Friday, 5 June 2020

Capital Quilters 2020 Exhibition is ON

Yes, I have great news for all the quilters in New Zealand.  

Our raffle quilt - see below for details

Capital Quilters' 2020 exhibition is going ahead on Sat 22 - Sunday 23 August 2020.  Everyone is welcome - we'd love to see you all there.  

There's lots to say about the exhibition, so I'll work through all you need to know.

WHO: Capital QuiltersI'm proud to be a member of Capital Quilters.  We're a large guild based in Lower Hutt, Wellington.  We meet at Waterloo School on the last Saturday afternoon of every month.  We have many talented members who have won prizes at national and international competitions.   You can follow our guild on Instagram @capitalquilters or Facebook CapitalQuiltersNZ to see more of our members' work.

WHAT: Our exhibition aims to showcase our members' work.  It is not a juried show, and every member is entitled to have a quilt in the exhibition.  Last time we have 200 quilts on display, and six vendors selling a wide range of quilting and craft supplies.  We're just confirming our 2020 vendors now, but there will definitely be quilt shops there to tempt you.  

WHEN: The exhibition will be open from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August 2020.    Entry is $8, with children 14 and under free.  

WHERE: This will be our second exhibition in the Lower Hutt Events Centre.  It's a beautiful modern building built specifically for exhibitions and conferences.   It's nice and cosy inside.
The Lower Hutt Events Centre is at 30c Laings Road, Lower Hutt. It is next to the Lower Hutt City Council building and the Town Hall, and is on the site of the old Horticultural Hall.  It's just a short stroll from Queensgate Shopping Centre.

My Vibrant Curiosities won Best in Show in our 2018 exhibition

FOOD: Tutaki Cafe is onsite at the Events Centre, and Bellbird Eatery is just across the road at The Dowse. There's also the Crooked Elm pub for lunch, and cafes over at Queensgate.  You won't go hungry! We offer pass outs so you can return on the same day for a better look at the quilts. 

TRANSPORT: If you're from out of town and decide to stay in Wellington, you could easily catch a bus out to Queensgate.  The Airport Flyer bus runs every 20 mins and costs $12 each way, or the regular bus runs every 30 mins and costs $8 (unless you have a Snapper card).  

FRIENDS: We're a very friendly bunch of people at Capital Quilters.  We're ready to welcome everyone to our exhibition.  We know many of you have had to cancel holidays this year, so how about taking a trip to Wellington and spending a few hours meeting new people and admiring the quilts at our exhibition.  I'm one of the organisers so I'll be there most of the weekend.

RAFFLE QUILT: I know there's going to be a lot of interest in our raffle quilt.  Jeanie O'Sullivan and Anne Read made this quilt after they were inspired by Maria Shell's quilts at the Auckland Symposium.  Rayna Clinton of Tui Song Quilting quilted the raffle quilt.  We've called it "Reality Check".

Raffle tickets are $2 each and limited to 2,000 tickets.  If you live in New Zealand, and are not a member of Capital Quilters, you can buy tickets through me.  Please send me an email to wendysquiltsandmore @ gmail . com (without the spaces). 

We are not selling tickets to people outside of New Zealand because the bank charges and postage costs would make it prohibitive.  

So, are you excited? Will I see you there? I certainly feel excited now that there's something good to look forward to.

Apologies to all our international friends - New Zealand's borders are closed to everyone except New Zealand citizens at the moment and that is unlikely to change in the short term. If the trans-Tasman bubble starts before 20 August we would certainly welcome any Australian "cousins".  

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Gretchen Weaver said...

A quilt show! Sounds like so much fun! Shows are cancelled around here but you kiwi's nipped the covid in the bud while here in the states it's a mess. I'm still staying home, staying safe but I look forward to traveling to your show via the photos you share. Happy stitching!

Cathy said...

How exciting that your quilt show will go on. I love that raffle quilt.

For the love of geese said...

You are so lucky, I'm not sure there are going to be any quilt shows here in the US. Most have been canceled already but fingers crossed fall market will still go on. Thank you for the linky party.

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

you guys are so lucky to have gotten your country under control so quickly and for the people to have followed the guidelines - things are still bad here in places with the virus and then with the riots/protests - nothing will be open here for awhile and now sections of my state are worse with the virus and we will be stuck in phase 1 for awhile longer

Sewing Up A Storm said...

From the photos in your post that will be an amazing show. I will be so happy when we have quilt shows here again. It has been a while since I have entered something in a show, which is always so much fun.

Robby said...

So much envy coming from my little corner of the internet! I hope you'll share loads of pictures after the event. That raffle quilt is spectacular. Wishing you smooth preparations and no hiccups for the show.


Your raffle quilt is beautiful! Well done, enjoy your show....

Jenny said...

Well, that is exciting news! I've marked it on the calendar and plan on taking a trip down to Lower Hutt, the city I was born and bred, all those years ago.

Marie said...

Lucky you! I sounds fabulous. Maybe there's hope for the rest of us soon. Have fun!

Unknown said...

Yay , looking forward to seeing all the quilts!

dq said...

Yay! Some where in the world a quilt show is allowed to live! How exciting for you New Zealand quiters! I hope you will give us a bit of a virtual show.