Globe Theatre acquires combination mega quilt
When Josie Bliss from Rose City Quilters was asked if she could make 20 ‘‘pillowcase-sized’’ quilts in three weeks, she may have blinked, but she didn’t hesitate.
The quilts were required for Manawatu Theatre’s February production of musical play Quilt at the Globe. Not only a specified size, the quilts had to carry images that related to characters in the play.
Bliss, a Rose City Quilter for 30 years, realised she wouldn’t be able to make them on her own and quickly recruited three other quilters to help out.
The results were a collection of artfully contrived pieces that far surpassed the expectations of those who had commissioned them.
Manawatu Theatre’s Maxine Dale said members of the production were expecting quickly fabricated stage props, which is why they only gave Bliss a short lead-in.
‘‘Instead, we got pieces of art that couldn’t be chucked away afterwards or stored away in box.
‘‘Never in our wildest dreams did we expect this level of artistic integrity.’’
Measuring 2.85 metres by 1.83 metres, the quilt is set to be displayed as a wall hanging in the Globe Theatre foyer behind the box office.
Quilter Josie Bliss (left) with Phil Monk and Maxine Dale.