Quilters to show off their work

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Otautau Patchwork Group secretary Joyce Wilson, of Winton (left), and president Jenni Thomson, of Ohai, show the quilt which will be raffled at the group's Quilts & Cake event at Labour Weekend.

QUILTS from throughout New Zealand will be on display at this year’s Quilts & Cake exhibition held in Winton during Labour Weekend.

Hosted by the Otautau Patchwork Group, the annual exhibition will showcase members’ work as well as two challenges from Aotearoa Quilters Aqua and Journey.

Otautau Patchwork Group president Jenni Thomson, of Ohai, said Aotearoa Quilters was the national quilters’ association, which aimed to support all quilters in New Zealand through education, classes and exhibitions.

Group secretary Joyce Wilson said the Aqua and Journey quilts would be of “great interest to all quilters in Southland as the Winton exhibition would be the only time they would be able to be seen in the South Island”.

Mainly coloured aqua, the Aotearoa Quilters Aqua Colour Challenge was open to all quilters, with the work 30cm wide by 41cm high.

The other challenge, Journey, was only open to members of the association with the work to be 60cm wide by 100cm high. Any form of quilt-making design, style or technique was able to be used.

The Quilts & Cake exhibition had been held annually for more than 20 years. Although it was hosted by the Otautau Patchwork Group, it was the second year it would be held in Winton.

Ms Thomson said the group was excited to be holding the exhibition in the Memorial Hall.

“Last year was so successful… we are happy with the location because of its accessibility.

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

About 10 merchants, from quilting and craft suppliers, knitwear, homemade items, polished stones to honey and collectables will be along the Merchants Mall.

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

Catering for the “husbands and partners”, there would also be a “blokes corner” for them “to have a seat and relax, Mrs Wilson said.

Founded 31 years ago, the group, which had 20 members from throughout Central and Western Southland, met every Tuesday at 9.30am at the Otautau Bowling Club, Rye St, Otautau.

Mrs Wilson, who had been a member of the club for 18 years, and Ms Thomson, who joined two-and-a-half years ago, both said they enjoyed sharing their craft with others, as well as the friendship and the inspiration other crafters offered.

  • Quilts & Cake, exhibition by Otautau Patchwork Group, Memorial Hall, Meldrum St, Winton, Friday, October 23, to Monday, October 26, 10am-4pm. Entry, $5 includes a hot drink and cake.
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