My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Calico Christmas

I need a medal.  I visited Calico Christmas, the exhibition of the Auckland Patchworkers and Quilters Guild with many, many merchant stalls and I did not come home with a single skerrick of fabric...but I did come home with this book.  (And if anyone knows where my camera is, please let me know.  So image borrowed from Amazon!  And no you can't click to look inside.)

I've seen it advertised in a magazine before and thought I'd like to have it as my interest in eco-friendly quilting grows.  Then after I flicked through it at the Minerva stall, I just couldn't leave without it.  The most vibrant and luscious photography adorns its pages and it's full of ideas and recipes for natural dyes.  I can't wait to get started. 

I forgot to take my camera to Calico Christmas (and now it's MIA) so used my cell phone instead.  Problem:  I can't get the pics from camera to computer.  So if you want to have a lookey at some, go here to Leann's blog.  She's a little more organised than me!


  1. Oooh, do you think that the dyes would work wool? I am keen to have a go dyeing some of my own!

  2. Oh poor you not taking your Camera to Calico Xmas. You were very strong not to buy fabric. I did buy about 7m, but it was only $10 a metre so was too good to leave behind. I usually buy a book there too, but this year it was fabric and thread that sang to me "buy Me BUY ME" Thanks for sending people over to look at my blog. :-)

  3. Wasn't it a fabulous show? I loved it!! Saw so many beautiful quilts. There was the odd book calling out to me also.....

  4. I have been waiting for you to update your blog so I could look at your photos... to see if you had any ones that I would have taken if I had of had my camera... obviously it was one of those days! Will check out Leeann's blog...

  5. You saw and did not buy??? What a strong woman you are, bravo! Now I have to go have a look at the book. Elaine

  6. I'm fascinated to know how these dyes work out. You'll have to let us see some experiments sometime :)

    viv in dunedin


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