This blog is a bit of a ramble through my life. There's a lot about quilting and textile arts, a sprinkle of my family life and some of my thoughts and ponderings. We currently live aboard an old wooden 1945 Navy boat, called MV Cerego, so you'll find me writing about that too. Welcome aboard!

Monday, March 18, 2013


I've been fabric printing.  Experimenting for the handprinted fabric swap III, run by Leslie Keating.  I thought quilting was addictive, but now I can't stop thinking about stamp designs!  And I've even made a wee screen for screen printing and had a play with that too.  Fun!

It's amazing what some craft foam, a hot glue gun and scrap of wood can produce in the way of a stamp.  I thought it would be complicated, and I have carved a stamp (the circle of spirals) with a soft carving block and lino cutting tools, but the simpler stamps I've made are just as effective, if not more so.

I'm in love.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Tui at Dawn

I'm quilting another quilt at the moment.  It's another one that I'm hoping to have accepted for the Taupo Symposium exhibition.

Consequently, I can't show it to you besides these little peeks!

It's called Tui at Dawn.  Do you think I've got the colours and feeling right?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The day of B's

Today I'm brewing,


and binding.

Brewing:  a ginger beer bug.

Baking:  two ginger-crunch cakes, one for the School Regatta tomorrow, one for the pantry tins.

Binding:  My tree of life quilt.  Do you like my faux piping?  Or would you call it a flange?  A decorative edging?  Whatever you call it, I like it, and I especially like that I got it pretty neat and tidy.  Two corners are done, two to go.  Do you measure your progress on hand-stitching binding like that?