Thursday, 26 January 2017


This little beach way up above Coromandel town is my idea of paradise.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

west coach beaches

Having some beach time on the West Coast irregardless of the fact that summer continues to be reticent.
I can (just) see the sea.

Waihi Beach

Sunday, 22 January 2017

other people's Kaffe conundrums

It is reassuring to know others struggle with Kaffe fabrics as well. Two examples of Kaffe's Ice Cream quilt below in different colour-ways. Each row is a fabric choice and a tormenting decision. Maybe more wine is needed.
The first quilt is on show at Still Quilting in New Plymouth and the second is a work in progress of a friend, Paula. Waiting to see it finished. Our lack of summer weather may bring this eventuality about sooner rather than later!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

len lye

Visited the Len Lye centre in New Plymouth.
What an amazing building! It is built out of stainless steel and I'm so glad I don't have to polish it.
There is a regularly rotated display of his works inside plus one large piece that we were able to watch 'perform'. Three pieces of stainless steel hung on a stage with lighting to create shadows. The pieces are rotated and moved at varied speeds creating a spectacular effect - stunning! See below.

Friday, 20 January 2017

visiting Taranaki

Went for drive to Taranaki - great company, great food, great inspiration.
It's a challenging drive down there but worth it - amazing scenery both there and back.
And this time, ever so briefly, the Mt Taranaki allowed itself to be seen.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

lavender blue

On my way to somewhere else, I visited Alphra Lavender just out of Te Awamutu. Lavender farms smell amazing and the buzz of the bees is a constant. Photo heaven.

Wednesday, 4 January 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.