Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fabric from New Zealand

New Zealand was a place I'd wanted to visit for a long time so it was odd when I realized I wasn't getting excited for our trip. I didn't start to get excited until I looked up some fabric/quilting shops and places to eat! Hahaha I told myself I would only get NZ fabric, stuff I knew I couldn't get here in Canada or online in the US. I think I found 4 shops online and we managed to stop at 2 of them and a couple along the way.

Here are the batiks I brought back, all fat quarters and mostly Maori themed.

My NZ icons prints, Tiki, paua shell x 2, Pohutukawa and the fern. Everything but the Tiki print is a FQ, I got 1 metre of the Tiki man.

The Pohutukawa is a local tree and it blooms around Christmas so is called their Christmas Tree. We were lucky enough to be there to see it blooming! Unfortunately didn't get any photos of one in full bloom. It sure was amazing though, the whole tree was covered in red. I got a set of 6 placemats in the same pohutukawa print for our home... and maybe some ovenmitts and a tea towel. I really liked that tree!

The last place we stopped at was a quilt shop in Auckland and she had an amazing selection of Japanese, stuff I am pretty sure I couldn't get over here ;-) so I had to get some. I'm sure I could use a couple more metres of the one on top here, gah I love it! Plus some cute cats, fish and turtles. Some blueberries thrown in there too, not Japanese I think.

This last pic is of a set of fat eighths from the same shop in Auckland. I love the gold tinged (inflected?) fabric. I didn't realize just how small a fat eighth is until I got home!

I haven't cut into any of this fabric yet. I have a couple projects in mind for the NZ prints and maybe a shirt out of that Japanese fabric. We'll see...

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