Archive for September, 2015

Annie’s Country Quilt Store, Ashburton in the South Island New Zealand

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

I just finished 3 days of teaching on Ashburton for Rachel Maw. I taught the Peacock and Small Flower embellishment class. It was fun to see all the different variations of threads that were used on the pieces along with dimensional stitches.

I left the South Island yesterday and spent a few hours in Auckland with Robyn before flying to Los Angeles. We had lunch and a walk in Cornwall Park which is a fabulous park in Aukland full of sheep, cows, amazing old trees  and spring budding flowers.

It was a lovely trip. Many thanks to Robyn and Rachel for organizing the classes and to all my creative students form Australia and New Zealand who made it all worthwhile. I have an overnight flight from LA to Chicago then onto Akron in the morning. I will have time to wash my clothes, get a haircut and pack my bags for our trip to Orvieto, Italy. Looking forward to meeting all my students and so excited Kelly my daughter will been a part of this adventure.

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Annie’s Country Quilt Shore – Teaching in Nelson, New Zealand

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

In the South Island I am teaching in two locations for Rachel Maw who owns Annie’s Country Quilt Store in Ashburton. The first one was in Nelson a lovely artsy city on the top of the South Island. I flew into Nelson and shared my quilts with an enthusiastic crowd on Monday evening then taught a one day class. Many were new to wool so I shared my applique techniques and a few embroidery stitches including stitching fun bees and ladybugs.

Tuesday Rachel and I took a little time visiting the Museum of Wearable Art – WOW and the Suter Art Gallery. They were both lovely. I would love to visit again when the WOW show is on in Wellington. Absolutely amazing! We then drove the 7 hour drive to Ashburton through the beautiful hillside and along the coastline to Christchurch then inland to Ashburton. What a beautiful country. We travelled through the Marlborough Winelands, saw a seal colony in Half Moon Bay, fields full of sheep with their lambs and an abundance of dairy cows grazing in the green grass.

Today is a catch up day then 3 more days of teaching before returning home on Tuesday.

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