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September 2017

A Note From Judy

We are officially in Spring now and I am so enjoying seeing some sun even if it isn’t particularly warm yet. I love seeing all the spring flowers and watching the trees burst into blossom.

 I hope you had time to go to the craft fair and quilt exhibition and have come away with some new ideas. I really liked some of the 4x4 work. Some of it was simple but so effective. It seemed that half of our guild was at the show on Friday. It felt like a Kapiti Quilters outing. What an amazing display of quilts from Australia. The work in many was so impressive. I wondered just how many hours had gone into these quilts. Well done to Coastal Quilters for their display of work. It was good to see many familiar names there.

We can look forward to hearing from our travellers who visited the Birmingham Show – no pressure Stephanie, Paulette and Sheryl!!!

I guess some of you are going to The Wearable Arts Show. I am taking my three granddaughters and their Mum this year, so am looking forward to their reaction to the show. I find it very hard to describe to them just what they will see as it is such a fast moving spectacle. I also have a friend, Sue, coming  from Canada who will be with me for 3 weeks so I have a ticket for her as well. I am sure they will all enjoy their first visit to WOW. Sue is also getting a trip to Christchurch as she is here during Symposium so she gets to come with Beryl and Diana and me.

Keep an eye on our website for classes, needs lists, interesting clips from You Tube.

Keep quilting –just 19 months to our next exhibition.  


What’s Happening?

Duty Roster 7th September meeting
If you are unable to be at the meeting when on duty, please arrange your own swap and let Judy know.

Beginner Quilting Classes in 2018
We are planning to hold classes for beginners, or those who want to refresh their skills, starting early in Term 1 2018 on alternate Saturday afternoons. By the end of the term people should have learnt about choosing fabrics, cutting out, piecing, ironing seams, adding borders, laying out the sandwich (quilt top, batting and backing), quilting, binding and labelling.  See "Classes" page for further information.

Membership List

Chris has just about finished updating the membership list so we will send that out as soon as it is finalised. We have just over a hundred members which is great.

Retreat Day 

12 of us went to the last retreat day. These days are well worthwhile to get projects completed or started. The next one is 7th October and I would encourage you to come along. It is a great way to get to know other members. There is always lots of advice and new ideas to share. There is no charge, just bring your lunch.

Community Quilts

Our next Community Quilt day is 21st October 2017.


Kaleidoscope Class

Judy will took this class on 9 September.  Check out photos of the day on the "Classes" page.

The popular vote for Dianne Southey’s class was her New York Beauty. She will show participants how to design their own quilt. This class is on 18th November. We will look at doing one of her nature landscapes or Karen Eckmeier’s “Happy Villages” next year.

We also have Diana Carroll’s class – Make an elephant or a Pukeko stained glass wall hanging on 28 October. We need more numbers for both the above classes so do think about participating. Remember it is now only $15.00 for a class.


Anna Williams (who repairs Turkish rugs )is the speaker at the next evening meeting. We are planning an activities evening in October.

If you have any ideas for speakers we would certainly welcome them. Please let one of the committee know if you have any great ideas.

Stands for Show and Tell Quilts

I have visited the Menz Shed and we now have some quilt stand feet that will be much easier to store in our cupboard. They come apart and lay flat in the cupboard with the result we now have more storage space and room for new books as well. I was absolutely blown away by the number of men working at the Menz Shed – what a busy, buzzy place it was. We have made a donation to them for the work they have done for us as they do not charge for their work in the usual way.

Mystery Bus Trip

Don't forget Tuesday 17 October. This trip is open to all members. We had an enjoyable day visiting shops and exhibitions last year. This is a date to put in your diary. Beryl and I have plans for this day in place now. Please let me know if you are coming and I will add your name to the list. We will be leaving from the Bridge Club at 8.45 am –no pickups on the way on this trip. Cost is $10.00. We are not able to stop for morning tea so please bring a snack and drink if you can’t last till lunchtime which will be around midday. There will be a toilet stop mid morning.  There will be places to buy lunch. Return time should be about 4.00pm.

Artists and Artisans   Academy of Fine Arts      

9 September to 8 October

This exhibition includes the Wellington Quilters’ Exhibition which always has some interesting quilts. A good excuse to go to Wellington and do a bit of shopping as well.

From Sylvia Carlyle

Below is a link to a short video about cotton fabric printing. You may already know about it, but it was a real eye-opener for me. The film is fascinating, but some of it made me very uncomfortable, especially the preparation stages. However, it may be of interest to guild members, especially as the film-maker specifically mentions quilt fabric.

A Thought For you

I found this on the internet recently and thought it was worth sharing.


 “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life goes on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

Maya Angelou

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