Near where I was staying at the Retreat Centre in Hillsborough, Auckland, was Onehunga Mall. Since I started the MA, I found myself unable to do much quilting, which – those of you who know me well – is a passion of mine developed over the past five years or so.
I decided to walk it. I’m not sure I’d buy meat from someone who self-declares as mad! Although saying that, he/she might be very good with a cleaver.
Onehunga Mall had a good range of shops, mainly discount stores and the occasional charity store. I noticed that – throughout NZ and Australia – the Salvation Army stores where everywhere, with just a few SVP shops. There was nothing I needed there, so on I walked, getting in my 10k steps!
I had found out about Patchwork Passion online – here’s their website. I wrote to Robyn to check if she kept hexie paper pieces in stock (another blog about that coming soon) and she responded to me within the day.
She had a lot of great stock, including a fantastic iron bedstead laid out with what I think was a BOM (block of the month) quilt kit.
I had decided not to take any hand-quilting/paper piecing supplies with me on the trip, but found myself itching to create something in the downtime between writing sessions on the MA. I didn’t always want to fill that time with watching TV (just sometimes!).
I love all the room for the cutting table! Giving me inspiration for creating a nice bench like that at my next home (if and when that happens!).
Behind every bookshelf was another well-organised group of treats! I needed some embroidery needles (check) and did I need cotton or polycotton for piecing hexies? Robyn was on hand to advise that poly would hold better.
I picked out a small range of fat quarters in French Lieutenant red, white and blue. I’ve always wanted to do a red, white and blue quilt in muted colours, in the style of an Americana quilt (not a British/French nationalistic quilt, nor indeed American in that sense).
I also needed a small rotary cutter but Robyn had no small cutting mats. What to do? Never fear, next thing, Robyn was rummaging through a cupboard at the back of her classroom, pulling out a well worn large mat which had cracked a little. However, the corner was in perfect shape, not used at all, and she cut off a piece for me just the size I needed (and for nothing!). What a star!
I’m unsure if my hexie quilt will end up being a quilt or a wallhanging, because I chose very small hexie papers, meaning it could take a lifetime to complete as a quilt. My major concern is how to finish the edges on a hexie quilt. More research needed on that one!
Meanwhile, here’s a picture of the lovely Robyn! If you’re in Auckland, pay her a visit!