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Wellington/Minerva/Ann Scott

Wellington - Unique New Zealand

Wellington - Unique New Zealand


Anne Scott is the publisher of New Zealand Quilter magazine and the owner of Minerva in Wellington. Here, Ann shows off one of her quilts, that was part of the traveling exhibit, “Made in New Zealand”.

Wellington - Minerva

Wellington - Minerva


Anne’s shop has tons of quilting and fiber books as well as a gallery with rotating displays.

Wellington - Welcome to My Pacific by Carol Newsham

Wellington - Welcome to My Pacific by Carol Newsham


“Welcome to My Pacific”, another quilt in the traveling exhibit, was created by Carol Newsham

Wellington - Dolls

Wellington - Dolls


Minerva had a doll exhibit during our visit, big ones, tall ones, short ones, small ones.

Wellington - Funky Dog

Wellington - Funky Dog


But, this is the little fellow who stole my heart!

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Hamilton Quilt Guild Meeting

Daphne Phillips

Daphne Phillips

That afternoon, we visited the Hamilton Quilter’s for their monthly meeting, featuring Daphne Phillips, an octogenarian, and one of the most prolific quilters ever! Daphne shared many of the quilts she had made over the course of her quilting career. Most inspiring was her ‘can do’ attitude, not to mention all of the quilts she had made.

Hamilton Quilt Guild meeting

Hamilton Quilt Guild meeting


Ellen (in the flying goose jacket) checks out some of Daphne’s handiwork.

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Dinner at the Home of Kerry and Marion Manson

Katherine Parrott Reeves

Katherine Parrott Reeves


Many, many thanks to friends, Kerry and Marion Manson, for hosting a really fun evening where we could relax, meet new friends, enjoy some wonderful treats (like pavlova!), and “Show and Tell”. Here, Katherine Parrott Reeves, shows off her quilt Te whanau o nga awe kaka. Translated as the “Red feathered parrot family, this quilt describes her family and heritage. The images in the quilt are of Katherine and her 3 brothers. This quilt is featured in the 2009 exhibit and book “Made in New Zealand II”, organized and published by Anne Scott, owner of New Zealand Quilter magazine and Minerva, located in Wellington.

Robb shows off her quilt

Robb shows off her quilt


Here, Robb Jerebine shows off her plaid creation. The image doesn’t really do justice to this charming quilt.

Donna and Ashleigh Ward

Donna and Ashleigh Ward


Donna Ward, and daughter Ashleigh, show off quilts from a miniature challenge in which they participated. Donna, Ashleigh and mom, Merle, all taught at the Remarkables Symposium in Queenstown, three generations of quilting teachers!

Gail and Flying Colors Sampler

Gail and Flying Colors Sampler


I showed off my Flying Colors Sampler, one of two quilts that were small enough for me to carry along on this trip.

Not Robert and Not Bruce

Not Robert and Not Bruce

Meet “Not Bruce” and “Not Robert”. Seems that when we made the nametags for the group, we used everyone’s given names as they were listed on their passports. It was after a little beverage indulgence at the party that our mistake became apparent! Not Robert is really “Mike”, a New Mexico resident. “Not Bruce” is a friend of the Manson’s and husband to Robb.

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Onward, to Grandmother’s Garden

Grandmothers Garden

Grandmothers Garden


Leaving Auckland behind, our group traveled south to Hamilton, stopping at Waitomo Caves to view the glowworms. Our first quilt stop was at Grandmother’s Garden where two large, incredibly mellow dogs seem to take all the visitors in stride, and a large cat as well.

Doggie Day Care

Doggie Day Care


Grandmother’s Garden opened in 1984. It was the inspiration of Hazel Wolff who had just returned from living in America where she had become ‘hooked’ on patchwork and quilting. Animals are an obvious passion of Hazel’s as evidenced by this fun quilt that hangs in her classroom.

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Juliet Fitness, Quiltmaker

Illuminated French Curves

Illuminated French Curves


Next stop on the tour was tea at the beautiful home of Juliet Fitness in west Auckland. Juliet is an amazing quiltmaker, and her work is unique. The wide array of styles was impressive.

Juliet's Yard

Juliet's Yard


Her home is located on 10 acres, in suburban Auckland. With the historic native vegetation, special permits were required to clear enough land to build their home. Consequently, the vegetation comes right up to the house, a fantastic display.

Juliet Fitness

Juliet Fitness


Juliet is known for her creativity, use of color and techniques that she uses in her quilts.

Kiwi Wall Hanging

Kiwi Wall Hanging


She has a good sense of humor too, as evidenced in this small wall handing of a Kiwi.

Allison and Gail

Allison and Gail


Her friend, Allison, helped serve tea and cookies. We ate the most unbelievable snacks, Kipper Biscuits and Fruit and Nut Slices. Yumm!!!

Never Ever Give Up

Never Ever Give Up


‘Nuff said about Juliet’s sense of humor!

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Dye-It Fabrics

Janet Ryan of Dye-It Fabrics

Janet Ryan of Dye-It Fabrics

We enjoyed morning tea at the home-based business of Janet Ryan, who specializes in hand-dyed fabrics, some of which are stamped with Kiwi-ana birds and symbols.

Looking for the silvereye

Looking for the silvereye

While Janet and her friends graciously hosted tea and snacks, the tour participants got their first taste of my other passion — birds. I heard a little Silvereye singing in Janet’s garden. Many rushed out to see what I was looking at.

Aloe Vera plant

Aloe Vera plant

One of our North American house plants, the Aloe Vera, grows to gigantic size in subtropical Devonport, and even blooms. I was only able to capture a bud, however.

Mike

Mike

Mike, a.k.a. Not Robert, quickly became our photographer extraordinaire with his Canon 7D. He also hails from New Mexico. He managed to capture another New Zealand bird in Janet’s garden, a Tui. We were then off to High Tea at the home of Hugh and Helen Bedford, with its spectacular gardens nestled right in the midst of urban Auckland.

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The Quilting and Textile Tour Begins – Devonport


After a glorious three days up north, I returned to Auckland to meet the 17 tour participants. Although some had flown all night, we headed right off on the ferry to Devonport where we visited Cushla’s Village Fabrics and our group had their first taste of Kiwi-ana fabrics. I think they bought out the shop. We met our coach here too. While we boarded the bus, a Pohutakawa, the New Zealand Christmas tree, shed one of its limbs. Amazingly, within minutes, two guys showed up with saws, quickly dismantled the downed limb, and cleared the road — all by hand!


At the Devonport Library, I discovered this quilt made by the local quilt guild. It was behind glass, so there is some glare. We were on our way!

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To Market, To Market to buy a … lot of great stuff.

Paula Nadelstern

One of the great things about going to Quilt Market and Festival is seeing all my quilting buddies. I found Paula Nadelstern showing off some of her newest work.

Ginny Eckley

And, I met Ginny Eckley, who is a master stencil maker and makes the exact right sort of stencils for the resist-type dyeing that I prefer. Check out her website!

One of the really great things about attending Market (the wholesale part of the show) is that you can really spend time looking at all the amazing quilts without having to jostle with all the Festival attendees. They are superb and the competition is stiff. The prize winners won’t be announced until Wednesday. I wonder if some of my favorites will be among the winners.

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