Quilt­ing win­ners:

Hawke's Bay Today - - Indulge - Chris­tine McKay

Nim­ble fin­gers have made stun­ning quilts with love, which were on dis­play at the Dan­nevirke Cot­tage Quil­ters two-day ex­hi­bi­tion over the week­end.

And while there are just nine tal­ented club quil­ters, the show high­lighted a wide range of di­verse work.

“Quilt­ing isn’t just about the big pieces,” Cot­tage Quil­ters pres­i­dent, Bar­bara Chris­tian, said.

Among the dis­plays over the week­end were quilts des­tined to wrap around new ba­bies.

“The baby cap­sule quilts will be donated to the Dan­nevirke Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal’s ma­ter­nity unit,” Bar­bara said.

Juliet Wal­she was the lucky win­ner of a large cat quilt, a fundrais­ing raf­fle prize.

Bar­bara ad­mit­ted a lot of work had gone into the quilt, which ev­ery­one wanted to win.

“Raf­fling this quilt pro­vides funds for us to carry out our com­mu­nity pro­gramme, such as the baby cap­sule quilts and to de­velop our skills as quil­ters,” she said.

Quil­ters need to have pa­tience, and an eye for colour and de­sign and Bar­bara loves colour.

“I set goals for my­self and we all quilt just for the love of quilt­ing,”she said. “My colour­ful large quilt was made with mem­o­ries of my mum. You need to have a pur­pose and most of my quilts I give away.”

And with most of the quilts hav­ing their own story, Bar­bara ac­knowl­edged the quil­ters all do quilts for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

“What our quil­ters have pro­duced is phe­nom­e­nal. Ev­ery­one has con­tributed amaz­ing work and some have put their first quilt in the ex­hi­bi­tion,” she said.

Pam Smith’s large stars and sprigs quilt was de­scribed as “ab­so­lutely eq­ui­site,” while Anne In­gram’s win­ning large quilt took three years of love and hard work and had al­ready won top prize at a Hawke’s Bay com­pe­ti­tion.

“You have to do it for your­self,” Anne said.

Sarah Wadley’s first quilt was pro­duced on a 1970 Bern­ina sewing ma­chine, which meant lots of count­ing and mea­sur­ing.

“It was a real labour of love,” she said. Now, hus­band Phil has ■ The chal­lenge, Pam Smith 1; Sarah Wadley 2; Diana Mor­ris and Anne In­gram 3=.

■ En­cour­age­ment award win­ner Diana Mor­ris.

■ Mer­chant’s award win­ner, Judy Cold­stream.

■ Small quilt win­ners, Cyn­thia Ir­win 1; Pam Smith 2; Judy Cold­stream 3.

■ Large quilt win­ners, Anne In­gram 1; Pam Smith 2.

■ Raf­fle win­ners, quilt, Juliet Wal­she; ham­per and win, El­iz­a­beth

Judd.

pur­chased a fit-for-pur­pose ma­chine and Sarah couldn’t be hap­pier. And while the ex­hi­bi­tion was a chance to share their work with the pub­lic, the nine mem­bers, in­clud­ing life mem­ber Cyn­thia Ir­win who lives in Auck­land, all came to­gether for a great so­cial night out in Dan­nevirke on Fri­day.

Pho­tos: Chris­tine McKay

Tal­ented Dan­nevirke cot­tage quil­ters Anne In­gram, left and Bar­bara Chris­tian, pres­i­dent of the group, with Anne’s quilt on the left, win­ner of the large quilt sec­tion and Bar­bara’s third.

At the Dan­nevirke Cot­tage Quil­ters two-day ex­hi­bi­tion last week­end Anne In­gram, left, spon­sored an en­cour­age­ment award, won by Diana Mor­ris, right.

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