My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Friday, August 20, 2010


The Dragon (yes, capitals) is cut out, fused and I have begun to applique him on.  I am trying something out - appliqueing and quilting at the same time, hence all the basting pins.  So it's a kind of a quilt as you go project.  I've never done that before, and I really wanted to quilt this well, and for me, that's easier in smaller pieces.  We'll see how it works. 

I haven't posted much this week.  I've had a bit of stuff going on that's been occupying my mind.  Way back in January, I spouted off about my goals for the year.  One of them was getting our subdivision underway.  Well, it has been underway, but it's opened up a big, fat, can'o'worms with our neighbour.  To the point where we are going to have to involve a mediator or (worst case!) lawyers.  Lots of people told us when we bought land as tenants-in-common that it could end in ugliness and they were right.  But I still don't regret it, because it allowed us to get where we are today.  I do wish, however, that compromise was a more familiar concept to our neighbour than it is!

Ah, well, it will get sorted one way or another.  But if you don't hear from me for a little while again, it's because I'm trying to avoid bleating on about the conflict.


  1. Very cool dragon, that would go over a treat with any young boy. A bugger about the nieghbours, hope they don't give you too much grief.

  2. Hi Ms Lottie, Beautiful Dragon, I envy your skills.
    I'm sorry to hear about the neighbour conflict and it's weird because we are having neighbour conflict right now too. Only not for the same reasons. I hope you have a positive outcome and not too much (more) stress.
    Best wishes

  3. Love the dragon. Hope the neighbour thing works out without too much more stress - not nice.

  4. Love the dragon.

    Mercury is retrograde right now. Lots of misunderstandings/quarrels. I hope the situation gets resolved to your satisfaction soon.

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  6. Nice dragon quilt. Be sure and post pictures after it's been quilted. I'm sure your little boy loves it!!

  7. was wondering how you transferred the picture to the pieces ?

    1. Hi defunctpixel, I traced them onto paper-backed fusible web. I have a pattern available for this dragon in my Etsy shop.
      Regards - Charlotte


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