Wednesday, January 4, 2017


At last, this quilt top pieced at least two years ago is finally basted and ready for quilting. It only took a day. A whole day actually. Why was I not able to find one day in the last two years to do this? Anyway, one of my 2017 goals achieved. Now I need a suitable quilting thread and a design?
I feel some freeform machine quilting coming on.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

it's been a while...

It certainly has. 2016 Spooling just didn't happen. Think I was so over Project365 that I never wanted to post anything anywhere ever again. Well, apart from occasionally on Instagram. But it is sad when you let something you value slip, so one goal for 2017 is to resurrect this blog. Not a resolution - a goal. So farewell 2016, you have been one b*t*h of a year and 2017 promises as much. Might be time for some self improvement mumbo jumbo...

1. FIND YOUR THEME: Your theme should be simple and motivate you to make the changes you want to your life.

2. SELECT YOUR AREAS OF FOCUS: Think about the specific areas you want to work on to improve your life.

3. CHOSE 12 GOALS AND HABITS: Write down why you want to accomplish it, how it's going to impact your life, and plan how  you are going to make it happen! (one per month)

4. CREATE A BUCKET LIST: Make a list of anything you've always wanted to do.

5. MONTHLY CHECK IN: Only add a new habit to your life when you are ready. Ticked anything off that bucket list this month?

Sorry no pretty pictures with this post, but tomorrow is another (day) year...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

another Kaffe conundrum

I had a very clear and simple image of the quilt I wanted to make with a selection of Kaffe floral prints I have. It was going to be so easy. But Kaffe fabrics never are. These three photos don't look like much but that was a weeks work, deciding on the main background colour and placing the 25 florals. 
Each square will be framed to double it's size and there will be a mixture of plains used. It's the quilt of the front of Kaffe's Quilts in the Sun book, which I don't actually own but...
The idea is to make an 'inside garden'. It will look much better once the blocks are made and spread the prints out but what is it with Kaffe fabrics?? - they promise so much and deliver so much difficulty! I'm always left wondering "do I actually like this?" I can see a little more fiddling needs to happen. 

the boys

...have been to stay. Late January, the weather warms up and you wonder why you wanted it too - 30 degrees in Hamilton is hideous. All the junk mail says 'Back to School" and makes me want to scream! because you know you have to go to work and... Nice to play with the grandies.

 Ice creams at Duck Island.
 Paddle pool time. 
Pilots at Punnet.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

...and a happy new year!

It's already the 17th of January - half way through the first month of the  year - and I have only just found time to get back to my blog. Last year I did my inaugural year of Project365. It was a highly stimulating project to undertake. At times I absolutely loved it and at other times I just wanted out but I persevered and completed on the 19th December. I will continue to post to 365 but not every day and that's a relief. I hope to post more regularly this year to Spooling. Well that's the NYR (new years resolution) along with a whole heap of others, will see how it goes.
The new year involved a week in Coromandel Town on the Coromandel Peninsula. Coromandel is one of my favourite places in all the world. If you've never been there put it on your bucket list. And yet again we discovered new places to visit - Waiau Falls and the Siamese Kauris. I've yet to visit New Chums beach, Stony Bay or Kennedy's Bay so there is plenty of exploring left to do.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Merry Christmas

Christmas' come and Christmas' go, 2015 was no exception. The prodigal son came home for a visit, the Tauranga contingent had an 'orphans' Christmas and the grandies went to Napier. The pictures tell the story.

Friday, October 2, 2015

birthday week

It's been a busy week with a quilt to finish for Iggy's second birthday. Amazing what can be achieved in one week of school holidays. And baking to do for the joint birthday party.