Quilty pleasures - a celebration
Quilting in Palmerston North is a hugely popular pastime and it’s set to be celebrated.
Thirty years ago, Rose City Quilters established a guild with 20 members. Now Rose City has over 200 active members.
Many of them will be exhibiting this weekend at the biennial Celebration of Quilts at the Palmerston North Girls’ High Huia Centre.
The guild’s Yvonne McEwen said Rose City was one of New Zealand’s bigger guilds, and over the years, the Celebration display, which started in 1988 as Quilt Fest, has needed to find larger venues.
‘‘We hold A Celebration of Quilts every two years and this year we have more than 200 quilts.’’
Guest exhibitors are renowned international quilters, Anna Williams, and Chrissy Sheed.
‘‘Anna teaches the technique known as trapunto and specialises in Celtic work. Chrissy has run the Sydney Quilt Show, and tutored around Australia.’’
Out-of-town judges for this year’s Celebration of Quilts Helen Pedersen and Christine Hartigan, made their decisions last weekend so members of the public will see the various award winners as well as appreciate the high qual- ity of the work.
Guild members meet each month in the Newbury St community hall to hear guest speakers and for classes, and also create quilts for charity organisations.
McEwen said in recent years one of their biggest efforts was to send 600 quilts to Christchurch in the aftermath of the earthquakes.
‘‘We’ve also made quilts for Ward 21 at the hospital, and replaced all the quilts at the hospice. July is our birthday month, and we give money to a nominated charity and provide two quilts for them to raffle. This year we chose Guide Dogs.’’
Rose City Quilters also sponsor two prizes at Evento - Best Workmanship - won by Feilding High School’s Danielle Fredriekson for the last two years, and for Best Use of Textiles.
A Celebration of Quilts includes stalls, a cafe and raffles. Entry to the Huia Centre is $5 with children accompanied by an adult, free.
Quilters and their colourful creations get ready for this weekend’s quilt show.