The sun was shining, the quilts were wafting in the breeze, and happy quilters were everywhere. My friend Kathryn had come to look at the quilts with me and Robin dropped us off while he went to find somewhere to park the car. Robin and I had recently moved out of the area but maybe I would meet up with some former Pinestream Quilters, I hoped.
The happy smiling faces of fellow quilters Beverley and Bridget greeted us and handed out the catalogues. And look, they are busy stitching away too. The quilt show was free but a gold coin collection was being made on behalf of Te Omanga Hospice.
Catalogues in hand, Kathryn and I wandered along the rows and admired the quilts. With 60+ on display, I couldn’t photograph them all, but here are some of my favourites. “Emanon” is a Stained Glass Stack and Whack design, and was made by my former “Stitching Monday” member, Joyce. And the edge of that lovely Drunkard’s Path just showing in the photo was also made by Joyce. That one is a Friendship Quilt and I, together with members of the Friday Stitchers, made some of the blocks for Joyce.
This was rather nice - “Lilies in Retreat” was made from an Adrienne Walker kit, a gift from Jill’s husband, and made at a quilting retreat. I particularly liked the assortment of black fabrics used in the background, so much more interesting that just using one solid black, as I would probably have done.
We hadn’t gone very far along the lines of quilts when a lady approached me. “Are you Jenny?”, she asked. It’s a long story, but Felicity who comes from Norsewood, and her friend Marie who lives in Ashburton belong to the Kiwi Quilter Internet group, as I do. Last year I had mentioned on KQ list that we were having a caravan holiday touring around the South Island for 3 months, and Marie kindly invited us to her home for a meal. Since then both Marie and Felicity have been reading my quilt blog. Thanks so much Felicity for making yourself known to me, and thanks again to Marie for a wonderful evening. All this goes to show how sharing and caring quilters are!
Very graphic and stylish, “Not a Traditional Double Wedding Ring” was a wedding quilt for Yvonne’s daughter.
Quilt novel author Jennifer Chiaverini of Elm Creek fame designed the pattern for “Silvia’s Bridal Sampler”. (Yes, I’m a fan of her books too). This lovely quilt was made by Jenny H.
Made in soft colours with lots of trademark Bronwyn Hayes stitcheries, this pretty quilt “Quilting Friendship” was made by Janet
It’s highly unlikely that I will ever make a hexagon quilt, but I was in awe if all the work which went into making “Hexagons for Sue and Kevin”. “That’s all done by hand”, I told Kathryn, “all hand pieced and hand quilted”. Made with 15,343 hexies, it really is a labour of love.
The hot sun was taking it’s toll, so we wandered over to the adjacent Stonestead Tea Rooms to find Robin chatting with a group of caravan friends from the Wainuiomata Caravan Club. They were having a weekend rally close by and popped in to view the quilt show. We happily took over their table with the shady sun umbrella as they got up to leave. Now, how about a nice Devonshire Tea – or coffee, in our case?
It was a lovely morning spent admiring all the quilts. With all my quilting stuff packed away with the furniture in the lock-up unit while our new home is being built, I have been certainly been suffering from withdrawal symptoms. It was great to chat with local quilters, and a special “hello” to fellow bloggers June, Jenny H and Julz. And congratulations to Yvonne from Sawmillers and all the helpers for organizing such a wonderful quilty day.