Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Catching up

No baby news yet so I'm just catching up with a bit of this and that. Here's the wonderful banner my three granddaughters made and greeted me with on my arrival in New Zealand. And just so I would know which bedroom was mine, they made this great sign.
I was fortunate enough to be here when my DS turned 24 last week so we went out for a great Japanese meal in Auckland city. Not everyone likes Shashimi but we love it. Favourite dish was the raw octopus in wasabi.
I do have something quilty to show you. This is my DD's wisp. The first quilt she started and it's not that far off being finished. I taught her how to quilt it using the big stitch with perle cotton.
Since the quilt is for one of the children she had the great idea to quilt the two year old's hand prints in the border along with flowers and butterflies.
There are a lot of eye spy blocks to enjoy. They were all sewn with the english paper piecing method.
I'm missing my sewing machine but I did bring a little stitching with me so I do get to do a little applique and some Hardanger embroidery in the evenings.

33 comments:

Crispy said...

What a lovely quilt and a wonderful idea to put the hand prints in the quilting. I think the young'uns were excited that Nana was coming LOL. They did a wonderful job on the posters.

Crispy

Vickie E said...

that is awesome quilting..hand prints...love it.

Lizzie said...

How fabulous is that quilt, I love the handprints and butterfly flightpaths, hard to pick that it's a first quilt. Well done to your daughter,
Lizzie
XXX

alobsiger said...

You've been missed around quilty blogland, Janet! What a wonderful welcome you received. Gorgeous sashimi and a gorgeous flower garden quilt!! "See" you soon!

Karen said...

Love the "NANA" signs!
How good it is that your DD has interest in quilting. Mine does not want to sew anything. The hexagon "I Spy" is going to be fun for the children.

jean said...

Janet
Your daughter has been taught well. Love the colours and her ideas for quilting are wonderful.
I guess you are looking forward to the new Grandchild.

Nedra said...

My first finished quilt was a Grandmother's Flower Garden. I love how she used the big blocks.
I can see where your Grandchildren got their artistic direction.

Terrie Sandelin said...

What a beautiful bright happy quilt -- and then with the handprints. It will really be an heirloom!

Andi said...

Love the idea of the quilting in the borders.
Lovely!!

Dena said...

Great idea to quilt the young ones handprint into the quilt. Nice!

Jay said...

Janet, It sounds like you are having a wonderful time, and obviously the grandkids are thrilled to have their Nana visiting. The flower garden quilt is lovely, and I especially like the quilting designs that your daughter chose. It looks great! I have missed reading your blog. I look forward to reading more from you soon. Take care, Jay

Deb said...

Janet, your daughter has definitely inherited your talent.
Hope you're having a lovely time in Auckland and its not raining too much!!

Kathie said...

love the signs, how adorable!!!!!
I am very impressed with your daughters quilt
its wonderful.
no baby yet!!!!! Glad you were there to enjoy and spend the day with your son on his birthday.
Kathie

Stephanie said...

Sweet signs! That is a first quilt??? Yikes. You obviously taught your daughter well. Love the handprints in the quilt. Won't that be fun as the child gets older and compares the hands.

Eileen said...

Oh my.. your sister's quilting is awesome! LOVE those handprints.. that is way too adorable!

And the Nana signs are so wonderful. Someday I will be one too. :-)

Lurline said...

Nice the hear from you, Janet and plesed all is going well - great hexie quilt, love handprints - looking forward to your coming home and participating in the CWBQ!
Best wishes to all your lovely family!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Kaaren said...

A 'chip off the old block' I would say, Janet. If that's her first quilt, watch out Mom!

Great job and I love the 'I spy' idea as well as the border quilting.

Won't that be a treasure to look back on in twent years?

Hope you're enjoying your vacation. You've been missed!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I love the quilt! It is so cute and the quilting pattern is great. I might try that on a lap quilt of GMFG that I'm making. Thanks for the pictures.

Christine said...

What a fun quilt and I love the quilting.
Enjoy your stay.
cheers
Christine

Maree said...

Love the Hand Prints on the Border ...sounds like you are having a Good Time..Love the Nana signs for you....
cheers

Joanna said...

How wonderful is that quilt?! It looks so lovely:) Sounds like you are having a good time in NZ..and you are making me quite homesick:( I have a brother and his family in Auckland over on the North Shore so just wave to them as you drive past OK?! lol!

be*mused jan said...

Looks like you received a warm welcome and are enjoying your visit. Wonderful quilt...and her first effort?!!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Unsure about the meal...hmmm...
That was your first quilt? Wow!

Janet said...

awesome hexagone quilt!

MARCIE said...

Really awesome quilt your daughter made! Love the quilting on the border--very clever!

Thimbleanna said...

WOW!!! That flower garden quilt is fantastic. I love the stitching and the gorgeous bright colors!

Martha said...

I love that quilt -- particularly the set with the white diamond pieces and the variegated quilting thread....and the hand prints...and the cute fussy-cute hexagons. My daughter is 24 and is not interested in sewing at all....so sad.

Julie in the Barn said...

Oh, Janet, what a lucky Nana you are! I can't believe that is your DD's first quilt. How wonderful it looks. She has inherited your talent, that's for sure!

julieQ said...

Love the hand quilting! I mean the hands, hand quilted. Very lovely quilt, this would be a perfect takealong project.

Janet said...

Your daughter's quilt is wonderful! I love the colorful quilting in the borders. Years from now when their hands are big that quilting will be even more special! What a great welcome from your grandkids :0)

Cathy said...

Looks like you are having a wonderful time! Your daughter's quilt is amazing, such fabulous detail...but then again, with you as her teacher how could she not be great? I love the stitched hands. xo

wishes, true and kind said...

What an adorable hexagon quilt! She will never regret the decision to quilt those handprints. Adorable!

Michell said...

The quits are awesome...
I love your blog...
Thanks


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