Saturday, 20 May 2017

A trip to Auckland

Last week I had to go to Auckland for work.  It's a one hour flight from Wellington, so it's a nice getaway.  My parents live in Auckland, and my older son is also up there, studying at university.

Mum and I share our love of sewing and quilting, so we visited a few quilt shops while I was there.  We both want to make the Sue Spargo needle case on the cover of the latest Inspirations magazine, so we each bought wool felt and ribbons.  Mum's pile is on the left, and mine is on the right (incase you couldn't guess).

I found the perfect backing fabric for my Peacock at Sunset tapestry so I was happy about that.  It just happens to be Kaffe Fassett of course. I'm going to take it to Nancy's Stitch Studio to be stretched and turned into a cushion/pillow.  They do a great job and it will be much better than I could do myself.

Mum showed me her latest EPP creation.  It's one of the variations of the Mischief Quilt designed by Karen Tripp.  You can find the pattern, templates and paper pieces on Karen's website DIY Addict website here.

Mum is also working on the butterfly quilt by Elizabeth Hartman.  It's called Lepidoptera and mum finds that amusing because she used to work in the zoology department of Otago University and knew the Greek/Latin names of many animals and creatures. I've supplied a lot of the bright fabrics for the butterflies because mum's stash is mainly florals.

Now I'm home and back to hand quilting my Possum Magic quilt.  This quilt was made by a group of friends in a round robin.  You can read more about it here.

I want to enter it into our national symposium which is in October, but entries close on 13 June so I need to work on it every day.

The class placements for Symposium were announced this week and I got into all of my first choices so I'm very happy about that.  I'll be taking classes with Jen Kingwell, Chris Jurd and Deborah Louie.
There's so many other things I want to finish before then though!


Julie said...

So much colour and inspiration in those photos. Do you keep all your threads in those plastic drawers<

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

have fun with the Jen Kingwell class - that would be one to take!

Karen @runsewfun said...

What a beautiful post. I think the EPP project is my favorite here though I love the butterflies and the peacock, too. I'm glad you had a fun visit with your mom.

Shasta Matova said...

Love the ribbons as well as the variety of fabrics. You've shown so much inspiration on this post.

Sarah said...

Such beautiful projects on the go! I'm a big sue spargo fan so I look forward to seeing both needle cases. That backing fabric is perfect for your peacock cushion. And love your mums butterflies. said...

So wonderful that you and your mother are quilters, it must be fun when you get together because there's always something you can do together. I used to needlepoint and stopped once I started quilting. The one reason why I stopped was the cost of having the needlepoint blocked and framed--much more expensive in comparison to quilting when you consider the size. BTW, I'm quite envious of you taking a class with Jen Kingwell, I wouldn't be surprised if your head is spinning afterwards.