Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Back to the sewing room!

Back home already!! Thought I will start making another tote bag. Before I left the the holidays, I went to Nagoya (not in Japan! but a shop) to buy more fabric for making tote bags. I love the colors and texture of these type of fabric. If I can make one bag a week, I should be able to have a good stash of Christmas presents in the cupboard!!! LOL

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Patch of Country Quilts

This is the shop that I was told I must make a stop! And I am glad I took the advice!!!! Came out with a bagful of quilting goodies. It was really a lovely shop....I wished I could buy more!!!!

Unfortunately, luggage limit is 30kgs!!! LOL

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Dog Box

When we arrived at this little town called Picton, we had just enough time to locate our motel, dumped all our suitcases and rushed down to the wharf to do the mail run cruise. We took the one o'clock cruise and came back around six thirty in the evening so we didn't get to walk around the town. Guess where I found this shop??? LOL Right below the other end of our motel room!!! I could have sleepwalk there!!!!
Anyways, I bought some fabric from that shop and had a nice time chatting with the lady there. Gave me the address of another quilt shop that I MUST stop by on our journey through South island!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


We are now in Wellington. Found this shop which is a bookshop as well as a quilt gallery. There were a few quilts on displayed but unfortunately no photography allowed. :-(

I bought this book because one of the patterns in there caught my eye. It will be worth it if I can make at least one quilt from this book!! LOL

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tirua Quilt Cottage

Found this little quilt shop on the way to Rotorua. It's located in a little village called Tirua. Went in and came out with some 'goodies'!!
Wendy ( pic ) gave me some advice on the thread to use for machine quilting. She said the best thing to do is to use good bobbin thread and a lighter needle for the machine. So am looking forward to going back and trying that out!!