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.
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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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.