Sunday, 17 November 2019

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.

my partially completed applique block

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.

1 comment:

  1. It's good to read that you were able to cross one item off your bucket list! I didn't make it to Symposium unfortunately. How many of these lovely applique blocks are you making?


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