Friday 26 April 2024

Licorice Allsorts...again

Do you remember my Licorice Allsorts block of the month designed by Wendy Williams?

I barely remember it myself because it's been so long since I worked on it.

But last Saturday I made a quick trip to Auckland to support my mum for a few days.  As I was throwing a few things in a suitcase I suddenly remembered that she had asked for my help with some of the trickier blocks in this quilt. 

When I first saw this block of the month advertised at Material Obsession in 2021 I knew that we would both enjoy making it, so we both signed up.  Mum has finished all of the embroidered blocks but was struggling a bit with piecing the blocks due to the half square triangles and flying geese.   

By the time that I left Auckland I had trimmed and joined all of the blocks above and mum was so please to see it coming together.  She didn't want to give up on it, so was very happy to have some help in getting it together.  

Now I've bought the remaining blocks home and am going to join it all up for her.  Fortunately she's agreed to some modifications which will make the piecing easier.  Then I'll just post it back and she can do her own hand quilting.  

We even bought a lovely wide back for it and ordered some batting online. 

my finished quilt top - photo taken April 2023

It's only two weeks until Capital Quilters Exhibition at the Lower Hutt Events Centre.  Hopefully I'll see some of you there if you live close enough.  I've been working on my quilts and am looking forward to sharing them on my blog after the exhibition.  

Friday 5 April 2024

My Easter break in Tekapo

At Easter I went to Tekapo in the middle of the South Island of New Zealand.  The mountains and lakes are amazing there and the weather was beautiful.  The place we stayed at had great views and a big deck off the lounge.  

I took some quilting along because our Capital Quilters exhibtion is fast approaching and I'm not ready!! I still have two quilts in progress and this is one of them.  It's the Trip Around the World that I started in January.  You can read more about it here.  

It's quite a bit colder in the South Island than the North Island and the trees were already starting to change colour for autumn.  

We went to Aoraki/Mt Cook while we were in Tekapo.  Mt Cook is New Zealand's tallest mountain. 

We walked to the first swing bridge on the Hooker Valley Track, but everyone else had the same idea and it was very busy!

Lake Pukaki looked gorgeous on such a brilliant day. That's Mt Cook at the top of Lake Pukaki.

So that was Easter 2024 for me.  I'm now quilting every spare minute to get my quilts ready for the exhibition.  I'll have lots to share after that.