Monday, 1 May 2017


I must say.. I am LOVING not spending so much time in front of a computer. Studying sitting for nearly four years does that. Friday the weather was fine so I rushed through my morning chores and zoomed outside without doing a blog post. I hope you do not mind the randomness of blogging that I'm currently doing.

Here is my weekend (linking up with Pumpkin Sunrise

Saturday was the Kapiti Quilt exhibition. 

 This was the winning quilt called Stars of Endurance by Allison Paris and quilted by Sue Burnett. The pattern was by Judy Martin called Coopertown Stars. I can see why it won.

 This scrappy quilt was not in the competition but out hanging in the foyer. It is one I wish to make. Scrap quilts are my favourite.

 A barn quilt - also one I wish to make ... one day! I'm so sorry I did not get the name of the person who made the quilt I was yacking to a friend and forgot.

 Birds of a Feather Flock together made by Dorothy Devane. She has used all Liberty fabrics. SWOON.

 Dandelions by Sandra Killin
 from a herbalist point of view the leaf is an impostor and not a dandelion leaf, one can't help notice things like this. But when I get my clinic rooms I sure want this on the wall.

 I was thrilled to see Lori Holts fabric in real life. I didn't buy any as just a tad too bright for quilts I am making to go in our 1900 villa. But I love her patterns and follow her blog Bee in My Bonnet.

 Embroidery which I was soo tempted to impulse buy. But you could only get as a quilt block of the month. The cool colours are not me so I would want to do it in warmer colours.
Here is the pattern  that you can buy on Etzy.... I am so so tempted to get it. As if I need another project on the go....

I was hoping a vendor would be selling some Liberty fabrics but none were. I did buy two fat quarters and a new cutting mat. I am looking forward to wet winter days being inside quilting this year.

I was a tad thrown when a lady at the quilt show said to me "Oh you are Cottage Tails". I wasn't expecting it and still get surprised when people recognise me from the blog. Sorry I did not talk long to you - it was terribly busy and I'm not one for crowds. But thank you for saying hello.

As it was a wet Saturday we got out some movies. Ballerina which I believe is also called Leap in other countries was wonderful - a kids movie but oh super sweet to sit and knit with on a cold wet day in front of the fire 5/5

In the evening as a family we watched The Founder. Excellent movie... Not that I eat Mcdonalds but after watching this you would never support the Mcdonald Corporation again. It is all about being driven by profit.... 5/5

Brent took me for a ride in the Pickup truck to the garden shops. Kapiti Nursery has the friendliest cat.
While Brent was picking his natives I played with the cat... The cat was soo friendly that I wondered if he/she would like a trolley ride. And it did! I suppose when you are in your 50's you are not meant to play like this but..... no one was watching me push the cat around the nursery in the trolley.

Brent had to hold the Kowhai tree as the cat was bunting it soo hard. We had to ask the cat off before it saw Louie on the back of the truck.

I'm all set for another week in the garden with more pea straw as mulch. I'm trying to win the war on  kikuyu grass...that has invaded my herb and vegetable gardens, PESKY PESKY stuff.

Sunday night we watched another movie, Hacksaw Ridge. I am pleased I did not see it at the movies as rather graphic with war scenes. Watching it at home meant I could look at my knitting through those parts. A wonderful true story worth watching - but if like me sensitive you may also struggle "seeing" it.

Right the sun it out - got to get cracking and get my chores done so I can get in the garden.

I'll try and post on Friday - but until then I am posting daily photos/videos on Instagram.


  1. lovely photos!! I try to only post three times a week, boundaries are always good. I love the quilts, I am a wannabe quilter you know :) Lovely weekend!!

    1. I am looking forward to quilting again, helps pass the cold winter months that is for sure

  2. Wow great weekend jam packed with many things you love! fabulous quilts, I like Lori Holts designs and fabrics too........we just don't see half of these things in little New Zealand our stores don't everything range or the full ranges available, quilting in America is a multi-million-dollar industry.

    1. I'd be broke if I lived in USA -so much temptation, It is a bit tough on us with the drop in NZ dollar at the moment. Just as well I have plenty of fabric.

  3. Great post. I like the barns and the birds quilts.

    That is some cool cat, like you I would be busy playing with him.

    I an sure that you have fires roaring at the cottage tonight. A tad chilly.


    Julie and poppyq

    1. Could you see the worm in the bek on the quilt? Terribly cute and clever.
      Terribly cold here, not ready for the cold at all.... I can not for the life of me understand people who prefer the cool weather. Keep warm girls xx