Down a leafy path off the main road in the township of Franz Josef is the pretty little St James Anglican Church, built in the black and white Tudor timbered style. The doors were open, so we went in to have a look.
The interior was light and airy. Years ago, the Franz Josef glacier could be seen through the windows over the Alter of the church, but it has receded so much that it can no longer be seen from this viewpoint.
That looked suspiciously like a quilt draped over the alter, so of course I had to go and check it out. It was a quilt, made with eight pointed stars in shades of purple and lilac, and a silver cross. This part of the panel was machine quilted with straight lines.
A peep around the back showed another quilt made up of red and green crosses on a pale green background, looking like flowering rata in the green bush. The photo does not do it justice but I had a very small space to manoeuvre in.
Carefully lifting up the corners of the panels, I could not find out who the maker was. If any local quilters know who did this lovely piece of work, please let me know. The alter quilt seems to be very new and is so lovely in this setting.