Sunday, 22 October 2017

Exhibition at Te Takere

Our members  quilts displayed at Te Takere are looking great, and are sure to elicit some interest for our club.  I have been along a to view them a couple of times, but my first visit coincided with a Tai Chi class.  All that slow and elegant bending and stretching in front of our quilts didn’t make for a great photo opportunity.  My second visit was much more successful, and I stopped for a while to chat with Ellen and Rachel who were on afternoon duty.

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They were both doing handwork and I was very interested to see what they were working on.  Ellen was stitching away on a Blokkenspel, an original pattern by Tall Poppies, of the Cloth Shop.  This makes an interesting interlocked soft block design, which opens this way and that.

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Ellen’s Blokkenspel

Rachel’s handwork was just as intricate, and she was working on some lovely hydrangea blocks – so pretty with the added beads.

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There was a great variety of quilts displayed – as to be expected as our members are very talented indeed. 

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Kingfishers by Dianne and Rachel

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Wool Quilt by Jane

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Golly’s Friends by Madalyn

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And my own personal Viewers Choice – Memories of Japan, by Yvonne

There are plenty more quilts to see and admire – do pop along to Te Takare and see them all.

Jenny Benton

Thursday, 12 October 2017

October Club Night

There was a great crowd at the October Club Night, which is always nice to see.  Members were reminded of our quilt exhibition to be held at Te Takere from  Saturday 14th October and take them down on Saturday 28th October.  The club will have a living display of quilters sitting working in the exhibition hall on Wednesdays 18th and 25th and Fridays 20th and 27th October.  Up to 6 people needed to sit and sew from 10.30 – 12.30 and 12.30 – 3.00 each day. Hopefully the roster was filled up at Guild night with plenty of names.  There are plentiful power points available for those who wish to take sewing machines or ladies may prefer to take along some hand sewing.

Our speaker for the evening was one of our own, Fay Davies.  Fay started her talk telling us she started sewing seriously as a teenager when she would whip up a dress for the Saturday night dances – I can relate to that, and did the same myself, all those years ago. 

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Fay Davies telling us about her quilting journey

The purchase of a secondhand sewing machine for 25 pounds gave good service, particularly during those busy years sewing for a growing family.  Quilting came later, and Fay showed us her very first quilt, a picnic quilt which is still going strong.

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Fay’s first quilt

More of Kay’s beautiful quilts were held up and the story told of each one.   Such as the Postage Stamp quilt sewn over several years using 1 1/2 scrap squares, which has to be seen to be believed.  I for one couldn’t work in that tiny scale.  And the pretty circle quilt all made from scraps.

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Postage Stamp and Circle quilts

This lovely navy and white star quilt was made for Kay’s grandson when he turned 21.  Such a beauty.  Kay machine quilts all of her quilts, bed quilts and all, on her domestic sewing machine.

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21st Birthday quilt for Kay’s grand-son

A little more Show and Tell followed from club members.  Sarah had made a pretty cot quilt for her expectant step-daughter featuring the family’s two cats.

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Sarah’s cot quilt

And this lovely machine applique quilt made by Frances is hanging over my own candlewick quilt in cream with raspberry pink highlights.

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Show and Tell from Frances and Jenny

After the meeting everyone was most interested to check out the huge pile of machine embroidered and embellished blocks which Kay had brought along, as well as a quilt made from even more of these blocks.  I can see that we may well need a class in some of these techniques.

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We adjourned to the Supper Room for a cuppa, to check out the library books, and the raffles were drawn.  No luck again for me, I’m sorry to say, but two lucky ladies got to take home an interesting wrapped parcel each. 

Jenny Benton

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Hanging at Winchester House

Such a pretty little wall-hanging is at Winchester House this month.  Full of doilies, stitching, birds, and a sleepy owl, this wall-hanging says “vintage”.  Not, as I first thought, made by Griet, but certainly inspired by her.  Turning the back over the label I discovered it was made by Janneke.  This pretty work of art looked wonderful hanging at Winchester House.

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Janneke’s lovely wall-hanging

Jenny Benton

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Post Card from Hamilton and New Plymouth

Hi all

Not much stitching is getting done as we are on a road trip with our caravan.  We spent a few days at Hamilton looking through the Camper and Motor Home Show.  Lots of brand spanking new rigs to buy, if you are in the market for one.  I rather liked the tiny retro caravans from earlier years, all done up so nicely and styled with all sorts of interesting accessories.  So cute!

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Then we moved down to New Plymouth and were lucky to see Mt Egmont in all her glory.  For one day only, I hasten to add, as the mountain was hidden under cloud cover on the other days we were there.

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I called in to a “new to me” quilt shop, “In Stitches”, Stratford to make a few small purchases, as you do while travelling.  The very friendly owner showed me a commission quilt she was making for a man who told her he wanted to sleep under the mountain.  And what a great job she is doing.

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I purchased a couple of hanks of Perle #5 thread from this shop so I could continue with my stitcheries.  Well worth a stop if you are passing by. 

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Just a few more days on holiday, before we get home and I can get reacquainted with my sewing machine again.   I’m starting to get withdrawal symptoms!

Jenny Benton

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Hanging at Winchester House

I popped into the Cancer Society’s premises, Winchester House today.  And a lovely bright quilt was hanging up, on loan from a Town and Country Quilters member.

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“Early Bird” was stitched by Griet Lombard.  Such a lovely whimsical quilt, full of bright birdies and surrounded by sunflowers – sure to bring a smile to one’s face.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

July Allcomers Day

It was great to see so many club members on Saturday at the Allcomers Day.  Our current meeting place at the Vintage Car Club rooms is warm and cozy with plenty of tables available.  We had twelve members in the morning, with an extra one or two who popped in the afternoon, making it a good sized number of attendees.

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Ready for Morning Tea

Lynne had brought along instructions for a table runner, and several of the ladies decided to slice and sew their strips, cut them into squares and triangles, and then reassemble them.  The narrow “zinger” strips were the secret and made all the difference to this design.  Jane was sitting beside me, and thought it was such a great design, that she declared she would go home and stitch another one!

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Jane working on her table runner

Susan was getting to the finish line with the Bookcase quilt she was making for her daughter’s 21st Birthday.  Last time I saw it, it was still in pieces, and now the blocks had been “quilted as you go”, assembled, and the borders were being added.

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Susan’s Bookcase quilt

Several were making flowers and leaves as homework for the recent Hydrangea class run by Adrienne Walker.  I was amazed at the amount of stitching which went into making these organza leaves.

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Madalyn’s realistic Hydrangea leaves

Janneka had brought along a pretty floral quilt she was making which will be donated to the Pink Ladies Breast Cancer Support Group.  This is sure to be most appreciated by someone who is dealing with this health challenge.

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Donation quilt for the Pink Ladies group

There were some lovely new fabrics to admire.  Ute had brought along a new shipment of pretty imported fabrics in lovely Spring colours.  Contact her on https://www.thelifestyler.nz/ for more information.

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Ute showing her new fabric range

It was a lovely day, in nice surroundings, shared  with good company.  Many thanks to Lynne and the Committee for running these Allcomers Days for the club members.

Jenny Benton

Thursday, 13 July 2017

July Club Night

The cold weather and the expected Polar Blast kept many members away on Wednesday.  But the hall was nice and cozy, and the smaller group was warmly welcomed by President Lynne. 

Our speaker for the evening was well known designer, quilter and embroiderer Jenny Hunter from Plumeart, her mail order business.  Jenny had spoken to our group several years ago, so it was great to welcome her back again.  As a draughtswoman, Jenny was concerned with the lack of New Zealand inspired designs, so decided to do something about it.  Her beautiful New Zealand birds and plants have become something of an institution in the New Zealand Quilter magazine.

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Pohutakawa Sunrise – glowing with colour

She then showed us her lovely embroideries,  made in just two months for the Manawatu Embroiderers Exhibition.  Jenny chose the theme of Celtic works, and after a lot of research came up with these.  All these works deserved a close look to see the intricate stitching and beading.

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Celtic inspired embroideries

There was just a little Show and Tell brought along.  Griet showed us her quilt “Sunshine and Buttercups”, made from stitching lots of her little scraps together, she told us.

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Sunshine and Buttercups

Gill had just finished a cheeky Owl quilt, which is getting packed up and sent overseas for a lucky little someone.

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Gill’s Owl quilt

And Paula had brought along three little quilts – I particularly liked November Leaves.

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Paula with November Leaves

We adjourned to the Supper Room for a cuppa, to check out the library books, and the raffle draws.  Lynne made a special announcement to thank Val who is stepping down from kitchen duties after looking after this role for so long.  Thanks so much Val, your time and commitment has been most appreciated.