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Monday, February 27, 2012

Kiwi Quilters get-together in Ashburton

We spent a very pleasant evening last night with Marie and her husband Murray here in Ashburton.  Marie is a fellow member of the Kiwi Quilters internet group and made contact prior to us leaving on our South Island Odyssey trip, and invited us around for an evening meal.  We arrived and could smell delicious aromas wafting out from the kitchen, sat down and got to know each other.  We had plenty to chat about, and enjoyed a delicious meal.  Murray kept us entertained with tales of his motorbike adventures, and the four of us shared stories of our travels  throughout New Zealand and overseas.
DSCF9216 Marie with her Bargello quilt
Marie and Murray have made a couple of trips to far off Paraguay and she showed me some of the beautiful Nanduti lace hand made by the Guarani Indians.  It is constructed in circles and made from very fine thread.  These examples are in beautiful glowing colours.
DSCF9220 Nanduti lace from Paraguay
Like any quilter’s home, there were quilts on the wall, just waiting to be admired.  New Zealand has a reputation for making award winning wines, and Marie made her “grape” quilt in a class with Ruth Blanchard.
DSCF9223 Marie’s grape quilt
Disappearing Nine Patch quilts are all the rage lately.  Marie’s quilt in shades of green and a touch of orange will be hung in her workplace, the local hospital.
DSCF9224 Disappearing Nine Patch to be donated to the hospital
We had a great evening, and a lovely meal.  (All this after Marie had a full day at work too).  Thanks so much, Marie and Murray, for inviting a couple of travellers into your home, it was so nice to meet you both..

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