Globe The­atre ac­quires com­bi­na­tion mega quilt

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Quil­ter Josie Bliss (left) with Phil Monk and Max­ine Dale.

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