Thursday, 14 December 2017

2017 Christmas Party

Our November meeting was our last meeting of the year.  We enjoyed a shared lunch, and then some light-hearted entertainment. 

The Block of the Month was a Trip Around the World.  Don't the blocks look great together? Each person made a quarter of the diamond shape.  This is 32 blocks on the wall.

The winner was Irene Anderton.  Congratulations Irene.

Our next Block of the Month is wool felt applique leaves.  Here's an example.

Enjoy the Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you again on Saturday 26 January 2018.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Block of the Month

We have some great block of the month designs at Capital Quilters. 

September 2017

The blocks always look so colourful up on the wall, and the winners are always delighted to take them all away.

October 2017

Members are encouraged to bring back their finished quilts and show us how they've used the blocks. 

Block of the Month on the wall

A finished quilt

And because we've just had Halloween, here's tow Halloween quilts members shared recently.

pattern by Libs Elliott

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Christchurch Quilt Symposium 2017

Capital Quilters was very well represented at our national five day Quilt Symposium in Christchurch.  Our members had quilts in the juried exhibitions, and enjoyed attending classes with national and international tutors. Some of our members were even tutors themselves.

The Opening Ceremony and prize giving was held at the Cardboard Cathedral (above).  It was a thrill to see Capital Quilters winning awards for their quilts.  Congratulations to all of the following winners.

Winner of Power of Two category - more than one maker:

Merit in Power of Two:

Winner of Traditional Quilt:

this photo makes it look blue, but it isn't

Jeanie O'Sullivan also won Viewers' Choice for her quilt above, Ties that Bind:

Winner of Contemporary:

Winner of Best Use of Quilting: 

Yes - it's hand quilted!!!

 Winner Modern:

You can see a full list of winners on the Quilt Symposium website here.

Friday, 8 September 2017

August club meeting

The winner of our August Block of the Month was Janet Evans, our new President, and the blocks couldn't have gone to a better person.  Janet loves pink, and she looked just right standing beside them all.


We had some lovely quilts for Show and Tell, including this one by Cathy Linney, made from a block of the month pattern she would have loved to have won. Unfortunately Cathy didn't win them, so she went home and made her own blocks.

Here are the blocks Cathy would have liked to have won, back in October 2015.

Wendy Welsh bought her la passacaglia along to show us her finished quilt.  Here it is hanging beside Anne Read's beautiful Cotton + Steel quilt, and a fraction of Cherie Gurney's Tula Pink 100 blocks quilt.

Here are some of our faithful committee members who handle membership, name tags and the finances, surrounded by all the beautiful show and tell quilts.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Our second jelly roll race

At our July 2017 we held our second jelly roll race.  Everyone enjoyed the first one so much, we just had to do it again.

These quilt tops were all made in less than two hours, and once quilted, they will be donated to the Cosy Kids charity.  They will donate them to children in New Zealand who are in need of extra support.

Two quilts didn't quite get finished on the day, but it was worth the wait to see them the following month.

You can read about our previous Jelly Roll race here.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The 12 x 12 Exhibition is open NOW

Yes, we had the opening night last night, and the quilts look great hanging in the exhibition space at the Hutt Arts Society in Myrtle St, Lower Hutt.

Congratulations to Lyn White who won Best in Show for her quilt called "Light Show at the Museum":

Who would have thought that the Pink category would draw the most entries!

There are 12 different categories which also include Flora and Fauna:

and Round the World

Thank you to Kirsten Duncan who was the judge.  Kirsten was part of the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt challenge and some of her mini quilts are also on display.

Here's some more quilts in case you can't get along to the exhibition:

by Lesley Masters - Dad's Dairy

by Lynley Graham
by Sheryl Anicich - winner of Best use of Colour award
by Wendy Welsh

Monday, 29 May 2017

12 x 12 Exhibition

Are you ready? Have you made your mini quilts yet? Did you hand them in at the AGM on Saturday?

Don't panic - you still have four weeks to come up with some great mini quilts for our 12 x 12 Exhibition at the Hutt Arts Society.  Entries close on 24 June at 4pm.  You can read all the rules on this page here.

Get creative people! Think outside the square - how many ideas can you pack into an area 12' x 12"?

It's going to be a great exhibition so join in and be proud to see your work hanging in the exhibition.

Friday, 5 May 2017

April meeting - Jo Dixey

Jo Dixey is New Zealand's only professional embroiderer and she came to speak to our guild in April.  Jo trained at the Royal School of Needlework in the UK and these are some of the beautiful pieces she bought along to show us.

You can find Jo on Instagram as @dixeysoul and her blog is here.

The details were just amazing and her stitching is beautiful.

Jo is now a quilter too, but embroidery is still her first love and passion.  Everyone enjoyed getting a close up look at her work.

Wendy Welsh was the lucky winner of the block of the month!!  Fortunately she was wearing just the right top to match the blocks on the wall.

I can't wait to sew these together and make my first ever truly scrappy quilt