Friday, May 31, 2013

Call for entries to Living Colour exhibition

Interested in entering a travelling textile art exhibition?

Brenda Gael Smith of is curating another exhibition.  She is the curator of the immensely successful Beneath the Southern Sky exhibition that featured at several major quilt shows.  This new exhibition is called Living Colour and I've copied some of the conditions of entry below so you can get an idea of what it's about.  For more information go to  

Living Colour Call for Entries

Conditions of Entry

These Conditions of Entry apply to the Online Entry Form for the Living Colour! travelling textile art exhibition. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact
  1. Entry is open to all textile artists. International entries are welcome. Non-Australian artists must provide completed paperwork and payment (if any) to satisfy customs requirements.
  2. Entries may be any kind of fibre art but each work must be sturdy enough to travel without special requirements. Works that have significant 3 dimensional features, require special hanging apparatus, or are delicate or require special handling will not be selected.
  3. Entries must measure 100x40cm finished (LxW, vertical banner format).  A 1cm variation in any direction is permitted.
  4. Entries must include both a hanging sleeve and velcro strips in accordance with the curator’s directions.
  5. Entries must be submitted via the Living Colour!  Online Entry Form by no later than 31 January 2014 (NSW, Australia time). No paper entries or disks will be accepted. (See Image Specifications below.)
  6. Selected works must be delivered by 28 February 2014 and available to tour for up to 18 months. The curator is not obliged to release or return any work before 1 October 2015.
  7. Only one textile work will be selected per entrant, although artists may enter more than one work.
  8. The work must be an original design, not a copy of a traditional design or a variation of the work of another artist. All work must be the result of independent effort and must not be the product of an instructional setting in which another artist has provided guidance or assistance.
  9. Artwork that differs from the submitted images will not be accepted.
  10. Works must not have been previously exhibited. Entrants may share glimpses of the work online but must not publish an image of the entire work until the premier exhibition (currently set for the Australasian Quilt Convention in April 2014).
  11. The entrant gives permission for photos of any selected work to be published on the Living Colour! website and used in publicity, reviews or articles.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

RED 12 by 12 Challenge

Interested in a challenge?  Your entries will be exhibited at the National Symposium held in Taupo in July this year.  It's being run by Aotearoa Quilters, the National Association of New Zealand Quilters:

RED 12 by 12 Challenge

Now is the time to think RED as we prepare for the Taupo Symposium in July 2013. Aotearoa Quilters are holding a RED challenge at Symposium with the idea the quilts are affordable. Take a piece home by a favourite quilter. These are quick and easy to make so encourage everyone to enter!
Think about: fire engines, lust, hearts, red roses, red marks on your school work, Christmas. The ideas are endless.
Only a small 12 by 12 inch square piece.
Conditions of entry
  • 12 by 12 inches square
  • open to members and non members
  • Quilts must have a hanging sleeve at least 6 cm deep and ending 1/2” from either end of quilt.
  • The works do not have to be three layers but must be able to be hung from small nails
  • entries must be predominantly red
  • all quilts entered are accepted i.e.just send your quilt in
  • all entries must be for sale and will be on sale for the same price as designated by  Aotearoa Quilters
  • entry fee is $10 per quilt for members and $15 per quilt for non- members
  • enter as many as you like
  • any unsold entries will then go to Hamilton Quilt and Craft Fair for further display and sale opportunities
  • just send the entry form and payment with your quilt to:
    • Anne Read
    • C/- Lithoprint Ltd
    • PO Box 6404
    • Marion Square
    • Wellington 6141
    • or
    • Ann Read
    • C/- Lithoprint Ltd
    • 7 Marion Street
    • Te Aro
    • Wellington 6011
  • due by 1st of July 2013
Entry forms are available on Aotearoa Quilters website.

April Show and Tell

Welcome to April's show and tell for the Kerikeri Patchwork and Quilting Club.

Daryl made this very effective quilt - just the binding left to sew down. 

This was made for Community Quilts and is a true scrap quilt, but the consistent use of lights and darks helps it stay cohesive.  Donella quilted it with big circles and diagonals (click on it for a closer look).

This is a lovely quilt made by Carol d R. from donated fabric from the generous Caroline P.  It was so lovely that it was picked specially to give to Lonsdale Park (the facility where we hold our twice-yearly retreats) to help them raise money as they celebrate 75 years.

The photo above and below show the two sides of a really neat quilt made for a male relative of Judy's.  Denim on one side and flannel on the other.  A true reduce, reuse and recycle quilt.  

The next three quilts below were all made by our very own Shirley (ok, so we share her with Whangarei).  Shirley had a lovely two-page write up on her quilts and her quilting life in the latest edition of New Zealand Quilter.  For that matter, there was also a nice article written about our Club's January exhibition.  So if you haven't seen the articles, head down to your local bookshop and pick up a copy.

The background fabric on the quilt above is discharge dyed, and the leaf fabric was one of those 'can't resist' purchases.

Gaylene showed these cute sets of placemats, tea cosy and coasters made from scraps that no-one knew what to do with.  They'll be for sale at the Kaitaia exhibition (I'll try and find out dates etc).

And here's my little gremlin holding up a kereru wallhanging I'd completed (he didn't stand very still for the photo!)

Now in other news:

Saturday Stitch and Chat

Kerikeri Patchwork and Quilting Club are organizing a monthly Saturday Stitch and Chat. 

Are you a quilter but can’t make the club’s Tuesday meetings?  Are you a beginner who needs some help?  Would you like to learn to make quilts but don’t know where to start?  Are you an accomplished patchworker who is willing to share their knowledge?

Come along to Cherry Park House on Landing Road, Kerikeri from 11am till 4pm on Saturday May 18th to join in.

All welcome: members, non-members, traditionalists, modern patch-workers, hand-quilters, art-quilters, male or female, beginners, dabblers, obsessed….

Bring your own lunch, your project to work on (if you have one) and $1 to help cover room hire and tea and coffee.

For more info, please email Charlotte (address is on my profile)