The reason for our trip to Taupo is to take my candle wick quilt top to Linda of Razzle Dazzle Quilter to work her magic on it. Linda had previously quilted my Hearts in Bloom quilt and I was so thrilled with her work, I knew I would be asking her to quilt another top for me before too long. When we arrived here in Taupo Robin casually asked me, “you did pack your quilt, didn’t you?” Oh my goodness, I certainly hoped so – better go and check. There is was, together with the backing, safely packed away.
Thank goodness I’d remember to pack this bag
We arrived to see both ladies in their studio. Peggy has a spot to sit and sew on her domestic sewing machine while Linda works on her wonderful hand guided quilting machine.
Peggy and Linda in the work room
Back in the house I got my quilt top out of the bag. This has been a long time in the making, as I explained to Linda. Most of the candlewick blocks were stitched at night in various B & Bs while we toured around England, Scotland and Ireland way back in 1999! I had some extra blocks gifted to me and used them in the corners, and finally assembled the top several months ago.
Linda checking out my quilt top
I’m sure whatever designs Linda comes up with will be gorgeous – she knows I like feathers and McTavishing (things I cannot so myself) and there is plenty of “blank spaces” on the quilt top to fill up with her trademark quilting. So we left the top in her care, and said our goodbyes. But not before we stopped to admire this beautiful cat, laying in a basket on top of a pile of soft patchwork balls – quite happy and not at all bothered by the visitors.
Who is a pretty boy, then?
Stopping at the Look-Out point on the way back to camp, we gazed across Lake Taupo. The mountains were not to be seen, hiding as they were behind the clouds. Taupo is a lovely place but rather chilly in the winter with cold winds blowing straight off the mountains and across the lake.
View from the top of the hill