News From Kiwi Land

Kia Ora (hello) folks

I am sitting in the airport lounge at New Zealand airport waiting to fly out to Manila via Hong Kong. It is a bit of a long wait (and a long flight!) as the flight doesn’t leave until 23.50 hours so I thought I would send you some highlights of my trip. Don’t worry it is the fabric side of things that I thought would interest you most so only a snippet of the trip and photos, which to date number 282!!!

Whilst in NZ I managed to peruse four fabric shops – though I did come across quite a few more. Much as I would have loved to try them all I was conscious that my hubby’s patience might run a bit thin. He was terribly patient!

Anyway, the first shop was a lovely little place called the Apple Basket on State Highway One, Kaiwaka.

Apple Basket Quilt shop

Apple Basket Quilt shop

We came across it by chance as we were coming into Auckland on our return from the north of the island. A wonderful find as the owner and her daughter had designed some lovely wall hangings.

I bought the pattern for the Christmas tree and thought it might be something we could make together later in the year.

Chrismas wallhanging

Chrismas wallhanging

The second shop I came across was in Hamilton. It was called Grandother’s Garden.

Grandmas garden web

A great find where I picked up even more fabric and a scrap bag – like I need one like a hole in the head!

Anyway, it has been there since 1985 when the owner returned from the States and having enjoyed patchwork and quilting there decided to open the shop. The great thing about it was that there was a lovely garden chair outside in the sun – the man chair – and the offer of scones, jam and cream to occupy him whilst I perused the wonderful array of fabrics and quilts!

Grandother's Garden - the man chair!

Grandother’s Garden – the man chair!

The third shop was on a busy main road between Wellington and Taupo. It was called the Krazy Cow –an odd name for a patchwork and quilting shop but full of lovely fabrics. The owner also had a long arm quilt machine and scan and cut machine to keep her amused.

Krazy cow patchwprk web_edited-1

There was also a beautiful Anzac (Remembrance day) quilt on the wall which captured a number of family members who had fought in the two world wars.

Anzac quilt

Anzac quilt

And this lovley quilt made from NZ fabrics

Quilt crazy cow

The last shop I managed to escape into was Cushla’s Village Fabrics in Devonport. Very friendly and helpful with fabric choices. She also seemed to be doing good trade with people coming off the cruise ships docked in Auckland harbour.

All in all, a very fruitful trip and enough fabrics to make a quilt – now there’s a challenge!

And, in between all of the above I came across some amazing crafts

Maori wood carving at the Herenga Waka festival

Maori woodcarving1

Mauri woodcarving

And hand spun wool in a quirky little café that we passed

Dc3 cafe web

Weaving dc3

And, that is only a fraction of the wonderful time we have experienced in North Island, New Zealand
Looking forward to seeing you all soon

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