Friday, 11 November 2022

Auckland Festival of Quilts - the exhibition

We got a lovely surprise when we walked in to the Festival of Quilts and saw mum's Lucy Boston quilt had a ribbon it!

I was so pleased for mum because it really is a beautiful quilt and deserved something I thought.  

We met lots of friends at the quilt show, and made some new friends too.  Everyone was so nice, and I felt very relaxed because I wasn't involved in organising it.  

We even went to the prize giving on Saturday evening and mum received a monetary prize for her efforts.  We weren't expecting that!

The Auckland Festival of Quilts is held in a large indoor netball arena. There's plenty of room for the quilt show and the merchants.   There's also lots of natural light due the skylights, so the quilts all look great.  

I didn't take a lot of photos, but here are 3 quilts that grabbed my attention.  The first is by my lovely friend Diane Campbell and it won first place in the Large Amateur Quilt category.  It's a Caswell quilt designed by Corliss Searcey, and all hand appliqued and hand quilted by Diane.  It was lovely to meet up and congratulate Diane in person.

The second quilt I liked was also a Caswell quilt designed by Corliss Searcey, but it was different in quite a few ways.   Susan Wade, the maker, added a border and did stunning machine quilting on her quilt. Susan won Best Amateur Quilt for this quilt.  

I always look for Sue Flego's quilts when I go to Festival of Quilts.  Sue is very clever with fabric so I wasn't disappointed when I saw her Pinball Wizard quilt.  The hand quilting was extra special on this one.  

And then we did some shopping, of course.  We're both going to be busy now.  

It was a lovely weekend and I'm so glad I went and could share the excitement with my mum, Joy Hill.  

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Terry said...

Your mom's quilt is beautiful! I love the color.

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

what beautiful quilts you share today - I see several on the over few photo of the display of quilts that I have said I want to make - I love the pineapple quilt with the skinny strips and so pleased to see it hand quilted. Congrats to your mom on her win.

Rebecca Grace said...

Congratulations to your Mum, Wendy!! Her Lucy Boston quilt is spectacular! I love how she was able to achieve so much variety and interest from block to block within the limited blue and white palette. And you know I love that Pinball Wizard quilt! Thanks for sharing highlights from the show with us!

PaintedThread said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing those photos! Congrats on your mum's ribbon!

Michelle said...

Many congrats to your mom! It is such a beautiful quilt. And thanks for sharing the other eye candy - although I have to confess that your mom’s is my favorite.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

Congratulations to your mom. It is so wonderful to see the colors of those quilts and to spend time with your mom. Looks like you had fun shopping as well.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Oh how wonderful for your Mum and look at her there, living up to her name and looking so joyful. I think you resemble her Wendy and you've obviously inherited her stitchy fingers and love of quilting.
Wow, what a wonderful array of spectacular quilts! Would be hard pressed to choose a favourite. Thanks for sharing.

Marly said...

Congratulations to your Mum on winning a prize in show. You certainly saw some beautiful quilts there; thank you for sharing some with us.

Chay said...

What magnificent quilts!! Your mum looks so happy and so she should be. I'm interested in the fact that you have an "amateur" category at shows. One of my pet peeves here in the U.S. is that the same professional quilters keep winning over and over, even entering their same winners at different shows, which can be very discouraging for others who can't afford to make quilts full-time but knock themselves out nevertheless. Not that winning is everything, but it's very nice to be acknowledged for your work. I enjoy your posts very much, thanks for taking time to share all this eye candy.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Your Mum did a beautiful job on her quilt! I am happy for her! Corliss's quilts are so beautiful and congrats to those who won the ribbons! Have a wonderful week-end. Hugs

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Wendy, how wonderful for your mother. It's great that you were there to share the experience - and not having to work at the event probably made it so much more relaxing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Ali Honey said...

Thanks for showing us that Wendy. I didn't get to go this year. Well done to your Mum. You are two clever ladies.

dq said...

Oh Wendy, I have missed dropping by to see your wonderful colorful quilts!
Your mom's Lucy quilt is amazing!!! Tell her congratulations! Did she do it with the Crookshed Stitchers?