We planned a caravan weekend away in Marton just so I could attend the Rangitikei Quilt Show. I know – we could have driven there from home and back on the same day, but having a leisurely weekend away in the caravan is so much more relaxed, wouldn’t you say? The ladies on duty welcomed me to the show, I paid my $5 entry fee, purchased some raffle tickets, and walked inside the hall.
As always, there were lots of lovely quilts on display. Several challenges too, and I loved the Teapot Cosy Challenge, seen on the tables in the front of the photo above. My Viewers Choice was this cute little thatched cottage.
I hadn’t made my way very far into the hall when I bumped into blog reader Felicity from Norsewood. Great to catch up again with you Felicity. And hello to the Wanganui ladies, (sorry I didn’t catch your names), blog readers too. Thanks so much for stopping to re-introduce yourselves to me, and stopping for a chat. I also met up with several ladies from my former quilt club, Pinestream Quilters, so it was a busy morning catching up with all these ladies.
On to the quilts - “Koru Beach”, by Isla Crawford had a real Kiwi beach theme, such a happy sunny days sort of quilt. A row-by-row quilt, featuring related icons from beach huts, surf boards, beach umbrellas, even ice cream cones, all decorated with the distinctive koru shape.
Another with a New Zealand theme was “Anzac Poppies”, by Margaret Arama. Made from poppy blocks won at Feilding Kowhai Quilters, the blocks were set into a banner using a border print found in her stash.
Julie Clarke made “Alister’s American Experience” to commemorate her nephew's adventures hunting in American wild parks. She sent away to USA for the pattern and fabrics to make this stunning masculine quilt.
I couldn’t go past this lovely little Challenge Quilt, made from a song title. “Ten Guitars” was stitched by Sally Stevens. I have to admit that this Kiwi classic is one of my all time favourite songs, and not only have I danced to the tune many times, I’ve also very bravely got up on stage with three others and sang along to it. How about that – not like me at all!
And my Viewers Choice vote went to “In My Garden”, by Maureen Marshall. Just beautiful – and a little different. This quilt attracted a lot of interest.
Just look at these cheeky faces – my Sew Wot buddies Mary and Helen were enjoying the show too.
Of course I visited the merchants area too down the rear of the hall, finding a few pieces of fabric which insisted on coming home with me. Although I was quite restrained, just buying for a new project which I’ll be starting soon. It was a great show, in a nice roomy building, congratulations to Rangitikei Quilters. Just a reminder – I’m still waiting for a phone call to say I won a fabulous raffle prize!