I’ve just had a week of holiday in New Zealand visiting family and enjoying old haunts. I also got lucky enough to go to two quilt shows and a couple of shops. (I mean quilt shops of course, the rest don’t count).
Luckily for me Rose City Quilters and Horowhenua Quilters were both having exhibitions. My favourite piece was “Breaking Wave” by Dianne Southey The wave is amazing and works so well. It’s an absolutely fabulous piece.
The next quilt, “Wholecloth in colour” by Linda Newsome is not only brilliantly executed, but absolutely charming. Each circular medallion is a delight.
The Best of Show was “The Desert Columns: Sinai and Palestine” by Erilyn McMillan. I liked the use of the quilting to make movement in the sand hills.
Childhood memories by Wendy O’Neill is a great design for a memory quilt. I love the idea of the reel of film unspooling cross the quilt. The whole design of the quilt works elegantly and the photos do not dominate, but add that extra level of interest.
Here are some of the lovely quilters from Palmerston North (Rose City Quilters) with the raffle quilt.
Now the roses aren’t yet out, but I had a lovely walk through the camellias. What’s not to like?
The China Challenge from the Horowhenua Quilters was a lot of fun. I liked the varied interpretations of the theme.
My favourite from this show was “Catch a falling Star by Anna Williams”. The quilting was lovely.
A very cute quilt made by Wilma Minnee entitled “Old English Garden” is delightful in its details. The paving stones are individual pieces of fabric about the size of your little fingernail. The flower detail is embroidered.
I really enjoyed a quick visit to Wellington checking out old haunts. This is Seatoun, a suburb on the other side of the airport. It’s one side of the harbour heads. I just love it. You can still get fresh shellfish on the rocks and the fishing boats come in with fresh seafood.
I only got to visit one quiltshop in Wellington: “Stitchbird” in Kilbirnie near the airport. It’s a lovely shop with a fresh contemporary look, lots of fabric, gadgets and novelty items. Here’s a quick pic of Lynda, the proprietor.