Thursday, 7 July 2016

Major Prize Winner - Congratulations

Congratulations to Kate Halliday.  Kate was the winner of our Shop Hop main prize draw, her prize, a SewEzi Portable Sewing Table.  This SewEzi was kindly donated by Dave and Catherine Davies-Colley of SewEzi.  Kate was absolutely delighted with her win.

These are great tables ...
An excerpt from the website "SewEzi portable sewing tables are designed to create a better sewing experience where ever you want to sew. Our tables provide a personalised workstation where you can complete your craft and sewing projects. SewEzi sewing tables have the added advantage of being able to be packed away when you need additional space. The SewEzi Portable is ideal to take to retreats and classes."  Be sure to check their website

Thank you SewEzi for your generous prize and sponsorship of our event.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Shop Hop Quilt Registrations

Registrations for the Shop Hop Quilts close at the end of April.

Have you chosen your quilt or quilts?

Go to the quilts page of this website to see all the quilts at a glance.

Or scroll down this page and the ones that follow for details from each of the shops.

Book now so you don't miss out.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Bernina Northland's A Rose By Any Other Name

This is an original design created especially for the Northern Shop Hop 2016.

A Rose By Any Other Name is a contemporary Baltimore quilt design. While I have used machine stitching exclusively you could chose to hand stitch this design. Stems and curlicues are all stitched, rather than the traditional applique work of stems. I have matched threads for the applique stitching and these are available at a special discount for the Shop Hop timeframe.

Available options are:

Passport Kit @ $55 includes                          (normal retail of fabrics only $56:60)
  • 1.1m Background fabric                                                                                
  • 14 x Applique fabrics @ approx. ½ a fat 1/8th measure each                       
  • An Original Pattern designed especially for the Northern Quilt Shop Hop 2016
 Optional Finishing Kit @ $65 includes
  • 1.1m green sashing, inner border and binding fabric                                  
  • .5m maroon fabric for the colour peep of the binding                                 
  • 1.5m Pellon                                                                                                    
  • 1.5m Vliseline                                                                                                
Optional Threads Kit @ $100 includes        (normal retail $126)
  • 13 x Madeira Polyneon threads to match all applique fabrics.                    
  • Additional Madeira Polyneon thread used for stem stitching

Optional Outer Border Kit @ $60 includes
  • 1.25m background fabric                                                                              
  • 13 x Applique fabrics @ approx. ¼ a fat 1/8th measure each                       
  • 1m Pellon                                                                                                       
  • 1m Vliseline  
  • An Original Pattern designed especially for the Northern Quilt Shop Hop 2016

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Where are all the shops located??

Addresses and phone numbers for all the shops have been added on the Quilt Shops page!!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

An update from House of Patchwork


Our Shop Hop quilt measures approx 160cm x 160cm
Registration fee of $55.00 includes the nine blocks and the pattern.

There are two border options:

Option one - sashing, inner borders, border and binding
Shop Hop price $70.00

Option two - 12 blocks (extra three blocks), sashing, inner borders, border and binding
Shop Hop price $95.00

Register now

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Patchwork Passion Update

Our Shop Hop Quilt "Hexies in Flower Pots" has three options for sashings borders and binding.  

The sashings, borders and binding are our finishing kit costing $21.00

Option 1 - the blue that is in the quilt photoa\nd on the left below
Option 2 - the red in the middle
Option 3 - the slightly stronger blue on the right.

Let us know when you purchase your passport from us and we can cut and 
put aside your finishing kit with your chosen fabric.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Learn a little about The Country Yard

Step into The Country Yard and you will be welcomed by Kerryn and her team of helpful staff.  Set in a picturesque garden setting we are really one of a kind, our shop is destination shopping at its best.  You will find the shop is brimming with an extensive fabric selection from many designers and fabric houses along with kits, patterns, threads, notions, homeware and more – a quilters paradise!

Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and home baking.

Travelling with your family – Northland is full of beautiful beaches, stunning coast lines, the scenic Bay of Islands and it is also home of the Kauri tree.  Ask us about our favourite cafĂ©’s and eating places.

Have a sneak peak of who we really are at

Registrations are OPEN

Have you decided which quilt or quilts you would like to do for the 2016 Northern Quilts Shop Hop??  Registrations are now open so be sure to secure your place today.

All participating shops can be found on the Quilt Shops page in the right hand column of this blog.

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact any of the participating shops or email

Saturday, 27 February 2016

An update from The Country Yard

Autumn Vases by The Country Yard
Finished size 57" x 57"
Included in your $55.00 registration fee you will receive all the fabrics, pattern and thread to construct the centre nine blocks (36" x 36").  You can happily finish your quilt here, or by extending the log cabin blocks on to the border you will get the illusion of this quilt being set on point.  We have simply framed our quilt in one of the dark print fabrics we have used throughout the quilt.
Our quilt has been beautifully quilted by Leeanne Hopper of Quilt Me Kiwi.  Be sure to check out her blog

A close up of the centre stitchery blocks.
  These are stitched by hand using a beautiful variegated Cottage Garden thread.
Any questions, queries, or simply to register for our shop hop quilt email

Friday, 26 February 2016

An update from All Things Patchwork

Hobsonville Point
This is my finished quilt, custom quilted by Rebecca Owen from Quilted.  Our quilt will be on display in the shop and at the Auckland Guild meeting on Saturday, 5th March.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The Apple Basket "Roundabout" Quilt

The Apple Basket Shop Hop Quilt is called "Roundabout", I have incorporated cotton fabrics mainly Kaffe Fassett and Tula Pink and hand dyed wool fabrics. I have embellished the centre with Debbie Abrahams glass beads and Sue Spargo's Eleganza threads,  this is optional and is an extra cost for the embellishing kit.  The backgrounds are all Moda fabrics and include crosses, circles, spots and hexagons on a variety of greys.

This is the part of the quilt "Roundabout" that you will receive with your "Passport" when you register, ($55.00) minus the two sashing's around the centre block.  The centre hexagon and green circle is in hand dyed wool fabric - very vibrant.
Borders, sashing's and binding for the entire quilt are an additional cost. 

We are now taking registrations for "Roundabout Quilt" on our website.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

"Spot the Difference"

The Country Dawn Shop Hop quilt is based on the Modern Quilt philosophy and we have allowed plenty of negative space for those that enjoy quilting.  It comprises nine blocks and nine sets of spots. This is our layout and instructions will be included as per above, however we will show you in the weeks to come what else you can do with these cute spots and blocks.  The beauty of this quilt is that the spots are pre-cut and pre-fused so all that is needed to complete is applique, quilt and finish in your style. You will be able to purchase additional spots and background fabric, thread and embellishments to make this quilt your own.
We are now taking registrations for this quilt on our website

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

An update from House of Patchwork

Our finished quilt.

Quilt comes in two options (two finished sizes).
Option 1 - nine blocks with sashing, inner borders and outer border.
Option 2 - 12 blocks with sashing, inner borders and outer border.
The initial nine blocks, with the pattern, are included in the registration cost of $55.00.  Extra sashing, borders and binding are an additional price.

An update from All Things Patchwork - Hobsonville Point

Off to the quilter - quilt with final border on.

These are the nine blocks sashed and first border.

These are the nine 12" blocks from Hobsonville Point that people will receive for the $55.00 registration.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Bernina Northland - "A Rose by Any Other Name"

Our nine blocks.  The sashing will be part of the finishing kit, along with an optional border.  You will also have an option to purchase the threads that match the fabrics used in the applique and stem stitching.  More details will follow ...

Monday, 8 February 2016

Patchwork Passion "Hexies in Flower Pots"

Our 2016 Shop Hop Quilt is finished and we are thrilled with the result and
 hope that you will like it too.

It is made in 1800s Reproduction fabrics from our extensive collection.
The flowers are made using the English Paper Piecing technique 
that is so popular right now.

The hexagon flowers, pots, leaves, stems have been hand appliqued onto the background

Your kit will include all the fabric for the nine blocks, the instructions 
and the card templates.

We will have a finishing kit so you can make your quilt look the same as ours.
It will include the sashing, borders and binding, plus finishing instructions.

Our quilt was quilted by Helen Harford and we love the way her quilting makes the flowers 'pop'.

Let us know if you want to purchase your Passport for this.quilt.
Either pop in, email us on or phone us on 09 622 2270.

Friday, 29 January 2016

An update from House of Patchwork

The collection of fabrics used for my shop hop quilt.

Sample of 1 block , in one colour way. 

Thursday, 28 January 2016

An update from The Apple Basket

Another border completed of our Shop Hop Quilt. I have re-introduced more hand dyed wool fabric in the centre of the corner blocks.  The next border will have more hand dyed wool, hand embroidery and beading.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

An update from The Country Yard

Our Shop Hop quilt underway ... these are the 9 blocks that you collect with your purchased passport. Borders currently under construction.  The four centre flower pots are hand stitched using a variegated Cottage Garden Thread.  All the surrounding blocks are simply pieced traditional blocks using the Miniature Gatherings fabric range.

Friday, 8 January 2016