Monday, 2 July 2012

Hello Auckland!

Have just had a lovely week away in Auckland and it just wouldn't be right not to call into a few of my favourite quilting shops whilst there, now would it.

For Kaffe heaven, you can't go past All Things Patchwork in Waimauku. Wow! I was delighted to find this fabulous shrine to Kaffe Fassett and found two lovely striped FQs with my name on them. I also got carried away by this quirky 100% organic cotton bicycle quilt kit using Avalon by www.birchfabrics.com.  Owner, Cheryl, is lovely, very knowledgable and helpful. Definitely well worth a visit and an easy drive only 45 minutes north west of Auckland CBD. 

Patchwork Passion in Onehunga has moved from their little cottage to a great space just a few doors away. Here I found a few gems including a full set of 7inch Kaffe shot cotton squares, as well as a FQ  of "classifieds" fabric which I've been lusting after for ages. They have a huge section of wool and felt fabrics too, with Sue Spargo coming to take classes. I confess I had quite a few moments of indecision over their block of the month Tumbling Leaves project designed by Klyama Haruyo, before reluctantly saying No...(this time!).

My trip to Auckland could not be completed without calling into Cushlas Village Fabrics in Devonport. This is where I first started buying quilt fabric and it was like stepping back in time to walk through the doors again. I could hear Francie in the back, on the phone, and the shop was packed, as usual, with an extensive range of quilting supplies.  A layer cake in Lumiere de Noel by French General for Moda caught my eye, as did some jumbo ric-rac.  Hmmm...what to make, what to make!

Tamarillo heaven

J'adore Tamarillos (aka Tree Tomatoes). They are an acquired taste for some but over icecream or even on their own, to me they are perfection.  You can eat them raw, just slice in half and spoon out the luscious flesh. If a little tart, just sprinkle with sugar.

I like to turn them into a sauce by heating them in fresh water, just until their skin splits.

Then, remove the skin and mash the flesh. Taste. If needed, add a little brown sugar to sweeten. Pop them in the fridge or serve warm straight away. Heavenly!