It just goes to show that “Quilters are Everywhere”. Sitting outside on the main street in Reefton on a cold and wet afternoon I came across two ladies. They were selling raffle tickets for their members, “The Grey Valley Patchwork and Quilting Group”. Many of them had worked sewing blocks for the raffle quilt, stitching it together, then doing the quilting. The Drunkard’s Path blocks were stitched in various greys and the border was a horse print in shades of grey, black and burgundy. The cushions piled on top were also raffle prizes.
So of course I stopped to chat and buy a couple of raffle tickets. The ladies told me that their members come from quite a wide area of the region, and that the nearest shop selling patchwork fabric was many miles away. I was surprised to find out that they knew (and had visited) my “local” shop, Thimbles and Threads. And also the last shop I had visited, By Hoki Quilt shop in Hokitika. It was lovely to be able to have a bit of quilty talk with fellow stitchers, and who knows, I just might strike it lucky with those raffle tickets!
And did you know that Reefton’s claim to fame is that is was the first town in New Zealand to produce it’s own electricity. I’m not sure if the vintage looking street lights are original, but don’t they look lovely and old fashioned?