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.

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