Waiting In The Wings

Saturday, March 23, 2013

First post and last days of Summer

This is my first post, and without the help, kindness and encouragement of a number of quilter whose blogs I have followed for quite some time I may have given up! More work will be needed on my blog as I go along so please be patient with me and any feedback will be gratefully received!

We are officially in Autumn here in New Zealand and we have had an extremely hot, dry summer but the mornings and evenings are now becoming cooler and this is reflected in the quilts I am choosing to make, the plants remaining in the garden and the variety of birdlife. As you can see the blackbirds are having a feast on the remaining apples.

I have been a keen gardener for many, many years now and in the old days could spend all day out there, I find great inspiration for my quilts from the garden. Perhaps the following photos will show what I mean:
Rugosa hips
I wait patiently for the rosehips at this time of year.

The bromeliad has the most lethal spikes on the leaves, not a plant to have near a pathway.

Scrappy Bargello 
I came upon a tutorial on the Quiltville site for this quilt, a jelly roll of Hoffman batiks in Watermelon plus lots of strips from my batik stash was the starting point. It is a work in progress and currently four panels are pinned up on the design wall, two more to go before I quilt  in two sections, this should be the easiest option on my domestic machine.

Thank you for visiting and do please call back again.


imquilternity said...

What a lovely first post. I think you've done a terrific job with the blog... it's beautiful! Those rose hips are absolutely gorgeous. I really love your Scrappy Trip... it's a great combination of fabrics and colors. Do you have any idea how you'll quilt it? Something swirly or straight lines? I'm ready to quilt mine, but haven't decided how to do it yet.

Melody Johnson said...

I too love the photos and love your scrappy bargello. This is so fun to watch a new blog being born. Yay! Maureen.

Exuberant Color said...

The bromeliad is beautiful! I've never seen one before.
I like your quilt too.

HollyM said...

Congrats on your first post! I come via Quilternity's Place. I've been blogging for a few years and have learned a lot, all a bit at a time.
I've started a scrappy strip around the world following the same tutorial. It's so pretty!