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!
View Itinerary
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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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