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Monday, May 18, 2015

Kapiti Coast Quilters Exhibition

The organisers of the Kapiti Coast Quilters Exhibition must have breathed a sigh of relief that the weather was playing nice for the weekend of the quilt show.  After several days of torrential rain, local flooding and house evacuations, and roads closed due to slips, they must have been wondering if the show would go on at all.  Luckily, it all went well, and my friend Robyn and I joined the eager crowds at Southwards Car Museum to check out the quilts.  Our mutual friend Shirley was on duty selling tickets, with her club mate, another Shirley.

P5160015 Two Shirleys at the front desk

There was such a lot to look at that we decided on a planned approach so that we didn’t miss out anything – so it was up this way, and down that way, with no dashing off to check something that we spotted.  This worked well and we just loved this beauty.  “Crystal’s Quilt” by Sandra Killen was made for her daughter and took the coveted Best in Show award.  We loved all the colours, the piecing, and the simple quilting, and decided that it must have been a quilt-as-you-go quilt.


P5160019Crystal’s Quilt by Sandra Killen

I was amazed to read that “Dancing Stars” was hand pieced by Jenny Eager.  Goodness me, that’s certainly a job and a half.  It was a lovely indeed and those six pointed stars really do dance across the quilt in all their pretty colours. 

P5160023 Dancing Stars by Jenny Eager

“When life gives you a raw deal, make a quilt”, wrote Margaret Jones about her magnificent quilt Magnus Opus.  She stated that her quilt was started after her husband was diagnosed with a serious illness, hence the sombre background.  But the bright designs signify their joy, happiness and gratitude of their lives together over the years.  Such a wonderful quilt, and expertly machine quilted by Quilted-4-U.  Sadly, my photo with the lights overhead does not do the quilt justice.


P5160030 Magnus Opus by Margaret Jones

Lorraine Gaffaney’s grandson is the proud owner of “Stars are the Limit, made from a space themed panel.  It is great to see something for boys, as there are always plenty of girly quilts around.

P5160041Stars are the Limit, by  Lorraine Gaffaney

And these are certainly a group of “Sophisticats”, wouldn’t you say?  Made by Judy Boyle, they really are cats with attitude.

P5160063Sophisticats  by Judy Boyle

As we wandered around the hall, I met up with several members of my previous club, Pinestream Quilters – it was lovely to catch up with them again, thanks for stopping to chat.  Shirley was released from her duty on the front desk and we all went upstairs for a much needed cuppa.   It was great looking at all the quilts – too many for just one post, I’ll show a few more pictures tomorrow.

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