My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Time to catch up -

I had a nice day out recently when Kerryn from The Country Yard and I went down to the Strawberry Hospice fundraiser day near Coatesville (north of Auckland).
The day was run as a quilt show and Hospice fundraiser. As well as a few stalls and the quilts, there was strawberry picking...lots of people took advantage of the 'pick your own strawberries' before the plants were to be ploughed under the next day. All proceeds from these went to Hospice so it was a good cause.
The strawberry fields were given a good picking over.
The view from where we were set up.
It was lovely seeing the quilts on the lines - it was an unjudged show (viewers choice only) so there was a real mix of quilts.
Even the backs of them - not usually seen - made a good show!
Our stand was one half of this gazebo.
As you can see we had a fine day for it - it was Very Hot so we were thankful for a slight breeze that came around the side of the house and hit us.
We were near a stand of miniaturists, advertising their upcoming show.
This photo gives a better idea how tiny this pieced quilt was!
I did a little shopping. As well as a good number of strawberries (which didn't make it as far as the jam stage!), I couldn't resist this gorgeous crochet lace hand crocheted by members of a Women's artisans co-op in India. Not to be confused with most of the mass and machine produced laces and trimmings we see these days. (Sold by Provenance).  I have no idea what I will do with it but know it will find a special spot somewhere someday :-)

Since then, and on the sewing, quilting, crafting front I feel like I have little to report....I'm trying to finish some projects for the annual New Year's launch at my favourite shop but am making slow progress as Life Sometimes Gets In The Way!!! 
I can show a bit of this —
 — and a bit of this —
— but there is still plenty of sewing to do to keep me out of mischief! Hopefully I can tick a few more things off my list as the days progress. This afternoon I am receptionist at my daughter's Chiro clinic (did I tell you I had a new career?!) so this morning I will put my head down and carry on quilting.
Happy stitches!


loulee said...

Looks like a lovely day out. What a wonderful idea to combine the strawberries, the quilts and a fund raiser on the same day.

Angelikas quilts and knits said...

Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing, Raewyn :-)

Julierose said...

thanks for taking us along to view the quilt show--looks like it was a perfect day for it. I love your little "peeks"...hugs, Julierose


I love strawberries too--and there is nothing better than picking and eating them right from the vine--so good for you for eating them--(besides jam's have too much sugar in them!!)
love the photos of the quilts and that miniature booth is darling--I love miniatures too--
and I love that bright colored bird you are working on----
enjoy the moments, di

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

a very good cause for a fund raiser! I used to work at a Hospice near home, I was the secretary/medical records manager - well I did like my job it was a very stressful place to work after awhile and after 5 years I left - they always need fund raising!

Leeanne said...

Thank you Raewyn for the trip to the quilt show, lovely to see the quilts hanging outside, I hope no birds were around :-) Good to have free range of the backs of the quilts too. Is that really a miniature quilt on that tiny bed? Beautiful lace to add to your collection. Nice sneaky peeks of goodies from our favourite quilt shop.

Julie said...

The quilts hanging on the lines remind me of the Amish Country Raewyn. Looks like a lovely day & that miniature stall looked rather cute too. I look forward to seeing what you do with that lovely lace work.

Michelle Ridgway said...

What a lovely day out. Love all the quilts on display. There is something wonderful about lots of quilts together. The strawberries wouldn't have made it home with me lol!

Anonymous said...

Hi Raewyn,looks like a wonderful day ,i love the lace you bought and wow that bedspread is so tiny,someone was very clever.
love your blocks,hope your day is a good one my friend xx

Rebecca in AK said...

So lovely to see all the quilts hanging out in the sunshine. Definitely a worthy cause to fundraise for. Such a tiny little quilt, amazing. Beautiful lace! I am so curious about that little bird, hope see more soon.

Leanne said...

What a great day you had, those quilts are beautiful.

Janet O. said...

I like the sound of that fundraiser.
That mini quilt makes my brain hurt! *LOL*
You can't beat freshly picked berries. I'd be gobbling them up, that's for sure!
Beautiful lace you purchased.
Another career, huh? You needed more to do, didn't you? : )

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

I love seeing all the quilts out on the line, and it sounds like a great day!

Lin said...

Thank you for the link to Provenance - the lace is beautiful. xx

Karen S said...

That is a wonderful setting for the quilt show and fund raiser. And the extra stands with displays are a bonus. The lace does look lovely!

QuiltShopGal said...

Sounds like a super fun day and an excellent cause. Just wish I could have joined you, but the next best is your post. thanks for sharing.


KaHolly said...

What a fun day out! Glad you were able to participate. I like to see more of what you're working on! XO

Shirley said...

Looks like you had lovely weather and the quilts look great on the lines. What great patience to be making those tiny treasures.

Sue said...

Yes, wasn't it a beautiful day Raewyn. Very hot! The quilts looked great in that kind of setting! The strawberries were divine. :-)

Needled Mom said...

It looks and sounds like it was a fun day and a great cause. I am still looking at that tiny pieced quilt. WOW.

I love your bird there too. Looking forward to seeing more.

Fiona said...

fun day out.... I must say I like looking at the back of quilts too - sometimes it shows the quilting part easier... lovely sewing... enjoy your new career ?????

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

oh my goodness - what an amazing tiny quilt! I love the idea of having a quilt show with quilts hanging on lines... looks like it was a great day! xx

Narelle said...

Love great days out with friends.
That teeny tiny quilt is amazing 🌟

kiwikid said...

That would have been a wonderful day out, I hope you got a chance to go and look at the quilts. Lucky that breeze got to you. Hope you had lots of people through. Being able to pick the strawberries wijld be great...must have tasted really good if none got to the jam stage!! Love the little birdy. Good luck with the new career!!😀

Cisca Heiden van der said...

What a nice day, lovely quilts and that tiny one: amazing! And mmm, strawberries, I love them, too! I'm looking forward to the spring, when we'll have sweet ones in the shops. Your crocheted lace looks fine, you certainly find a use for it, I suppose.
And a new career, do you have you time for that? LOL
Love, Cisca

marina said...

All those quilts hanging outdoors look so beautiful!
The mini is amazing, how tiny!!