Friday 6 November 2020

Guy Fawkes Night

Last week was Halloween, this week it's Guy Fawkes.  

Guy Fawkes was a much bigger deal than Halloween in New Zealand when I was growing up.  Most families bought their own fireworks and let off some sky rockets, Catherine wheels, flower pots, and double happys in the back yard.  Sparklers were just for little kids!

Then sales of fireworks to the public became restricted, and city councils started putting on large displays at public venues.  In Wellington they used to put a barge in the harbour and let off massive fireworks for about 15 minutes.  However, because it's Spring here, and the days are getting longer, we had to wait until 9.15pm for it to get really dark before the show could start.  

Sadly it looks like it's going to rain tonight so there won't be many fireworks going off.  

My Ballet with Kaffe quilt from Millefiori Quilts 2 reminds me of fireworks and Guy Fawkes night.  The rosettes look like those giant exploding fireworks you see at major events.  You can read more about how I made this quilt on the tab at the top of the page, or by clicking here.  

I'm getting ready to start hand quilting this quilt soon.  It's been basted for months, but I've been working on other things.  Hopefully it will get an outing in 2021, so I better start hand quilting before Christmas. 

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Anonymous said...

The quilt is absolutely stunning, Wendy!


Gretchen Weaver said...

Ballet is beautiful! You are so good at putting the fabrics together, each flower looks wonderful. Happy stitching!

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilt Wendy!

JanineMarie said...

Such a gorgeous quilt, and a great representation of fireworks! I'm looking forward to your photos as you quilt it.

Celine said...

Guy Fawkes night is big in the UK too (obviously!) I didn't know it was also celebrated in NZ!

donna said...


karenbbsnow said...

Wow!!! So gorgeous.

FlourishingPalms said...

Well, I've never heard of Guy Fawkes. Is that a person? Or is there some significance to the name? Maybe someone in NZ history? I've been in US Independence Day weather that was nothing but rain, and I can tell you it's not much fun to sit in a car with the windshield wipers going to watch the big fireworks displays! Looks like you're digging into another fun step in your quiltmaking. Good for you! Enjoy!

Rebecca Grace said...

Wendy, your Ballet/Fireworks quilt is MAGNIFICENT!