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It’s been a while since I purchased a lino cut print from┬álast year’s craft show. At last I’ve finished embroidering the bush scene and added appliqued birds on the border.

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Bullion stitches for the fern leaves

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French knot leaves

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Kokako

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Californian Quail

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Korere or Kingfisher

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Tui

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Fantail

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Waxeye

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Ruru or Morepork

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Pied Stilt

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Saddleback

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Kea

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Black Robin

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Hihi or Stitch Bird

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Back in July I made three Christmas quilts for a friend out of fabric she had collected. Since then they’ve had an addition to the family and the scraps came back to me to try and put another quilt together. This is definitely the last, after this there isn’t enough to make even a stocking for an elf.

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I have an older friend that recently handed me over an unfinished quilt. Her daughter had made a good start but it went into storage for fifteen years waiting for someone to complete it. My friend gave me the freedom of taking what was there and finishing it however I wanted, so I had the fun of opening the box and making my own plan of how to go forward, ignoring the instructions and doing what I liked. We were both happy with the result and I had something to do in between projects, a win, win scenario ­čÖé

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I’ve just had the most fun over the last few weeks planning and making an art quilt with a friend from Rangiura. She paints and I quilt so together we experimented. We found an image on the internet then┬áshe painted the Waihou Blue Springs first as a paper mock up, then onto a batik whole cloth. She used acrylics and added in a fabric medium so the paint would stay supple enough to quilt when it dried. Heaps of layers had to go on as the cloth just sucked up the paint. When dry,┬áthe paint needed to┬ábe heat set with an iron then prepared for quilting with backing, wadding and the painted topper. Then I had crazy fun with the sewing machine. I found the metallic needle coped the best with the specialised threads so I stayed with it. Thanks to all those who post their quilting designs online so others can get ideas, Leah Day’s clover, permed fern, water and pebbles designs worked well for this project.

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