Newsflash 4 July

Our 2018 School Programme at Redoubt North School finished last week with an amazing display of 26 quilts. A big thank you must go to all our Sponsors who donated the fabric for the quilt tops, the batting and the backing fabrics. We really do appreciate your generosity. We will be doing it again next year and so many of you have already opted back in - thank you again.



Toadstool Clasp Purse. This cute little Japanese Purse with a metal claps opening measures 7 1/2" by 5", is hand appliqued and comes in kitset form with the handle, fabrics and pattern included for $50.00


New Pattern - Peace and Longevity This wallhanging measures 23" by 51" and is hand appliqued and hand embroidered. To complete the project you will need a variety of indigo background fabrics , some red applique fabric and a variety of red embroidery threads. These designs are taken from Kamon (Japanese Family Crests). Read more about the significance of Japanese cranes below. $20.00


Japanese Snippet:Cranes

‘Tsuru’ is the Japanese word for crane. Cranes are used often in Japanese textiles and generally represent longevity and good fortune. They are most closely associated with Japanese New Year and wedding ceremonies – for example the crane is often woven into a wedding kimono or obi. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The Thousand Origami Cranes has become a symbol of world peace through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who contracted leukemia as a result of radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War 2. A popular version of the story is that she fell short of her goal of folding 1,000 cranes, having folded only 644 before her death, and that her friends completed the 1,000 and buried them all with her.


Newsflash 26 June

I hope you spent yesterday inside somewhere cozy - wasn't it wet and cold weather - perfect for stitching!

New this week - I have made up my Kogin Mini Purse. This was one of the projects we did with Jane from Australia a few months ago. It is 6" long and 4" high with a nice Japanese metal zipper. Read more about Kogin in my "Japanese Snippets" below.


Kitset -

Kogin Mini Purse I have kitsets for the Kogin Purse. Each kitset has everything you need to make it included. $22.00 It comes with the green Kogin thread shown below. I changed out the green Kogin Thread for indigo. I have some Kogin Thread colours available. See the photo on the right below.

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I only have a few of each colour so be in quickly with your first choice. They are $5.60 each if you want another colour. Order by quoting 3rd from the left, etc.

New Fabrics:

This week some new fabrics arrived. They are actually 'Farmhouse Living" by Jeanne Horton which are circa 1830 Reproduction fabrics.But I chose them because I like most of them with the Japanese indigo range. I also have some newish indigo fabrics.

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Japanese Snippets - Kogin Stitching

Kogin embroidery is traditional stitching method coming from of the Aomori region at the northern most tip of Japan’s main island. Traditional kogin uses ecru cotton thread embroidered in geometric patterns onto deep blue indigo fabric. It was originally devised to strengthen or to thicken sections of clothing to increase the warmth. Kogin stitched fabric was used for the dressiest clothes in rural areas.

The art of Kogin embroidery has been handed down from generation to generation and is now popular with modern embroiderers.

The geometric patterns are formed from a running stitch, but as you stitch you count the threads to create the pattern, a little like creating a cross stitch design. The threads need to be thick enough to fill the holes in the canvas, otherwise it looks too skimpy. Kogin thread is similar thickness to sashiko thread but it is stranded whereas sashiko thread is not. Originally the stitching was done in sequential rows. Work from right to left on one row and at the end of that row, turn the work upside down and work the next from right to left. When stitched traditionally the back of the work is as finely finished as the front.

Today Kogin is stitched using a wide variety of colours for the design instead of solely relying ecru on indigo fabric.

Newsflash 20 June

Last week we had a wonderful Staff Retreat at Vaughan Park. This was our finale as a Patchwork Passion team. We all got lots of sewing done over the three days and enjoyed having time altogether. I finished the embroidery and hand quilting on my Yoko Saito Panel.


I have these panels for sale at $22.50 and I have cut a backing as an option too $22.50. Each piece is a 75cm cut of the full width of the fabric. There is a couple of extra designs top and bottom of the panel that I used. They can be used for a cushion or other projects.Order just the panel or just the backing piece or both pieces.


The dragonfly shows how I quilted around every design. The two flowers shows how I pick up the texture of these flowers with quilting around the "scallops" within each flower. And the berry stem shows French Knots that I added in the middle of each blue berry.

Japanese Snippet: Bashofu Fabric from Okinawa in Southern Japan

I have just finished this little quilt which is based on the colours of Bashofu fabric which I collected a few years ago in Japan. At the Yokohama Quilt Show we met a lovely lady from Okinawa with a stall of Bashofu fabric and she shared a lot of information with us and inspired this quilt. Northern Okinawa's special fabric is bashofu. It is made from a special type of local banana plant. It is a massively time consuming process to get it from plant to fabric, taking many hours of dedicated work from growing the plant, peeling, boiling and splitting follows cropping from autumn though the winter to make the slender thread. The process of just making thread has eight steps. After that, there are the processes of dyeing, weaving and finishing. Furthermore, all of the steps have to be done by hand. With this process bashofu is hard to come by these days.It was originally used as kimono fabric.


Newsflash 13 June

School Programme

We are up to week two of our Quilt Making Programme at Redoubt North School. These young people have worked so hard and many of them have their quilts tops made already. Now it is on to putting the three layers together and starting the quilting. They have worked with such focus and enthusiasm. We are always so very impressed with their manners and attitude towards each other and the adults they interact with. I had only just got out of my car when a student stopped to see if I needed any help or direction - what a treat.

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New Pattern

I have patterns for the Boro Kinchaku Bag that I made when Jane was over from Australia teaching for us earlier this year. They are such fun to make and the pattern also includes a traditional sashiko version. I have made up kits of the sarashi base fabric, the French Fusing stabiliser, the cord and the Koki attachments that the cord goes through. I also have some kits of indigo fabrics. And o course we have sashiko threads at $5.60 a 20m skein in ecru, white, red, blue and navy.

Pattern: $25.00 Kit of Product: $36.00 Fabric Kit:$17.00


Japanese Snippet - Boro Stitching

In Japan, mended and patched textiles are referred to as "boro". The word ‘boro’ comes from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired. So Boro became the collective name for clothing and bed covers made by the poor of rural Japan, who could not afford to buy new versions of the same items. Cotton was not common in Japan until well into the twentieth century, so when a kimono or sleeping futon cover started to run thin in a certain area, the family’s women patched it with a small piece of scrap fabric using sashiko stitching. Boro was predominately clothing worn by the peasant farming classes, who mended their garments with spare fabric scraps out of economic necessity. In many cases a boro garment would be handed down over generations. For this reason, boro are seen to have significant socio-historical status as they provide an insight into the modest lives of their makers and a snapshot of Japan’s impoverished past. Boro fabric dates from the Edo period of before 1865 and the Meije period from 1865 to 1920. The strongest characteristic of these periods is the use of indigo dyed cotton. The variety of shades of blue and juxtaposition of patterns and patches with meandering forms of stitching make these items unique and attractive. Set against the hardness of rural life, the women of Japan managed to create what is now acknowledged as a stunning form of art. Covered in indigo scraps, what is beautiful to us was at one time shameful to these Japanese. As they recovered after the end of World War II, to some the boro textiles reminded the Japanese of their impoverished rural past.

The first photo is a small triptych I made and the second is an old Boro Jacket

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Newsflash 6 June

Well, the shop is closed and looking totally empty. The storage unit is looking great - all the Japanese fabrics, kitsets, Block of the Months, etc nicely shelved. The sewing room at home is still very much a work in progress, but will be good soon, hopefully. Then it is down to some serious sewing instead of serious sorting and storing!

So now it is welcome to my new look Newsflash

School Quilt Programme

For two days a week during June I am back out at Redoubt North School running their Quilt Programme. We have 13 boys and 13 girls each making their own version of this Brick quilt. At the end of the month each of the students will take home their own quilt to snuggle under for the rest of winter.

Thank you to all those who have sponsored a student - we couldn't do this proramme without your support.

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Japanese Snippets

Each week I will feature a snippet of information about things Japanese. I hope your enjoy it. Kamon (sometimes shortened to Mon) are Japanese family crests. They are usually a circular outline with a plant, animal, man-made object, or geometric designs inside. It is said that there are more than 20,000 distinct individual Kamon in Japan. Today many companies or organisations use a kamon as a trademark or logo. You will find kamon on formal kimono, fabric, furoshiki, craft work, bags, noren and many other things found in shops in modern Japan. This website has heaps of kamon shown if you would like to use some of these designs in your quilting. https://doyouknowjapan.com/symbols/

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Newsflash 30 May

Well tomorrow is the end of an era. We close the doors of the shop for the last time. It has been a wonderful 15 years. I have been blessed with super staff members who have all added to the Patchwork Passion family bringing in their own skills, opinions and passion for quilting.

Thank you guys - the shop would not have been such fun and so successful without you. I owe a huge thank you to all of you - our customers - for supporting us so well over the years. So many of you have become friends as well. You have continually inspired us, challenged us (in good ways) and sent us off in new directions.Many of you have also followed our changing passions over the years which has been very rewarding.

We have loved watching many of you come through our classes and grow into stunning quilters.Thank you for sharing that journey with us. We hope you will all stay in touch in various ways - through Shows, Website, Email, my visits to your local groups or at our socail group programme.

School Programme

Next week I am off to Redoubt North School to begin our Quilt Making Programme with their Year 7 and 8 students. This will run over June and by the end each of the 25 students involved will have a stunning quilt to take home.

Thank you to all our sponsors - without you this programme would not work. Watch for photos in the next Newsflashes.


Final Special

We have three sets of Sue Daley's Rouge Provence Kitsets left. This beautiful quilt is 62" square. It was $345.00 but is now $207.00. Get yours now and join me - now I might have time to finish mine!!!!!


Back next week with a new look Newsflash with a very definite focus on all things Japanese. 

Newsflash 23 May

Shop Closing Update 

Saturday is our last planned day of trading from the shop, but we will be in the shop all mornings until the 31st if you would like to pop in for that really last minute bargain.

Groups will continue until Thursday 31 May and then move to Onehunga Community House in Selwyn Street, Onehunga. They are full to the brim, so we are unable to take new enrollments - sorry.

Gradually we will develop a new website with online shopping. Meantime the current site will continue.

Our weekly Newsflash will continue each Wednesday.

Little Quilt Update

I am thrilled that Els and Debbie are taking over the NICU Quilt Programme. I will do one more delivery Sunday 3 June and then it will be up to them. We started the programme in 2007 and have made 7,056 little quilts over the years. So thank you so much to all those of you that have been involved at some stage. We have created an awesome tradition. Our quilts have been so loved by many families. And our stashes have decreased quietly as we create little quilts. Els and Debbie have several delivery options. The Mt Eden Hospice Shop at 453 Mt Eden Road have kindly offered to be a drop off point or you can ring Els on 021 1607505 for city-side drop offs or Debbie on 021 401158 for North Shore drop offs. You can also contact them if you need a pick up option. They are keen to keep in touch with you so do contact them to add your details to their list.

I wish them every success in carrying on this amazing community programme.

Furniture for sale:

We have four classroom tables and some chairs available at $10 each but they must be picked up on the afternoon of Thursday 31 May. We also have Lundia shelving ready now. It is sold in units of two or three bays. It has shelves that can be placed at various intervals so is very flexible. Give us a ring on 09 622 2270.

Newsflash 16 May

Shop Closing Update

Well we are definitely in count down mode now. Our last day for selling over the counter is Saturday 26 May. Then gradually the website will be revamped and the Newsflashes will continue.

Meantime there is still some nice fabric on the shelves for 60% off. First photo the printed Japanese Taupes. Next 1930s Reroductions

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Then the 1800s Reproductions 1800s Reproduction fabrics

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Furniture for sale

All our shop furniture needs to find good homes. We have several of the white cubbyhole units that our wool has been displayed in. They come in two or three units high. $10 or $15) We have the green cupboard that we had quilts for sale in ($400) and one two door credenza (with one shelf across the middle, $100) and very soon the classroom tables and chairs can go to. Let us know if you are interested quickly as they are up on Trade Me too. I can send you measurements and prices.

There are also sets of Lundia shelving.

Little Quilt Programme

Our April delivery of Little Quilts to NICU at Auckland Hospital was 48, making 187 for this year so far. As always they love receiving them but always need more of the larger size - 1 metre by 40cm. I will be making one more delivery at the end of May and then I will be handing over to Els and Debbie. It was so great to have them volunteer to take over this role. More information about this coming in the next Newsflash. Meanwhile keeping creating little treasures for these tiny babies and their families - they are so appreciated.

Newsflash 9 May

Our Sale Continues

We still have fabric and furniture for sale so it still definitely worth visiting. We are still really busy with people going the door with bargains. We will be here for the next two weeks with the last trading day at the shop being Saturday 26 May. We have added our woven taupe end rolls to the sale so check them out when you are in. They are a variety of cuts but the full width of the fabric. If you want me to choose a few for you just suggest some colours and I am happy to mail them put to you.

For the last two weeks everything in the sale is 60% off

Kitsets new to the sale

We have made two of our Block of the Months into kitsets to be purchased all at once as there are only a couple of sets left of each one.

"Rouge Provence"designed by Sue Daly and has hand applique and English Paper Piecing. It includes the fabric for the quilt top and the binding plus the Paper Piecing Templates. 62" square. Was $345.00 but is now $207.00


"Mosaics" is hand appliqued with English Paper Pieced borders. The fabrics are predominantly from Laundry Basket Quilts part of the Moda Collection. The design is by Irene Blanck and her book is included. 67"square (170cm) This was $316.00 but is now $189.00


Half Metre cuts We have a range of our 1930s and 1800s fabric now cut into half metres. So be in to grab some of these while stocks last.


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800s Half Metre Pieces

Newsflash 2 May


Our closing down sale is going well, but it is still worth a visit. To give you an idea - these are our 1930s shelves at the moment,s o you can see there is still plenty of choice. We have been making up fat quarter bundles of ten co-ordinated fabrics and these have been really popular. The regular price is $75.00 but with the sale on that comes down to $45.00. Order your set of 1930s now - they make great cot quilts as well as thirties projects.





This weekend is The Auckland Quiltmakers Show at Parnell's Jubilee Building from 10.00am - 4.00pm. We will have a stall there with all our fabrics reduced by 40%, so if you haven't made it into the shop see us there.

Contact Email:

Please check that you are using our new email as it seems that xtra our old provider is no longer forwarding emails and we would hate to loose contact with you. The address is patchworkpassionnz@gmail.com - not the nz at the end of the name and change your address book.

Newsflash 25 April

Closing Down Sale

Our sale is going well, but it still well worth a visit to get your 40% off fabrics, books, magazines and notions. There is still plenty left on the shelves to choose from as shown in the current shelf photos below. Gradually the baskets, shop fittings and bits and bobs are being sokd too, so check them out.

Japanese Fabrics:

You can still purchase from our Japanese ranges - the indigo and the woven taupes. It is a good opportunity to choose for a project while you can see the whole range in real lie on the shelves. These are not in the sale as they will be available online and at Shows in the future.

1800s Wall of Minis Block of the Month

We have decided to sell these as individual little quilts now instead of the whole set. Each Little Quilt Kit will still cost $49.00 but you can choose which ones you want. Order yours now. They are not in the 40% off sale.


Future Contact Details:

Our new email patchworkpassionnz@gmail.com will continue - we have been using this one for many months now so please make sure it is recorded in your address book. Eventually our xtra will go. Our website will get a makeover but will remain at the same address. The current phone number will be discontinued. So if you want to talk to me email with your number and I will call you back.

Newsflash 18 April

Closing Down Sale

Thank you all for your lovely messages. We have set up a "Share Your Memories" Book at the shop so many of those are going into that.. Yo can email us yours if you can't make it in.

We have sold lots of stock but there is still plenty to go, so do pop by to stock up your stash before we go. Remember everything - fabrics, books, magazine, notions are all 40% off.

I am keeping the Japanese fabrics and Block of the Months going so they are not in the sale. You will be able to buy them online once the shop doors have closed. Our website and email will remain tth same.

Vouchers - if you have outstanding vouchers you will need to use them before we close.

Magazine Subscriptions: As we are closing I have cancelled our orders for Quilt Mania, Quilts Moderne and Simply Vintage. If you would like to keep up your subscriptions please ring Anne at Minerva in Wellington and she will take them over for you. Primitive Quilts and Projects people , you might need to get them direct as Anne hasn't been bringing them in. Check out your last magazine for details of how to do this.

Japanese Classes With Jane from BeBe Bold in Australia

Our first Boro Runner Class is full but there are spaces in the three other classes. So join us next week for a day of stitching Japanese style.

Kogin Zip Purse on Thursday 26 April from 9.00am – 12.00noon Cost: $90.00 including the kit for the purse. There will be some options of thread colour to choose from.

Cherry Blossom Hitomezashi on Thursday 26 April from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Cost: $75.00 including the pre-printed fabric for stitching I have sourced two more designs that are printed on indigo.

Boro Kinchaku Bag Create a drawstring bag using the very popular technique of Boro. Boro started as a mending technique so was traditionally made from scraps all stitched together and patched up. We will have rolls available to support this project so you can easily get a big variety of fabrics. Make your own runner with Jane on Friday 27 April from 9.00am – 4.00pm. Cost: $110.00 +bag parts

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NICU Little Quilt Programme I delivered 56 quilts to Auckland Hospital on Sunday. They are in need of some of the bigger sizes at the moment - these are the ones that they use in the hospital and that cover over the incubators to make the rooms look more homely and reduce the light on the babies. I will be doing two more deliveries on he last Sunday of each month. After that I hoping someone else will pick it up.  

Shop Closing

40% off most stock

Everything is on sale - minimum cut of 25cm (except the Japanese woven taupes, our indigo / sashiko range, Block of the Months and batting)

After 15 years our shop front is closing so I can begin another phase of my life - semi-retirement. Patchwork Passion is continuing with Japanese fabrics, projects and our favourite sewing notions. Our current Group Programme will continue at our local Onehunga Community House on Tuesday mornings from 9.30 - 12.30 Our Block of the Month Programmes will continue and more Japanese ones will be developed. I will still be doing Shows, Classes, Talks and Group Visits - so email me to book one.

Newsflash 7 March

This my last email before heading off to India for almost a month. This means that teh next few Newsflashes will come form India. I am doing a textile tour with the focus on tradition indigo dyeing and block printing, so you might this textile focus interesting.


Due to popular demand for the Boro Class with Jane MacDonald from Australia we have adjusted her programme as follows. The Boro Runner Class is now full. Go to our website Classes page to see other photos of these projects. http://www.patchworkpassion.co.nz

Kogin Zip Purse is now a half day class on Thursday 26 April from 9.00am – 12.00noon Kogin is done with straight stitches on an even weave fabric. A kit will be provided for this class but you will have a choice of thread colour. Cost: $90.00 including the kit for the purse.


Cherry Blossom Hitomezashi is now another half day class on Thursday 26 April from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. This is a variation on the traditional Japanese sashiko stitching. The finished size of this pieces is 13½” (34cm) square so would make up into a great cushion, bag or table mat. Cost: $75.00 including the pre-printed fabric for stitching


Boro Kinchaku Bag Create a drawstring bag using the very popular technique of Boro. Boro started as a mending technique so was traditionally made from scraps all stitched together and patched up. We will have rolls available to support this project so you can easily get a big variety of fabrics. Make your own bag with Jane on Friday 27 April from 9.00am – 4.00pm. Cost: $110.00 +bag parts



There are two Quilt Shows coming up in Auckland:

Quilts Across the Ranges - Friday 16 March and Saturday 17 March from 10.00am - 4.00pm each day. Kelston Community Centre on the corner of Great North Road and Awaroa Road, Kelston.

The Auckland Quiltmakers - Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 |May from 10.00am - 4.00pm at the Jubilee Building, Parnell Community Centre, 545 Parnell Road, Parnell.

Newsflash 28 February


New this week is a selection of Japanese woven taupes. I just love these soft mushroomy pink, cream and powder blue tones. Order your fat quarter set now - seven fat quarters $68.60 and get free postage.



We have two new books in which are both great 1800s Reproduction fabric resources.

"The 4" and 5" Quilt Block Anthology" has 182 blocks designed for reproduction fabrics. Each block has a colour photo alongside the piecing instructions. At the back is a section giving ideas for setting your blocks. $52.00

"The Big Book of Civil War Quilts" has 58 patterns for reproduction quilts from a variety of well known designers. $49.00



This is a new sample for our Japanese Kogin Class. You will making a Zip up little bag. This time it is stitched in indigo thread instead of the green. You will have a choice of colours. Join Jane to make purse on Thursday 26 April from 9.00am – 4.00pm. Cost: $145.00 including the kit


Newsflash 21 February

This is not the weather for hand quilting but it is good for English Paper Piecing, so we hope you are getting lotss done.

New Fabric:

This week it was anew range of indigo and ecru that arrived. I think our indigo shelves are looking great at the moment, but they are constantly selling and needing topping-up. Indigo seems to be making a big come back. On a personal note I am off to India soon on a textile tour where I am expecting to do indigo dyeing and block printing in the old traditional ways. This should feed my indigo addiction nicely.



This week we have made up kitsets for a new Clasp Purse. This new design features a cute row of toadstools. The kits is $50.00 and includes all the fabric you need including the lining and the lightweight Pellon as well as the antique coloured metal clasp and pattern.


School Quilt Programme

We are now busy cutting the quilt kits for our sponsored quilt programme at Redoubt North School. This will be happening in Term 2, so we are now looking for sponsors. This is the quilt they will be making this year, but of course in a variety of colours. The cost for you to sponsor a student is $80.00 this year. Ring or email now to book your place in this programme. This is such a valued programme at this low decile school and a great opportunity to add lots of new skills to the students school programme, plus they all go home with a quilt to keep them warm in winter.

Newsflash 14 February

Window Display

We have a new window display this week featuring our 1930s fabrics and projects. The thirties were of course Depression years and many parts of the USA were hit very hard - not only financially but weather wise. The banks and financial systems crashed and many of the central states were struck by seriously dry weather and massive dust bowls followed. This meant many families were on the move south or west in search of work. Times were certainly tough, here and there.

But the manufacturers in the States got clever and supportive as it turned out. They started producing feed sacks in interesting prints instead of plain calico. Stock food, flour and other essential items were sold in the fabric sacks. This meant the women could use these fabrics to make clothes, quilts, curtains,etc. We have some of these on display in the window.

And of course all our 1903s reproduction fabrics are copies of these feed sack fabrics. Check out our comprehensive range when you are next in.


The new French General fabric has finally arrived. It was delayed getting out of the USA. But it is stunning - such a rich red collection.


Technique Class Series

The next in our "learn a new skill" series is on Friday 23 February from 9.30 - 12.30. Come and make a Japanese style Quaker Ball with Tricia. This is a quick English Paper Pieced project - a little pin cushion. Ring now to book your place. The price of $45.00 includes the kitset so all you need to bring along is a basic hand sewing kit. Check out the photo on the website Classes page.

Newsflash 7 February

Class Programme - it is so good to have our classroom in full swing again. Everyone has come full of enthusiasm and many are launching into new projects.

Stitchery Patterns

We have five new stitchery patterns that come pre-printed on the fabric. We have stitched up three and have mounted them on canvas boards which has worked really well - such a nice way to display some simple stitchery in your home. Each one features a flower - thistle, dandelion, sunflower, lavender and daisy (spider web). They are $29.00 and we have mounted them on 6" boards, but you could leave them bigger.




We now stock the Sewline Trio Colours. This pen has three colours - pink, white and black erasable fabric pencil leads inside. It draws very fine lead lines that you can rub off with the eraser or a lot of the time they have gradually worn off as we stitch. $25.60