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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Quilts at the Coach House

It was only a week ago that I visited this museum, but what a transformation had taken place.  Quilts had been artfully draped over gigs, carriages, and farm machinery.  I was there to view the Feilding Kowhai Quilters exhibition, and what a great variety of quilts were on display. 

Just in the door was the Kowhai Quilters Silver Anniversary quilt, made by members in 2011.  The quilt contains a diverse range of blocks which had to include some of the kowhai fabric supplied, and tell what belonging to the club over the last 25 years had meant to them. 

P3140006 Kowhai Quilters 25th Anniversary quilt

It must be my Scottish blood, as I’ve always liked the look of tartan in quilts, and this quilt was displayed draped over a model of a horse.  “Study in Tartan” was made by Joyce Waugh, who wanted to use up some old work shirt fabric.  The simple piecing shows the tartan fabric off nicely, and I rather like the flying geese in the borders.

P3140011 Study in Tartan, by Joyce Waugh

And look, there was Liz Gates, friendly  blog reader and quilter extraordinaire.  I watched for a while as she was free motion machine quilting on her old treadle machine.  It hardly seems possible on a treadle, does it?  But in no time at all, she was stitching a doily into a work of art.  Liz is very prolific, and I noticed many examples of her work throughout the museum.

P3140015Liz making it look easy

P3140018 Some of her beautiful work

“Brothers and Sisters” was the name of this fun golly quilt, a Li’l Blokes design by the very talented Lynn Hyland.  E McDonald lovingly created this delightful quilt over three years.  So cute!

P3140028Brothers and Sisters, by E McDonald

This super black and white quilt is super king size, and incorporates added texture, such as chenille and pin tucks.  Liz Hallidan made “Starry, Starry Night” constructed using the quilt-as-you-go technique on her domestic sewing machine.

P3140053Starry, Starry Night by  Liz Hallidan

I love Christmas quilts, and Robin Coleman made “The Night Before Christmas” as a block of the month.  Such a lot of work with all that appliqué, but it certainly looks great.

P3140049The Night Before Christmas

I’ve been doing a bit of selvedge sewing myself lately, so I was interested to see what others had been doing with their selvedge strips.  There was a selection of bags and place mats  on show.  Marino Kitto had stitched this bag using her red, black and white selvedges.

P3140047 Selvedge bag, by Marino Kitto

There was so much to see, so I’ll have to give you all a return visit tomorrow.  This is a general view of quilts draped over gigs and horse carriages.

P3140060Lovely quilts everywhere


Kiwiquilter said...

Thanks for your lovely comments Jenny. We as a club are pretty happy with what we've achieved. We hit 50 members at our last monthly meeting, so reckon we've done ok for a small group. Happy to see my selvedge bag caught your eye too! Cheers, Marina

Jenny said...

Kowhai Quilters can be very proud with what they have achieved at the show, especially as you have a reasonably modest number of members. Some of the ladies are obviously very prolific!