Why call a quilt shop “The Quilted Gumboot”, you may ask. Because it is situated in Taihape, known as the Gumboot Capital of the World. Read all about how this town got this name here.
Owner Pauline Baddeley has been running her quilt shop for several years now, but this is the first time I have called in
A what a lovely little shop it is, chock full of all sorts of interesting items. Fabric, of course, with a lovely range of Kiwiana designs, knitting wool, notions, and patterns.
There was a range of lovely hand knitted tea cosies for the serious tea drinker, and I saw some beautiful knitted knee rugs. The Quilted Gumboot offers classes, and has stitching days too when Pauline provides home made cake and serves drinks in fancy tea cups. Sounds like my kind of place, what a shame I don’t live closer.
Of course I didn’t leave empty handed. I found a fat quarter of special fabric to use in a memory quilt I’m planning, plus a cute Christmas pattern (Yuletide Yoyos) for a Santa, snowman and reindeer. All I have to do is master the art of making yo-yos. That shouldn’t be too hard, should it? I’ve never made them before.
Do pop in if you are passing by, Pauline will make you very welcome. The Quilted Gumboot is at 6 Tui Street, Taihape, around by the station.