Tuesday, 3 October 2017

New Zealand Quilt Symposium Exhibitions 2017

The New Zealand Quilt Symposium in Christchurch begins on Thursday 5th October and runs until Tuesday the 10th. Not only are there the most wonderful classes by many local and international tutors there are a number of quilt exhibitions as well.

I have two quilts in the Piano exhibition space which is 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch.

My Quilt Life on the Reef is in the A Matter of Time Exhibition.

Life on the Reef by Linda Steele

There is also another exhibition at the same venue called Passion and Perspective by students of Nancy Crow. I did two weeks of classes with Nancy Crow in January this year.

We were asked to make a quilt using what we learnt with Nancy. Nancy recommended that I use brighter colours, not use a ruler to cut pieces and to design by intuition and improvisation by not planning ahead.

The quilt I made for the exhibition is called Rhythms 3.

Rhythms 3 by Linda Steele

It's certainly a different style of quilt for me and I can tell you that I went through quite a few attempts before I made this quilt. My other ideas weren't working until finally I remembered what Nancy taught me. Don't plan ahead! So I put up one piece of fabric and then put another next to it and so on until I had a quilt on the design wall.

I can't say I love the quilt but I quite enjoyed the process when I got into it. I would like to try again with some other coloured fabric.

I really enjoyed quilting it though. The plain colours really show the different stitches.

I really wish that I could see the exhibition so I could see what the other quilts look like. Hopefully people will post some photos on line. I wonder what Nancy Crow would think of my quilt?  She would probably say that it's a beginning and to keep trying.

I've since found out that there is a lovely colour catalogue of the exhibition called Passion and Proportion and it is only $25. I'll look forward to receiving my copy.

Bye for now,


jude's page said...

Love your improv quilt, well done. It is something I find hard, but probably quite freeing once you get into it?

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Jude, I really want to try again but I have so many things on at the moment.

Michele Hill said...

I love your Rhythms quilt is gorgeous! I hope I have time to see the exhibitions and if I do I will be sure to share some photos (if we are able). So hard when one flies in to teach for five days and then flies back home the next day but fingers crossed they open the exhibitions after class as well......hugs xx

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Michele, you will be very busy but I am sure you will have a great time.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Hi Linda. I’m going to Symposium tomorrow, but like Michele, my days will be full with 5days of classes (as a student, not a teacher): I hope to get around all the exhibitions, but there are about 5different venues to visit. Hopefully the town ones are quite close to each other. I’ll definitaly look out for your Quilts.

Linda Steele said...

Hope you enjoy the classes Wendy, I am sure it will be fabulous. Maybe they should schedule an afternoon off so people can see the other displays, it sounds busy.