It was time for Quiltfest, my club’s quilt show. All the details of running such a big event had been percolating behind the scenes for quite some time. Due to my ill health and subsequent treatment over the last six months, followed by a long planned holiday in Australia, I was unable to help out. We arrived home just in time for me to attend the show, so I didn’t miss out completely.
A trio of friendly faces were on the front desk, to take the entrance fee, and hand out a couple of slips of paper. One was to write the name and number of Viewer’s Choice, and the other was for a chance to win a brand new sewing machine from our major sponsor Krazy Cow quilt shop – wouldn’t that be wonderful! Then there were three more happy faces on the desk selling raffle tickets – what a nice friendly welcome.
Welcome to Quiltfest
There were challenge quilts to check out, vendors to visit, and the T&C $5 bags of goodies to look at too. These bags were certainly good value, and great from the seller’s perspective too, as it was a great opportunity to downsize and declutter one’s sewing room. But what about the quilts, you want to know? Our club members had been working hard over the last year, and there was a wonderful selection to look at, and linger awhile. Here are some which I found particularly appealing.
Diane’s quilt which she made for her son’s 40th birthday really caught my eye. His quilt was designed to depict icons from his country of birth, New Zealand, and also icons from his years living in London. The Chinese characters featured show his paternal parentage.
40th Birthday Quilt for Troy, by Diane Young
Other People’s Dreams by Griet Lombard is another great example of her love of working with recycled embroideries, crochet, and old linens. I just love Griet’s work, so soft and pretty, and this got my vote for Viewer’s Choice.
Other People’s Dreams, by Griet Lombard
I had seen Sandra working on this quilt at sewing days over a period of time and had always admired it. Floriason Rouge is now completed, and looks wonderful.
Floriason Rouge, by Sandra Collins
Archer’s Safari Quilt, by Cathryn Christensen, and Cool Cats, by Maureen Taylor
Plus quilts have been on my “must make one day list” so I was rather drawn to this lovely version, Accentuate the Positive, by Marjorie Law. This was made for a friend who is unwell, and has a passion for Anzac Day, World War 1, and poppies.
Accentuate the Positive, by Marjorie Law
Ramblin’ Rose, by Jan Rodgers and Autumn, by Diane Walker
Chock full of beautiful glowing batiks, Up and Down the Squares was made by Sandra Collins, based on a pattern from The Cloth Shop, in Palmerston North. The black accent really sets of these fabulous fabrics.
Up and Down the Squares, by Sandra Collins
After wandering up and down the rows of lovey quilts, I really needed to visit the café for a cuppa and a scone with jam and cream for a “pick me up” and to rest my weary legs. It was a great show, many congratulations to all who helped make it such a success.