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!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tīeke Imagined

Lynda Worthington is the editor of Embellish, an Australian textile art magazine.  A little while ago she contacted me to see if I'd be interested in contributing to a New Zealand themed issue of the magazine.  I said yes of course!

The magazine came out in June and I was super excited to see my quilt featured on the cover.

'Tīeke Imagined' is a small quilt (about 13" x 14") I made in response to my (fruitless) search for the NZ Saddleback bird, Tīeke.  

New Zealand has many unique native birds, many of them endangered as they all evolved without mammalian predators like rats and stoats.  The Tīeke is one of those birds, and now that NZ has rats, stoats, cats, and dogs, they are struggling to survive.  About 40 birds were released onto predator controlled islands out in the Bay as part of Project Island Song.  We've taken our boat out several times over the last year or so and I've gone walking on the Islands in search of Tīeke.  So far I've heard them, but not seen them.

 Photo borrowed from Wikipedia 

Tīeke Imagined, textile art by Charlotte Scott, SOLD
I used silk organza, stencilling, layering and free motion quilting to construct my quilt.  If you'd like to know more about the techniques, I wrote in depth about the process in the magazine article.  There are also other great articles in the magazine from New Zealand and Australian artists.  You can find Embellish on their website here.  You can also buy it in New Zealand through Minerva.

And I'll let you know if I ever do see a Tīeke!


  1. Stunning quilt and congratulations on the front cover!! I have to say I hadn't heard of these NZ birds before so thanks for sharing!

  2. Well done!
    I have never seen one or heard one - but I have now thanks for the link.

  3. Lovely work. There are lots near us in Tawharanui park near MatakAna. It was a very pleasant surprise to see them and a kiwi on our first ever walk at the park.

  4. Lovely piece Charlotte and neat to have you featured in the magazine.

  5. I do like this - a lot :) Congrats on the magazine cover too. I've only seen these in a museum - dead and stuffed!


  6. You must be so stoked, Charlotte...Congratulations!! I love your design (though I've not ever seen nor heard from a Tieke) and didn't even know they existed!


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