Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Thursday, 16 July 2015

A Day Out, and another project???


Do I not have enough to do in the next 10 days, without taking on a challenge?? There is an online Sew-a-long, called Wiggle Me Colourful, you can visit it here.  Click to follow the link.

Wiggle me colourful

I have joined, chosen the batiks, ironed, cut, and sorted. This is a huge project for me, as we have 10 days before going to Wellington!!! But I always do best under pressure, so here  is the first step .

5 sets of strips, colour graded, in green, blue, lemon/orange/pink/ then teal and purple/mauve.  The background fabric is a rich deep blue.

Wiggle me fabric choices

Here is the  finished quilt  from Sandy W ( courtesy of the internet) but as I am using fabric in my stash, and not a jelly roll, mine will be  slightly different.

Wiggle me quilt with black background.

The other day Hugh suggested a day out, to find some snow. We drove and drove, 2 hours, and it was always round that next elusive corner. Farmland on the way, and some patches of where  a heavy frost lingered on the banks by the roadsides.

Farmland near Pohangina


If you look very hard, there is a small patch of snow, centre back, a long way away.

Snow in the distance, taken through a gap in the fence


Hay bales on the roadside, wrapped in plastic. What was wrong with the older oblong bales, a one-man lift weight, using an ordinary farm trailer? No need for something fancy, that unrolls them, and the plastic to dispose of? Deer fence netting all in this area, but they were a long way back.

Hay bales on the roadside

At home we had a  New Zealand native pigeon . or Kereru, staying a while in the Elm Tree.

A pigeon in the Elm Tree

Quotation of the day, from C S Lewis

“ You are never too old to set another goal

or to dream a new dream”

Greetings from Jean


TexWisGirl said...

wonderful countryside! good luck on the project!

Susan Heather said...

Love the quote.

Georgia said...

You are a game one I must say. Good luck and happy stitching. From the look of the fabric you picked, your quilt will be more mellow I think. I like it! Hugs G

Mystic Quilter said...

Beautiful batiks Jean - your project's going to look lovely.

Leeanne said...

Lovely, nothing like pushing the time limits! I think I have seen this same pattern done in kiwiana fabrics. I am with you on the wrapped bales, I call them giant marshmallows!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I like the fabric and colors. have fun with your project. Your countryside is so beautiful. I see the snow! Nice view of the pigeon! Love the quote today! Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Out To Pasture said...

Your quilt will be lovely and colourful, Jean, while entertaining your wait for the Wellington appointment. Great scenery on your snow quest drive!

Barb said...

I'm amazed at your project, Jean! Do you hope to finish by the time you leave for Wellington? It seems like you'd need to take it with you! I look forward to seeing the finished product. Don't look too hard for snow!

Julie Fukuda said...

I am smiling at your new project ... and the C.S.Lewis quote!

Hannah said...

The quilting project sounds like just what you need to keep busy and take your mind off the approaching surgery. It looks like it will be a very beautiful quilt. I can't seem to get organized to do quilting, but I sew clothes. I work better with deadlines, too. The plastic wrapped hay bales do seem very unecological. I like the Kereru, I googled it and they are beautiful birds with the iridescence, I hope they do well.

Our photos said...

Very nice photos !

Fundy Blue said...

What a beautiful project! I do best under pressure myself, Jean! Love that quote by CSL!