Quilters show off their work

Otautau Patchwork Group member Zola Ayson, of Otautau, among some of the many quilts she has made, along with granddaughter Kate Pyper (16) who is holding the quilt her grandmother made for her.

THE Otautau Patchwork Exhibition will be held in Winton this weekend.

Hosted by the Otautau Patchwork Group, the exhibition would showcase members’ work.

President Joan Redpath, of Bluecliffs, said the annual quilt exhibition had been held annually for more than 20 years.

Although it was hosted by the Otautau Patchwork Group, it would be the third year it would be held in Winton.

On display would be quilts and other patchwork-related items including bags, cushions and wall hangings, including this year’s President’s Challenge entries which was Inchies – a small piece of fabric which was sewed, decorated and embellished.

Otautau Patchwork Group president Joan Redpath, of Bluecliffs, shows the quilt which members made for the raffle as part of the group’s patchwork exhibition being held at Labour Weekend.

Members were excited to host the exhibition in the Memorial Hall, Meldrum St, Winton from Friday, October 22, to Sunday, October 25, 10am to 4pm daily. Entry was $5.

“Because it is a big venue, it was much easier to display and view the quilts and there was also more space for the merchants.”

However, due to alert level restrictions, the popular afternoon tea would not be able to be served this year.

Various merchants, from quilting and craft suppliers, knitwear and homemade items would be along the Merchants Mall inside the hall, including Sewing With Passion from Invercargill, Quirky Stitch, of Mosgiel, Glenys Donaldson, of Owaka, Diana Alexander, of Riversdale and Pam Eade, of Winton.

There would also be raffles on sale, with a beautiful, multicoloured quilt, which had been made by club members as the main prize, as well as two grocery hampers.

Many years of enjoyment
Founded more than 30 years ago, the group which had about 20 members from throughout Central and Western Southland, met every Tuesday at 9.30am at the Otautau Bowling Club, Rye St, Otautau.

A maker of heritage quilts and other items, Zola Ayson, of Otautau, had been a member of the group for many years.

“I make things and gifts for people”, in particular quilts which she personalised.

Each of her three grandchildren, Matt, Kate and Will, had received a personalised quilt when they were youngsters, as had her children Mark and Nadine.

Granddaughter Kate Pyper (16) loved her quilt so much, it was still on her bed, she said.

Her brother Matt had been gifted a new, larger quilt from his grandmother when he went to varsity, she said.