Sunday, 10 September 2017

Thankyou and Kia Ora

As we wait for our flights I can send all our thankyou's - firstly to Expertise Events for flying us over so that we could enjoy our days at the Craft and Quilt Fairs. We had the best time and enjoyed it all. Thankyou to so many who came to say hello - previous students and friends and some who are coming to Symposium in just a few weeks. As I reflect on my 30 plus years of quilting I never ever forget how lucky I have been to see and do what I have.....and often being able to take my best friend Larry with me as well. We love New Zealand and next time we return together it will be for a long holiday. (We've had so many wonderful offers of accommodation!!) You do the best cheese scones anywhere and of course we will let you be the original creators of the Pavlova...........
 but we still might claim the Lamington!........(sorry to those of you in the rest of the world..it has been an ongoing discussion for the origins of these delights!!)
 It was special to meet you Diane and I am so glad you have had so much pleasure from making this quilt.............

 So farewell New Zealand.....you definitely are the inventors of the flat white! See you again soon x

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Hugs in Hamilton

I've given and received an awful lot of hugs today (that is something I love to do!, but more of that soon! This is the view from our hotel room looking out over the Waikato river and in the distance across the bridge there is a glimpse of the red roof of the Claudelands Centre where the quilt fair is being held........

 And some random views from one of our many ambles along the Main Street.......








 This time we have a different space but all the quilts are hung with those pretend Morris curtains again....


 This is a much larger show than Wellington and there are so many quilts on display......do come and visit if you can! There is a group called Quiltzamore with many quilts on display destined for charity, and the Waikato Patchworkers are a talented bunch as well..........




 What a great idea..each quilter has written his or her own information label that is pinned beside the quilt.............



 and some more designs from yours truly beautiful made by Betty..........


 and there are several international quilts on display from Fabco, a New Zealand fabric distributor.........

 There is an amazing array of colourful fibre pieces from the Waikato Creative Fibre group and I especially loved this crocheted rug.........

 Their challenge was fire and ice and all pieces will be donated to needy people after the show........



 I would love to take this home for Miss Maisie!........
 But instead we will be taking home these gifts from Alison and Malcom! We have spent time together when they were in Adelaide and still correspond from time to time by email. Alison has knitted a dear little top for the new grand baby due in January, some New Zealand chocolate for Larry (honey and pear - yum!) and a gorgeous Morris fabric lavender cushion stack for me. Thankyou Alison for your kindness and of course the hugs! And thanks to everyone else who I have met on our previous visits to New Zealand.......a hug is always special and speaks a thousand words. Hugs to you for visiting the blog too! x

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A day on the train

We arrived in Hamilton late yesterday after our long day on the train. The service on the train was amazing and we even had our suitcases taken from us and placed on a special carriage. We left Wellington at 7.55am and arrived in Hamilton at 4.30pm but the long day was very relaxing with so much to see. As we waited to leave we noticed the river of commuters all heading to work on the other platform. We felt very lucky that we weren't in their shoes..........
 Farewell to the beautiful Wellington harbour as we headed north.......
 Just in the distance we could see the South Island......
 I got a very quick snap through the window of a pheasant following us......
 and a large field of deer - felt like we could have been in the UK!.........
 I had some knitting to do and completed a beret for a new doll for Maisie........

 The hills are so green and the sheep certainly have wide open space........
 We crossed many viaducts and the views below them were spectacular........

 and a peek of the snow topped mountains in the distance.....
 Love the sugar sachets......




 Lots of spring lambs but it doesn't really feel like spring........




 At the back of the train there was a viewing carriage but it was very cold and windy out there......



 The snow views were fabulous but it was freezing in the viewing carriage.......






 we noticed a herd of cows in what looked like a huge veggie patch!......



 This is the Raurimu Spiral that we traveled through and the engineering history is fascinating......

 We even saw a few hedgerows.........
The quilts are all hung at the venue and this afternoon I am having an enforced rest. I obviously ate something I shouldn't have at lunchtime (again!!), and an hour later started to have the signs of an allergic reaction. By the time I got back to the hotel the pins and needles and swelling in the mouth had started but a few antihistamines later and a good lie down we are back ready for three days of fun at the fair. More of that soon x