My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Festival of Quilts and OMG

(If you're here for OMG, scroll to the bottom!)
This last weekend the Auckland Quilt Guild held their Festival of Quilts exhibition. As one of NZ's larger (largest?) guilds in our largest city, this event always creates a lot of interest.
I was excited, as always, to be there.
Before I could enjoy the show, there was a bit of work to do. The Country Yard, my favourite quilt shop, (and the one that I work at hehe) was a merchant there so the last little while has been spent frantically making new samples, putting together kits, patterns and so on.
This is how our stand looked after set-up on Thursday afternoon.
The Auckland Netball Centre is a great venue; it's spacious and airy and never gets too crowded and hassled. Here is the view from The Country Yard's stand —
And the second level is a good spot for a photo too.
Friday at the show was my play-day and Saturday my work-day. I spent a good little while on Friday with Julie and Linda. Together we took in the quilts. There were over 200 there and I enjoyed their company. What I love about the quilt world is even though we may all have different tastes in fabric, colour or design, we can still appreciate it all...maybe that's just a sign of a well addicted quilt person but it thrills me just the same.
There were plenty of beautiful and interesting quilts. naturally I haven't photographed them all and there are plenty of note and interest that I've missed but here is a sprinkling of what we saw.
BEST OF SHOW - Whitewash by Annie White. Own design.
Amateur Best of Show -
Patchwork of the Crosses by Diane Campbell
Dandelion Wishes by Margaret Reid.
A 'Passionately Sewn' pattern.
Vron Square by Susan Wade.
Variations of Rose of Sharon blocks.
Graceful Beginnings by Tracey Roberts. Her own design.
'My Around the Corner Quilt' by Rebecca Bishop.
A Wendy Williams design.
A Karen Styles design by Mary Hawke.
Sophie's Star by Samantha Scott.
Yes, worn jeans! Apparently the quilter went through about 9 needles!
Some quilts I just have snippets of —
Victoria, a crazy quilt by Anne Joule.
'Tribute to Linda' by Colleen Burr.
Using Sharon Schamber's cording technique.
Quilting on the same quilt
Another great edging, this time on Julie Brittain's Ruby Blue.
(Her own design.)
There were several Special Exhibitions there too.
The Hoffman 2017 Challenge —
The challenge fabric is on the left.
Some of these were amazing. Sadly I only photographed one, the winning entry.
By the light of the moon by Hayley Scott.
The Aotearoa Quilters 2017 Challenge - Orange —
A very striking wall!
I think this one was part of the Symposium travelling Exhibition. 
'A Granny' by Clare Smith.
Very clever use of the doilies, even her face was a doily.
The Aotearoa Quilters Challenge - Fragile —
Shop Local by Helen Beaven
There are more quilts shown on Julie's blog, Wendy's blog, Sue's blog. Sue also won a ribbon  - click *here* to see her gorgeous quilt.

Before I sign off I'm going to quickly add my One Monthly Goal for November; time is running out for me to link up with Patty's Elm St Quilts. I don't think I'll get a chance to blog again before the linky expires!
For November I really want to pull out my Friday's Village quilt top and get some more quilting done on it.
Here it was at the end of July —
In October it had this quilting on it but nothing has happened since.
I was nearlyhalfway there with the quilting.
So having put this in print, I now need to make this happen! I've got till the end of the month, surely I can do it!
And, as a carry on from my previous post, I have done a bit of tidying of The Palace. I did some pottering yesterday and got some things put away and tidied.Yaay!
Happy stitches,


Leeanne said...

It was a great show wasn't it? You took some fabulous photo's, I tend to forget to do that, although my friend did take a couple of me standing in front of my customers quilts. The Country Yard's stand looked fabulous, you girls sure made some tempting delights.

Janet O. said...

The store's booth looks very inviting.
Thanks for the views of some fabulous quilts! I am always in awe at what other people create. So many talented quilters in this world!
Your monthly goal is doable, don't you think? That will be a fun quilt to have completed. Are you keeping this one, or does it have a different destination?

Kerry said...

Great photos Raewyn and The Country Yard stand looked awesome well done all you girls!!
Missed your last post and just saw your fabulous wee girls......great that they were able to stay at the farm with you all. And wow that is a lot of calves weaned!!
Hope it is all going well. Hugs xxxx

Sue said...

Great Photos Raewyn, and its great that we all take different ones. Thank you so much for putting a link to my blog. XX I cant believe I never got to your shop booth. I dont know what came over me!! Might have to visit the shop instead! :-)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

so many lovely quilts - I always like most of the quilts at the shows but there are some that are over the edge and I'm not quite sure what to make of them LOL - you have a very nice center for a show it must have been fun

Ali Honey said...

I didn't get to go this year so thanks( all ) for sharing. I love the scalloped edging and the elderly lady peeling apples.

Anonymous said...

Hi Raewyn wow what a beautiful quilt show,the quilts are amazing,thankyou for sharing my friend xx

sunny said...

Thank you for sharing such amazing quilts!! Your booth looks very inviting, and I'd like to visit this show!!

kiwikid said...

Thank you for sharing pictures of the great exhibition, so many beautiful quilts. The shop booth looks good to have that much space in the centre, no crwods like here in Melbourne. Good luck with your monthly goal.

Jacqueline said...

Sew much inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Gosh its all so beautiful Raewyn, some amazing works of art. I really must get myself there one day!! The Country Yards stand looked amazing too ...hope you girls had a busy time.

Leanne said...

Such beautiful quilts Raewyn, Those quilt shows are always so much fun to visit.

Connie said...

Girlfriend, you are a ball of energy . . . you get more done than anyone I know. That quilt show was incredible . . . I was looking at the quilts and decided that I really loved the dandelion wishes, but I'm a sucker for dandelions. Then I came to the Grandma quilt and my heart skipped a beat. It is such a warm and wonderful design and just touched something in my soul. Beautiful!
Thanks for sharing. Now, go milk a cow, or pull it out of the mud, oh, and while you're at it we would love a new quilt, but don't forget to make dinner . . . all that and you work in a shop too. Wow!
Does your husband know how blessed he is?
Keep Smiling.
Connie :) said...

Thank you so much for sharing your pictures of the show. So many gorgeous quilts.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Well that was a lovely treat. Thank you so much for many to love! Your quilt is coming along nicely.....more hours in the day needed lol!

Lin said...

Looks like a brilliant show Raewyn - glaadyou had time to enjoy as well as to work. Good luck with your quilting for the month. xx

Patty said...

Love your quilt! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

Chantal said...

Thank you for sharing all the lovely quilts with us. They are gorgeous. Good luck on your Friday Village quilt. It is awesome and will be so lovely quilted.

Fiona said...

Lovely quilts.... I do love a good quilt show and seeing some of yours was great... Hope the working part went well and you did some good business... Loving how your quilt is looking - most impressed with those circles!

Karen S said...

The quilt show does look wonderful. It is always a great opportunity to see what others are doing and to be inspired.
I wish you luck with your monthly goal.

Maria said...

Such an amazing Quilt Show... Sew many beautiful quilts...

Hope you got to work on your monthly goal...

Christine M said...

So many gorgeous quilts. Thanks for sharing them Raewyn.

Sheila said...

Wow , that is quite an impressive show and very large , must be aweome to see this in person . Thanks for sharing. Good luck with the quilting on your lovely quilt .

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful quilt show! Such inspiration.. and I love your village quilt... xx

Barb said...

beautiful show and incredible quilts!
thanks for sharing with us

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Stunning quilts.

Suz J said...

Great to see such wonderful variety at the Auckland FOQ... always so much inspiration. I love that Dandelion quilt - highlights the beautiful quilting. Didn't make it down this year, but there is always next year.

Chookyblue...... said...

thankyou so much for sharing the quilts.....esp the Lucy quilt........I love seeing them.......I helped a friend at the quilt show earlier this year........I had lots of was just a love job but it is great to be able to mix both in.......

Sue said...

Another comment. Great photos Raewyn. We have similar taste.
Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I have changed my comments on my blog so I now get an email again. Much better that way. :-)