Colling­wood draws a crowd for quilts

The Leader (Tasman) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - NINA HIND­MARSH

There was a clear win­ner at Golden Bay’s patch­work and quilt ex­hi­bi­tion which drew over 300 visi­tors on Labour week­end.

‘‘Crys­tal Prism’’ by Pamela Burnett of Colling­wood took home the top Peo­ple’s Choice award for its stun­ning con­trast of colour and crafts­man­ship.

The 26th an­nual Golden Bay Patch­work and Quil­ters’ Guild ex­hi­bi­tion at the Colling­wood hall dis­played about 104 quilts by the group’s 30 mem­bers.

Burnett said the piece, which will be a present for her grand­son’s 21st birth­day, took many hun­dreds of hours to make, and in­volved com­plex in­struc­tions such as mir­ror im­ages of the geo­met­ric shapes.

‘‘It was fun to make and I re­ally en­joyed do­ing it,’’ she said. ‘‘I was do­ing a sec­tion in a day. Ev­ery seam you sewed you had to press a cer­tain way, so there was a lot of iron­ing. It wasn’t as com­plex as it looked once you read the 2 pages of in­struc­tions and went about me­thod­i­cally.’’

The quilt­ing was done by Ricky Un­ter­berger from Hope and the pat­tern was de­signed by Hoffman’s Jeanie Sum­rall-Ajero.

Event co­or­di­na­tor Liza East­man said Un­ter­berger had used rain­bow var­ie­gated thread to quilt it.

‘‘Which re­ally com­ple­ments the colours in the quilt, it’s re­ally gor­geous. There’s a lot of work in the whole thing.’’

East­man said Colleen Burns came sec­ond place with her quilt, ‘‘Mem­o­ries of Den­nis­ton’’ which was also an in­cred­i­bly crafted piece.

‘‘We are re­ally happy peo­ple made the ef­fort to come out and take a look be­cause it was a re­ally good dis­play.’’

NINA HIND­MARSH/ THE LEADER

Pamela Burnett took home the Peo­ple’s Choice award at the quilt ex­hi­bi­tion in Colling­wood over Labour week­end.

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