Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The 12 x 12 Exhibition is open NOW

Yes, we had the opening night last night, and the quilts look great hanging in the exhibition space at the Hutt Arts Society in Myrtle St, Lower Hutt.

Congratulations to Lyn White who won Best in Show for her quilt called "Light Show at the Museum":



Who would have thought that the Pink category would draw the most entries!


There are 12 different categories which also include Flora and Fauna:


and Round the World


Thank you to Kirsten Duncan who was the judge.  Kirsten was part of the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt challenge and some of her mini quilts are also on display.

Here's some more quilts in case you can't get along to the exhibition:

by Lesley Masters - Dad's Dairy


by Lynley Graham
by Sheryl Anicich - winner of Best use of Colour award
by Wendy Welsh

Monday, 29 May 2017

12 x 12 Exhibition

Are you ready? Have you made your mini quilts yet? Did you hand them in at the AGM on Saturday?



Don't panic - you still have four weeks to come up with some great mini quilts for our 12 x 12 Exhibition at the Hutt Arts Society.  Entries close on 24 June at 4pm.  You can read all the rules on this page here.

Get creative people! Think outside the square - how many ideas can you pack into an area 12' x 12"?

It's going to be a great exhibition so join in and be proud to see your work hanging in the exhibition.


Friday, 5 May 2017

April meeting - Jo Dixey

Jo Dixey is New Zealand's only professional embroiderer and she came to speak to our guild in April.  Jo trained at the Royal School of Needlework in the UK and these are some of the beautiful pieces she bought along to show us.

You can find Jo on Instagram as @dixeysoul and her blog is here.









The details were just amazing and her stitching is beautiful.




Jo is now a quilter too, but embroidery is still her first love and passion.  Everyone enjoyed getting a close up look at her work.



Wendy Welsh was the lucky winner of the block of the month!!  Fortunately she was wearing just the right top to match the blocks on the wall.


I can't wait to sew these together and make my first ever truly scrappy quilt

Friday, 3 March 2017

February 2017 meeting - Hazel Foot

Hazel Foot was our guest speaker at our February meeting.  She spoke about how her international travels have inspired her to make quilts.

Hazel made this quilt after a trip to India. The trellis pattern down the centre is based on patterns she saw in India.





However, Hazel usually prefers black as a background, and wasn't totally happy with this quilt, so made another version with a black background. Here they are side by side.


And some close ups of the black version.




Hazel lived in Papua New Guinea for some years and made this quilt in the style of tapa cloth.
 




Another beautiful quilt Hazel showed included these gorgeous strong colours and very detailed quilting. 



Hazel also ran a class on Sunday for our guild members.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

January 2017 meeting

Our first meeting back was a relaxed affair with lots of hand stitching and catching up.  We had a great block of the month:



And got to see a finished quilt made from previous BOMs:



More from Show and Tell:




Our guest speaker in February will be Hazel Foot.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

2017 Meeting Dates

We're looking forward to our first guild meeting of 2017 on Saturday 28 January.  It will be a "sit and sew" day so be sure to bring some hand work with you.  You can find a list of all our meeting dates for 2017 here.

Here's some show and tell from last year's meetings:

My Small World by Lyn Bell from Masterton

Meadow Quilt by Helen Malanchack



Block of the Month

Block of the Month




Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas meeting

On 26 November we had our Christmas party. As usual, the hall looked lovely with all the Christmas quilts hanging around the walls.




This year we were entertained by the Hutt Valley Community Choir. They sang some lovely Christmas songs and invited us to join in too.


We also enjoyed a shard lunch and some show and tell.

Our next meeting will be a sit and sew meeting on 28 January 2017.  Until then, enjoy the break and make sure to make time for quilting - Merry Christmas.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Juliet van der Heijden

Our August guest speaker was Juliet van der Heijden from Christchurch.  Juliet has made a name for herself as a creater of fabulour foundation paper piecing patterns.  You might know her through her blog Tartan Kiwi. The name came about because she's a Scot, now living in New Zealand.


Juliet talked about her work as an archeologist, and then as a radiographer in the Netherlands.


She showed us lots of photos of her quilts, and bought some along for us to look at closely.




Fourteen of our guild members took a full day class with Juliet on the Sunday after the guild meeting, and made the 20" zebra pattern.  Here's some photos from the class.



You can buy all of Juliet's patterns in her online store and print them out at home.  Just click here.