Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Quilt Symposium 2015

National Quilt Symposium is over for 2015 - and what a wonderful event it was. RCQ can be very proud of the huge part they played as one of the clubs organising it all.
The stage on opening night at the Regent featured fabulous poppies.
Click on any photo to see it larger.
Prize winners were announced and this quilt by Melanie Martin won Bernina best of show :
"Is it art?" by Melanie Martin
DETAIL : "Is it art?" by Melanie Martin
There were several exhibitions about town. In the Convention Centre was the main judged exhibition.
all dressed up outside the Convention Centre :-)
Each of the clubs involved with Symposium was asked to run a club challenge : size A3 Portrait, using Black, white and a specific colour (Rose City Quilters' colour was red). Members were asked to consider portraying what is special to them about their area. Each club chose 3 quilts from their entries to hang in the foyer of the major Quilt Exhibition at Symposium to greet people as they enter. See our club winners HERE.
This beautiful quilt also on display in the foyer was a raffle :
quilted by Paula Shailer
See some of the quilts on display at the Convention Centre posted by one of our members HERE and by another quilter HERE.
The Symposium dinner is always a highlight.

On Sunday night we were treated to fabulous food and a wonderful display of past entrants from Evento - our local High School wearable arts competition held annually in Feilding.
Girls' High School was a great venue again for the the classes and lectures
We had a wonderful variety of talented tutors and speakers - see more in a blogpost by one of our members about the tutors' exhibition HERE.
And then it was the closing ceremony
Seen from both sides :-)
Next Symposium is in Christchurch in October 2017 - find out all about it HERE.

Monday, January 5, 2015

January Club Meeting

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Welcome to 2015. Our first Rose City Quilters' Club meeting is Monday 26th January
The Lychway
5 Roy Street, Palmerston North
Doors open at 7pm - Meeting starts at 7.30pm
Visitors welcome - $3 at the door
Our quilt symposium will be done - please bring your work to share from any classes you attended - they can just be samples ;-) Also bring quilts you had accepted for exhibition and any other Symposium related things to share.
Don't forget to pay your membership subscription by 31 January to get the best price.
January Block of the Month :: we will have an "orphan" block collection. Bring along any blocks you no longer want, and committee will organise to have them put together at Sewing Days during the year for the Charity stockpile.
Looking ahead to Tote & Gloat 2015 : diary Saturday 9th May - our guest speaker will be Kay Haerland - click HERE for her website. Arena 3 is not available on our usual first Saturday in May - the upside is that we won't clash with the Auckland Quilt show, Wanganui's Cotton On Quilters' monthly meeting, and the first day of duck shooting! More later....
Also please note there will be no Saturday Stitchin' in January due to Symposium. The first one in 2015 will be Saturday 21st February.