Thursday, December 6, 2012

Unique stay in Rotorua

“Unique stay in Rotorua”

Reviewed December 1, 2012 NEW
We had a wonderful 2 night stay with Mairi & Ron in their unique accommodation with lovely garden in Rotorua. They were very friendly & helpful, giving excellent advice on what to do & booking our Maori evening for us. Amazing to walk out of our room & within a few steps be in their private thermal hot tub and separate plunge pool. Very relaxing & therapeutic. We would highly recommend the Malfroy Motor Lodge to anyone planning a stay in Rotorua.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Traveling to Rotorua with Kids? Here's a fun adventure idea


Tours take approximately 3 hours.
Part of every tour fee is directly put back into the preservation of the forest

Daily tour times

Monday to Friday: 10am and 2pm plus additional times as summer arrives.
Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays: 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm.
We highly recommend making a reservation as numbers are very limited.
Call us: Toll Free 0800 CANOPY (226679) or 07 343 1001
Visit us at our headquarters: 173 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua

Tour Prices

$129 incl GST
15 and under:
$85 incl GST
2 adults & 2 children
$399 incl GST

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The Tour
“New Zealand’s only native forest zipline (flying fox) canopy tour”

Groups Families Cruiseship
You’ll assemble at the Rotorua Canopy Tours headquarters for an introduction, harness fitting and safety briefing.
Everyone is transported to the forest on an entertaining short drive from Rotorua.
2 expert guides accompany your group with a maximum of 10 guests for a 3 hour experience.
A 400 metre walk through native forest leads to the first launch platform where your guides familiarise you with the forest, birds and history of the area.
You’ll experience trail walking, 10 platforms, 6 ziplines (flying fox) and 2 swing bridges mixing thrill and slow paced observation of the forest.
Safety is paramount. Top of the line equipment has been sourced from around the globe and guides are all trained to the highest standards. Plus in the New Zealand forest there are no nasty critters to worry about.
Rotorua Canopy Tours is an all-weather experience – the canopy in wet weather is magical beyond belief and we’ll deck you out to suit the conditions.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Rotorua, Kiwiquilts has been spring cleaning and it's not housework!

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Kia Ora Rotorua and welcome to Kiwiquilts October newsletter

It's that time of year when I feel the need to clean, file, tidy and rearrange.  Unfortunately I'm not too keen on the housework part of the above but I had lots of fun clearing out some Kiwiquilts shelves and I've added the goodies to the Spring Clean sale section on my website.  Sometimes there's only one of the item so first in, gets the specials. 

I'll be adding more during the next couple of days so keep checking back. 

PLUS, an added bonus of free postage on any order to a New Zealand address.

Book panel and bag

I actually sewed last weekend (in my new sewing room - bliss) and enjoyed making up the ABC Primer book panel and then I couldn't resist making a cute wee bag to carry it in.  When you purchase half a metre of the ABC primer allover fabric I'll send you the free Fat Quarter bag pattern.

ABC Primer book panel: $17.50 comes complete with sewing instructions
ABC Primer allover fabric: $27.60 per metre Free bag pattern if you purchase at least half a metre.

Wonderful new fabrics have arrived

More gorgeous butterflies and a fabulous leaf patterned fabric.  I just can't decide on which colourway to indulge in.

Butterfly carnival: $28.80 per metre

Buttefly carnival matching blue motifs pattern: $28.80 per metre

Rain forest multi: $29.10 per metre. 

Check out the other two colourways under 'What's New'.

Hexagons make a comeback

You probably know that hexagons are making a huge comeback in the quilting world and even the 'modern quilters' are incorporating hexagons in their quilts.
I've mentioned before the wonderful difference the Sewline glue pen makes in quickly assembling the hexagons before stitching them together.
I've even produced a video on YouTube that demonstrates this technique.

So to inspire you to give it a go, I've put together a Hexagon starter kit for just $30.00, saving you $2.60 if you purchased the products individually.

4" acrylic hexagon template.  This is the perfect size for quickly cutting your hexagon fabric shapes with a rotary cutter.  Because the acrylic is clear you can also fussy cut your hexagons to make even more wonderful patterns.

Pack of 50 precut 1½" hexagon paper shapes.  These fit perfectly with the fabric shapes you have cut above.  These papers can be used several times over.

Sewline Glue pen and refill.  Quickly glue your hexagon fabric shapes to the precut paper shape and then you can get stitching.  The glue is washable and easy to peel off so that the papers can be reused.

Hexagon starter kit:  $30.00 saving you $2.60.  You'll be hoooked! 

The bag opposite is a sneak preview of a new bag pattern I'll have ready shortly.

Dr Seuss - The Lorax panel

Create an environmentally friendly quilt with 'The Lorax' the tree lover and this panel which is beautifully printed onto quality organic cotton fabric.  I also love the colour scheme they have used.

'The Lorax' panel:  $21.00
Panel size: 42" x 23"


Chevrons - latest pattern craze

You'll spot chevron designs everywhere - bags, quilts, cushions, lampshades, curtains, clothes and more.  Wonderful and funky and they give a real lift to your designs.

Small grey chevron: $27.60 per metre

Large black and white chevron: $27.60 per metre

Love this one!  Multi large chevron: $27.60 per metre

Lazy Daisy panel

If you would rather something calming and gentle, then this Lazy Daisy panel and matching fabrics could be perfect.  You could stitch over the designs or leave them as they are.  Soft, gentle pinks, blues and greens. 

Lazy Daisy panel: $17.50  panel size: 42" x 23"

Blue stripe with tiny pink roses: $27.60 per metre

Flower sprays on green: $27.60 per metre

Baby elephant cuddle fabric

This fabric is almost the same on both sides, so you could just bind the edges and have an instant cuddle rug.  Or use it as the backing of a baby quilt - you wouldn't need any further batting - and you'll have a luxurious quilt.   Fabric width: 1.50m.  Extremely economical.

Baby elephant cuddle fabric: $23.00 per metre
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Still time to whip up Christmas runners

The four Christmas tablerunner kitsets I have available have been selling well and are easy to make in a couple of afternoons of happy sewing.

Kiwi Christmas runner kitset: $50.70

Traditional Christmas runner kitset: $55.80

Pohutukawa runner kitset: $55.00

Christmas stars extra long runner kitset: $39.50

Plus Lynette's Christmas tree mini quilt: $43.50


Perhaps I'll see you at the Festival of Quilts?

Auckland Patchworkers and Quilter's Guild annual quilt exhibition and merchant mall.

Not to be missed!!

North Harbour Stadium
Oteha Valley Rd, Albany
Friday - Saturday
2-3 November
10am until 5pm and
Sunday 4 November
10am until 4pm

Kiwiquilts will be in their usual spot - top of the stairs and turn right.
Thanks for all the lovely photos and emails you send from around the world.  One never needs to be lonely if you're a quilter.
I've now added my Newsletters online, so you can always check them out from the home page or the top menu bar.

Also, just a reminder, on the top menu bar there is a search facility.  If you don't know where I placed a particular fabric you can type in the name of it or whether it had birds or flowers for example, click on the little magnifying glass and you should have a list of all the products that have the words you typed in. 

Enjoy the shopping, remember to check back over the next few days as I add more goodies and take advantage of the free shipping New Zealand wide until midnight 9 October 2012.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rotorua now's the time to sew Christmas projects from Kiwiquilts


Kia Ora Rotorua and welcome to Kiwiquilts' September newsletter

A very warm welcome to all those new subscribers from the Hamilton Craft and Quilt Fair.  What a wonderful buzz we had each day and the great news is they are bringing the Fair to Palmerston North 14-17 February 2013.  Kiwiquilts will be there, so mark your calendars for a great four days shopping.

The koru templates went down a treat in my workshops and I've now produced a small booklet with 30 original quilt and applique ideas that will further inspire you.

Koru templates and Koru template ideas book $25.00

Koru templates only $18.50

Koru templates Ideas book $6.50.
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Sewline needle threader

For those of us who find threading fine needles a hassle I now stock the Sewline needle threader which is perfect for threading needle sizes 9 - 12.  Perhaps that is why I now prefer wool embroidery - no problems (yet) in threading those needles!

Check out the video - The magnet on the end is an extra bonus.

Sewline needle threader: $25.50.
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Kiwi Christmas table runner

My original Christmas table runner has been extremely popular, so I thought I would sew one in more Kiwiana colours.  Here's my new version - black and white meets kiwi christmas pohutukawa.

This pattern is great for beginners and if you are more experienced then you'll be happy to whip up a few for Christmas presents.  The kitset includes all the fabrics you need including the lovely Coastal Blossom fabric for the backing - you can even make this a reversable tablerunner.  All you need to add is some thread and the batting.

Kiwi Christmas table runner kitset: $50.70.

Traditional Christmas table runner kitset: $55.80

Christmas table runners pattern only: $15.00

Lynette's Christmas tree mini quilt

Lynette Anderson has quite a following with her unique applique designs and now Christmas fabric in her trademark murky reds/olives/browns.

I've designed this mini quilt adapting her style and using all her fabrics.  I completed mine entirely by machine but you could easily use simple embroidery stitches and needle turn applique.

The kitset includes the pattern and all the fabric for the front, back and binding.  All you need add is some threads and the batting.

Mini quilt size:  13½" x 17½"  (34cm x 44.5cm)

Lynette's Christmas tree mini quilt kitset: $43.50

Lynette Anderson's 6 x fat quarter bundle: $48.30
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Stonehenge Christmas Traditions panel

Gosh, I'm on a roll today with all these Christmassy projects and fabrics.  Guess I'm getting an early start this year.

I really loved this panel.  Not too cutsy and the colours are wonderfully traditional.  Lots of gold overlay but tastefully done. 

Panel size: 24" x 42".  Add some pieced or plain borders and you have a gorgeous, quick Christmas quilt or wall hanging.

Stonehenge Christmas traditions panel: $17.00

Midnight rush - big bold flowers by Camelott fabrics

These fabrics are stunning.  Oversized blooms - fabulous for cushions, bags etc as well as a quilt.

I'm showing the largest of the blooms to the left but there are two others in the range.

Midnight rush - red blooms: $27.60 metre.

Limited stock, so if you are wanting some, I wouldn't wait too long.

Farm Scene fabrics

And now for something completely different....

Two new panels - I couldn't resist the cute sheep looking out from under his curls - and some rather lovely farm prints.

Add these to your 'I spy' collection or create a quilt for your favourite farmer.

Farm scene tractor panel: $8.50 for 30 cm.

Farm scene animal panel: $8.50 for 30 cm.

Farm scene fabric bundle:  $37.70

Farm scene stripe fabric: $27.60 metre

New Tote Bag kitsets

Mega spots tote bag kitset and a sophisticated handbag print which is combined with a 20% linen and 80% cotton natural fabric.

Roomy bags and easy to stitch.  Perfect for beginners.  Detailed instructions.

Mega spots tote bag kitset: $51.80

Handbag linen/cotton tote bag kitset: $66.90

Tote bag pattern only: $15.00

Spring is sort of here in Auckland, plenty of rain, a drop in temperature and then blue, blue skies.  Can't seem to make up its mind but with daylight saving starting shortly I can't wait for the warmer weather and longer sunshine hours.  There's nothing better than having the sun stream into my sewing room, music playing and my machine humming..... bliss!

Wishing you time to sew, read or spend special time with loved ones.

Nga mihi nui *


* With best wishes. 

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kiwiquilts bounces into Spring at the Craft and Quilt Fair Hamilton

Spring flowers courtesy of my sister Annie's garden.

Kia ora Rotorua and welcome to Kiwiquilts Spring newsletter!

The first week of Spring!  So lovely to have more daylight after 5pm and to get the washing dry before the sun disappears over the neighbour's roofline.  I was bouncy this morning when I started this newsletter (well, thinking about the newsletter) but as the day worn on I seem to have flagged.  This 'one coffee a day' business is not the best for my energy levels, there is only so much chamomile and honey and ginger tea I can drink! 

Another use of the Koru template!

New! Tote bag in three versions

I've designed a new tote bag that is really easy to make.  I've made three so far and every time I see an amazing fabric, I think 'that would look great as a tote bag'.  I've gone to town on the instructions so that this pattern is perfect for a beginner as well.  I got so keen on one of the Tote bags that I clean forgot to sew on the inside pockets.  Version 3 was born!
You can mix and match the inside and outside pockets.  It is fully lined - but not tricky at all - plus you can lengthen or shorten the handles.

I've also discovered bag batting.  This is much nicer to use than needlepunch, it is thinner but sturdy and soft to touch.  It really gives the bags body, which means that if your chosen 'must have' fabric is a little on the thin side it can still be successfully used in the bag.

Tote Bag pattern only: $15.00

Bag Batting 50cm x 80cm:  $12.00 - this is all I needed for one tote bag.
Koru Tote bag kitset: $59.20  - includes fabric and pattern but not batting

More kitsets will become available as I choose luscious fabric.

Mega spots are just perfect for this bag.

Craft and Quilt Fair in Hamilton

Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 September 10 am to 4.30pm.  Not to be missed!

Kiwiquilts will be there with a fresh new look and a fantastic gadget demonstration table - so come and see the Mighty Light, Quick Ripper, Quilt Halo, Sewline glue and fabric pens, Pinmoors, Supreme Sliders, Seam rippers, koru templates and more.

Plus we'll have a basket of red hot specials and all the wonderful kiwiana fabrics and even some new products that haven't yet made it to the website...

We are in Aisle C #22.  Please call past and say Hi.  I'm doing a workshop at 12 noon each day showing you all the wonderful uses of the koru templates. 
Actually a lot of the designs are still in my head so I really do think lots of coffee and a few late nights will get some samples sewn pronto.  It really is a nifty little template and great for quilting designs.  But all will be revealed in the workshop....
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Claudelands Events Centre, Cnr Heaphy Terrace & Brooklyn Road, Claudelands, Hamilton
Hopefully I'll meet a lot of you in Hamilton.  It is so much fun to be surrounded with wonderful fabrics, ideas, happy quilters, friends, coffee and just some time to yourself to be fully immersed in this wonderful hobby/craft that we all enjoy.  What do people do who don't sew!!!

Enjoy the sunshine, the spring flowers and your loved ones.


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Cycle Tour for Hobbit Fans in Golden Bay + Molesworth News & Musings

This weeks receipiants of a bottle of Marlborough Pinot are Vladamir and Karen from Auckland for referring their friends to do the same the tour they enjoyed last season. You too could have some wine heading your way soon, just tell your friends to mention your name when they book any tour with us this season. 
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Golden Bay's Small Men with Hairy Feet Cycle Tour

We're really excited to announce a fabulous new tour we've just launched in the Golden Bay!
Combining the Nelson and Abel Tasman's cinematic scenery with site visits to some of The Hobbit filming locations, this tour is sure to be fun.

As a special bonus, we'll throw in the bike hire for free for the first 10 people that book with us - worth $150!
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Molesworth NEW tour! Nelson, Tasman, Golden Bay

FJ Goes Onroad in North Island

We had a fabulous 3 week tour in June around the North Island in the yellow FJ Cruiser visiting family and friends plus lots of meetings to attract new business.

We started with Riverdance in Wellington, visited our daughter in Napier, then Gisborne to stay with Warwick and Jane Tombleson at their farm stay Haurata   A great experience, they really know how to look after people with great walks on the farm. A dinner party was a special surprise with the whole tour team coming to meet us again. A couple of nights in Tauranga after travelling 9 hours around the East Cape, next time we’ll stay longer.  We even ticked Waiheke Island off our list and met some real characters and tried wonderful wine.

Molesworth Tours New Toy

Five days in Auckland visiting tour operators from one side of Auckland to another. The FJ certainly got a work out in all that Auckland traffic it's more at home on Upcot Station! Went to Field Days in Hamilton the tractors seem to get bigger each year. We enjoyed a couple of relaxing days in Taupo to catch our breath and two nights in Petone, can recommend Jackson St cafes and shopping and the maritime museum to get the history of the place.' Nek Minute' we’re home to start work again.

Thanks to those of you who recognised us and tooted and waved. NZ's certainly a big little country.

For our latest 4WD Tagalong dates please check our website.  

Golden Bay - the latest tour addition from Molesworth!

Free Bike Hire!

FREE BIKE HIRE for the next 10 cyclists to book for the new Golden Bay Cycle Tour.

Includes two boat trips, lots of cycling mainly easy Grade 1-2, with optional challenging rides, meet the locals, stay on a farm in the heart of Golden Bay, visit Hobbit filming sites, themed dinner night, all in the chilled out atmosphere and magnificent scenery of the bay.

One tour sold out already. Dates Oct 31-Nov 4, Feb 18-2, May 8-12

View the full itinerary

Marlborough Events

You or friends may like come back to see us and include one of these fabulous local events:

Hunters Garden Marlborough
Nov 8-11 2012

Marlborough Wine Festival
Feb 9 2013

St Clair Marathon
May 2013

Classic Fighters Air Show Easter
March 29-31

Marlborough Grape Ride
April 6 2013

Wild West Coast Tour

New Wild Westcoast Tour 6 day/ 6 night tour starting in Nelson and finishing in Christchurch.
Tour Includes
  • 2 nights in Karamea
  • Oparara Caves walks
  • Denniston Mine Experience tour
  • visit to  a family owned working gold mine still operaing after 130 years,
  • Pancake Rocks
  • Tranz Alpine train trip
  • paddle boat cruise
  • plus much more.
Dates Nov 16-22 2012

Top of the South Island Tour Discover Golden Bay and Abel Tasman region 6day/5 night tour Dates Oct 11-16 2012, May 15-20 2013.
Pease contact us for full details. 

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rotorua Accommodation, Winter Discounts

15% off room rates!

Book 4 nights or more from our web site / by email / by 'phone for a 15% discount. Book 3 for 10% off, and book 2 nights for 5%. Valid if your stay ends on or before 30 September 2012, and you mention this offer when making a direct reservation.

How to redeem this offer: Phone, Online
Code - Winter Special
Redeem this offer
Offer valid any day of the week.
Valid for Redemption: Apr 20, 2012 - Sep 28, 2012

MALFROY motor lodge is selected as one of the top Best value accommodation in the S. Pacific

To book - website is

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