Quilting club members rose to the challenge, crafting these artistic designs, which will be donated to Plunket

Competitive quilting craft

by Andy Bryenton

As the Dargaville Gems quilting exhibition launched last Friday at Dargaville’s Muddy Waters Gallery, there was even more quilting artistry on display just around the corner.

Dargaville Sewing and Curtain Centre’s picture window was used to display the entrants in a competitive and fun quilting contest, matching needle, thread and creative wits between our local fabric artists.

The ‘pass it on’ style challenge saw quilters each complete one section of a finished piece, with a theme based on its colourful backing material. One quilter completed the centre, another the frame and the third the outer border. The entire process took six months, and the club received a grant to purchase fabric for this exercise.

Judge John Nielsen picked an overall winner with a meticulously crafted animal theme, but every entry is a work of art.

All are on display at the Dargaville Sewing and Curtain Centre, counterpoint to the main exhibition, which is currently on show at the Muddy Waters Gallery. All quilts from this challenge will be handed over to Plunket to give away to families in need.