OMG Finishes

Saturday, July 19, 2014


One of my colleagues recently gave birth to twins so what do you do but make quilts-of course making that decision at the last minute!! They did not know the sex of the babies before they were born but they have been blessed with two gorgeous healthy boys- Jude and Asher, who join their little sister in the family.
I used the pattern off Moda Bakeshop and while I used the same colourway  I used different fabrics and different placement of the colours. I backed them with a beautiful soft minkee-one light blue, and one dark blue. I stippled the centre of the quilts (nice and quick) and did a piano key in the border then bound them in different colours.
The background fabric looks very weird here-it is a white with black dot.

The back of the quilts that also shows the quilting-if you wish to see it just click on the photo to enlarge. The weather was not playing well when I took these photos sorry.
I have also been busy making hot water bottle covers.

This is the second year I have participated in a project to make covers for children's hot water bottles that are then donated to the children of Christchurch, a city in the South Island that was devastated with earthquakes two years ago but there are still many in very poor living conditions. A company donates the hot water bottles and many quilters, sewers, knitters and crocheters around the country donate the covers.

Finished sewing the binding on this queen size scrappy disappearing four patch that will be donated to charity-need to use up my larger than necessary stash and it gives me longarm practice.
Now for the non quilting activity-
the beginning of limoncello-vodka and lemon rind to start, then a sugar syrup gets added. I have never made this before, but love drinking it!! I have a lemon tree in the garden for the first time so thought I would put them to good use. Will see how this turns out-it is so easy, just takes a little time to mature.
Thanks for stopping by

Friday, July 4, 2014


Hello and welcome to all my past visitors and to anyone new who may come across my blog.
My name is Marlene and I live in the North Island of New Zealand. I learnt to quilt about 15 years ago when a friend, who had just finished a class, suggested I take one and we could quilt together. I continued but she has only dabbled in it since. I have a huge stash of fabric, books and magazines and should stay out of the shops!! I now tend to quilt with brighter colours and am liking the modern look. Of course that stash has to be used up as well so charity quilts will be made.

Blogger will not let me load these photos side by side sorry.

This was a block I had my Bee Balm sisters make for me and before I tackled my Queen size quilt I made this smaller version-now claimed by my sister. My aim for this year is to become friends with my longarm Nolting machine and improve my quilting skills. This is the first quilt I have been really happy with roll on many more.
 I have had a long break from blogging. mainly due to backlash from some content I had  been associated with online being reported to my previous employer, and the repercussions that followed . Nothing related to blogging but it made me very wary of writing anything online. That is past now and it is time to move ahead. This blog was started as a journal of my quilting and things in life  so that is what I need to get back to. I have been quilting and will slowly show them here but please don't feel obliged to view!

I am a midwife by profession and am working in a very busy hospital at present and love it. I have been very fortunate that my job has enabled me to travel the world having worked in Australia, UK and the Middle East.
I live with two very spoilt cats who  think all quilts I make are for them, and Maisie, the one in the header photo loves the longarm and appears from anywhere the moment the machine starts. If I'm not at work or quilting I am on the golf course, enjoying the fresh air and exercise.
One more project to show and then I will finish as this is a bit long winded!!
I made this cushion from a Don't Look Now pattern, for my great niece Tilly on her birthday. She pulled it out of the gift bag and said 'Look what Aunty Marney made me Dad' so that was cute.

So that's me back to the world of blogging. Thank you for visiting.