Not a stitch up: Quilters exhibit this weekend

The Waiuku Village Quilters are preparing for their quilt show this weekend and the public are invited to head along. The show will be held on Friday 5 October to Sunday 7 October at the Waiuku War Memorial Town Hall.

“Our group have organised it,” said Rhona Donald. “It started bi-annually, but we haven’t had one in the past four years, so we’re stoked that it’s back this year.”

The Village Quilters are simply a group of people who enjoy knitting, embroidery and sitting and chatting.

“We meet on the third Tuesday of the month,” said Rhona.  The show will be a display of a range of their work. They will also have a raffle quilt up for grabs, which is one of three prizes.

The first prize raffle quilt is pieced and quilted by Jocelyn Atkinson. Second prize is a needle turned lap quilt, and third prize is two cushions. The raffle quilt kit was kindly donated by Muriel Thompson.

The group has been going since 2000. They have moved locations since starting at the old bakehouse in Waiuku, then doing a stint at the Waiuku Yacht Club, and now meeting at the Waiuku Community Hall (Civic Centre). There are around 35 members in the club and they are always on the lookout for more.

“We like to showcase what we do. We have a show and tell each time,” said Anne Johnston. The group also go on a trip once a year. “It’s our annual airing,” Anne adds.

The group attend other quilt shows and have guest demonstrators and tutors at their Tuesday meetings. “People can teach what they do. We help each other with problems. It’s a great bunch of ladies, and men. Men, don’t be shy!”

The Waiuku Village Quilters Show 2018 will be held at the Waiuku War Memorial Town Hall Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October from 10am to 4pm daily. Entry is $5 and there will be raffles and a trading table. “It’s a big show,” Rhona said.  

L-R:  Joyce Quick, Rhona Donald, Lindy Speedy, Kerry Collins, Anne Johnston. Absent Sue Craddock. PHOTO: YANA O’GORMAN

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