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!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hello again.

So two weeks of school holidays is over.  Normality, or what passes for normality around here, has resumed.  The routine of filling a lunchbox and the after school pickup is actually quite soothing.  I know when I will be able to squeeze in some quilting at least!

 The last weekend of the holidays, I managed to escape to the twice yearly Quilting Retreat that our local guild holds.  I arrived on Friday at about 10.30am, was sewing at 11.00am and didn't stop until lunchtime Sunday, when we cleaned up, packed up and trooped back to our real lives.

 These pictures are all sections of the quilt I'm putting together for my son's sixth birthday.  The Retreat let me make enough progress on it that I think I'm going to have it finished.  It has to be done for next Saturday.  Do you think I'll do it?!

There are a few blocks of flying geese to go, which I've made up but not backed and quilted yet, and then I have to sew all the blocks together and bind it.  I should be sewing, not blogging!

So a quick synopsis: we have 19 new chicks, including five Faverolles, which I'm very excited about.  My incubator is making a funny noise, which we think is a bearing in the fan.  I'm trying to get into the vege garden with limited success, but my potatoes are looking good and my bean seedlings are impressive.  My brother and sister-in-law are planning a visit with my gorgeous three-month-old nephew.  We are hopefully going to get professional mediation in our neighbourly dispute.  We had a chaotic and fun visit from the three nieces during the school holidays and now that things are getting back to normal, you should see me here more often.  Phew!  See you soon.


  1. Good to see you back. I missed catching up on what's happening on your block. Your son's quilt is looking good - love the dragon! I think I'll post a blog about my veggie patch soon. It's a way of keeping tabs on what you are doing, isnt it!

  2. That is the coolest quilt ever! Good to see you survived the holidays, we came through relatively unscathed this time. Then straight after that was /is 10 days house/kid/dog sitting at the mansion. We go home home tomorrow (phew!). It's been quite a ride.

  3. I think your son's quilt is going to be fabulous!! How great to a retreat to retreat to and get some serious sewing done. I wondered what you were up to but figured school holidays had something to do with your quietness!!

  4. Wow that's such a detailed quilt, it's fantastic. I wish I had your sewing skills!

    What a lucky boy!

  5. Love the castle. Reminds me of a cross-stitch I did YEARS ago. I've still got it around somewhere...

  6. Oh my gosh! It's is tee-totally gorgeous already! I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

  7. Wonderful quilt :)

    We just did a city camp too with the art fibre group and we got two extra days thanks to school holidays so we started on Thursday night and went through to Sunday. I did take Saturday afternoon out to walk with the kids as it was the last weekend before school went back. I got heaps done (and stacks to work on :).

    viv in dunedin

  8. That quilt is going to be fantastic - Miss V says to tell you she LOOOVES the dragon!


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