It’s a bit sad, isn’t it. Here we are, mid March, and I’ve only just completed my first finish for the year. But….. to be truthful, we have barely arrived back home after our long caravan trip away, exploring the South Island of New Zealand. I prepared umpteen memory blocks using New Zealand themed fabric and packed them way with my Pigma pen. As we toured around for 10 weeks or so I diligently used the patches as a type of fabric diary, writing each evening on the plain cream squares where we had stayed, places we had explored, and attractions visited. During the week I started assembling the blocks, and finally completed all the rows.
After a lot of pinning and stitching the top was together, and the borders added. Luckily I had enough of the smudgy green fabric for the borders, with just a little strip left over.
The top is done
But we all know that the job isn't over till the top is quilted. This is going to be used as a table cloth, I decided, so I used light pellon as the batting. The quilting was simple, with some stitch in the ditch to hold it all together.
Once again, I was fortunate to have just enough of one of the New Zealand themed fabrics to use as the binding, hand stitching the back edge down while Robin was engrossed in a rugby game on TV last night. A few extra patches were utilised on the back. And here it is, finally finished.
The completed table cloth
There are lots of lovely fabrics used, showcasing our native birds. The kiwi, fantail, kereru, and the world’s only alpine parrot, the kea. Then there are trees and ferns, kaka beak flowers, and the crimson pohutakawa blossoms, which appear in summer, giving this tree the name of the New Zealand Christmas Tree.
The inspiration for this design was taken from my book Triangle-Free Quilts, by Judy Hopkins, using the pattern, Spruce Root Basket.
Looking back, it seems that making this type of holiday memory quilt is getting to be a habit, and this is the second quilt I have made to commemorate travelling around the South island. We had a three month trip in 2012 and the result of that trip was a Rail Fence memory quilt. Read my earlier blog about the quilt here
South Island Traveling Rail Fence, 2012