Planning is underway for Tote & Gloat 2015, which will be held a week later than is usual, in Arena 2 on the 9th of May. This venue is bigger, brighter and much more sound-proof and I’m sure you will all enjoy it.
Pre-registration for Tote & Gloat is essential – entry tickets are not sold on the day. Cost $15
You can buy them in Palmerston North from The Cloth Shop (48 Victoria Ave), Village Books & Crafts (318 College Street) or Angels in Gumboots (101 Cambridge Ave, Ashhurst)
Our guest speaker is Kay Haerland from Australia. As Kay is not teaching after Tote & Gloat, we have decided to pay extra for her to bring out extra quilts for us to see. It is much nicer to see the actual quilts than on a screen on stage.
Once again we will have raffles, challenge quilts, a Merchant Mall and your fabulous quilts all on show! To help you plan your day, here is a rough guide of what is planned:
8:30am Hall open for viewing guest exhibitor’s work and merchant mall. Hand in blocks for block challenge. Cafeteria open (we do recommend you purchase your lunch early before the rush, and Eftpos is available).
10:00am Tote & Gloat begins
12:30pm Lunch break.
1:45pm Voting for Viewer’s Choice on Challenge Quilt and Challenge Block closes
2:25pm Guest speaker
3:15pm Announcement of the Challenge winners
4:00pm Quilts taken down.
This year we are having two Challenges for RCQ members : 1. The Christmas Cracker Challenge
On arrival to the November meeting you would have been given a Christmas cracker. You may use any part from the cracker for your inspiration –the cracker itself, maybe the colour, or anything that is inside or outside the cracker. Have fun with this challenge. The challenge rules are that it must fit within 1 metre square, but cannot be a square or a rectangular shape.
The Challenge must have an Artist’s Statement attached to your entry that has no more than fifty words. 2. The Bucket List Challenge
This is an Open Challenge (it will not be judged in categories) and the maximum size is 2 metres square. You may use a pattern (but you must acknowledge who designed it, the name of the pattern and where you got it from). It may have been a class that you took at Symposium if it was on your bucket list. This could be a quilt that you have wanted to make for a while and didn’t get around to it or a pattern that you’ve had for a long time. This quilt must include a Velcro fluffy side sleeve attached to the quilt.
The Challenge must have an Artist’s Statement attached to your entry that has no more than fifty words.
More information will be posted as we get closer to the day.
The first Saturday Stitchin' for 2015 is Saturday 21st February
Every 3rd Saturday of the month at the Awapuni Community Hall in Newbury St from 9.30am – 4.00pm several Rose City Quilters members have been meeting for a day of sewing, chatting, eating and drinking. This is a great day to bring UFO’s and to pick up tips on binding, borders, colours and so on. The hall has heaps of light and plenty of tables to spread out on. There’s also a table tennis table, which is ideal for basting large quilts. You need to bring a cup/mug, your lunch and $2.00. If you want to join any Saturday Stitchin’ please contact Robin Huxtable, phone 358 5117 or just turn up.