Ex­plore quilt­ing at show

Stratford Press - - News - By ALICE COWDREY

Peo­ple can ex­plore the bold and beau­ti­ful world of quilt­ing in Strat­ford this week­end.

The Taranaki Quilt Fes­ti­val is at the Strat­ford Me­mo­rial Hall from Fri­day to Sun­day, fea­tur­ing a range of func­tional and art quilts.

The bi­en­nial fes­ti­val is or­gan­ised by the Taranaki Patch­work­ers and Quil­ters and fea­tures around 100 quilts in a va­ri­ety of colours, styles and sizes.

Strat­ford quil­ter Jen­nifer Pat­ter­son has six quilts in the show. She was a foun­da­tion mem­ber of the Strat­ford Vil­lage Quil­ters group 21 years a go and had never made a quilt be­fore join­ing. Once she started, she was hooked. “It’s just a pas­sion re­ally.” Jen­nifer says many quil­ters start off mak­ing their grand­chil­dren quilts. They then branch out into dif­fer­ent styles and many start quilt­ing for or­gan­i­sa­tions which help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

Quilt­ing is not only about fab­rics but can in­cor­po­rate a range of tech­niques like em­broi­dery, felt­ing and bead­ing.

As well as a gen­eral ex­hi­bi­tion of Taranaki quil­ters work in many cat­e­gories, sev­eral chal­lenges as part of the fes­ti­val prepa­ra­tion ex­tend mem­bers’ imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity. Sub­jects in­clude found ob­jects, a view from my win­dow and re­flec­tions monochro­matic.

The judges are em­broi­derer Jo Dixey and award win­ning quil­ter Velda Sut­ton.

There will be a sales shop in the hall where lo­cal quil­ters are sell­ing other pieces of their work. There will also be a mer­chants’ mall within the hall where a wide range of fab­rics and other craft items are avail­able for sale.

In con­junc­tion with the fes­ti­val, The Percy Thomp­son Gallery is stag­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of work ti­tled Art Deco from Aotearoa Patch­work­ers and Quil­ters. Mem­bers sub­mit­ted their en­tries some have been cho­sen to tour New Zealand. Taranaki mem­bers have three pieces of work in this ex­hi­bi­tion.

■ The Taranaki Quilt Fes­ti­val is on at the Strat­ford Me­mo­rial Hall from Fri­day to Satur­day between

10am and 4pm and on Sun­day between 10am and 3pm. Ad­mis­sion is $5 per per­son. The Percy Thom­son Gallery will have ex­tended open­ing hours dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

Strat­ford quil­ter Jen­nifer Pat­ter­son with a bargello pat­terned quilt.

The Percy Thom­son Gallery is show­ing 20 quilts from the Aotearoa Quil­ters Art Deco Chal­lenge as part of the Taranaki Quilt Fes­ti­val. The win­ning work is Cham­pagne Che´ re? by Sonya Pr­chal.

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