There are several quilts on beds on display at the Kauri Museum whilst we are visiting… all of them striking but one in paticular catches my eye.
It features many flowers, including so very recognisable New Zealand Natives. The red one in the close up is the Kakabeak (pronounced “Car car beak”) and close to it is a yellow flowered one ( it appears more creamy here for some reason) the quintessential New Zealand flower: the Kowhai, (pronounced “coe why”) which has a beautiful yellow flower, indeed the name Kowhai comes from the Maori word for “yellow”.
I love how these have all be put together with a dark background to set them off.. and on the edge of the quilt that covers the pillows is an amazing trailing ivy that details some stunning stitchcraft.
Although some of the quilts in the exhibition were for sale, sadly this one was not and I found myself being more than a little envious of the maker, family member or friend to whom this quilt would be returned to when it went “home”. The fiber fanatics amongst you will understand and appreciate the time and workmanship that goes into these pieces … so let’s get close up and personal with a little more if it…