Waiting In The Wings

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Count down to lockdown @11.59pm 25th March 2020

Here in New Zealand we go into lockdown at 11.59pm
on Wednesday 25th March 2020.

The decision was taken by the Government yesterday and
the announcement and details were given by the
Prime Minister.

This was the sunrise yesterday just a few hours before the announcement.
Rather spooky!!!

As of tomorrow at 11.59pm life will change for us.
Schools and universities shut down, shops, restaurants also closed.
Building sites closed down, the list is a long one!
The essentials to remain open will be pharmacies, medical surgeries and
supermarkets everything else will be closed.
We are all to remain home, we can not mix with others, not even family, we can only have
close contact with people living in the house.

All 70 year olds and those with underlying health problems (me) are classed as
high risk so thank goodness for the telephone, skype and facetime and computers.
We have to arrange for groceries to be collected
 - thank goodness we have our three adult 'children' who have all
offered any help we need. 

It has been difficult to concentrate over the past three days
but I have a finished table runner top, or it could be used as
a very long wall-hanging, I just have to trim the
sides and then can sandwich it for quilting.

I used the Ombre digitally printed range from Jennifer Sampou and the pattern.
This is my first experience with this sort of fabric
and I much prefer my usual regular quilting fabrics.
However, I do love the colours!

Measurements - 72" x 16 and 1/2"

Well, almost time for the latest bulletin so off to the living room
and the tv.
All of you stay safe and well and we can keep in touch as usual
with our blogs and our quilting adventures!


Friday, March 20, 2020

A squirrel along with Autumn blooms

The thought of waiting one week before getting to the machine
again was making me pretty frustrated - so another squirrel appeared
which involved very little effort and very little thought.

Definitely simple but having bought some of the
Ombre fabrics by Jennifer Sampou I decided to also
buy the book. Immediately a table runner had my attention,
I fell for the colours used and decided this was an ideal
project for me at this moment in time.

I had a reel of Aurifil thread which matched pretty well too

 so I'm on my way and hopefully this will be
a finished runner top next week.

Autumn weather has been kind to us, the evenings are cooler and
sleep is much easier.
The garden is showing signs of the lack of water sadly and some blooms are fading fast
whilst others are just opening.

My favourite hydrangea in her Autumn colours

Little miniature cyclamen under the hydrangeas

Hips of Rosa Multiflora
and just opening outside my studio window

The first camellia to bloom
Back to waiting to catch the latest news update on television, our border
is now closed, strict measures are in place re numbers of people
gathering together and I suspect stricter ones again within a day or so.
Isolation measures have been in place for a while. Instructions
to practice social distancing - no nearer than 2 metres to another person,
and many others.
I'm staying home, only going out for necessary medical appointments
and just had the influenza vaccine this afternoon, husband also.
These were due to begin April 1st but over 65yrs and people with 
chronic underlying health issues were able to have them
as from yesterday. The intention is to try and reduce the effect
on the medical systems of having to deal with any Covid 19 patients and influenza
patients at the same time.

We are now living in a different world - let's all try and keep safe and well
and hope that eventually this virus will be beaten.

Take Care


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Quilts, Crutches and Covid 19

This is the March photo on my calendar - as soon as I turned
the page over I thought immediately of
Wanda at
who is a fan of zebras!

Having been fighting a nasty infection for the past two weeks and doing a real good
job of damaging my knee (hence the crutches) my sewing has been nil.
Hopefully another week of physio and being careful will
mean I can get back to the machine.

Because of the above I'm very late in showing the finished Diamond quilt for my friend
 dealing with tremendous health issues.
This was couriered down to her and I was thrilled to have
a 'phone call as soon as she received it telling me how much she
loved it, she spotted the pear fabric immediately (see previous post).
 Green Guinea Flower
was the fabric I chose to bind with for continuity of the
filler shapes around the diamonds.

 Quilted  by Leeanne at
Quilt Me Kiwi
the pattern is Full Feathers
Quilt measures 49" x 73"

It was a great day for photographing, not too bright so what you see here
is spot on for colour.
Here's a close up of the quilting, shows beautifully
on the pear diamond, I loved the colour of the
 cotton Leeanne used.

The significance of this particular fabric was mentioned in my last post.

We are all aware of Covid 19 and the effect on world populations,
here in New Zealand our Prime Minister yesterday announced a raft of new
measures to be taken to hopefully limit the number of cases
which could develop in New Zealand.
She's doing a tremendous job. Not everyone will be happy with
the decisions but we need to do all we can to limit the spread.

On that note I'll end this brief post and go read all your latest blog
posts, sitting at the computer has been impossible at times so
I'm awfully late with my reading.

Sleep being difficult presently, I've been up bright and early
and the bonus has been seeing the glorious sunrise in the
mornings, I loved the pop of light blue  in the one below.

Until next time-
keep safe!!