Last evening at P and Q Group we had a "Bring Your Heirlooms Show and Tell." As NZ does not have a long quilting history ( generally speaking ) I was not surprised that no one came along with a quilt made by their Grandma. BUT we did have other lovely old items made by Mums; Grandmas ; Aunts and Great Grandmothers.
Heather's doll made by her Mum is not so old in itself but has very old lace and fabrics used in it. Just Beautiful. The woollen baby dress was knitted on Bike spokes and was so, so fine and soft. Obviously well protected from Moths all these years.
This small shawl had been made on hairpins by D's mother. There were many embroidered cloths and napkins. Some knitted lace and crotchet. Even a very old felt pin cushion that had belonged to a Grandma of someone now in her 70s. We are having the same Show and tell with our Friday group later this week.
Quilting is a wonderful hobby for me. I love the beautiful fabric and colours - my artistic side comes alive.
I have lived in Te Puna near Tauranga since 1978, where my husband ( R ) and I own a small orchard where we grow Kiwifruit and Avocados for export. We have a large garden and grow many other fruit, nuts and vegetables. When I was young I was a teacher and particularly liked teaching art. I have also worked in the Kiwifruit Industry in Quality Control and Auditing. I love to create and am currently passionate about patchwork and quilting. I sew by hand and using my Bernina Aurora 440 machine.
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