Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tote and Gloat 2008

Next Saturday 3rd May, the start of the Duck Shooting Season, is a day for the girls (oops! and those men who would rather quilt than shoot ducks!) at our annual Tote and Gloat. This year it will be held at Arena 3 on Pascal Street, Palmerston North, starting at 8:30am until 4:00pm. A day of quilts, show and tell, friends, shopping, competitions and a guest speaker. This year we have invited Sandy Corry from Australia.
Here's some history of Rose City Quilter's Tote and Gloat (by Josie Bliss, Club Historian).
The first Tote and Gloat was held at West End School Hall on 12th April 1986 after Jennie Anderson came up with the idea. The cost was $3.00 and we had 2 merchant stands. At the 2nd Tote and Gloat there was a cushion competition and then in 1989 the first challenge wall hanging competition was introduced - there were 37 entries. For several years now, besides a challenge for club members, there has been a block challenge, which anyone purchasing tickets to Tote & Gloat is able to enter. Instructions are sent with the tickets. A selection of these blocks are chosen by a Viewer's Choice vote and used to make a raffle quilt for the following year. The balance of the entries are put into bundles and lots drawn from those who entered.
Since 1986 Tote & Gloat has been an annual event on Rose City Quilters' calendar with our 22nd Tote & Gloat to be held this year.
This is a ticket only event, but if you happen to be in the area and wish to attend a limited number of tickets are available at the door (you won't be turned away from a fantastic day!). Cost is $10.00 and there is a cafe on-site for purchasing of food and drinks.
Tote and Gloat is a great day out with entertainment, a guest speaker, lucky spot prizes, merchants, challenges and a wonderful Show and Tell provided by quilters from near and far.