Encompassing Stars- (two day class) -Blenheim 2016
Over 230 quilters converged for classes, exhibitions, shopping at the merchant's mall, catching up with old friends and making new ones.
During our evening social, corny puns and canned music gave us a chuckle. Hostesses Clare and Venice wore their 'grape' costumes with distinction. Classes had time for a quick show-and-tell, liberal raffles were distributed.
For special entertainment we were treated to the 'Iron-woman' (aka 'Iron-person') event pitting green and purple teams in heart-stopping competitions like...ripping out seams and ironing triangles. The contestants showed off their skill, occasionally helped (or hampered) by Venice. *photo below*
For me - this visit to Blenheim was especially lovely. The Blenheim quilt club supported my fledgling quilting/tutoring efforts for many years and also taught what long-term friendships could grow alongside fabric constructions.
Another bonus was seeing quilt companions from all over the country. A more encouraging and enabling group of quilters would be hard to find.
The quilt classes were held at the Marlborough Girl's college campus, where we were very happy to have well appointed rooms and fortunately - great weather!
My classes were STARS in more ways than one. The students ranged from novices to those who teach, with everyone achieving the top of their abilities. WOW.
It is always a treasure to any teacher to watch her(his) students take an idea and personalise it successfully. The quilters who attended my classes showed a high level of ingenuity in their designs. Their (beautiful) hard work was gratifying to this teacher!
Now the clock that runs between symposiums starts once more. In Christchurch, 5-10 October 2017 we're due to do it all again in an even bigger way at our National Quilt Symposium called 'Creative Constructions'.
International and NZ tutors will be bringing a great range of classes for every skill level. A link will be on my home page if you want to peruse the website for information on this show.