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Quilts from August 2011

This is the second page of the amazing photos you have sent me.  Thank you, they are inspiring.
If you want to see a larger version of the quilt, click on the photo.
Scroll down to the bottom to see the link for the first page of quilts.   These earlier quilts date from November 2007 to June 2011
Vanda's-quilt-9-for-Anika Vanda from Sydney increased the size of the Kiwiana rollup quilt to make a wedding quilt to take to the lucky couple in Germany.
The lady who did the quilting did a wonderful job - she picked a design called "Rotorua" and as you can see on a couple of the photos, it's a lovely Maori design.
A fantastic quilt Vanda. Well done. Click on the quilt to see the quilt label etc.
Darron-30th-bdayquilt-copy My quilt was finished just in time, to make matters worse my machine died
but was able to get it fixed and back into action as the 30th Birthday was on Saturday. I have attached my quilt - this is my first solo effort  - my previous effort was a baby quilt with a friend who is a quilter.
Sandie from Australia
"I am attaching a photo of quilt which I used the Saville Row material for".
Delia from New Zealand
curtains-small "The bottom chevrons have the lime on cream fabric I bought from you at Guild. Used every last scrap. Even patched some patches!   Looks magnificent. Madeleine loves it. It is backed with thermal backed older curtains. Very warm  in her room at night now".
Mary Anne from Auckland.  Amazing curtains!
uk-quilt-small This was a quilt which my grandson asked for after he visited the UK this year. The fabrics are from kiwiquilts and I so enjoyed working with them.
Gillian from Auckland
The photo opposite show the front and back of the quilt
matariki-closeup Anneke from The Netherlands has sent me this wonderful photo of her Matariki wall hanging that she completed all by hand!  Ted Storm from Holland taught her.
"It was for me a good thing to make the Matakiri. The necklace is from Hokatiki when we had a holiday and visited my family in 1998".
Thank you so much Anneke for sending me your photo  :-) Mary
counting-book-panel-small Good morning Mary,
I purchased a NZ Counting book panel from you at one of the shows.
Friends of my daughter moved to Brisbane and they are expecting their second baby. A couple of weeks ago we were visiting the Gold Coast and I thought it would be nice to have a little something from home for their bub.
The Kiwi story book has now become a cot quilt for their July baby. I quilted the 'pages' together using a stitch to resemble book binding and then shadow or echo quilted around the animals and birds.
Jillian from Australia.
Hollyninepatchcloseup Holly from Australia sent me two photos of quilts she had made using the free Rollup pattern when you purchase a rollup from Kiwiquilts.
koru-t-shirt-closeup My first use for your Koru Templates was to “give new life” to an old shirt.   Since Koru stands for new life or new beginnings I had to use them on an old shirt of mine.  
I thought I would show you the end results.  I must say, I like the Koru because it is not a “childish”  pattern that I sometimes find when I want to decorate a shirt of mine.  The hardest part was deciding which way to lay them out!  There are so many different options!  
Cheers!  Linda from New Zealand.
sashiko-panel-closeup-copy Jillan from Australia made this sashiko table runner for her daughter and her family in Wellington.  Kate chose the fabric and cotton colour and I have backed the  runner in family favourites of brown, cream and green.
"I enjoyed very much the time spent hand sewing, a great project
for these rainy days in front of the heater and TV".
ANZAC mini quilt small Julia from New Plymouth created her mini ANZAC quilt to commemorate her Great Uncle.
"I put the fabric through my printer to superimpose the photo of my great uncle in his military uniform. He was killed while in active service".
james quilt small quilt folded smallJude from Tauranga sent me a photo of her grandson James' quilt.
"I wanted the fabrics to tell the story hence the simplicity of the design weaving both James' Maori and European cultures together with his birthplace of New Zealand".
digger quilt small Colleen from Queesland has been a busy lady and sent me photos of three quilts that she has made from either my patterns or the fabrics I stock.  The Earthmover panel looks great on this quilt for her Great nephew in Taupo.
woodland tails quilt small Made by Colleen and sent to her Great niece in Taupo.  This is the Woodlands Quilt - really lovely quilt with a large panel in the centre.
wakahuia small "This is another of your patterns and fabrics that I purchased from you when you were at the Brisbane Quilt and Craft show a few of years ago. As you can see we have it hanging in our lounge as a wall hanging and we get a lot of comments regarding the 3D effect of the quilt. The photo doesn't make the quilt look square but it really is" Colleen
This pattern is NZ Wakahuia - a very popular pattern.
ruapehu wallhanging small Jayne sent me this photo of wallhanging she made for her son's 21st.  "He is a soldier in the NZ Army and up until December he was living in Waiouru and wanted the mountain profile in his quilt. He found a painting on line by Miranda Jane Caird and with her permission I used that image as inspiration for his quilt". 
red sashiko placemats Sylvia from Palmerson North bought my sashiko panel table mats in red added a navy border and they look great. 
Black Quilt small Sylvia was also stitching the indigo panel I used to have and she added fabric and stitching to extend the design.
Dion's Quilt small Marie from Picton designed this quilt around a Diggers panel. (sorry, it is no longer available)  The baby that this was given too is only 2 weeks old but his Grand dad, and father are in the construction business and they love the quilt. The poor child has already been on a digger!  You got to start them early!
princess castle small Carolyn used the Princess and the frog panel and various other girlie fabrics to make this lovely quilt which is all ready for quilting and binding.
Glenys-Id-rather-be-in-the- I’ve attached a photo of my Jennifer Pudney quilt which I so enjoyed stitching and using on our patio table over summer. The machine quilting was done by Sally Smith of Sandspit.
From Glenys in Auckland
Anne-british-quilt-copy Anne sent me this wonderful British quilt.
As promised here is a photo of the lap quilt I made.  I made it using the British fabrics from your website. I've given it to my friend and she got a lovely suprise and is thrilled to have it.
Helen from Auckland has been teaching a group of young women to sew. Well done girls, I love the colours and the vibrancy. tikis-in-a-row
Melissa quilt copy Melissa own design copyMelissa from South Australia sent me these photos. The medallion quilt was for her husband's nanna and Koro and the second quilt (which is one of Melissa's own designs) was for her mother-in-law. Melissa was able to give the quilts in person in NZ this Christmas. "If I ever needed another reason to quilt, seeing the look on their faces, proved to me how much I adore quilting".
Trip around the world Amelia  copy Annette from Australia created and made this stunning quilt for grand-daughter, Amelia and backed it with my paua shell fabric.  Click on the image to see the front and back larger.
Amelia has a kiwi Mum and an Aussie Dad and Annette has included fabrics from countries she has travelled and worked in - America, Asia, Spain, France and England.   The border was a Ruth Stonely Australian design.
It had been in Annette's stash for almost 20 years. It features waratahs (the floral emblem of New South Wales where Amelia was born) and Sturt's Desert pea for South Australia where Annette was born.
The quilt was machine quilted by Michele Hawley. The border featued a waratah design. And Michele developed a kiwi design to stitch on the body of the quilt. It features two kiwis back to back with a stylised fern.
Tiki copy Hilde from The Netherlands sent me her photo of the Tiki created from fabric her daughter purchased while visiting NZ.  Hilde and her husband also visited NZ in the sixties - perhaps its time for another visit to this part of the world??
pink runner copy Heike from Berlin, Germany sent me her photo of a braided table runner.
Table runners are wonderful projects to use up special, small amounts of fabric or to try a new technique.  Heike's braided runner is beautifully sewn.
bens cricket quilt copy Sally from Warkworth send me this photo of Ben's cricket quilt.  I just love the silhouette's and the lovely use of many red and black fabrics including a few New Zealand ones. 
Let's hope we see Ben in the Black Caps before too long.  We certainly need an injection of new talent.
Leah's Quilt copy Lynda from Durban, South Africa send me photos of the quilt she made for her daughter Leah. 
What a lovely design and use of solid fabrics.  I posted Lynda the brown minkee for the backing and if you click on the image to the left you will see how wonderful this shows up the quilting, plus of course it is so soft and cuddly.
Joy bone carving copy Joy from Australia sent me several lovely photos of her recent quilting projects and I've put here the lovely bone carving quilt that Joy made from my Bone Carving wallhanging kit.
Mika hexagon copy Mika from Spain sent me this photo of her lovely floral hexagon quilt.  Click on the photo and you'll see a larger version complete with the lovely cross stitched quilt lablel.
I have the hexagon precut papers and glue pen if you want to start your own quilt.
ERicas baby quilt This gorgeous baby quilt was made and designed by Erica from Alice Springs, Australia.  Just lovely with all those luscious Kiwiana batiks.
pohutukawa Petra small Petra from Havelock North recently sent me this wonderful, vibrant pohutukawa quilt made from my Pohutukawa pattern and kitset.
double-sided-quilt-small Dear Mary
After seeing all the great quilts in the last newsletter, I had to share mine - I actually made it double sided for my son - cricket on one side and rugby on the other - his two loves!
Andrea, Melbourne.
NZ-Quilt-small Dear Mary,
Attached is a photo of a quilt I made with New Zealand fabrics.  The patchwork blocks were made in a block swap where I gave a group of fellow quilters a rectangle of fabric for the centre of the block and instructions for the block border.  I then printed a selection of photos onto fabric but mucked up the A3 centre block.  I didn't get the saturation right.  I decided to thread paint the block to enhance the beautiful autumn follage of the stand of trees and I was very happy with the result so I used it. 
I love your website and your beautiful country which I hope to visit again soon.
Maryann  from Nth Qld, Australia
Zoom in by clicking on the image to see Maryann's thread painting, superb!
Iris-quilt-small Iris from Canada has made a very arty quilt using lots of NZ fabrics as a memory of her fabulous trip to NZ.
Sue Whittaker small Sue from Devon in England created her quilt as a wonderful memory of her trip to New Zeland.
Faith-Michaelson-small Faith from Vancouver Island visited NZ in October 2010 and bought fabrics to make a quilt.  She trawled the internet and found NZ Wakahuia on my website. purchased the pattern "Wakahuia" which I loved doing.
Faith was talked into entering her quilt into the  "Seasons by the Sea" Quilt Show in Parksville, B.C. on Vancouver Island and could not believe her eyes when she saw a first place ribbon for small bed size quilts pinned on HER QUILT!!!!  Faith called her quilt "My treasure box of New Zealand memories". 
Thanks for sharing the photo Faith and your quilt is fabulous!
Spring-in-the-Bush-Juliet-s Juliet from Auckland sent me her latest Kiwiana quilt photo.
This is a 12" square and made for the Hamilton 12 x 12 group which she belongs to - the theme was Spring.  Juliet loved using the Fern template which is now replaced by the Koru Template, thoroughly enjoying using it and can see it being useful in the future.  She also used the template for the quilting as well
Lauren banner front small Lauren in England had a rush request for some ponga koru green.  So wanted to participate in a wedding bunting for her English friends who were getting married that weekend.  The idea was that each guest made a personal piece of bunting for the bride and groom. Lauren wanted to make something to do with NZ.
What a brilliant idea.  If you click on the photo you will see the front and back of the buning.
Diana-quilt-small Diana from England has turned the Wakahuia pattern into a giant treasure box.  She enlarged the blocks to 7½" to better show off the fabrics.  The idea is that the 'boxes' fit on top of a single bed and the ordinary quares drop nearly to the floor on both sides and bottom of the bed.  Diana also says that buying fabric while she is abroad gives her double pleasure, both buying it (no problem with breakages) and then deciding how to use it.                  
Love adding to my stash!
Robyn-risi-matariki-small Robyn-risi-kiwi-visions-smaRobyn from Reporoa was very quick at sewing up her Matakiri wallhanging and the Kiwi Visions quilt.
It was only a couple of weeks since I sold the patterns to her!
Liz-godrey-small Liz from Auckland attended a workshop I did at Calico Christmas last year using the Fern Template and sent me these wallhangings/table runners with the fern applique.
It is always so satisfying creating something yourself.  Well done Liz.
I'll be at Calico Christmas this year with my new Koru Templates.  Would love to see you!
nathans quilt small Ruth from Scotland stitched this single bed quilt for her son Nathan who is off to university in Glasgow, Scotland, in September.  He was in NZ for
Christmas and counts himself a New Zealander too (as I am). and he bought back some of the fabric and the rest and the design I got from
you earlier this year.   Nathan loves it.
Well done Ruth and if you click on the image you can see the back side of the quilt with the free hand quilting.
Gayle-cresswell-03-small Gayle from Woodville is an interesting lady having just published a novel about rallying.  She has sent me photos of three quilts, the "poster" for her newly published novel, (much more memorable, and durable than a boring paper poster) which started Gayle on the quilting bug, a detail of the patience corners quilt she did for a friend to raffle as a fundraiser for Hayden Paddon (young kiwi driver competing internationally), and her young friends Tarryn and Sloan Cox (who are competing in the NZ National Championship) with the quilt she did for them to raffle to raise funds, taken at the ceremonial finish of Rally Wairarapa, where they got third.
Read about Gayle's book here  It's amazing what quilters do in their spare time!
Gayle-cresswell-01-small Gayle-cresswell-02-smallHere's photos of the other two quilts Gayle mentioned.
Johanna-Green-01 Johanna-Green-02These are two quilts I made from fabric you sent me in Azerbaijan. A lovely lady quuilted them in a day so my friend could bring them back for me to finish off. I so love the fabrics and one will find its home in NZ for my colleague's grand-daughter and the other will find its home in Thailand with a NZ colleague's new home.
Cheers Johanna
Wow!  these fabrics certainly travel the world!
Anneke-Gevers-small Anneke from The Netherlands used the Bargello wedge ruler to create her beautiful wallhanging.  Loved the 3-D flowers in the centre.
Wedding-ring-small Shona from Dunedin sewed this wonderful double wedding ring quilt for her sister-in-law.  Lucky lady!
Shona used the Double Wedding Ring template set and said that the quilt went together easily. 
New-Zealand-2012-copy Rosemary from the UK sent me her photo and said the quilt had given her great pleasure in making it, and for her husband and herself, it brings back the wonderful memories of their tour through New Zealand in 2010.
Christine Jurgens small Hi Mary,  It took some time, but now it's finished. Here is my version of your Southern Cross Charmer. It's my first hand quilted project....not 100% but I am happy with it.
This quilt is a reminder of a great time in Australia with my lovely husband and a reminder of my wonderful cousin who I met for the first time in my life. Thank you for supporting me with the choice of the fabrics.
Christine from Germany.
Love it!  Great fabrics.
Janice Trevail small A photo of my nephew Stephen Young holding the Running Rugby quilt that I made for him for Christmas.  He plays rugby here in Canada and was quite thrilled when he received this.  I think he is going to use it as a wall hanging between the rugby shirts I have given him from my travels.  I look forward to ordering more fabric  from you in the future.
Janice from Canada
Thanks Janice, lovely to know that rugby is such an international sport.
Judith Duckett small Before coming to NZ to see my son, I asked him to get me one of your
Kiwi Rolls.   I took it home and eventually found a pattern in our
Patchwork Magazine, and I enclose a photo for you.  I sent a picture
to the magazine and they say they are hoping to print it in their
April issue!  It brings back many happy memories.  Perhaps if we are
able to visit NZ again, I shall  buy more material!!
allerlei 014 small Marilyn from The Netherlands bought some fabrics from Kiwiquilts with aboriginal patterns to give to her sister for her birhtday.
Click on the photo to see a larger version. 
b w disappearing 9 patch small Shirley from Auckland has been a busy lady.

The black and white quilt was using the ROLLUP and the free pattern.  Shirley said she really enjoyed making the quilt and can't wait to start the next quilt that she has purchased from Kiwiquilts.
forest bag small and here's Shirley's forest bag.  A very popular bag.
Angela-Langdon-placemats-sm Angela  from Toowoomba made her 2-year old granddaughter some placemats, using my free tablemat pattern, as she is now out of her high chair and sitting at the table.  They're both the same, so she can use the apple one one day and the green one another.
Lenelle Wendt cushions small Lenelle from Australia purchased this wonderful flower panel when visiting last year with Gail Garber’s pre-Symposium tour.  She was the sole Aussie.
The cushions were displayed in an exhibition held in her local art gallery and then donated to a quilt auction in aid of cystic fibrosis.  They were part of the silent auction held for smaller items.  After some spirited bidding, they sold for $60 for the pair.
Cathryn's quilt copy Cathryn from USA used several of the Maori inspired koru designs for this wonderful, large quilt. 
Ruth's pohutukawa quilt copy Ruth from England sent me this photo of her finished top of the Pohutukawa wall hanging.  Those blossoms fairly glow. 
This summer 2011/2012 the Pohutukawa trees have been magnificent.
pixie's quilt 01jpg copy Pixie from Auckland wrote "Here are two photos, front and back, of the quilt I made using your Australian fabrics and some New Zealand ones for my sister-in-law in Sydney.
The pattern of the front is Robyn Burgess's "Modern Rail Fence" from
Patchwork Passion. The back has the Southern Cross using NZ & Aus flags -the little star is made from both - and uses up most of the remaining fabrics from the front and a couple of extras".

Click on the photo to the left to see the front and back of the quilt.
Paul and Lanas quilt small Marie from Auckland sent me this photo of a Baby quilt that she made using the Disappearing nine patch pattern from my rollups and the Baby Safari fat quarter pack plus 1 extra fat quarter.  Marie said there was very little fabric left over as she used it all for the binding.  Finished quilt about 49" square and it was well received by the recipients.
applique 014 small Hello Mary,  Happy New Year!  Attached is the NZ Counting Quilt for my 4 year old granddaughter, which I bought as a kitset from you at the Craft & Quilt Fair held here in Christchurch in 2010.    I enjoy your newsletters immensely and would recommend buying materials etc from you online.  Everything is exactly as you request. Keep up the good work.    Regards Wendy.
Thanks Wendy, always lovely to have a happy customer.
Pohutukawa Wall Hanging small
Gwen in Australia purchased the pattern for the Pohutukawa wall hanging in July this year.  Gwen has added stitching to leaves and flower petals for more definition.
Wonderful Gwen!  Click on the quilt to see her beautiful embroidered label.
silvia-full-quilt Silvia from Australia based her wall hanging on a photo she took on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula last year.  Silvia collected lots of suitable fabrics, especially some gorgeous ones from New Zealand and went for it without much pre-planning. She says it wasn’t meant to be quite so big!
I think it is quite marvellous and if you click on the image you will see it much larger plus a closeup of the sea area and you can spot the NZ fabrics.
chef Eruet smalli Check out the Paua blue fabric on Chef Erueti's new uniform!
Who says our New Zealand fabrics are just for quilts.  You can visit Chef Erueti at his restaurant in Waiwera just north of Auckland.
aussie runner small Carol used the Australian ROLLUP and the pattern from the Christmas stars table runner and sewed this terrific Aussie runner.
Don't forget to click on the photo for a larger version.
Best-of-British-two-ladies.jpg Rae from Great Britain wanted some British fabric to make dresses.  She settled on the Union Jack fabric and says, "Promised you a picture of our Best of British Frocks.  I have attached it for your amusement!!!
Please note the "hand bags"! Many thanks  Rae"

Aren't they wonderful?  If you click on the photo you will four ladies all dressed in their Union Jack dresses.
Rugby-Quilts-copy.jpg Christine from Melbourne has been busy creating rugby wallhangings and postcards.  A great idea to post overseas.
Rugby-Postcards-copy.jpg Click on the photos to see  larger images and more postcards.
Kotuku-copy.jpg Christine has also completed a Kotuku wallhanging that was in the NZ Quilter Magazine. 

She has used the fernlea fabric in the background.
Bev's rugby quilt and cushion.jpg
Bev wrote  " Would like to thank you for the material you sent to me and for he inspiration I got to make my two Grand sons their'Rugby Quilts'.  I digitised and appliqued the footballs around the outside....I also digitised the outline of a Rugby boot and used that to quilt in the running rugby Border.  Their birthdays come up soon and I can't wait to get their response".
Wow, Bev, you certainly have the machine embroidery down to a fine art!
Terri Pohutukawa wallhanging copy.jpg Terri has used my Pohutukawa quilt pattern and made the smaller version. Love the quilting in the border!
"It's my first effort at machine quilting and I learnt a lot making it! I'd like to make the full design once I've mastered free-motion quilting".

Rugby Stars Quilt copy.jpg Alysa from Auckland sent me a photo of her stunning raffle quilt
"Attached is a photo of "Rugby Stars" made with the Running rugby panel & fabric I purchased from Kiwiquilts.
This quilt is being raffled to raise funds for the school I teach at - Whangaparaoa Primary - and has had lots of positive comments as it has hung in the school office. It will also be displayed at my Patchwork club's exhibition in Orewa on 20th & 21st August 2011.
Sheena's quilt copy.jpg "Thought I'd send you a picture of the cot quilt I made for
my niece, Sheena (exiled in Australia!) using some of your fabrics. I found
the quilt binding tutorial invaluable - many thanks!"
Patricia from New Zealand.

Join my newsletter (see home page) and you will receive a free quilt binding tutorial.  Mary
Janis tiki copy.jpg This is my version of your pattern and fabric for the tiki - I really enjoyed making this.
Janis from New Zealand

Thanks Janis, love the wonderful batik in the border.
Robyn rugby copy.jpg Robyn from Palmerston North sent me this photo of a lap size quilt for her rugby-mad Father-in-law for his 82nd birthday.
"I backed it with flannel and used bamboo and cotton batting, so he has warmth over his legs.  Purchased from you online.  To quilt it, I freehanded green grass on the green field at the bottom.  I will purchase some more rugby panels off you, since its' a big rugby year here in NZ.  Its really nice to view other quilts on your page.".
Certainly is a big rugby year with the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand starting September 2011.  Go the ABs!
Jasmine's camera copy.jpg Patti wrote  " I live in England and I ordered fabric from you to make this quilt for my New Zealand friend's 50th birthday. I wondered if you would like to put it into your photo gallery".
Thanks Patti, I bet your friend was delighted with her quilt.  Well done.
I love usa and nz.jpg Leone from New Zealand first made the I Love NZ mini quilt and then adapted the pattern for her American daughter-in-law.  (Hope I got that right Leone).

Here is the USA mini quilts I made after I made the NZ one.
Valeries log cabin copy.jpg "Hi Mary, I received your newsletter and decided to send you a photo of my NZ quilt that I made on my overlocker when my embroidery machine was out of action waiting for a new part. I used the fat quarters that I had collected when visiting several quilt shops on a visit to NZ in 2007. I cut them into 4inch strips, with wadding and backing sandwiched together then joined them log cabin fashion. I just had to purchase a larger piece of fabric for the final border and binding, embroider the centre block when my big machine was working again to finish it".
Many thanks Valerie from Australia.
sharron batik copy.jpg Sharron in Canada sent me this photo and says "I thought you might like to see a photo of the finished quilt... I got the fabrics from you about a month ago, the shipping to Canada was fast and is a 9-4 patch set on point, with a flap border between the blocks and the main border.  It finished up at 67" x 78"...I loved working with the batiks, they were wonderful!"
Lovely quilt, always love the greens and browns.
Hanneke library quilt copy.jpg if you look closely you can see that some NZ fabrics have been used on the spines of the books.
Dear Mary,
here is the quilt which I made for our 50th wedding anniversary which will be in October.
We met in the library where I worked and he visited regularly as a reader.
One night he came with his mother and she asked if I liked to have a cup of tea at their house after I locked up the library.
You can imagine that the joke is still: your mother brought us together.  Which is not totally true of course. But that is what happened.
She has passed away years ago. She was a  mother-in-law which every daughter-in-law could wish for. Great woman.
Greetings, Hanneke
Motocross wallhanging copy.jpg
Eddies Xmas Cushion August 2010 copy.jpg
"Hi Mary, I thought you may like to see two pieces of your fabrics made up for my 4 year old grandson who is motor bike made!!!.  He was thrilled with his own cushion and his wall hanging is next to his bed.

Thank you  for sending the material across the Tasman.

Sent from Elizabeth in Australia.
Click here to see the previous gallery page.