Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Quilt Exhibition

We are blessed with inspirational craft displays in our town. This week we had the New Zealand Hoffman Challenge 2008 Quilt Exhibition. This array of 20 fabulous quilts, currently touring throughout the South Island, was organised by Catlin Quilts and expert quilter, Noeline Johnston.

The Hoffman Challenge is based on a few simple rules. The quilt is to be no larger than a square meter, not shaped like a square or rectangle, and must have a recognisable amount of the 'challenge fabric'.

Quilting has been around for ages but it never seems to lose its value. What I find interesting is that each piece invites you to look deeply into its handmade meanings.
I took several photos of the exhibition but you can find them them all on the Catlin Quilts website. Best of Show was 'Magnetism' by Denise Lemon of Canterbury. (Partially shown above.)

Noeline Johnston (pictured with one of her own quilts) teaches the workshop 'Changing Shapes' concurrently with the exhibition. The next stop will be Alexandra, 27-29 June at the The Studio. You can email Noeline at noeline@quilts.co.nz to enroll in her workshops and ask to be added to her newsletter.

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