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.
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.
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