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The Gourmet Garden

The Gourmet Garden

As a side effect of updating the Character Creations website, Dave also got me back access to my very old web gallery (all coded in HTML by hand as tables). There’s no way I’m mucking around like that these days, so I pulled off all the images and set up a Cross Stitch Gallery and a Quilt Gallery here on WordPress. You should see links to both in the menu bar under the header image.

Not everything is there as I’ve had things I never photographed or I’ve lost pictures, but it’s a good indication of my stitching and quilting careers.

If I track down any extra pictures, I’ll add them. I’d certainly like to get one of my very first beginner’s quilt. Since that’s folded up downstairs, I can always take a new photo if necessary. And I know I have a picture of Tracy Horner’s Book of Ink Circles somewhere, but since I didn’t add it to my Flickr album, I’d have to go through our photo directories to find it.

I’m going down to Christchurch for the weekend to go to a friend’s 50th birthday, so there won’t be any more “Craft Every Day” posts until I’m back. I’m not planning on taking anything with me (I need to relax and enjoy the visit) so there may not be anything for those days anyway, but I’ll see if I can find something I can convince you is craft related!


For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m a big Doctor Who fan. And like any crafty fan, I love the idea of combining one love with another.

Barring a cross stitch bookmark made with the show logo from the 7th Doctor’s era (made at the time of the 7th Doctor’s era), my first big Doctor Who craft project was an appliqué quilt. I took a hand drawn cartoon from a reference book and blew it up and up (to A0 size I think) until I had an appliqué pattern. I called it Hiding Out and you can see why.

The 6th Doctor hiding out at a quilt show

The 6th Doctor hiding out at a quilt show

My current hexagon quilt WIP will also have a subtle Doctor Who theme, so I guess I should aim to have it done for the 50th Anniversary in November this year.

11 Doctors and a TARDIS to go in my hexagon quilt

11 Doctors and a TARDIS to go in my hexagon quilt

But this blog post is about something crafty-ish I did today. I drooled over a beautiful piece of fan art and dreamed that I might be able to stitch it one day. Maybe I could get permission to chart it for myself (unlikley since the artist has her other art licenced for cross stitch to Heaven and Earth Desgins)? Maybe HAED would chart it and release it so that I could buy it on the spot (also unlikely due to copyright issues with the BBC I would guess, all they do have some Lord of the Rings art available)?

What is this amazing piece of art, you ask? It’s called Time and Space and I love the colours and the content and the splashed watercolour look of the background. It was drawn (painted? I never know the right terms when it comes to art) by artist Adele Lorriene and can be seen (and purchased) on her website MeadowHaven.

Time and Space by Adele LorienneFind it at

Time and Space by Adele Lorienne
Find it at

And since I’m unlikely to ever get a chart of it (but I hold on to my hopes and dreams), I did the obvious alternative. I ordered the print for myself for my birthday. It’s only 2 months away (but who’s counting).

Oh, and I just remembered…

I also made an 8th Doctor quilt (or more accurately, a Paul McGann quilt that included him as the 8th Doctor). I have to track down the pictures for that. I know they’re safe, but I can’t access them due to an electronic glitch that only Dave can deal with. If you’d like to see it, ask me in the comments and I’ll get onto getting hold of them again. Not hard, just something I can’t do myself.

Emma's Quilt all Finished by rocalisa
Emma’s Quilt all Finished, a photo by rocalisa on Flickr.

My sister-in-law made her daughter (my niece) a wonderful quilt for Christmas. It is her first quilt and she’s done a wonderful job with it.

However, as Christmas got closer she realised she was running out of time, especially to quilt and bind a quilt when she’d done neither before. So she finished the quilt top and got the layers pinned together.

At that point, I took over and did the quilting (all straight line in the ditch, so it took some time but wasn’t actually hard) and binding.

It was presented to a very happy 6 year old on Wednesday (2 Jan 2013) which is why it’s gone up as part of this date. I finished my share of the word 29 Dec 2012.

I also did repair surgery on a stuffed toy unicorn who was suffering from stuffing fatigue. She can now stand up on own again, much to Emma’s delight. Sadly, I was so busy sewing on her I didn’t have any photos.