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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Time to put Christmas away

The Christmas quilts are down and put away, as are the other ornaments, so it was time to hang a fresh quilt over the sofa.  As the weather is nice and summery, I decided it was time to give my Aotearoa Blooming another chance to shine.  Designed by Jenny Hunter as applique patterns, featured in the New Zealand Quilter magazine some years ago, I decided to make my blocks as stitcheries.  The centre block showcases the pohutukawa, a large tree which bursts  into crimson red blossoms with yellow tips in the heat of summer, and is also known as the New Zealand Christmas tree.


Pohutukawa Wreath

The stitchery blocks were hand quilted, and I big stitched the NZ floral fabric used in the borders.  Yes, I admit it took me quite some time to complete, but I loved very moment of working on it.


Aotearoa Blooming

And folded over the other sofa is Our Aussie Adventures, made to commemorate our fabulous rail trips and beyond in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  These little blocks (made with Australian fabrics) and their sashing together with my pigma pen came on holiday too.  Each evening I would write down our adventures of the day.  Gemma is giving it her seal of approval.


Our Aussie Adventures


Julierose said...

Lovely embroidered floral wreaths!! So pretty;)))
I see Gemma loves quilts, too ;))) hugs, Julierose

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

and that reminds me to take down my Christmas Baltimore Album quilt that is still on the wall above the couch and put up another!

Kathy S. said...

Are you loading your photos in a different way? For some reason I can only see a square with a blue question mark in the center. Our internet has been going out lately. It could be on my end, but I don't see this on other blogs.

Jackie said...

Such a lovely embroidered quilt. The colours are so striking.

Gemma looks very comfortable lying on the one quilt.

God bless.

Preeti said...

Love the delicate embroidery. Gemma is adorable. May you have many more adventures to inspire more quilts.

Debbie said...

I love all your handwork and find it is very relaxing to do. Your railway trails seem amazing and what a wonderful way to remember them. I have always had the thought I could visit some time; the incredible variety of terrains seen in movies is awesome. What a lovely country!