Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Opua Arts Studio and Gallery

Last weekend the hubby and I went to Paihia, while we were up that way a wanted to have a peek at the Opua Arts Studio and Gallery. I was lucky to find Charlotte at work when I popped in, and we had a lovely chat as she showed me around.

 Here is Charlotte with her work in progress. The fabrics are her own hand dyes and the moon is made with fabric stained by rust.

Zoomed out, showing the tidy work space. When I sew there is stuff everywhere, and scraps over the floor too.
I have just noticed that Charlotte is wearing the same colours she is working with!

These two photos where taken from the amazing upstairs space, where Charlotte plans to hold Stitch n Chat days, and Classes. It is truly a beautiful place.

Please use this link to visit Charlotte's blog The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady to read more about her Studio and Gallery, and see more of her amazing art work.

PS I forgot to take a photo outside so have captured this image from street view. The gallery is circled in red, the Car Ferry to Russell is just a few metres to the left.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Show N Tell July 2015

Well the July meeting was awhile ago now. Sorry I’m so late in posting, but I thought I better before the August meeting comes and goes too!
“Welcome to the Food Chain” made by Donna Rowan for her niece (a Zoo Keeper with a quirky sense of humour) who is having a baby boy.

Minkee quilt made by Lynne Wilson, for her Husband.

Leonie Fleming made the wall hangings above and below for her nieces in Guernsey.
One loves red and the other cats


Marion Moon made these two quilts after taking a club class with Pam Carr.

Rose Silvester made this cushion for Jean King’s 80th Birthday.

Shelia Ujdur made this for her son and daughter in-law to hang in their Music Room.


The July Meeting was also a “Mini Symposium” day with ten club members demonstrating different quilting techniques. There was seminole piecing, woven fabric, easy piecing, foundation piecing, thread painting, and heaps more! I can’t remember them all.

I did my demo several times throughout the day, so I didn’t get to see the others Sad smile.
That was the only negative of the day. I'm sure all of us demonstrating felt that way.

The committee made wonderful soups for our lunch, which was perfect as it was a chilly day. During the lunch break I took the show n tell photos and also got a couple of the demos tables snapped too.

Here is Sonya’s demo as she left it to go to lunch. She was Demo-ing thread painting, and I think she  also shared one of her OMG (Organic Modern Graphic) quilts.

And this was Lynda’s demo table. She was demo-ing “Inchies” and different ways to use these decorative miniatures. (see a little box made from inchies in the top right of this photo)

Ok that’s all the photos I took, I wanted to have my soup before lunch was over!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dargaville Quilt Show

Last Saturday I went over to Dargaville to see their annual Quilt Show. Here are a few of the quilts that appealed to me.

I really liked this Drunkards Path quilt. (It was much "pinker" in life than the photo shows)

This was an amazing wall hanging depicting Dargaville, see the post card below that was the insipration for making it.

Love the Kereru in the bottom corner.


These hexies were extremely small. I put my knobbly fingers in the label photo below so you can see how small they were. Don't worry I'm not touching the quilt, my fingers are just above it!


Machine Embroidery is big in Dargaville and this is one of the lovely quilts made with embroidered blocks.

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Close up's of some of the blocks, they were all so different.
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Each little machine embroidered/quilted block was sewn together 'Quilt as you go' to make this large quilt.

Close up's of the embroidery/quilting, and so you can see how it is made of blocks pieced together.

Another machine embroidered/quilted quilt. I liked how this one was asymmetrical.

Close up's of a couple of flowers/stars from the quilt.

This reminded me of my Mothers 'Golden Hands' craft books from the 70's that I used it love as a child.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wot Nots Display Extended!

Good news the display has been extended so if you have been busy and thought you had missed out, hurry on down and check it out!
I managed to have a quick look last week, and plan to go back and have a better look this week (and get some photos too)


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