Wednesday, July 18, 2018

... more quilting

Totally making this up as I go. Straight-ish lines on the blues and my old favourite crosshatching on the golds.






Thursday, June 28, 2018

... quilting update

I have chosen to hand quilt 'Blanket Bay' with perle thread. It's taken a while to get back into the quilting rhythm. I struggle with perle thread to get my stitches and gaps between them even. With regular hand quilting the smaller the stitch the better. I need to get comfortable with bigger perle thread stitches. So far I have been using a mustardy-gold thread. I may use leftover variegated blue for the blue borders. It's feeling nice and soft with the wool batting.



Sunday, June 24, 2018

... through the unpicking stage

I remade the top right hand corner after getting pieces in the wrong order. I am now waiting on more the green and blue floral to finish that round. I think another round might make it a more useful size.


I had forgotten how hard it is to photograph anything during winter in Auckland. I only have one empty wall on which to hang quilts in progress. Then I have to stand in another room further down the hall to get back enough to take the photo!

Here are the fabrics up close.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

... another start

I found another quilt pattern in the style of Blanket Bay and Aunt Bet's Quilt. This one is called Junction Road and is by Tied with a Ribbon. Below are the first three 'rounds'. I am now up to the final round, but after sewing and unpicking four times, quit for the day. 

I have made use of my favourite blue floral again. I found it in the fabric donation box at school and rescued it! This is the third quilt I have used it in and I still have a metre left. 



Back to quilting Blanket Bay now.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

... to the quilting stage

I decided today that I would actually pay someone to do the basting. All that crawling around on the floor. Once it was about half done, I dragged it to the dining table and continued there!





It's done now and the quilting has started. I am not going to start anything new until I finish this one. I might then move on to quilting one of the other 10 finished tops.

Pattern - Blanket Bay by Frankie and Ray with fabric off the shelf - some of it as old as 2011.

Monday, June 4, 2018

... some pinwheels

It’s been a long time with no quilting. Not sure why. It all seems like sooo much work. All that measuring and cutting. However, I thought I would give it another go this weekend. Made some pinwheels.


Monday, December 18, 2017

... to a workshop on Impressionist and Abstract Photography

Not my usual photographic cup of tea. However, it is good to learn new things.

The tour met in the city. There were only four of us plus the tutor. After an intro and some examplars, we hit the streets of downtown Auckland.

Apparently, impressionist and abstract photography is all about mood and atmosphere. I tend to photograph things that 'look nice' rather than think about mood or atmosphere and I am not sure I really kept mood and atmosphere in the front of my head when taking these pix. However, I like the look of them 😉

 








I think all of these were shot in tv-mode with slow shutter speeds. I liked not worrying about keeping the camera still - even more so, being encouraged to move the camera and/or lens while the shutter was open. Breaking 'rules' can be fun.

Not sure, this is a style I want to pursue. I would like to learn about multi-exposures though.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

... to downtown Oamaru

I awoke on the final day of the long long weekend to rain. So much rain, I called into The Warehouse to buy an umbrella!

I had 'saved' taking photos of Oamaru until the final day of my trip and given the pouring rain it was fairly deserted for the first couple of hours. 

I couldn't believe this massive church around the corner from the motel I stayed. It looks like it belongs in some big city overseas. St Patrick's Basilica is at the top end of Usk Street which runs all the way down to the sea. I imagine in the olden days people walked up the road to church from their houses on the railway line and harbour. I guess it also speaks to the wealth that used to be in Oamaru. According to google, the church was founded in 1894 and it took 25 years to complete!


I then drove the couple of kilometres into the historic precinct and walked around in the pouring rain where I randomly rain into a colleague and her husband while crossing the street. The rain made for nice colours and good reflections.











I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Oamaru. It's a great central place to base yourself for day trips and the history, I think, makes it unlike any other place in NZ. Now if only my school was there ...