When I’m on holiday I do like to check out any craft or fabric shops I spot, especially abroad as often the stock is very different to England. My OH is very patient!! We’ve just come back from a special holiday in New Zealand and Australia and I found three great shops…
In Dunedin, NZ I saw an advert in the free visitor magazine for Needle N Thread on Princes Street, one of the main streets in the centre of the city…it’s a very long street and it’s at the other end, but it was well worth the 15 minute walk. Needle ‘n Thread is one of those inspiring quilting shops, lots of beautiful quilts on display, quilting books and an amazing selection of fabrics. Interestingly the fabrics seemed to be on a par price-wise with UK, but the books were about twice the price. I was very tempted with a book by Gail Pann on embroidery and quilting, it has some gorgeous designs in it, but I decided to check the price at home first as it was about $50. I’ve just ordered it on line in the UK for £12 which is about $25, I can only think its import costs.
Whilst we were staying in Sydney with family we drove up to the Blue Mountains, there was a heavy mist when we got there so we could hardly see the mountains! We saw a signpost for Leura and decided to see if we could find some lunch there. We found the main car park and reversed into a space. I started giggling and when my OH followed my gaze he could see why, he had managed to park opposite a quilting shop! It has the intriguing name of Picklemouse Corner. It’s a delightful shop to explore, one of those with lots of rooms just full of beautiful fabrics, gorgeous quilts on display…and homemade fudge!
I think my favourite shop was the one I found on our last day, we were staying with family in Maldon, Victoria, about an hour out of Melbourne. I was very taken with Maldon, the whole village is now in a conservation area, it’s full of history, great independent shops and a lovely feel to it. The Village Patch is on the High Street in the old Masonic Hall. It’s full of beautiful fabrics and quilts and I finally succumbed to some fat quarters! I knew I couldn’t buy much as with 3 1/2 weeks of clothes we were very close to our airline weight restrictions! I found three coordinating fabrics with botanical style paintings of flowers which I am hoping will be the start for an embroidered quilt which I have in my mind!
One of the quilts on display was called Lee’s Garden Song Quilt, it was beautiful so I decided to buy the pattern. Having read the instructions since getting home I’m rather looking forward to making it. It has some techniques that are new to me such as quilt-as-you-go, I’m also pleased that although it’s single bed size it only takes one jelly roll and some plain fabric! So watch this space! My final purchase was a complete impulse buy and I don’t even know how I’m going to use it but it made me laugh, lots of quotes about quilters!
“Asking a quilter to mend is like asking a chef to wash dishes”