Garden Party 2019

The most-awaited day of the year for many customers is the annual Garden Party. This year the date is Sunday 3rd February. The gates open at 9.30am and close at 3.30pm.

Along with Peter Thompson playing superbly on his guitar, and Picking Daisies playing their easy-listening music we will have the usual excellent display of quilts airing in the garden (please drop them in to me during the week of 28th January ⇒ if you can loan them for the day). Our resident tutor, Juliet Fitness is creating a display of her work from over the years which will be a treat for the eyes and the brain!

The ladies of the local St Pious Church are again catering for the multitudes and offer delicious goodies and beverages for morning and afternoon tea, and of course, lunch at very reasonable prices.

Entry is $2 at the gate – don’t miss it!

If the weather is doubtful there will be an announcement made by 9am on this site.

New French General fabric range

I have just pulled these beautiful French Generals from the box. These are the Jardin de Versailles fabrics. I know they won’t hang around here for long! They work fabulously with the other FG fabrics still on the shelf.😛😛French General


One of our Friday Friends regulars, Del Mattingly, has written a poem in Pam Ayres style and has given me permission to post it here.



I go along to Katipatch on Friday every week.

I go for inspiration and new fabric I must seek. 

I take at least four projects ‘cause I have to fill the day.

I get my machine set up when someone says ‘by the way’…….


So the sewing is abandoned while we have a good long natter.

I’ve got all day to get it done so a few minutes will not matter. 

And then it’s time for coffee, the pot’s already on,

So we have another chat and find the morning’s almost gone.


At last I start the stitching, my best work there’s no doubt

But, hold on, there’s a problem – damn, the bobbin thread’s run out! 

I’m always short of something that means I can’t succeed

But that’s OK ‘cause Carol sells exactly what I need.


Everyone is willing to offer their advice

Until we reach consensus – wow, that does look very nice! 

And when the top is finished, the job is almost done

So I’ll pass it on to Deb to quilt and start another one.

Easter Hours

The Easter Bunny is bringing me family members from New Plymouth and I will be spending every moment I can with them, so Katipatch will not be open over the long weekend. We will be closed from Friday to Monday, reopening Tuesday morning as usual.

I wish you all a happy and safe weekend. Don’t forget to put your clocks back on Sunday morning!

Happy Easter! These are the only eggs that are good for me, body and soul!

Easter eggs

Japanese Neutrals

I just love opening a newly-arrived box and pulling out these mellow fabrics – a mix of wovens and prints in the Japanese Neutrals, all from Lecien – Mrs March and Yoko Saito’s Centenary collections. Bags and quilts in these fabrics appeal to most of us and will be classics for years to come. Now to get them on the website……

Garden Party 2018

On Sunday 4th February we will be holding our ninth annual Garden Party. Keep your fingers crossed for fine weather as we cannot hang quilts in the rain. So, as long as it’s fine, we open the gates at 9.30am and send everyone on their way at 3.30pm. We will have quilts airing on the clotheslines in the garden (if you have one or two you can lend me for the day, that would be fantastic), music from guitarist Peter Thompson and the delightful Picking Daisies, morning and afternoon tea, and lunches offered by the St Pious X group of ladies (delicious food for a very reasonable cost) and other craft people with stalls around the property. There is plenty of off-street parking and it costs $2 to get in.

If the weather is doubtful there will be updates here on this blog and on my Facebook page.


Christmas hours

I am closed over the Christmas period from Saturday 23rd December and reopening on Wednesday 3rd January.

I hope you all have wonderful experiences during this magical time of the year. i will be spending all of my break with family and that means more to me than anything else I do. Hopefully I’ll also get the opportunity to do a little sewing, especially with my 12 year old granddaughter, Lily.

Merry Christmas everyone, and I’ll see you in 2018.

More Grunges arrive

Today I opened yet another delivery of Grunge fabrics. What is Grunge, you may ask, if you haven’t come across them before.

The Oxford Dictionary describes Grunge thus:

  • Informal   Grime; dirt.
  • A style of rock music characterized by a raucous guitar sound and lazy vocal delivery.
  • Example sentence:
    The fashion associated with grunge rock, including loose, layered clothing and ripped jeans.
 Well, whether this is taken literally or not, Grunge fabrics from Moda have become a very desirable item at Katipatch. I am constantly having to reorder colours, and add more to the already considerable number already in stock.

And what’s not to love about these “plains” with their random splashes of another one or two colours, just as if a paintbrush had been waved about without care? Maybe the look is reminiscent with grime, dirt and ripped jeans afterall!!

It’s all over! This year’s Garden Party was spectacular!

If you didn’t make the Garden Party yesterday, you missed out on a very special day. The weather could not have been better – it was sunny with a very light breeze and the temperature sat around 27°. As the people poured in and the musicians hit their straps the atmosphere started to build and there was a buzz going for the whole day. The ladies in the kitchen were kept very busy with drinks (and food of course!), while the stalls had lots of interest. Those of us in the Katipatch shop were run off our feet at times, but that’s the way we love it.And the heroes of the day, the beautiful quilts, were the talking point for everyone. Thank you to those who delivered – that’s what the Garden Party is all about and again we delivered a day that people just come to enjoy.

2017 Annual Garden Party

Our big event of the year will be held on Sunday 5th February from 9.30am – 3.30pm

Quilts hanging in the garden, live music, food and beverages available, craft stalls. It’s an event not to be missed!

$2 entry. Plenty of off-street parking.

If the weather is doubtful check back here for cancellation notice; we can’t hang quilts if there is rain or excessive wind.


New Packs

I always get the same feeling when the postie arrives at my door with a box – that kid feeling you get at birthdays and Christmas. Oooh I wonder what’s inside……

Today he delivered these delicious precuts and I was excited!

Find more information about Olive’s Flower Market here

And about Darling Little Dickens here

The wool scrap bags are a new product and you can find all about them here.


Quilt Challenge

Nutex Wholesalers have just released a new panel called Map of Aotearoa, which is now available from Katipatch.

Nutex are running a challenge in conjunction with this release. Make a quilt using this panel and you could win a Mystery Weekend for 2 in New Zealand, including return flights for 2 people and 2 nights accommodation. There are 2nd and 3rd prizes for $250 and $125 respectively to spend at your local quilt shop.

To receive your entry form and t’s and c’s contact Nutex.

Holiday Shopping Hours

Katipatch will be closing at 3pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 and reopening on Wednesday 4th January 2017 at 9am. Usual hours of 9am – 4.30pm apply.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

If you are travelling please keep safe on the roads. Patience and courtesy means everyone reaches their destination intact!

We are looking forward to helping you complete your creations in 2017.


Christmas Lunch

Christmas is fast approaching! This is a time of gathering and enjoying each other’s company.

Every year we invite all of our customers (and a friend, if you wish) to our annual Christmas pot-luck lunch.

Just arrive at around midday on Friday 16th Dec with your plate and enjoy the conviviality of other ladies. We provide the Christmas cake and refreshments.

DMC Lucky Draw

To celebrate 270 years of threadmaking, DMC have created Mouliné 24K Golden skein Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set valued at $175.00. There are only 17460 created for the whole world and only 10 for New Zealand.
These 10 will be won in a lucky prize draw.

This is a unique opportunity for you to obtain one of these limited edition, numbered skeins of 24 carat gold thread in a beautiful presentation pack to treasure.

  1. Lucky draw is valid for DMC 117 stranded cotton purchases made from 1st September 2016 through 30th November 2016.
  2. Get one lucky draw entry form when you purchase 12 skeins of DMC stranded cotton at one time.
  3. Complete your details on the entry form and attach your receipt of purchase.
  4. Remove all top bands from the DMC skeins you purchased and place in an envelope along with the lucky draw form and receipt of purchase then post to the address on the form.
  5. Consumers can enter as many times as they wish to increase their chances of winning.
  6. All entries must be received by Thursday 8th December 2016.
  7. Draw will be made on Friday 9th December 2016. Winner will receive their prize before Christmas 2016.
  8. Entries that do not fulfill the conditions will be disqualified.

Purchase your 12 skeins of DMC stranded thread from Katipatch to get in the draw.

Cathedral Windows class

I have just completed the second round of Cathedral Windows by machine – it has been one of the most popular classes I have run for a while. The ladies all worked really hard on their project and the results were stunning as you can see from the photos. I am sure they will have their cushions completed in no time!

Well done, ladies.

Katipatch Garden Party 2016

Another successful Garden Party has now been and gone and already we are starting to plan for next year.
Thanks to everyone who participated in some way – it wouldn’t be the same without you!

I have posted photos in the gallery, so please take a look. If you were here busy with your camera and have anything you’d like to share, please send them to me; I’d love to add them to what we have (sadly not as many as I’d like, but I get kind of busy……!)

Garden Party – will it be on?

Currently in Katikati the rain is coming down, watering the gardens and lawns and freshening up the trees so that they will look spiffy for the Garden Party! Being the optimists that we are, we are certain that the sun will be shining on Sunday.

Should the weather be doubtful on Sunday morning I will not be making a final decision until 9am, so check this blog or my Facebook page around that time if you want to know the latest.

2016 Garden Party

It’s only 2½ weeks until the Katipatch Garden Party! That’s 2½ weeks of panic about getting the weeding all done in time and stressing that we won’t get a sunny day, or I won’t have enough quilts or………a million other things, but somehow on the day most of these things don’t matter and it ends up being just a wonderful day for everyone. If you have a quilt or 2 you can loan me for the day I would be very grateful. Please remember this is an airing of the quilts, not an exhibition, so ANY quilt will do!
For those of you who don’t know, the Garden Party is on from 9.30am – 3.30pm on Sunday 7th February. We have quilts hanging in the garden, live music, other craft stalls and refreshments (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea) available. Of course, Katipatch will be open! $2 entry ensures you will have a lovely day. Everyone welcome.

Closed for Christmas break

Today, Tuesday 22nd Dec, is the last day for shopping at Katipatch in 2015. We are taking a break until 5th January 2016, when we will open the doors again, all refreshed for the new year. However, the website is available 24/7, so if you are desperate for anything, you can still shop!
Thanks to everyone for their patronage this year.  See you in 2016!

Christmas Lunch

All Katipatch customers are invited to join us for our traditional pot-luck lunch on Friday 18th December to enjoy some conviviality of the season. Just bring a small plate of something to share and we will provide the beverages and Christmas cake. We usually get underway around midday. See you then.


Lesley’s Travel Duffle Bag

A Katipatch customer has recently made one of our byAnnie bag patterns (Travel Duffle Bag) using one of our William Morris fabrics and we were blown away with the result. I thought you’d like to see the result.

Lesley made some comments which may be useful to anyone making any of byAnnie’s patterns:

  • I recommend (as the pattern does) only one-way fabric or one side would be upside down!
  • Because my fabric is directional I cut it in half, turned it around and sewed it back up, joining the two pieces together before the quilting process.
  • Ticking the pattern off as you go is a must, it is the only pattern I have EVER marked in all my years of sewing/dressmaking.
  • As they say measure twice, cut once….I think…. read, read, read….measure, chalk mark, remeasure, check, coffee break, and remeasure before you cut….!
  • Would I make another? …..Yes….very tempted…. (still thinking of your Betty Boop fabric)
  • Rather an expensive bag to make but love the fact it is unique to you. …!

New Kiwiana book panel

Colours of NZColours of New Zealand is the latest Kiwiana book panel to arrive in the shop. This follows on from the very popular Learn to Count…New Zealand and follows a similar theme. The pictures are all Kiwiana with the words in both English and Maori. The book panels are very easy to make up with full instructions along one edge. Very cool!

Sewing Machine Service Agency

We are pleased to announce that we are now agents for Bernina Tauranga Service and Repairs.
Graeme has 28 years experience repairing Sewing Machines and Overlockers and is continually being trained in the latest technology.

Service and repair for all brands and models.

Scissor sharpening available.

Just drop your machine into Katipatch and we will notify you when it is returned.

Fabric prices

Good news for everyone! The high that the NZ dollar reached in the last 12 months has finally had an effect on the fabrics I am receiving, so I am passing this benefit on to all of my customers. And to make it easier for me and my staff, I have reduced everything!! So, all fabrics which once sold for $29.50 per metre are now $27.50, those at $26.50 are now $25, and so on down. Happy buying.

Bunting is back

Whenever I get bunting panels in they disappear very quickly, and I’m sure this one will be no different.

Ahoy bunting is in the traditional seaside colours of red, white and blue and comes as a 60cm panel. Each panel has 16 flags with 8 featuring pictures of lighthouses, beach huts, yachts, an anchor and a lifebuoy and the other 8 with stripes and spots. The flags can be made using the pictures on one side and patterns on the other to give an 8-flag length, or using a different fabric on the bag of all the flags to give a 16-flag length. Either way it will be stunning!

There is a bonus small border running down each edge.

We are so honoured!

We have been given the honour of hanging Melanie Martin’s award-winning quilt at our Garden Party tomorrow!

Melanie won the Best in Show Award at the 2015 Aotearoa Quilters’ Exhibition at National Symposium in Palmerston North last week with her quilt, “Is It Art?”
Melanie based her design on graffiti which she had photographed over a period of time, as the “artiness” of it fascinated her. She is aware that non-graffiti artists don’t see how these people are expressing themselves and their desire to create through their (often) vandalism. This thought then transposed to quilting where non-quilters don’t value the creativity involved – they believe that quilters “just make blankets for the bed”.
Melanie spent 3 months working 6 hrs per day, 5 days a week in designing, preparing and making the project. The words are all fusible applique and she machine-quilted the work, which is exquisitely heavily stitched.

This award follows on from her winning entry in the Aotearoa Quilters Touring Quilt Challenge “Growth” last year. This quilt was a smaller, but no less taxing, I’m sure, project showing a crane at a building site.

Our heartiest congratulations to Melanie! We are proud to be associated with such an artist.
Onwards and upwards………….

Garden Party

Sunday 1st February is fast approaching! My team of volunteers is alert and at the ready, the quilts are beginning to arrive for hanging early on the day, the craftspeople are organising their gazebos and products for sale and display, the musicians are tuning their guitars and voices, the church ladies are planning the food, and the garden is pretty well sorted, so it’s only down to the weather to behave itself. After all of this stunning summer sunshine, it would be heartbreaking to have to call it off when all of this preparation has gone on, but due to the fact that I am hanging other people’s beautiful handwork in the garden, I cannot allow them to get wet. So, if there is any possibility it will rain, then the day will not go ahead.

However, we proceed as if it will be another stunner – gates open at 9.30am and it’s all over by 3.30pm. Entry fee this year is $2 for a donation to the new Katikati St John’s Ambulance Station.

Please come along and enjoy yourself – it will be a very pleasant day.

Seasonal Closure times

At the end of the year I am ready for a break, so Katipatch will be closed from Wednesday 24th of December and reopening on Monday 5th January, 2015.

I would like to sincerely thank all of my customers, clients and friends in the industry for a wonderful, sometimes challenging, but always interesting year.

Thank you for your patronage, your support, your passion and your friendship. Being able to work together to further the passion of stitching, along the way assisting you with your projects is a continual learning experience for me, and in the most part satisfying and exciting.

I look forward to 2015 and all the unexpected surprises it will bring, as I hope you are too.

It’s only one month till Christmas Day!

Christmas is not far away now, and although I’m not in panic mode yet, I am beginning to think it’s time to plan.

A few pressies have been purchased, but very little organisation has taken place, so the lists need to start! We aren’t having the full family time this year, but that means that quite a few gifts will have to be mailed, which brings the preparation date a little closer to now. This all adds to the fun…..

As far as Katipatch is concerned we will be having our traditional BYO Christmas lunch on Friday 5th December, just under 2 weeks away.
Everyone is welcome to come along – just bring a plate to share. Some ladies come to Friday Friends to sew first (anytime from 9am onwards), while others just turn up for the lunch around noon – it’s your choice. I will provide all the beverages and Christmas cake. We’d love to have you along. You’d be most welcome to join the fun and frivolity.

Thomas has arrived!

He has been eagerly awaited by many Grandmothers and mothers, and finally he has arrived!

Thomas and his friends, Gordon, Percy and James have chuffed into Katipatch in the form of a dear little book celebrating colours and numbers, a scenic fabric, number balls and a lovely border print.

See them at and


Welcome back, Steam-a-Seam II Lite

The arrival of this package has got me more excited than usual!

We have been without Steam-a-Seam II for about a year with the problems in production, and although there were options offered from other companies, nothing quite matched up. Well, it is back in stock and has even more! For the same price as before you now get a 1″ grid marked on one paper side, and it can be put through an inkjet printer, so an applique pattern can be printed direct instead of having to trace.


Italian Vineyards

Last year it was Paris structures in black and cream. This year it’s Italy! This fabric range is stunning with sepia-toned pictures of Italian monuments, bridges, towers and notable architecture, interspersed with maps, stamps, place names and plump, juicy grapes that look like they could be plucked off the fabric. These grapes also feature on their own in a matching fabric. Both fabrics sit well alongside the Buon Appetito wine bottles and cheese fabrics, also in stock.

Blocks of the Month

Commonly known as BOMs, I have recently added FOUR  to my list, including From the Coast With Love by McKenna Ryan, as mentioned in a previous post. The three others are Garden Home by Kathy Schmitz , Daisy Chain Cottage by Lynette Anderson  and Blooming Fantasy by Helen Stubbings At this stage the only one available for starting is Blooming Fantasy, as I am still waiting for either patterns or fabrics for the other three. However I am certainly taking expressions of interest, and if you are likely to want to start on one, then get your name down. There is no commitment required until after I email you with the final price.

African Safari

As the winter chill sets in, my mind heads towards a spell in warmer climates. This fabric arrived on my doorstep and instantly I wanted to head off to Africa! The pictures are digitally printed, so are absolutely outstanding. The matching blender is batik-like and would create the perfect background for the animal blocks. The set would be perfect for a quilt, of course, or placemats, cushions or even bags. Beautiful!


When the nights draw in so early and you need to wrap your scarf around your neck to keep warm, the thought of wrapping up warm in a cuddly quilt always gets my mind into more sewing! My enthusiasm for sewing yet another quilt (or two!) is always renewed at this time of the year and only other quilters would understand this obsession. When this new French General fabric arrived in the shop my brain went into overdrive with how I could use this stunning material. The background is a very neutral mushroom grey colour and there is a delicious mix of red, olive green, rich cream, mauve and dull blue/grey, giving plenty of options for additional fabrics. I also have other matching fabrics in the range.

From the Coast With Love

I have ordered this stunning new set of patterns from McKenna Ryan. I was blown away when I first saw them – they could be any coast around NZ! I haven’t ordered the otter, as he seemed wrong to me – the colour isn’t right for the other subtle blocks.The set comes with instructions for “blocking”, but they could easily be made into a quilt or wallhanging. If you wanted a ninth block it would be very easy to adapt one of the other blocks.

I am currently taking expressions of interest, so please let me know if you would like to purchase this set. At this stage it won’t be a BOM, but I would be happy to run it that way for you if you would prefer.

New Books

There has been an influx of books arriving recently. Some are for the patchworker, some for the embroiderer, and some just because…..

  • First up is Pillow Pop, a book filled with 25 pillows and cushions of modern style by 20 different designers. These are truly gorgeous, fun and inspirational.
  • Block, Borders, Quilts! is filled with one hundred 3″, 4″, 6″ and 12″ blocks, dozens of pieced borders and seven sample quilt layouts. It has excellent cutting and piecing instructions, helpful for the beginner and expert alike. With this book on hand, designing your own quilt becomes a piece of cake!
  • Yoko Saito has become the name on everyone’s lips recently and when you look at her projects you can understand why. Katipatch has a large range of her fabrics in-store, along with other Japanese neutral fabrics, for which she has become so famous. We also have three of her books available currently – House Warming Patchwork, which offers a cornucopia of block designs plus 10 projects; Japanese Quilting piece by piece which has 29 pieced projects including wall quilts, fabric baskets, handbags, cushions and an apron; houses, houses, houses! has many projects with varying interpretations of houses from one-dimensional, to silhouettes as well as the cutest mini-quilted houses. There are many of her signature bags, placemats, cushions, boxes and wallhangings.
  • Also in the same vein we have Japanese Taupe Quilts by Susan Briscoe which features 125 patchwork and appliqué  blocks plus six small projects. This is a beautiful, well-crafted book.
  • Back in stock is The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book and CD which sold out quickly last time. You will just want to sit and read this lovely book and then want to start making a quilt with all of your scraps.
  • Kaffe Fassett has plenty of followers too, and in-store we have his Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts with 23 original quilt designs. These are stunningly colourful and made from simple geometric shapes.

Embroidered Bag class

We recently ran a class with Joan Hamilton making what she calls her “Posh Little Bag”. Joan dyes her own threads and wool fabric to make a variety of items and the range is stunningly vibrant. The attendees learnt to do a mix of embroidery stitches and got lots of tips from Joan. She is interested in hosting a session once a month with anyone who would like to learn creative ways of embellishing. If this sounds like you, please contact Carol at Katipatch.