After a busy 2017 it was lovely to be able to close the year with a walk to my favourite place by the Atiwhakatu stream.
The perfect companion was Silver Fern, one of the colourways for my 2017 Mystery Quilt 'All Aglow'.
The Silver Fern is an emblem of New Zealand and can be found everywhere in the bush. It is also the emblem of our mighty All Blacks rugby team.
The weather has been mixed this Christmas but New Year's Eve was a beautiful day, with a light breeze (which means quite a strong breeze in the Atiwhakatu valley!) and lots of sunshine.
The place by the stream is about half way to the mountain hut, about an hour and a half's walk from the car park for me and enough of a good stretch after not doing much exercise all year.
I love taking a quilt with me, they have so many uses! This time it was a great cover-up against too much sun as well as the biting sand flies.
Eating my lunch by the stream I heard a pair of Kereru (native pigeons) flying into a tree just above me.
Walking back, the sights, sounds and smells of the bush were so refreshing, and the lines and patterns inspiring.
If you took part in the All Aglow Mystery I hope you are enjoying finishing your quilt. If you didn't, you can now make one of these quilts for yourself. The pattern for the 48" x 60" version is in my Craftsy store now, and will soon be followed by the 72" x 72" version, which will be included in your purchase once released.
May I wish you all a very Happy New Year and an exciting and creative 2018.