Off we went for a train trip to Wellington, or so I thought. The trains had all been replaced by buses, more’s the pity. But never mind, it saved us taking the car into the capitol, and finding a car park. Our trip by public transport was free, courtesy of our Gold Cards, one of the benefits of being an oldie. We parted company at thee Wellington Waterfront and off I went to enjoy an hour or two of looking at quilts – what bliss! My Gold Card scored again at the quilt show, getting me in for a reduced price. Just look at the lovely raffle baskets, chock full of beautiful fabrics. I’m in with a chance, and I’d be over the moon to win one of these.
I walked slowly around the exhibition, admiring all the different styles, designs and colours. I’m always drawn to large quilts, so checked them out first. Here are some which took my fancy. “Scraps n’ Shirt Tails” was made by the very talented Fyvie Murray. A design by Bonnie Hunter from her Art of Quilting Green, it is stitched from old shirts, cotton tablecloths and a discarded bath robe. This masculine coloured quilt is going to a young male relative.
“Dreaming of New York” by Heather Uwins-England has my kind of colour pallet in the intricately pieced New York Beauty blocks. Using batiks plus hand dyed fabrics. it is a wonderful masterpiece and collected a trio of awards – Excellence of Piecing, First Time Exhibitor, and Life Member’s Award. Well done!
Dreaming of New York
A much simpler design, but still using those wonderful batiks was the work of one of those very busy “White Glove Ladies” on duty, Vera Sullivan. Made with Jelly Roll (I’ve never used these yet), the design was “Snow in my Jelly”, a Diane Barnden pattern. The colours remind the maker of the plants and sunsets of the Arizona Desert.
“Kermit’s Nine Patch” was a fun colourful quilt, made by Debra DeLorenzo, one of the "famous in New Zealand" Towrags quilt group. The group had a nine patch swap, and Debra added to her blocks with pink and Kermit green fabric strips, with the aim to make a fun and lively quilt. She has certainly succeeded, wouldn’t you say?
Kermit’s Nine Patch
“Julia’s Claris Cliff Birthday Quilt” was made by Vivienne Ellison for her oldest sister’s significant birthday. Just lovely, and so many people know, admire and collect the work of Clarice Cliff and her wonderful pottery. What a wonderful fabric find!
Clarice Cliff Birthday Quilt
This naughty quilter dared to touch the quilts at the show!
That’s all for today, I’ll share some of the smaller quilts tomorrow.