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