No shame in pleading quilty
Hundreds of quilters will converge on Palmerston North for the Rose City Quilters annual Tote and Gloat this Saturday.
Club member Dianne Southey likened the one-day Arena 2 event to a mini convention, attracting quilters from around the lower North Island.
Entrants had the opportunity to parade, display and tell the stories behind their quilted creations in front of an audience that could number as many as 500.
‘‘It’s a chance for members and visitors to immerse themselves in patchwork for the day,’’ Southey said.
Guest speaker will be Rachel Maw from iconic Ashburton craft store, Annie’s Country Quilts. Maw will be giving two classes on a handcraft technique known as paper piecing.
Rose City Quilters started in 1982 and now had over 200 members.
The strength and attraction of the city’s biggest quilting club lay in a willingness to embrace new approaches and techniques, Southey said.
‘‘We don’t mind trying new things, and there is a willingness to keep up with modern quilting movements around the world. I’ve been quilting for over 30 years and I still love it.’’
Along with the catch-ups, challenges, displays and classes, Saturday’s Tote & Gloat also hosts fabric, pattern, equipment and gift stalls.
Examples of work, donated to hospice, by Palmerston North’s Rose City Quilters.