Stratford hosts regional quilting show
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.
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 .