Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Got New Stash!

I found time to visit several quilty shops while we were away. Some have websites and some don't, but I do remember them all!
This pretty little bag I purchased at Obsession 2 Quilt in Temuka,
It contains all I need to create a beautiful Kiwiana quilt.The shop itself was wonderful, as it was only small every corner seemed to be packed with quilty goodness in fact, there were so many goodies crammed in that the shop samples had to be pinned to the ceiling!
The Timaru sewing centre, (No website) was worth a visit, though I only bought two fat quarters in there. Both pretty batiks. You can't see it here, but the greener of the two has Kiwis on it. Cute!
This next batch of goodies I purchased in Oamaru. I'm fairly sure the store was on Thames street. It was packed with all kinds of fabrics from dress making to quilting to upholstery. What a great place. 11 more kiwiana fat quarters.
The very first place I found and visited was Needle and Thread at Geraldine. The ladies there were very helpful and offered to mail my purchases home to me. Sadly they don't have a website, but I'm guessing they supply these ladies!
Two kits were waiting for me when I got home.
The one above is a single panel with borders, batting and backing all supplied, all I have to do is decide how to quilt it.
The one below is an appliqué quilt, no backing or batting supplied. All the fabrics to create the individual elements are bagged separately within the kit and there seems to be plenty provided.
I went back to Geraldine later during our holiday, Lee and I took the girls to the Geraldine Arts and Plants festival. A quilt show was a small part of a long weekend celebrating all manner of wonderful crafts and the Kiwi love of gardening.
My lovely sister in law Lee purchased this sunflower fabric some years ago, with the intention of making some pretty sun tops for her girls. I'm sure we can all remember doing something similar! LOL
On our visit to Dunedin we went out onto Otago peninsula to visit with the albatross and have a look around. I knew about and planned a visit to a place called Happy Hens. I knew about the chooks, and was delighted to find Happy Hen fabric too!
On our very last day, as we were heading to the airport, I spied out of the corner of my eye a place called Annie's Country Quilt Store. Heaven.
Every inch of the place was packed with patterns, samples, items for sale, she had a whole room dedicated to Christmas quilts and decorations. I was spoiled for choice and spent more than I should have. But who cares, it was my last day of my holiday! LOL
At every opportunity I looked in the shops for magazines and books. I brought home about 10 quilty and crafty magazines. I think it's safe to say that I came home with plenty of inspiration and more than enough fabric and kits to keep me busy for a year or so! LOL


Jane said...

What a lovely way to present a quilting kit, that bag is wonderful. Look forward to seeing all this inspiration coming into reality

Ikle.Kaiy said...

hey mum... got round to going online at last. you look Beautiful... And tony looks good in a blue tie..... nice goodies collected andthats a cool pic of tony and the flutterby.


Janice said...

You are going to have so much fun with all of your goodies. You must have had very full bags by the time you came home.

Gari in AL said...

You rock. I am so impressed that your wedding holiday was also a quilting holiday. Good job.

AnnieO said...

What a great trip, combining wedding, family, and quilting. What more could a girl ask for? (Okay, a really great car, but no matter)

I too looked for and bought fabrics of and about a foreign land (Australia). I didn't get to as many shops as you, only two, but I was there a lot less time :). I plan to make a market bag out of some of the fabrics I bought.

Glad your holiday ended on a quilt shop note!

Allie said...

Oh my gosh what beautiful treasure you found! I love that bag and all your fabric, and that appliqued NZ quilt is to die for. Yes, you're going to be a busy girl! Wow.

Lynda said...

How great to buy some different fabrics - and ones which will reind you of your wonderful trip! It can be so disappointing to go to a foreign shop and find all the same fabrics which you could buy at home on sale there!

Abby and Stephanie said...

What a beautiful setting for your wedding. Wishing you life long happiness!!! You really hauled some goodies home. With each project you make you'll have lovely memories of your time in NZ! A place I wish to visit one day.

Lindsay said...

You got some gorgeous new stash to play with but I'm so jealous that you have sunflower fabric

OzRose said...

Congrats on your marriage and good to see that you had a great time in NZ. You will be busy with your goodies for a while too!!