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