Strat­ford hosts re­gional quilt­ing show

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The com­plex world of quilt­ing will be dis­played at an up­com­ing re­gional show. The Taranaki Patch­work and Quil­ters Guild Inc is hold­ing their bi­en­nial show on Novem­ber 4, 5 and 6 at the Strat­ford War Memo­rial Hall.

Event spokes­woman Jen­nifer Pat­ter­son said at least 180 fab­ric art cov­er­ings would be dis­played and judged at what dou­bles as a com­pe­ti­tion.

There are var­i­ous chal­lenges and awards quil­ters work to­wards and Pat­ter­son said it was a com­plex world of stitch­ing.

‘‘We’ve got some pretty spe­cial judges com­ing through,’’ she said.

‘‘Pro­fes­sor Hazel Gomec is judg­ing and so is Anna Wil­liams.’’

Pat­ter­son said sev­eral quilt­ing styles would be show­cased in­clud­ing fine art quilts, which could be hand­painted, bed quilts that could be pieced and ap­pliqued and whole quilt tops that were then sand­wiched to­gether and the quilt­ing process judged.

Un­der ex­am­i­na­tion were the over­all look, the skill of the stitch­ing, cut­ting and tech­nique.

‘‘They’re look­ing for that wow fac­tor.’’

Art or wall quilts are in­tri­cate. Pat­ter­son has sewn 970 beads to one of her works and said she knew of an­other piece which would dis­play more than 1000.

‘‘It can take up to a year,’’ she said.

‘‘It takes weeks to put a quilt to­gether if you’re do­ing bead­ing. A lot of paint is be­ing used now on quilts.’’

The show will be open from 10am to 5pm Fri­day and Satur­day and Sun­day from 10am to 3pm.

An awards evening will be held at Strat­ford’s Percy Thom­son gallery from 5.30pm Fri­day night.

BRIEF HIS­TORY

Lit­tle is known about patch­work and quilt­ing be­fore the 18th cen­tury, and there are few sur­viv­ing ex­am­ples.

It was pop­u­lar dur­ing Vic­to­rian times but the 20th cen­tury was a time of great fluc­tu­a­tion. The in­ter­rup­tion of two world wars and a dra­matic shift in so­ci­ety led to a scarcity of avail­able ma­te­ri­als and de­cline in tra­di­tional skills. Com­pe­ti­tion from com­mer­cially man­u­fac­tured al­ter­na­tives meant tra­di­tional quilts seemed time con­sum­ing and un­de­sir­able. How­ever, some peo­ple con­tin­ued to prac­tise and teach and from the 1960s those skills have be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar. The Quil­ters Guild was formed to en­sure that the tra­di­tional crafts were passed on.

This patch­work quilt car cover will be dis­played in Strat­ford dur­ing the re­gional show .

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