lots of baby clothes, and gave them to me for when my Sons have children, she thought it would be nice for them to have something made by her, in case she was already gone by then.

In her last years at the Rest Home Mum knitted booties and baby matinee jackets. She used the same pattern and knew it off by heart, though she would sometimes add stripes, or change the lace pattern on the jackets. Her friend Rita would then sell them for her, and buy more wool with the money. So there are a lot of babies dressed in my Mums knitting.

This weekend I received a lovely letter from Mary, an old friend of Mums. She told me how she remembered when Mum was pregnant with me, she was so hoping for a girl after having two boys, and when I was a born I was "the best dressed baby in hand knitted woollen clothes in all of Levin"
Of course Mum taught me a lot more than just needle crafts, Love you Mum.
Thanks for reading this small tribute to my Mum.

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