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

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Another catch-up

I've gotten behind again so sit tight for lots of photos!
One day when the 5 year-old twins came to visit, they insisted they needed to make some shorts for their Barbie and Ken.
Out came the pattern and out came some fabric. George was the most keen to sew - 
After they had gone, I finished up the fiddly bits for them-
And we had two happy children!
Another time they visited, they wanted to go adventuring down at the stream-
Amazing how quickly these two are growing up!

Sewing wise I haven't been up to much lately, with other commitments taking my time. However I have made another small quilt for our series of them at the shop. A single block quilt this time-
Simple walking foot quilting- 
I really do like this 'block' so made another one using some leftover bits and pieces- 
There may be more of these in my future!!

Back in February, the MOML and I had a weekend away, travelling down to the Bay of Plenty to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of my uncles.
We stayed at the Karangahake Gorge on the way down. A beautiful area with a rich gold-mining history. We did one of the walks there, it went over some swing bridges, along the river and through an old railway tunnel. Very cool.
We then carried on to Papamoa, where Mum lives. 
The next morning, we climbed Mount Maunganui with my sister and her husband. A great workout! And great views...
After a quick dip in the sea, we spruced ourselves up for my uncle's birthday lunch-
Mum, my sister, and I - 
The next day we travelled home, having had a brilliant few days away.

I'm about to start another adventure-------more on that next time!!!!

See you then,


  1. It's great to see youngsters having fun and getting involved.
    Good walks.. although I have memories of the Karangahake Gorge.. fascinating industrial archaeology..and scary mountain bike trail by the river...first time we visited I was lent a bike and taken down there...on the bit by the river...I walked...slowly.....

  2. So good the twins enjoy doing some sewing . Also they’re lucky to be able to have such fun adventures on the farm.
    Beautiful flower block.
    Such a great few days away .

  3. those look like pretty trails to walk on and the scenery is really pretty. Always nice to get together with family

  4. Your trip sounds like a lot of fun while making Barbie clothes does not. I can see why Grandma had to finish them. They would be tedious for adults let alone 5 year olds.

    Thanks for taking me on a virtual trip on your beautiful island.

  5. I love that your grandchildren inherited your love of sewing. I like the flower block, too. The trip to your uncle's birthday celebration took you to some beautiful places. I look foward to reading about your next adventure.

  6. That's such a lovely family photo, Raewyn

  7. Lovely to see your Grandies having fun and I'm sure Ken and Barbie approved. Beautiful photos of your trip away. Happy belated birthday to your Uncle xx

  8. Sounds a lovely break away. Always enjoy going through the Karangahake Gorge.

  9. What a great flower block and the little ones did a great job with their shorts. Enjoyed the pictures of your time away. xx

  10. what a lovely trip away...

  11. Lovely trip away. Enjoy the next one, I wish I was going on that one too.

  12. It’s nice to see the kidlets having fun with Ganma. Your troop down south sounds great. I do like seeing all the walks you went on. So scenic.

  13. A big catch up....... Nice time with family and the kids are aware growing fast.... Your so dedicated with the Barbie outfits.....


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