It was so nice to meet up with Miche’le today, owner of the lovely shop By Hoki Quilts, and fellow blogger. “Come in, I’ll put the kettle on”, she said, as she ushered us inside. As well as a cuppa, we were warmly welcomed with home made scones too. We sat and chatted, as is often the case with quilters who have only met over the internet, felt as though we had known each other for ages. Miche’le specialises in tone on tone prints, and has a wonderful selection, together with all sorts of interesting bits and pieces. Lovely little quilts are on display, stitcheries, and I’m sure that I noticed some toys and teddies there too.
Miche’le showed me her latest hand quilting project, a Sunbonnet Sue quilt made in soft toned Japanese taupes. All beautifully needle turned appliqué, this quilt definitely will be staying with Miche’le and not be given away. She was hiding away when I took this photo, but as I warned her, she would have to be in one sooner or later!
This one was a “stitch-along quilt” designed by Chooky Blue. Lots of lovely stitchery blocks and pretty summer garden colours.
I already knew that Miche’le rather liked little embroidered tuffets (or tiny pillows) and she had a big basket full in her workroom. All sorts of colours and designs, some were gifts and some she had made herself.
There is a nice comfy sofa in the shop, piled with cushions to snuggle in to. I just loved this pretty little crazy patch cushion.
Thank you so much for your hospitality and friendship, Miche’le. I’ve said it before, quilters are such friendly caring people, and it was lovely to meet you at last.