Monday, 30 November 2015

Box Pouch Testing

Hello Peeps,

Earlier this year the Mother and Miss H decided to make handmade gifts for Christmas.

So they decided they would make boxy pouches and fill them with jars of homemade sugar scrubs and foot scrubs.

But first - they needed to learn how to make boxy pouches... that is where Pinterest comes in... So with three different tutorials the Mother started testing.

Unfortunately the first pouch tutorial turned out far too big and very difficult to make - the Mother nearly pulled her hair out!
And the next one was no better - it is a wee bit small and has several other issues.

But then the Mother came across THIS tutorial. And it makes lovely, easy to sew pouches. YAY!
(Technical Note from the Mother: She cute our pouches 15" by 11" because she wanted them bigger.)

The Mother quilted it with some swiggly lines.

And added a nice little ribbon.
But the best part of this pouch is...

... it is SHEEP SIZED! Heehee.
Miss H and the Mother will be very busy sewing! They want to make at least 12 for their friends and family. I will keep you posted... 
Love From
Baa. xxx

P.S. I have been promised my own pouch - in boys colours!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Finishing School Quilt: Kat

Hello peeps,

Today is the last block of Miss H's Finishing School quilt that I will be showing this year - but don't worry, I will show you the rest of the blocks and the completed quilt next year.

Over the next few weeks, the Mother and Miss H will be doing Christmas present sewing. And I will be doing some secret "elf" work (which is pretty much sneaking some pictures of their creations without them knowing... hee...hee..)!

Today's block is a cat and it represents Miss H's best friend - Kit Kat (a.k.a Kat).

Miss H and Kit Kat have been friends since they were born - just 23 days apart. Miss H was born first and Kit Kat loves to tell Miss H that the first 23 days of Miss H's life were terrible because it felt like something was missing. And then Kit Kat was born and the hole in her life was filled. Hee...hee...hee....

And look! There is a "C" for cat in the fabric.
Lots of love
From Baa. xxx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Triangle Pouches

Hello Peeps,

Miss H and the Mother found THIS lovely tutorial for a triangle pouch - and they just couldn't resist giving it a go.

Miss H found some pretty pink fabrics to match her mini zipper.

And the Mother went all out with bright and crazy colours for her one.

And they both turned out so coolio!

The Mother thought that it was the perfect size to store her buttons.

Oh, and look - the pouch matches her button tree perfectly.
(Money might not grow on trees, but buttons sure do! Heehee!)

Miss H filled hers with stamps from movies filmed in NZ.

Love From
Baa. xxx

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Finishing School Quilt: Pig

Hello Peeps,

Yesterday was The Mother's birthday. And she choose a VERY special cake for her party...


So, I would like to introduce you to Percy the Pig. He will be helping me show today's block - which, of course, is a PIG!

And it represents the Mother (please note that SHE was the one to choose her block).
The Mother has loved pigs since a tour around England with her friend in her early twenties. Whenever they saw a pig in the open fields her friend would say, "Happy pig."
Now whenever the Mother sees a pig she will also shout - "HAPPY PIG!"
Love From
Baa. xxx

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Finishing School Quilt: Work, L Plate, Letter, and Fish

Hello Peeps,

This block represents the Community Center where Miss H works.

In June Miss H got her Learner's License. The Mother is a very calm when teaching Miss H to drive - although she has screamed "BRAKE" several times...

Miss H has a pen pal who she writes to by snail mail. This block represents all the letters she has sent and received.

The Mother, Miss H and the Boss absolutely LURVE the beach. And seeing as she couldn't put sand in her quilt (I did suggest it could be added to the batting...) she decided to add a fish.
P.S. Continuing with our electronics disasters: the Mother's Surface decided to kick the bucket and has to be replaced - which means it is getting a plane ride all the way to Australia!
Love From
Baa. xxx

Saturday, 7 November 2015

A Quilt Show

Hello Peeps,

This week Miss H has had a bit of an electronic disaster - first of all her Surface suddenly stopped working for no reason - and all the pictures for Thurday's Finishing School blog post were on it, and with such a busy week she didn't have time to take new ones. Then, her cellphone decided to slip out of her pocket and fall face first onto the concrete! And now the screen is all smashed. So now she is borrowing the Mother's surface - and will have to retake pictures for the Finishing School blog post next Thursday.

Miss H, the Mother, the Iron Maiden (a very close friend of the Mother's who sews with her every Friday), and I went to a quilt show on Saturday.

See... no hooves!

Especially for the Enemy - MEOW! Cats rule and dogs drool!

This was the Mother's and the Iron Maiden's favourite quilt. 


Taking a photo of a quilt of someone taking a photo... I'm so confused!

The detail in this one was awesome. It depicts Maori heritage of a man carving. 

This hexagon quilt is AMAZING!

The Owl and the Pussy cat - hey, shouldn't I be in that boat too Miss H. The Owl, the Pussy Cat and the Sheep! That sounds much better...

A quilt show wouldn't be complete without a star quilt!

And Dear Jane - the best of show! 
The Iron Maiden and the Mother are planning on making one now... oh oh!

Love From
Baa. xxx

Monday, 2 November 2015

Rugby World Cup Winning Champions

Hello Peeps,

Yay! The All Blacks won a thrilling rugby final to make history! They are not only the only country to have won three World Cups but also they are the only team to have won back-to-back RWC titles!

Well done All Blacks! You have done your country proud.
Love From
Baa. xxx