I have a short bucket list of quilt related events that I would like to attend "one day" and I was able to cross one off the list in October when I attended Quilt Symposium Auckland 2019. Quilt Symposium is a five day biennial event which is held in New Zealand (usually in a different location each time). There is a good variety of workshops available featuring international and local tutors, a merchant mall, challenges and a quilt show. Amazingly the whole event is volunteer run, I cannot begin to imagine all the hours of work that go into making it such a success.
I limited myself to attending a couple of classes and lunchtime lectures as I wanted to be able to have a decent look at the quilts, catch up with my family, and fit in a bit of shopping while I was in Auckland.
the back of a block prepared for applique
As there was a possibility of catching public transport followed by a short walk to the venue I didn't want to be schlepping a heavy bag each day so I selected my classes with that in mind. I chose to do a two day hand piecing class and a one day applique class as I thought the equipment requirements would be minimal (fabric, needles, thread, scissors etc) and I wanted a more social and relaxing type of class rather than one where I would feel mentally exhausted by the end of the day.
another block ready to applique, fabric samples at the top
Both the classes were enjoyable, I learned a few new tricks and spent three days in the company of other like minded quilters as we chatted and stitched away each day.
A mini symposium will be held in Palmerston North in 2020 and the next major Quilt Symposium will be held in Wellington in 2022, registrations will open in October 2020.