Friday, 19 May 2017

Exhibitions, classes and Twined knitting

I have had a crazy 6 weeks so its been a while since I last posted.
Let me share some of the quilts I have seen and what some of my students have been making.

In April, Kapiti Quilters held their "Rapt in Quilts" exhibition.  Jo (owner of Wellington Sewing Center) and I had the pleasure of being one of the vendors at this event which was held at Southwards Car Museum.

The club members had to include this fabric in their challenge quilts.

Here are six of the challenge quilts. Very clever and I suspect these quilt makers had a lot of fun.

Other Quilts on Show
Pohutukawa by Sandra Killin
Best Contempory Quilt
A Mary Metcalf design

Soaring Compliments. Pattern designed by Caryl Bryer Falert.
A group of friends worked together making their own interpretation of this quilt.
Quilt makers:
 (top left to right) Judy Boyle, Bobby Duncan, Judith Dudson
(bottom left to right) Anne-Marie Dunlop, Barbara Hanaray Loarraine Murray

White Delight by Carol Denley

Dandelions by Sandra Killin

1388 Pieces by Sandra Killin

Pansy Beauty by Anne-Marie Dunlop
Best in Show

Crazy Patch by Judith MacDonald
Unfortunately my photograph was affected by lighting
For the Olive Grove by Paulette Meldrum

Kaleidoscope by Jacqui Balaam

Cocktail Twise by Carol Pedersen

Conway Album Quilt by Sheryl Meech

Night Flowers by Sheryl Meech
Best machine applique
Jo Morris (on the right) and me before the doors opened.

A group of quilters meet every Wednesday evening to work on their own projects and I am their to assist them - sort of like a mentor.  One member has been sick so these ladies decided it would be nice to make a quilt for her.  Over an eight week period they learnt how to paperpiece using one of Carol Doak's designs.
Here was the quilt top on my design wall which has now been completed and handed over last week to the recipient.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Tote and Gloat a Quilting event in Palmerston North organised by Rose City Quilters.  I have only taken a few photos of this year's event.  Not all the quilts were labeled with the quilt makers details.

Over the last month I have been teaching a beginners quilting class.  Tops have been completed and quilts pinned ready for quilting.

This is Tammie's quilt.  Quite different for a first quilt.
The top has been made from her Mother's cardigans.  

Jenny's Dr Seuss

Maina's quilt top.  Notice the teaspoons?
If you don't have a pin closing tool, teaspoons work really well.
I had the opportunity to attend a Twined knitting class with Beth Brown-Reinsel from the U.S.
She specialises in traditional knitting.  Her examples were absolutely stunning.  You need to google her.

This is my cast on using three strands of yarn

This is the class effort at the end of the day. 
My cutting table is covered in fabric for my winter wardrobe plus I seem to have far to many UFO's.
Time to complete more projects.

One more thing to show of.  This stunning piece of knitting (Gallipoli) was made by Jo Morris.  It has been on display in the shop for April and May.  Poppy contributions were made by customers and the crotchet club of Tawa College.  Note the purple poppy?  That represents all the horses and messaging pigeons that died.

Happy stitching


  1. I really love your blog. .talented folk out there hard to choose a favourite perhaps the purple poppy won the day and the knitting very intriguing

  2. I really love your blog. .talented folk out there hard to choose a favourite perhaps the purple poppy won the day and the knitting very intriguing


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