Sunday, February 28, 2010

Quilter's Tour of New Zealand, April 4 - 23, 2011

Join me for a remarkable trip down under, featuring . . .
  • The Remarkables Symposium 2011 – the New Zealand National Patchwork & Quilting Symposium – in Queenstown

  • Extensive visits to quilting studios and stores throughout New Zealand
  • Visits to textile artists
  • Join New Zealand quilters at a local Guild meeting
  • An exclusive program with Maori weavers at Te Puia
  • Geothermal activity, Hangi feast & Maori cultural experience at Te Puia
  • Te Papa – National Museum of New Zealand
  • Tranz Coastal train – Picton / Kaikoura / Christchurch
  • Overnight Cruise on Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Waitomo Caves
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Southern Alps and Glaciers
Enroute to the Symposium, we will visit quilters, quilt studios, and textile artists on North and South Islands, attend a local guild meeting,and participate in a special program by Maori weavers. We will explore the scenic and cultural highlights of New Zealand including the West Coast glaciers, Waitomo Caves, an overnight cruise on Milford Sound, Te Papa Museum, the Antarctic Centre and a Maori hangi feast and cultural experience.

My original introduction to this beautiful country was in 1997, when I taught for the New Zealand National Quilting Symposium. Since then, I've visited several times, and have lead two previous tours there: a quilting tour in 1999 and a birding/Maori culture tour in 2003.
Click Here for detailed itinerary and prices. Or, e-mail Jan Coyle:, call 650 595 2090 or visit Pacific Pathways online.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hawks Aloft Quilt Retreat 2010

What can 14 ecclectic, diverse indviduals accomplish in one day when focused on a common mission? It all begins with Ed C., the master cutter, and a simple drawing.

Others work on various sections using paper foundation piecing. Here Steve E. and Lizzie R. trim and press.
Ruth B. pins carefully so no points are lost.
Mary C., like Ruth, pins to prevent having to unsew.
Lindsey P. is our youngest quilter.
Sammie S. shows off the border.
Master quilter, Debbie Caffrey shows off 1/2 of the quilt center.

Our supervisor.
The quillt top almost complete.
Ah, the best part of paper foundation piecing, ripping off the paper.
Mike looks on as wife, Michele, sews the final seams.
Ed sweeps up threads and paper scraps.

Success! We have the Hawks Aloft Raffle Quilt 2010. Thanks to the 14 people who shared their weekend to assemble it.