Monday, December 10, 2012

Quilter's Blog Hop Party Dec 2012

This competition is now closed - congratulations to entry #90 Lesley  who wrote:
I don't know much about New Zealand, but I love black and white fabrics, so I will learn a bit more geography if the giveaway gets mailed to my house! Thanks for the chance!
- five fat quarters to come your way soon! Merry Christmas everyone!

Hi all, welcome to my post for the Quilter's Blog Hop party, thanks for dropping by!

This is my first time as a member of a blog hop and I have a giveaway - as a proud New Zealander I thought it would be appropriate to have a black and white set of fat quarters (our national colour is black, and b&w also happen to be the school colours of the school where I work!)


To enter the draw please just leave me a comment telling what you love about NZ (if you live here) or what you know about NZ (if you are overseas).

The draw will be done when the blog hop ends on December 15th and I will contact the winner (if you have left your email address or can be contacted via your profile).

Just HAD to throw in this photo of my coral sunset peony roses!
This bush is coming to the end of its season, my red peonies are still in full bloom.
Please feel free to check out some of my posts...I have tonight begun making another bag (that I will hopefully finish tomorrow night), and gave my latest lap quilt finish a quick go-over with the iron (this photo is pre-iron!):
A farewell gift for my colleague of the last five years, Anne Johansen.
as well as folding up my daisy quillow:

A farewell gift for my colleague of the past two years, Abby de Groot
(who is heading to New York to live my dream life for me! Lucky girl!)
 
  Thanks again for viewing my blog! Have a good week!

264 comments:

  1. I love that NZ is so unique in it's geography - I am Australian and visited for my honeymoon, we loved it.
    Oh, and the no poisonous snake thing is a bonus too!

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    1. Hi Jane, thanks for your comment - I visited Queensland this past year and the size of the bats blew me away! Luckily the only snakes I saw were behind glass! And I won't even mention my thoughts on large spiders! Cheers, Jenny

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  2. What a striking bundle of fabrics - thanks for the chance to win! I know that NZ has some of the most beatiful landscapes in the world and that you raise a lot of sheep!

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  3. Thanks so much for such a generous giveaway! I had a friend from Christchurch, and she would always tell me about the sheep. I knit, so I've wanted to visit the gorgeous land I've heard about for quite some time now.

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    1. Oh you would find a lot of wonderful, homespun or natural wools here to use for knitting! Our merino wool is world-reknown! Thanks for commenting.

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  4. love these colors, dont know much anout nz, my kids globe says nz has more sheep than people :)

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    1. I think sheep have been outnumbered by dairy cows now! Thanks for commenting!

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  5. I love everything about New Zealand! And its #1 on my bucket list of places to visit. Your country is soooooo beautiful and majestic looking from all the photos, etc that I've seen. I must visit there someday!

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    1. You definitely need to come and look around - I recommend the South Island! Cheers, Jenny

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  6. Our Pastor is from NZ...and I know you don't pronounce everything the way we do. =) Thanks for a chance to win.

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    1. Yes our accent is quite unique! Where I live, in the south, we have a famous strong rrr thanks to our Scottish heritage. Thanks for commenting!

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  7. I have a good friend that visited for a month last year and she said NZ AMAZING!

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    1. I am glad she had fun! If you come I would recommend six weeks to really experience everything! Thanks for commmenting.

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  8. NZ is beautiful! I was lucky enough to visit the North Island in 2009; I hope to go back and see the South Island some day. I love the jade pendants that I purchased there and enjoyed learning about the Maori people.

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    1. Oh I can definitely say that the Sth Island is much more beautiful (and less populated) than the North (but I am biased as I live down here!)

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  9. I am a huge Tolkien fan, and am dying to visit NZ!

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    1. I am off to see The hobbit in the next two weeks (once we finish school for the summer!) Thanks for commenting!

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  10. I don't know a lot about NZ. My DD # 2 went on her first travelling adventure there when she was 20 and really enjoyed it. I know there is lots of green, it is sheep farming country, there was an earthquake there last year or maybe two ago, and I do have a distant cousin who lives there. Oh and I know there are no snakes there. It is a place I would love to visit, but I'd take the black and white FQs as a consolation. :)

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    1. Yes, no snakes and only a couple of rare native poisonous spiders (and a couple that have infiltrated from Australia!) Thanks for commenting.

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  11. I live in the US, but the thing I love about NZ is that some of my family lives there. I hope I can come visit some day.

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  12. I know NZ is a beautiful country from seeing all the movies that have been filmed there. audiodropzone(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, i love our scenery and am lucky to holiday in Fiordland every summer (though the sandflies can drive you a bit mad when sitting on the lake beach next to the rainforest!) Thanks for commenting!

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  13. Love to have a change to win maybe some your very nice fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks for visiting.

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  14. I have friends who served as missionaries in New Zealand and brought back the coolest art pieces. I know that New Zealanders have a rich and interesting history. :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting! Yes, we have a really diverse world of talented artists here and for a small nation we have some very successful people!

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  15. Things I know about NZ -
    You have kiwi birds and nationals are known as "kiwis" (I think).
    The countryside is beautiful.
    You have excellent skiing.
    Millford Sound is an amazing place with a very unusual ecosystem.
    You grow good apples there.
    My parents learned to make pineapple and cheese on toast from a New Zealander, I *think*.

    I live in Central Texas. :-)

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I was in Milford Sound last New Year's Eve for a day visit - it is certainly spectacular.

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  16. I know NZ is an island country and it's a beautiful country with many flowers. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. the fat quarters are so cute! I've never been to New Zealand, but according to my geologist friend that lives there you guys have really great rocks!

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    1. Hi, I'm not a rock expert but your friend would certainly find all our geological history fascinating!

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  18. I know that New Zealand is a beautiful country. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  19. Ok, I know that Wellington is supposed to be the windiest city in New Zealand. Does that count? ;) Thanks for this giveaway!

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    1. You are right! I have been lucky to have non-windy days when flying in or out of Wellington but did get stuck there earlier this year because of fog! Was a good chance to look around the Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings makers etc) and the Beehive (our parliament building). Thanks for commenting!

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  20. I wish I knew more about New Zealand! Do you ever share recipes that originate in New Zealand? Happy holidays!

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    1. Hi, I don't have one handy at the moment but if you google Pavlova you will get a really yummy meringue dessert (that the Australians try to claim as theirs, the debate goes on!)

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  21. I don't know much about New Zealand, but I did just read The Bone People by Keri Hulme
    BTW I did get your link from the list of 171

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    1. I think I have read that book but it was a long time ago! My favourite NZ author is Sarah-Kate Lynch (very very funny, good chick-lit but always with a delicious food theme running through it and always an unexpected twist in the plot!) Thanks for commenting!

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  22. Essie Summers is one of my favorite authors & she's from NZ. I think I have all her books except her autobiography. One day I hope to visit your lovely country. (From North Carolina, USA). Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Oh I have not heard of her - will have to look for her books at the library! My favourite NZ author is Sarah-Kate Lynch (very very funny, good chick-lit but always with a delicious food theme running through it and always an unexpected twist in the plot!)Thanks for commenting!

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  23. I don't really know that much about NZ, despite having had a Kiwi friend. My parents visited a few years ago and fell in love with the country.

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    1. I hope you can make it for a visit one day! Thanks for commenting!

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  24. I've always wanted to go to NZ - it's supposed to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! =)

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    1. I hope you can make it one day - you will really enjoy it - come to the South Island! Thanks for commenting!

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  25. I watch the all blacks sorry its one of the only NZ things I know

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    1. I grew up watching the ABs - it is almost a rite of passage here in NZ! Thanks for commenting!

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  26. Kiwi is your bird and you have (an awesome) rugby team called the All Blacks which my husband fears (Englishman) ;) Super giveaway!

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    1. Your hubby will be pleased with the English performance against the ABs a couple of weeks ago! Well deserved win!

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  27. I have a few NZ friends here in the UK, so I know a little bit about your country. I think the thing that surprised me the most is that netball is played by boys/men in NZ. It's pretty much exclusively a female sport in the UK. It's funny how these things differ between countries!

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    1. Yep! Our blokes are sportsmad! Our top netball ladies'teams will often train against the mens teams. I've played social netball against/with men and can only wish I could jump or run as much as they do!

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  28. North Island and South Island have very different climates.

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    1. Yes, there is quite a range of climates and environments right across NZ. Here in Southland we can quite often have four seasons in one day - at the moment it can be chilly in the morning but quite warm and sunny by the late afternoon! Thanks for commenting!

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  29. new zealand lamb is good :) and I know the dairy farms there have seasonal calvings! :)

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    1. Hi, yes, calving is in August- September; most farms are milking twice a day and they stop in May (our winter). My town has a milk powder plant here and is surrounded by more dairy farms than sheep farms! Thanks for commenting!

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  30. WOW! I'm the first comment.
    Love the black and white fabrics and can't wait to win them. (All New Yorkers love black and white!)
    I was in New Zealand as a child on vacation with my parents. We took one of those "I can't believe this thing can fly" small plane rides over Mt. Cook. It is still firmly in my memory! Love yout beautiful country.

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    1. Oh my gosh, NY is on my bucket list and I have a colleague who is intending to head over in 2013 to be an au pair - I am so jealous, I would love to spend 3 months just living in NY and experiencing the city life there (my little town here only has about 200 houses so is quite a different lifestyle!) Thanks for commenting!

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  31. I know that it's a lovely, lovely place! Thanks for the chance!

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    1. Thanks for commenting! Try to come and visit NZ one day!

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  32. New Zealand has been on my bucket list since I saw Lord of the Rings. Such magnificent scenery! My cousin in law is from New Zealand, she enbraces the dances and culture, love her accent and her stories. Thanks.

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    1. We are an awesome little country! I have been to many of the places in LOTR but only learnt to appreciate it in the past few years! Thanks for commenting!

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  33. I actually know very little about New Zealand...my friends who have visited or vacationed there say that I would love it! And from photos that I have seen, I have to agree! :)

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. You would love it - come to the South Island! Thanks for commenting!

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  34. I really don't know muc besides it's gorgeous and I'd visit there in a heartbeat!

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    1. Try to make it one day! You will love it here - Thanks for commenting!

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  35. Thanks for being part of the hop, I love the black and white fabrics. I really know very little about New Zealand I will have to visit your blog to learn more.

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I have been collecting b & w for a project I plan to do next year.

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  36. I don't really know much about New Zealand other than what I have seen on House Hunters International. Very nice fabrics! Love the daisy pillow as well. Welcome to the Blog Hop! So glad you made it in.

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I can't believe how many visitors my blog has had - it is really cool to read everyone's comments!

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  37. Beautiful fabrics in your giveaway! I live in the US and don't know a lot about New Zealand but I hear it is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks - a bit smaller than the USA but we make up for size by being innovative and strong-minded!

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  38. Black and whites are so cool. They are like a little black dress they go with anything babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  39. I enjoyed visiting your blog - you are quite the Bag Lady! New Zealand is at the top of my list of places to visit. What a gorgeous country!

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    1. I am loving the bags! A quick craft fix with quick results! Thanks for commenting!

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  40. I know that New Zealand is near Australia!!!

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    1. Yes, we are friendly neighbours with a healthy rivallry on the sports field! Thanks for commenting!

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  41. I am from Malaysia. I love NZ kiwis especially the golden type :D

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    1. Oh hi! I spent four hours in Malaysia when on a trip to Singapore last year - just did a half-day trip to see a batik fabric studio and a couple of other places! When I left Singapore the airport security guard told me off for not visiting the north of Malaysia - will save that for another trip! Thanks for commenting!

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  42. I love thee fabrics and love NZ, even though am not from there--just across the way though!! I came last year for my first time as I bought a surprise anniversary trip for my husband! We spent 5 wonderful days exploring the area between Christchurch and Lake Tekapo--have to say Lake Tekapo was probably my favourite place!! Although the cinema in Geraldton was also pretty special :)
    Lovely to meet you and thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. hi! Thanks for commenting! I have some lovely memories of some childhood trips to Lake Tekapo over 30 years ago now when the dams were all being built up that way. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

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  43. I know that NZ is beautiful and has friendly people. Thanks for the great giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  44. I really don't know much about NZ, but from what I see in pictures, it is beautiful. Your bags are wonderful.

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I am right into the bags at the moment - so quick to get finished and so satisfying to do as gifts.

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  45. I don't know a lot about NZ. From what I have seen on TV it looks beautiful and peaceful... and would love to visit and find out! I love black & white fabrics! Thank you for the offering

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    1. There are all sorts of activities and events to get involved with here, as well as the peaceful places! I hope you do get to come one day! Thanks for commenting!

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  46. Fun fabric! Admittedly, I don't know a whole lot about New Zealand, other than its beautiful and I'd love to be able to visit there someday!

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  47. Thanks for the lovely giveaway! I love NZ (despite being an Aussie!) - just a beautiful country, especially the mountains.

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    1. Yes the mountains are magnificent! I enjoyed my recent stay in Queensland - was great to feel warm without having to wear a tonne of clothes! Thanks for commenting!

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  48. Love the black and white. I must confess I don't know much about NZ other than what I've seen in pictures. It looks beautiful!

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    1. Thanks for commenting! NZ is certainly a lovely place (and we just need to get our politicians to get on board and make sure we keep it that way!)

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  49. G'Day from an American in Australia! I have only been to the Auckland International Airport. So, my knowledge of New Zealand is limited to that airport and Lord of The Rings. I'd love to visit sometime...you know, actually leave the airport and have a wee holiday in your beautiful country.

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  50. Well, I absolutely love black and white in a quilt. Love your pillow. I'd love to be included in your giveaway, but the only thing I really know about NZ is that I'd love to visit there one day! I know many Australian bloggers, but you're the first New Zealander I've read!

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  51. b&w picks are always great. what i know about NZ....there are more sheep than people. :) and i know i love the accent.

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    1. Thanks! We get a bit of teasing about our accent but that is okay! We have a good sense of humour! Thanks for commenting!

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  52. I've never been to NZ, but my dad used to do business there and loved it.

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  53. My husband is from New Zealand (Dunedin), and we go back as often as possible. Over the past 20 years I've managed to see a great deal of the country, and I've yet to find a spot that I didn't like. The best thing? Beautiful gardens, fantastic beaches, great hikes (with no bears to worry about), delectable wine, and a thriving fibre arts community. I can't wait to go back. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I love Dunedin! I spent three years there when training and we try to go back a couple of times a year for a visit!

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  54. Anonymous12/11/2012

    I'm afraid I don't know much about NZ. But I really love the black and white fabrics you have shown. Thanks for the giveaway.
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  55. I love the fabric,I never knew that black was the national color of New Zealand. I feel very uneducated here, I really know little about your country, except that the scenery is gorgeous, and you have a lot of sheep.

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  56. Am I first? Yay! :)

    Ok...I'm from the USA and I'm a little embarrassed to say I don't know much about NZ. I know you call yourselves "kiwi", right? And, I've heard it is a beautiful country.

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love the black and white fabrics!

    P.S. I found you through Quilting Gallery, so I guess you made the cutoff. :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting! Yes, we are known as kiwis! A funny choice as they are nocturnal and shy birds that can't fly! Quite the opposite to who we are as a culture!

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  57. All I know from New Zealand is Flight of the Concords!! My husband and I are die hard fans. Quick funny story! My husband and his friend watched this show so much that they started to talk in NZ accents, they both applied for the same job at the same time (both with accents) and they both got the job! They kept up the facade until they came across someone from NZ who asked where they were from!! They had no idea what to say! It is one of my favorite stories to tell, cracks me up! Hope you enjoyed it too!

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    1. Oh that is a great show, very clever guys! That is a great story! My hubby got caught out in a similar situation (was faking a disability) that he had to quickly get himself out of! Thanks for commenting!

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  58. Thank you for the chance to win. Hmm what do I know about NZ..they milk a lot of sheep and goats there

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    1. Hi, yes, we do milk some sheep and goats, but it would mainly be cows that provide all our dairy products - has become a big business here in Southland! Thanks for commenting!

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  59. I love the geologic diversity! That and the sailing :-)

    Some day I want to bring my family from the US to your neck of the woods!

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  60. Love the pillow.

    I am not very good at world geography. The first I heard of New Zealand was when I read The Thornbirds thirty some years ago. I was in high school. My knowledge is still very limited.

    I have been thinking about doing a black and white quilt with red appliques. Your give away would be a great start. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Hi, I too am trying to put together a black/white/red quilt! Thanks for commenting!

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  61. Love your giveaway fabric! I'm saving black and white fabric to make my sister a quilt. Unfortunately I do not know alot about NZ. I've heard it's beautiful and one day I'd love to visit. I saw alittle bit watching "Amazing Race". Phil Koeghan is the host and from NZ and showed abit to the tv audience. They even had some Maori in traditional dress.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

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    1. I love the Amazing Race - you never know what they'll get up to! I wouldn't have the energy to do it myself! Thanks for commenting!

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  62. I love NZ, as when you travel for an hour or a day or a month, you see so many different aspects, bush,mountains,lakes, sea, birds,sheep, cattle, green paddocks, we can camp,hike,cycle, tramp, stay in tents, huts,baches or luxury accommodation, and best of all, take photos for permanent memories of our country,let it stay ours forever. Cheers from Jean.

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    1. I totally agree! The best of all worlds right here in our backyard! Thanks for commenting!

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  63. I must admit I am not all that familiar with NZ, but I love all the different wildlife and birds you have from ours.

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  64. Live up here in Gisborne and just like the clean green country side

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    1. Oh I was up your way about three years ago - the fields and fields of corn totally fascinated me! An awesome part of the country! Thanks for commenting!

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  65. Wow! I obviously made it into the blog hop before the deadline! So great to read everyone's comments. One of the things I adore about NZ is certainly our scenery and wildlife - for you LOTR fans (and the Hobbit is released today!) I live about two hours drive from many of the areas where the scenes were filmed...Fiordland and Central Otago are my neighbours as I live in Southland.

    Southland is also now home to more dairy farms than sheep farms - dairy produce has taken over this area of the country and in Southland we are now outnumbered by cows! My home town has the largest milk powder processing factory in the Southern Hemisphere, which just goes to show how big an impact dairying is having in this country (doesn't mean we get cheap dairy products though!)

    Have a good week everyone, and thanks again for visiting! - Jenny

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  66. I'm a lord of the rings fanatic - and just adore the amazing NZ scenery throughout the movies :o)

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  67. NZ is the farthest away place to go from my home. I know that you've got overwhelming landscapes aplenty. I'd love to go hiking in your mountains and I'd love to see the rainforests.

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  68. I'm from the US and I'm sorry but I really don't know anything about NZ other than the fact I'd love to go there someday. It looks beautiful! :) Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! Happy Holidays to You! :)

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  69. I would love to visit NZ sometime - it's top of my bucket list! I have some cousins there and in fact my brother and his family are visiting at the moment! They arrived yesterday!

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  70. i know i have always wanted to visit. thanks

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  71. I don´t know that much about NZ. I know it´s on the other side of the world :) I know your aborigines are called maori. I know the film "Lord of the Ring" was recorded there. I have a lot of friends that been visiting your country!
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  72. I know that the Kiwi bird has nostrils and sneezes. It's a cute little thing but very vicious.

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  73. It is nice to have a blog participating in the Party that is from NZ. I have never been there myself but I hear it is just beautiful and you have to love sheep. Who doesn't? I just love the colors black and white. Simply stunning together. Thank you for the chance to win. I hope you meet a lot of friends that will soon become new followers for you. Happy Holidays.

    Sandi T.
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    1. It is certainly very cool to hear from so many people! Thanks for commenting! Happy holidays to you and your family too!

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  74. Visiting NZ is very high on my bucket list. I know that it is lush and green and the language is beautiful! One of my favorite teachers in high school came from there and ever since I have wanted to visit. ;)

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  75. What I love is that you have summer now (right?) while I have winter! I think that is so neat to have Christmas in the summer.

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    1. And I would love to have a true traditional winter xmas! (Living here in Southland doesn't always guarantee a warm summery Christmas day though!) Thanks for commenting!

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  76. I'm from Sweden and what I know about New Zealand is that I'd LOVE to visit one day! The beautiful nature is just so amazing! That and the fact that the LOTR films where filmed there =)

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  77. I don't know much about NZ, but I know it's a very beautiful country. I know that Lord of rings and Hobbit were filmed there so we could see some of it's beauty.

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  78. I just posted my black and white quilt on the contest for this week, please check it out...

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  79. NZ is on the list of places I'd like to see some day! All I really know is that you have sheep and earthquakes, but it always sounds/looks so beautiful there! :) I think I might also know someone who took a boat to Antarctica from NZ in college. It would be cool to do that :)

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    1. Yes, many sail or fly to Antarctica from Christchurch. The earthquakes are just a result of being on the Pacific Rim. Let's hope nothing else so serious happens! Thanks for commenting!

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  80. Visiting New Zealand is on my bucket list. My cousin was there about 8 years ago and added 2 weeks to his trip... almost never came back! Thank you for a great giveaway.

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  81. I had a friend from NZ and I loved his accent! The photos he showed me of his home were beautiful. And I love that it is summer there now . . .makes me wish I could visit!

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  82. I don't know much about NZ, only what I saw in a documentary. The landscape was rugged and beautiful. This is a lovely giveaway. THank you.

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  83. What a beautiful give away,great to win it. I now not many from NZ I life in the Netherlands thats so far . I read som books (novels ) about NZ people and I se picture's. And than think I it is a beautiful country.
    Hugs Tiny

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    1. I have always wanted to visit your country too! It has fascinated me from childhood. Thanks for commenting!

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  84. Love the fabrics. Thank you for the giveaway. I am afraid that I don't know very much about NZ, but the pictures that I have seen of your country shows a very beautiful place.I would love to have the opportunity to visit some day.

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  85. i know I would love to visit NZ some day. Thanks for the opportunity on a great giveaway and have a Merry Christmas. bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  86. I don't know much about New Zealand but I would love to visit. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  87. I love NZ and am booked for another trip around next year. Your black and white fabrics would be great in the challenge quilt we have running.

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  88. I think that there are lush green hillsides, and sheep. I think the movie Lord of the Rings was filmed there.

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  89. I have never been to New Zealand. If I rember correctly their are supposed to be lots of cattle ranches their and the landscape is supposed to be beautiful. iw ould love to have an a oppourtunity to visit it one day. Thank you fo an oppourtunity to enter your giveaway,
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  90. That the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit were filmed there is the something I know - and that a Kiwi and an Aussie can tell each other from how they say Sydney.

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  91. Hmmm, about the only thing I know about NZ is where it is at, and from the pictures I have seen, it is beautiful.

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  92. I don't know much about New Zealand, but I love black and white fabrics, so I will learn a bit more geography if the giveaway gets mailed to my house! Thanks for the chance!

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  93. I love the FQ"s... I am planning to make a black/white/red quilt come spring! These would be perfect.....!!!
    But sadly, I know nothing about New Zealand...I will follow to find out about it from a quilters point of view!
    Thanks for the chance!
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  94. I know very little about New Zealand other than that it is a beautiful country and one that I'd love to visit! And you clearly can grow my very favourite flower -- peonies!
    Love the black and white fabrics. They are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway.

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  95. I like your giveaway. Have started saving up all kinds of black and white to make a quilt with in the near future. Anything about NZ: When I was 12-13, my parents went there for a pre- emigration visit. They wanted to come to the northern part of NZ, but were denied entry as they had too many kids (5), and too less money to support themselves for a year at that time. Otherwise I would have ended up down under as well. They emigrated to Canada instead. Love pictures from your country. Beautiful land. Thanks for sharing.

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  96. I don't know a lot about NZ except that I would love to visit there!
    hulsey at gmail dot com

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  97. I am a Western Canadian from the province of Alberta. I know that New Zealand is very beautiful and has two main islands. You have some gorgeous mountains and milder climate than many parts of Canada. You have lots of sheep, a great lifestyle and very friendly people. I also know that you have some gorgeous cities that include Christchurch and Wellington. You are quite a distance from Australia and have some very unique animals that include an echnida. Perhaps some day I will be fortunate enough to visit you.
    Warmest regards,
    Anna

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  98. I know next to nothing about New Zealand. I think the Lord of the Rinds was filmed there. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  99. I love those fabrics! I don't know much about NZ, but the landscapes look gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  100. Nz has sheep and very green mountains, and it's a very long way away (from Canada).

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  101. Anonymous12/12/2012

    Many THANKS for the opportunity to be in this great giveaway. Your NZ's North Island, may seem like the other side of the world to some, but bits of it look like remarkably similar to the Highlands of Scotland, Snowdonia, the Lakes of Cornwall! One can certainly see why the film director Peter Jackson chose bits of this gorgeously breathtaking area as the location for the Trilogy movie - Lord of the Rings. Plus for the adrenaline-rush junkies; great activities such as abseilling (the planet's highest drop!!), high altitude free falls, etc. Oh! & I nearly forget to mention, your awesome rugby team - The Allblacks!! :0)
    email: zamba@iprimus.com.au (Anna)

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  102. The only thing I know about NZ is what I have learned from travel shows and tv shows that were filmed there. I know that it is an amazing place with varied geography. NZ is the one country that I have always wanted to visit. Thanks for the giveaway, I love black and white fabrics.

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  103. Hey fellow Kiwi, always good to find new Kiwi blogs. I have started following you. I have been flying to Wellington for the last 5 years from the Waikato for courses at Victoria and it is always a windy welcome! Have finished my study now but am coming down in May for graduation. Always have to visit Moore Wilson when I come down!!

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  104. Greetings from northern Canada!

    I know that New Zealand makes my favourite wines!!!! Gosh I need to visit the Marlborough area!!!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  105. Dont know much about NZ but I hear the weather is teriffic and the water gorgeous!

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  106. I love that it's summer here in NZ and that at Christmas the chaos can go outside, though I could live without the earthquakes, lol.

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  107. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your Quillow! Such a GORGEOUS fabric choice! I don't know much about New Zealand except 1. I want to visit 2. it is A LOT warmer than Canada! thanks for the chance to win!

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  108. Oh I don't know anything really about NZ. Only that the nature must be beautiful. So what is a very traditional food you have there. Like in Switzerland there is Rivella, a beverage with milkserum, common like Cocacola,lol. Or in our town the famous Basler Leckerli. Areal sweet treat.
    Oh and when would be the best time to visit your country?
    Thanks for the fun give away!

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  109. this is what i know...nice beaches warm weather, friendly people, sheep, kiwis,

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  110. I've never been to New Zealand, but I have heard that there are beautiful mountains!

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  111. I love the warm, friendly, down-to-earth people in NZ as well as the amazing countryside. Its the best place to live... seriously!

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  112. I have never been to New Zealand although I would love to but I do know that you have the coolest charity race in the whole entire world!!!! Jaffas down a steep street and in orange and purple!!! Such a cool idea, I will definitely be making sure that when I get to New Zealand it is during that race!!

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  113. I've never been but would like to one day. A friend showed me photos from his trip.

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  114. I've never been to New Zealand but i heard that you raise a lot of sheep))

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  115. I know very little except it is a very beautiful part of the world!

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