Sunday, 18 September 2016

Colour and Contrast Quilt Exhibition 2016

My friends Sandra and Lesley accompanied me to Carterton yesterday to view the Wairarapa Quilting Guild's exhibition.
For all my overseas readers, The Wairarapa is located on the south-eastern corner of the North Island  of New Zealand.  It is made up of small country townships of which some are only 10 minutes drive apart.  Its a region of horticulture, animal farming and vineyards.  Its a beautiful place with only a two hour drive to the East Coast beaches - great for fishing. 
Because of this life style, a lot of people (and quilters) have retired to this region from the Wellington (our capital city) area.

This exhibition was held in the Carterton Event Centre and we had a great time catching up with "retired" quilters who have moved to this area.

I have taken a mixture of photographs of 27 so there should be something inspiring for different quilting tastes.  There were 94 quilts exhibited. 

A group of quilters each made their own version of "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Quilt".  Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler is a 140 block sampler quilt quilt made by the characters in a novel, The Master Quilter, the sixth in the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Study in Greens by Rayellen Chisholm

Hanna's Wedding Quilt by Adie Wyeth

Rhapsody in Blues by Sue Burns

Elm Creek Sampler by Judy Betts
There were several 'Storm at Sea" quilts

Love at Sea by Adie Wyeth (this was a miniature)

Forest Light by Sheila Christensen
A variation of the Storm at Sea started in a Maria Travers' class
Light between Oceans by Heather Vernon
Memories by Daphne Pratt

Caswell Quilt by Judy Betts

Wind in the Whiskers by Carol Whitehead
A McKenna Ryan design

Peace in the Garden by Susan Proctor

Leanne's House Block of the Month by Sarah Williams
You'll have to scroll in to see the detail.
City Shadows by Noeline Day
Close up of City Shadows.  Use of colour in the quilting thread.
A Yen for Red by Carol Auckram
Original designer of this quilt is Sandra Kennington, Auckland New Zealand

Anchorage by Margaret Enright

For Liz by Helen Ewan
Crossing the Waingawa by Maggie Pryce

Diamonds by the Dozen by Monica Rose

True Weave by Sheila Skene

Georgetown by Margaret Enright
all made from plaids

Hoop La by Daphne Pratt
Antipodean Morris Magic by Sheila Williamson

Heather's Garden by Sarah Wilkins

Autumn Bouquet by Maria Travers
To close of this post.  Here are a couple of quilts made by Pauline Cave.  Pauline is known for and tutors around New Zealand teaching  her "scrappy" or scrap bag quilts. Her piecing and finishing is stunning.
Underground Railroad by Pauline Cave

Julia Grant by Pauline Cave

Mary Lincoln by Pauline Cave

Thank you for taking the time to view this quilts from Wairarapa Quilters.



  1. Far out clearly the pace of life over there gives everyone lots and lots of time to work on exquisitely detailed quilts!


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