My eldest son and other half have recently been on a "birding" trip to New Zealand and on my trip to India, I met a lovely lady from New Zealand, Margaret, who runs a patchwork shop in Christchurch. As we spent many hours together, we worked out a plan, so that on their trip through Christchurch, they could stop by the shop and pick up some New Zealand fabrics to bring home for me. Margaret very kindly chose all the fabrics for me, and purchased the necessary luggage to carry it in too and then her and her lovely husband Gary met my other half and took him on a tour around Christchurch! My husband could not believe how nice they were and kept telling me when he got home, that if all my quilting friends are as nice as Margaret and Gary, that he would really like to meet them. Well … off course all my quilting friends are as nice, but I am not about to start sharing them around!
So far, I have sewn the quilt top together, this is what it looks like:
I have posted this picture on Facebook and one of my friends asked if I could describe each block, I will try
|Kereru - wood pigeons|
|Various native wildlife|
|Now extinct moa|
|Tui and flax|
|Bugs in undergrowth|
|Kiwi bird, tuatara and toad|
|New Zealand fern|
|Riporipo with Ponga Koru around it|
My son is very keen for this quilt to be finished, so when the one currently on the frame is finished, this one is next in line. Fabric for the back is on its way now from New Zealand, so this will be finished shortly.
I just love that quilts can remind us of places we have been to in such a tactile and visual way and remind us of friends too. I will forever think of Margaret when I look at this quilt and hopefully I will one day see all these lovely plants and animals for myself and visit Margaret in New Zealand :-)