Every other year for 25 years the members of the Hunters Hill Quilt group madly finish quilting their pride and joy, painstakingly sew on the binding and a hanger to prepare for the Hunters Hill Quilt show!!! Mark your calendars today for the 29th of May through Sunday 1 June 2008. Doors open from 10am til 4:30 and entry is $6.
Opening night, which is always a great fun event, is to be held on 29th May. The doors open to everyone at 7:30 and tickets for this gala night are $20. Champaign corks fly and nibbles are served as we all mill around reviewing the work of the last two years.
This year we have invited Margaret Pomeranz, from the Movie Show, to be the judge of the show. What you say? Is she a quilter? Well, in fact not but each year a different judge from a creative background is asked to have a look and choose 9 fabulour quilts and one Best in Show. It will be interesting to see how she interprets the many quilts on display. For the last show in 2006 we invited Jenny Kee to be the judge with fantastic results. She was overwhelmed by the creative spirit of the community and appeared to very much enjoy the event. We made her a wagga as a gift which is featured in the back of this photo which also features Robyn James, Best In Show winner last year. Alysoun Ryves is also pictured and to honor her for all her hard work on our shows in the past and her efforts for the quilting community in general, we have dedicated the Best In Show to her memory.
All quilt shows have a spirit. The Hunters Hill seems to be about diversity. I had a brief scan of some of the entries yesterday and was amazed at how many gorgeous and very different style quilts were in the pile!! Hand pieced, machine pieced, applique, contemporary, traditional...something for everyone. Can't wait. It is amazing that we can sit together week after week working on projects and still surprise each other at the show.
In addition to it being a wonderful event in a gorgeous setting, the proceeds from each show go to charity. This year we joined forces with RedKite, an organization that helps children and their families through the trials of cancer. It is a nice concept to think of women working to help kids with cancer, and their families, cope with the stress and changes to their lives.
In addition to the quilts for the show we have made not one but two raffle quilts. The first one is Starry Starry Night, a grouping of vibrant stars made by many of the 55 members and machine quilted by Kim Bradley in her continuous free form style.
For those that like something more traditional we also have Patchwork Puzzle, a quilt made of 4" squares a la Dear Jane.
This one is hand quilted and is finished with a double row of prairie points. Tickets for the raffle quilts are $2 or three for $5 and are available from members or you can pop into the shop to see them on display and get tickets there. Brother Sewing machines has just donated a sewing machine as a lucky door prize so if you need a new machine you may want to vote for viewers choice!!!
If you haven't already, mark the date as one not to miss, particularly if you like Devonshire Tea and homemade sandwiches with your quilt viewing...oh, and we have a material obsession shop there as well in case you are so inspired you have to pick up some odds and ends and get quilting!!!
Hope to see you there. more later, kathy & sarah