Friday, December 28, 2012

A lot of water under the bridge.....

Yes, dear blog friends, it's been a long, long time since I last posted.  This has been quite a tough year, especially the second half, when I found myself doing 7 papers which was a heavy workload.  There have also been some ongoing health issues that I won't bore you with (because they're not relevant) but which have also contributed to the lack of blog activity.

I spent Christmas once again with my daughter Sophie and her partner Mark in Christchurch, fortunately without the accompaniment of strong earthquakes this time.  Sophie had requested a quilt (again) and this time, I obliged.

The top was made from a jelly roll of batiks, combined with my own hand dyed fabric that was dyed to co-ordinate with the batiks.  The borders were quilted with leaves and flowers, while the pieced windmill blocks were just outlined.  Sophie pronounced it suitably tasteful.

While I was in the mood, I also quilted this top which I made many moons ago.  It's lap quilt sized and I really like it.  It's just made from bits of hand dyed and tie dyed fabrics.  I also made 2 quillows for my friend's sons but didn't photograph these.  So the lead up to Christmas was pretty busy with all that stitching.  

It's summer here, so this is what's in the garden at present :


Nancy J said...

Petunias, poppies, roses, Jacob's ladder? stock? and more? lovely flowers from the deep south. I am so glad that Chch was uneventful this year, and you now have zsome holiday time to recharge for another year. I did phone but realised you would be away. Yes, Merry Christmas to you too, and New Yewar Greetings from Jean

Janet said...

such gorgeous quilts, as always. Hope your Christmas was merry and that your New Year will be filled with happiness, health, and love :-)

Lisa said...

Hello Miss Shirley, great to hear from you. 7 papers is a huge workload, you poor thing. Have you finished now? Or one more year. Hope you are enjoying a break.

Especially love the quilt you are quilting.

NZBC said...

Happy New Year Shirley - You have 12 months to go to complete your goal. Well done. Nothing has changed much here. Youngest daughter married 15 December 2012, at Long Bay. It turned out to be a perfect summers day, under the trees. All the family were home, so good family time. All the best for 2013.Helen