Piece by Piece has been operating in Karori, Wellington for the last three years and I have finally made it there. To say it was a difficult journey would have to be an understatement – it was fraught with tension between Robin as the driver and me as the passenger. It all went something like this.Robin - “So where is this quilt shop?”
Me - “It’s in the Karori shops somewhere. I think it’s on the main road.”
Robin - “What is the street number?”
Me – “I don’t know the street number.”
Robin – “Well, then, what is the name?”
Me - “I can’t remember the name. I should have brought my NZ Quilter magazine with the ad with me.”
Robin – getting exasperated - “How can you expect me to find a shop when you don’t know where it is and you don’t know the name?”
Me - “Oh look, there’s Marsden Village, I think it’s there.”
And it was! Thank goodness for that. Robin went to buy a paper to read while I went inside to check out the shop.
Piece by Piece is a small shop, full of colour and glorious fabric. I introduced myself and asked if I could take some photos for my blog, and was graciously given permission. I pondered over some glorious black and whites, including some with Japanese designs. But after recently completing two black and white quilts, I probably won’t be making another. I was still temped, though.
Robin came into the shop with the newspaper in his hand and was offered a seat to sit and read while waiting. “Just move those quilts aside”, he was told. So as he sat on the comfy chair with his nose buried in the newspaper, I looked at the fabric on the shelves surrounding him. Christmas fabric was in the corner, and I checked out the 1930’s for a piece to use in one of my many UFOs. Found just the right one too.
I love batiks and this shop had an extensive range of these glorious fabrics. A nice piece of a pretty purple and blue batik came home with me too.
I love exploring new (to me) quilt shops and Piece by Piece is a little treasure, I’m sure I’ll be back next time I’m in the vicinity. And next time I’ll know exactly where to go, won’t I? It is well the journey to those visiting Wellington. Just make sure you have the address written down!