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March 2019

A Note From Wendy

Hello Everyone,

It’s full steam ahead for our exhibition on 4 and 5 May. Please search around and find some items for our basket raffles. Sewing items, toiletries or nice food things. The collection box will be at all our meetings from now on.
We also have tickets for our raffle quilt ready to sell. Please take a book and hit up your friends!
Happy sewing

(See all Wendy’s class news in the Classes section.)

What's Next

Does this belong to you?

This scarf was left behind at one of our quilting meetings.  If it belongs to you it is the cupboard at the Bridge Club  Phone Wendy if you can't get to the April night meeting and we she will arrange to get it to you.  0274679347.

Next evening meeting - Thursday 4th April at 7.15 for 7.30 start - Special General Meeting to pass remits re quorum for the AGM followed by Jill Hammonds showing photos from her trip to the Paducah Quilt Museum last year.  You can download the remits here: KCQ Remits to alter clauses 18, 4, 7, and 5 in KCQ Constitution (1).pdf


Have you got your quilt ready for the exhibition?


The exhibition will only be a success with your support. You do not have to have a “perfect” quilt for the exhibition. Indeed it was through going to exhibitions and seeing that not all seams matched, some of the lines were a bit wonky and a few points were missing that gave me the confidence to enter a quilt. It was a boost to see that even the experts made a few errors (perhaps not as many as me). Just put your quilt into the exhibition for others to enjoy the colours and designs.

The exhibition is now just a matter of weeks away. We will be asking you to take some cards and posters to give away and display in prominent places. We will be looking for fences where signs can be displayed from the beginning of April. Can you help?

 Raffle baskets. We have a few contributions for our baskets but need many more to make worthwhile prizes. Please bring a contribution or two to our next meetings. There are only two more evening meetings before the exhibition.

I have left the categories in this newsletter for you to see.


Gloria Loughman Class/es   


Gloria is with us for two full days
Saturday 9 March “Distinctive Doorways”
Sunday 10 March “Colour is Magic”

To see the details of what’s in each class please click on the "Classes" tab on the left navigation.

There are still a few spaces left put for the  “colours “ class on Sunday 10 March. If you want to attend please e mail me ASAP. 

Bargello Class

We also have a bargello class on Saturday 29 June. The tutor is Dianna Carroll and her quilt is a wall hanging size which means you will be able to get most of the top done in one day, then go home and make a bigger one with the techniques you’ve  learnt. Class fee is $15 . Please email me  to register

A letter of appreciation

This letter came through our website. I have written to Jan and received her permission to share it with you. She very kindly then sent a photo of the actual quilt so it may jog a memory for one or two of you.

Hi Kapiti Coast Quilters

I have finally scored your email address through a good quilting friend.

I have wanted for some time to let you know what happened to one of your quilts made in 2009 and sent to Christchurch for an earthquake victim.  

An elderly lady who I believe lived in a major damage zone received it and enjoyed it until her death some years ago.  The quilt was then given by the family to Seabrook McKenzie Centre to sell to raise funds for that Centre (which identifies and provides specialised tuition for those with Dyslexia) - this is the Centre where SPELD started in New Zealand.  The elderly lady's daughter is a tutor there.

I recognised the hard work and long hours that had gone into the quilt and also its rather emotional history so could not resist buying it. 

Although my family home only had very minor damage, I was working at the Centre  just off Bealey Avenue on the edge of the CBD on the day of the major February quake.  Our building was damaged but not in a life threatening way.  We spent the next 5 hours standing around our carpark with much liquifaction and further shakes (where we had to hold each other in order to stay upright), looking after the 24 children in our school who came from all over Christchurch and whose parents had difficulty making it into town to pick them up - the last one at about 6pm.  Everyone reacts differently in these circumstances but all are affected in some way.  Anxieties and memories can be triggered even today, for some more than others, though you may think we should have put it all behind us by now.

The generous thoughts and parcels from around NZ such as yours cannot be under rated, they have gone a long way to aiding the recuperation.  I wanted you all to know your quilt has been enjoyed now by two different families and that it has made a difference.  The thoughts and work behind the gift have been much appreciated.

Best regards for you and the work you do

Jan Mackay   


Saturday Quilting   

Our retreats have been renamed  Saturday Quilting . If there is not more support for these we will have to reconsider holding them. There were only 5 people at the last day.

Milton Wright

Milton will be at the Bridge Club on Saturday 13th April. This is his very last visit and his fabrics will be $10 metre. He has been visiting for many years and is always very supportive of the various guilds. 

This will be an opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to him.


Once again there are new books this month. Keep a look out.

Exhibition Categories 2019.

The categories for awards have changed this time and are as follows:-

The 3 main categories are

  1. Large quilt over 1.2metres made by one person
  2. Small quilt under 1.2metres made by one person
  3. Any size quilt made by two or more people – this includes quilts that have been commercially quilted

Within each of the categories there will be awards for

1 Best modern/contemporary quilt

2 Best traditional quilt

3 Best hand quilting

4 Best quilting on a domestic machine

5 Best machine appliqué

6 Best hand appliqué

7 Best use of colour

In addition there will be awards for

Best in show – Judges Choice

Viewers Choice

Challenge Quilt – judged by viewers.

Textile Award – includes bags, tea cosies, machine covers, toys, dolls, 3 dimensional articles etc.

First time entrant – must not have ever displayed any work previously.

All quilts need to have the hook side of Velcro on the back to enable us to hang themQuilts over 1.75m will need a sleeve sewn on the back and dowel provided for hanging on the pegs.  Plastic sleeving will again be available to put the quilts in to keep them clean.

Advertising Signs  

Do you happen to have any of the advertising signs from the last exhibition that we put up on fences etc. ?

I have several in my garage and am wondering if there are any more lurking in the recesses of garages.

We are able to change the date on the existing ones.


 If you can’t do your turn please ask someone to step in for you.  If you are on duty you need to be there by 7.00pm Full duty details below.

 DutyApril Click file to see duty expectations
 SupperMarilyn Thatcher
Irene Thomas
 20180904 KCQ - Kitchen Duty Information.pdf
 Hall set upMerle Stevenson
Linda Sutton
 20180904 KCQ - Hall Duty Information.pdf 

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