2015 Auckland Festival of Quilts was held over Friday, Saturday and Sunday last weekend for the first time at a new location of the AMI Netball Stadium in Mt Wellington. A fabulous venue, light and airy.
It was wonderful to have all the exhibits plus the merchants on the one floor. The aisles were wide and it was easy to negotiate around strollers andladies with well laden bags. The cafe was on the mezzinine floor which had glass walls so while you were enjoying a coffee and lunch you could look down on the merchants and the quilts and enjoy even more of the show.
The quilts themselves were stunning and the Best of Show by Mary Hawke was richly deserved. It was a Dear Jane quilt executed to perfection. It was great to see a number of modern quilts and the machine quilting on some quilts was absolutely stunning. Quilters have come a long way since the ‘meandering’ stitch was seen on almost every quilt that was machine quilted. Annie White pushed the boundaries with her ‘Korowai’ white 3 dimensional quilt. Aside from the usual categories of large and small quilts, professional and amateur, we were also treated to the Hoffman Challenge quilts, the ‘Being Fabulous’ 12″ x 12″ quilts, the ‘Green’ 12″ x 12″ mini-quilts by the Aotearoa Quilters plus a Mixed media exhibition and the Guild’s challenge quilts from two rather unusual fabrics.
Then there were the Community Quilts, that were being sewn quietly behind the last row of quilts and the sales table. So pencil in the first weekend of November 2016 for the next Festival of Quilts for a fabulous weekend immersing yourself in fabric, notions, sewing machines and quilts.