Waiting In The Wings

Saturday, January 28, 2023

State of Emergency declared

Auckland - the city where I live in here  in NZ, is under State of Emergency orders for the next seven days. Yesterday morning marked the start of an unprecedented storm with horrific wind and rain, roads are now closed, houses swept away, cars floating in water, people trying to swim out of their homes, hillsides crumbling and houses teetering on the cliff edge. We are one of the lucky families in that our house is high up and we're not near any cliff face or water line, others are not so lucky depending on which suburb they live in. International Airport terminal is out of action, flooded, also runway problems with flights diverted and no take offs.

Given all of the above I decided yesterday to alleviate stress by sewing, what else!

So look what arrived in my studio

yes, a squirrel by courtesy of Tula Pink and her fabric range Tiny Beasts. I bought this range as soon as it arrived in store and it's been sitting in the drawer waiting for inspiration to strike.

 So here are squares ready cut as part of a pattern  - Balderdash - by Emma Jean Jansen 

I have all the pieces cut right now and being placed on the wall, next post I hope to have something to show.

Actually there are two squirrels making themselves at home here, the other one is the Maggie Pearl quilt using a jelly roll ordered a few weeks ago which luckily arrived on Thursday, enough lights but I need to add a few more strips to the dark group.

Before the storm hit my grand-daughter spent two hours sorting through two bins of my scraps, small and large and also strips. To say that I was very grateful is an understatement, she's going to come again next week. Below are my neatly sorted strips, I see another strip pieced quilt in the near future.

In the early hours of today, think 12.30am with the rain pouring down and the wind howling, I pulled off the shelf one of my favourite books with quite simple quilts but the focus on the fabrics used. The one I marked a couple of years ago is the Tulip Field quilt, there is also a Kaffe book featuring Jane Brocket with the very same quilt design, different fabrics and listed as the Allotment quilt.

Below is Tulip Field

another favourite  is Hydrangea

basically squares set on point, I love the time worn look in this photograph.

Well it's now back to the news update to see when to expect more rain, apparently shouldn't be as bad the last 36 hours.

I'll end here with a photograph taken four  days ago from the deck of our place at sunrise, we have such a beautiful view and I walk out there almost every morning to begin my day, so calming.

Take care


Sunday, January 22, 2023

Challenges for 2023 with AdHoc Improvisation Quilters

Note: This is a post I wrote on AdHoc Improvisational Quilters blog site hosted by Kaja and Ann, I have been a contributor for a number of years. Many of you reading here may not be aware of the above blog, click on the link or on the sidebar button to visit, lots of information about the group and challenges are issued every six months, the first one for this year encourages us to share our quilting hopes and plans for the coming year. 

My post from 16th January:

 Have you ever been in the situation where you find yourself unable to move forward because of overload? That's where I am at the moment, bu I've spent a little time trying to come up with a short list.

Too many projects started without enough thought/preparation and they land in the parts box along with leftover pieces from previous quilts - need to work on this.

Quilts waiting to be quilted - unbelievable! I have the two quilt ladders in the hall with tops waiting

and more in the closet.

Heaps of scraps to be sorted, what to make with them, older fabrics which no longer appeal, where could I use those.

Two projects I really do want to make this year are the following:

Fonthill Quilt from Kaffe Fassett Passionate Patchwork

but I find I'm not happy with the various fabrics I've auditioned for the 1st and 4th borders. There are two colourways in the book, happily written on the page of instructions is the suggestion that experienced patchworkers might like to try the alternative colourway (to the one above) or their own colourway - hooray, the green light to go with my bright and bold look.

Same issue arises with Daylesford, I really do like the colours here (Jen Kingwell Quilt Recipes) but

I'm not sure whether I could follow through with the softer look, going with bright and bold again would be my preference. I could also change up a few designs in the border should I wish too.

Going on now to the post from  Ann with her project of a jacket for her son. Last year I signed up for a lecture online with Victoria Findlay Wolfe covering tips and ideas for the patchwork coats she had made. I immediately bought a pattern from a local store, somewhat easier than the ones in the lecture, not as many seams but still the scope for blocks or strips and so on. The longer jacket is my choice.

Last of all - my blog set up is in real need of being updated, that's going to tax me!

So, there we have it, just a snippet of the thoughts whirling around in my head, hopefully in a few days I will have plans more settled.

Oh I forgot, I want to make a quilt just for me!!! Everyone in the family have two/three each from me but I seem to be missing even one, need to address that asap with something special.

See you later

Monday, January 9, 2023

A New Year 2023

 Wishing you all a belated Happy New Year.

Both husband and I have taken turns at being unwell since Christmas Day, hence no quilting, at least not until yesterday when I was finally able to head to the machine to finish up stitching Willy Nilly.  Headed off to the garden to photograph, by the time I was trying to do this inside the light in my studio wasn't the best - light in here comes from the East so only good for the morning really. Willy Nilly measures 48" x 60".

Underneath the Japanese Maple, this is such a good spot for photographing quilts, just that you can't see a flat photo on the wall, I need to carry out some detective work to find a better place inside.  Another shot with hydrangeas.

We're waiting for Cyclone Hale to hit us here in New Zealand, this latest cyclone was formed in the Coral Sea and will probably hit fully tomorrow. We've had only two or three days of Summer weather in Auckland and elsewhere in New Zealand, the rest of the time rain, rain and more rain. The ground in places is sodden, campers and holiday makers have had to abandon their plans and most have returned home.

Here's a Met Service shot of the likely scenario late tomorrow, the top of the North Island  just peeping out of the blue,  here in Auckland we're well and truly underneath the blue.

The air is cooling slightly and the wind picking up slowly, I hopped outside to cut a few flowers because inevitable the roses, dahlias - in fact anything in bloom will end up flat on the ground or still semi upright but as clumps of brown wetness!

One bright spot has been the delivery of a small number of new fabrics, a few from the Kaffe Fassett 85 and Fabulous collection, here is the black colourway of Sprays

another arrival was Belle Epoque by Stacy Peterson for Free Spirit, I fell for the rich deep blue in this one and could see it as a border fabric.

Another favourite fabric designer is Anna Maria Horner and I bought yardage of her new line Vivacious, this is not the usual weight quilting cotton but beautiful butter soft lawn, I have a blouse/shirt pattern which would be ideal for this fabric.

I'm looking forward to being at the machine for a while tomorrow, provided that the power doesn't cut out and hoping and praying that 2023 will have me free of accidents and broken bones!


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Four more sleeps until Christmas Day

 This post before Christmas has nothing at all relating to quilting!!

My one-patch is stalled right now as is my Lego quilt. The time just seems to fly by so I'm not pushing myself to try and finish one of them in the three days before Christmas, instead I'm going to sign off with a few photos from my garden, a riot of colour right now with first the rains and now the hot, hot weather, hope these will brighten your day.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!


Monday, December 5, 2022

How come it's December???

 Can't believe we're almost at the end of 2022 already with far less achieved on the quilting side of things than I had anticipated! 

My plan to take me to the end of this year is to be working on two quilts, this first one 
is the one patch, now to be called Willy Nilly with thanks to Julie who made the comment that she liked that I had just picked up the squares 'willy nilly'


and the second is the Lego quilt, now to be named Mixed Bag as the strips were just pulled out of the bag  randomly - this was cropped, not very well, but all the blocks are now off the wall. Fifteen blocks finished and I'm thinking another 15 to give me 5 x 6, however at 50" x 60" it could be a little on the small size for a lap quilt. I see I made a start on this quilt in 2020 and just realised that it's looking quite dark, I think I photographed at the wrong time of the day.


My Slashed Squares top has been sent off for quilting, could be January before that's taken care of.

Next year I have a few projects in mind, one of them will include the Brandon Mably fabric below, in the store for basting pins but spotted this particular fabric on the KF racks, seems that it's his first designer fabric as the selvedge has it down as BM 001 - Casbah

I scored three half metre pieces too, top two are Martha Negley and the bottom is a Philip Jacobs - Gloriana.

The garden is full of colour again after the constant rain reduced my rose blooms to wet, brown lumps but the first dahlia is out, I just love the colour in this one.

A colourful way to end the post, more flowers should be out when I post next time, also more quilting!

Have a happy week


Friday, November 18, 2022


Is anyone else out there guilty of the above?? I seem to have been in a state of procrastination for the best part of this year, however, over the past three weeks I've been tidying, deciding which quilts will be quilted in the coming year and I aim to finish a couple of projects, new ones are destined for 2023 also.

I came across a great article on the above subject, if anyone is interested here's the link https://jamesclear.com/procrastination - it's very long but fascinating.

One thing I didn't procrastinate about was this book, the courier delivered just now

I couldn't resist a quick peek - it's unbelievably stunning - guess what I'm reading tonight! On the stitching side of life not much has happened due to the above word in the heading of the post, but I do have a small stack of more 16 patch blocks

more will be sewn this coming weekend, husband is out on a painting  day Sunday so I can just sit and sew without any interruptions.

A few new Tula Pink fabrics arrived from the Moon Garden range, two of my favourites here

I just love the owls! The snakes are amazing but I didn't photograph those this time around, this post is top heavy enough with photos but I do have below some of the roses in the garden. First one is, I think, Princess Anne and second, just cannot remember, I'll check in my David Austin book later, third one is a modern rose and fourth is the rambler Veilchenblau growing along our back fence

My spacing seems to be playing up for me right now I'll work on that for the next post.

Back to my book!