Friday, 17 May 2019

Tote and Gloat - plus the Peacock Party

I had a great trip to Palmerston North last weekend.  My friend Anne and I packed up with car with all our colourful luggage.

The car boot loaded up

On Saturday we went to "Tote and Gloat" which was hosted by Rose City Quilters at BandM Arena. 

There must have been 400 people there which was great for the guild.  There was a massive Show and Tell that went for two hours.  But it was very well run, and no one got bored because it moved at a good pace.

One of the quilts I showed in the Show and Tell

The categories for the Show and Tell were advertised in advance, and people lined up beside the stage, ready to go up and briefly talk about their quilt.  Volunteers carried the quilts across the stage, and everyone got a good look at each of the quilts.

I showed 2 Kaffe Fassett quilts, and my colourful Daytripper bag.

After lunch and a visit to the merchants, we settled in to hear Rachaeldaisy talk about her quilting and her brand new book - Whizz Bang.  It was a very entertaining talk, and Rachael had bought so many quilts to show us.  Here's a few of her masterpieces:






Anne and I stayed the night in Palmerston North, and the next day we attended a class with Rachaeldaisy.  We learnt how to make our very own pine star blocks.  It was a very enjoyable class because Racheal is a great teacher.



Rachaeldaisy's book is published by QuiltMania.  It's not widely available in Australia / New Zealand yet, but Minerva Books in Wellington is getting copies from QuiltMania asap.  I already had a copy, so Rachael very kindly signed it for me.


Here's all the blocks the 10 students in our class made on Sunday. Don't they look pretty together?


And one final quilt made by Rachaeldaisy which illustrates her style perfectly:



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7 comments:

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Oh I remember making those round folded stars back in the 1980's. I made mostly potholders because with all the folding they were pretty thick and you didn't need to add anything else to them and they worked well. Everything comes back in a new way I suppose. Beautiful quilts.

FlourishingPalms said...

My goodness, Wendy! What a colorful event! Even in your trunk! (ha, ha, ha). So much to see at this Tote and Gloat. I've never heard of such a quilting activity, but it's apparent that the coordinators knew what they were doing. Gosh, a show and tell that moved right along? That's nearly unheard of. I find it fascinating how brightly-colored, and overly-detailed Rachael's quilts are. The time and effort to make each one nearly wears me out! So glad for you to see such lovelies and inspiration.

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

that is an interesting block and I have not seen it before it looks like you had fun

Michelle Churchman said...

I love, love, love those Pinestar blocks!!! Can you tell I love them? Looks like a fun block to make as well. So many possibilities!

Mystic Quilter said...

What a very colourful car boot! Bear Paw pattern is one of my favourites and yours is a beauty. Rachael's work is stunning, so full of colour and interesting features. I made and taught what we called Folding Star way back around 1990, they were mainly used then as decorative mats for the table because of the amount of fabric used. Super samples from the class.

Sue said...

Looks like Toat & Gloat was great fun. I haven't been for years. Can't wait to catch up again with Rachael next weekend in Auckland.

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Oh wow! that sounds like SO much fun!!! LOVE the quilts and all the color! do you think anyone could tell by your luggage that you two were quilters ;-)