Quilty plea­sures - a cel­e­bra­tion

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

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.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Quil­ters and their colour­ful cre­ations get ready for this week­end’s quilt show.

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