The holiday is Waitangi Day (also referred to as New Zealand Day). It's the day we celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, our founding document, signed in 1840 by the native Maori people and the European settlers (mainly English and Scottish). Businesses and schools will be closed, so most of us have a holiday. The shops will still be open of course.
|Month 5 in progress|
I've fallen a little bit behind with this Block of the Month, so I'm aiming to complete months 5 and 6 in February, before month 7 arrives at the end of the month. Unlike most quilting BOMs, this one consists mainly of hand sewing. There are many felt shapes to cut out and stitch onto the background fabric. Above is a photo of month 5 in progress. The felt pieces are sewn on with Perle 8 which has a nice sheen.
Someone did ask for some close up photos of the centre piece, so here they are:
The flowers in the flower garden above are circles cut from fabric and then appliqued onto felt, which is then cut into a circle and stitched onto the background fabric.