Coast to Coast Quilts Exhibition

Jill Hammonds says that the local quilters will be humming on Saturday.

Quilting exhibition and sharing of ideas

If you hear a strange humming sound as you drive over the Paraparaumu rail overbridge on Saturday, it is probably coming from the Coast Community Church in Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu, where 200 quilters from 5 Wellington region guilds, are gathering for an exhibition and exchange of ideas session.

Organised this year by Kapiti Coast Quilters and Coastal Quilters Guilds, the event kicks off from 9am with viewing the 43 “Challenge” quilts that feature a gorgeous piece of Ellen Giggenbach fabric and casting your vote for your favourite.

Amazing how unique each person’s use of the fabric is in the design of these quilts – no two the same.

You can then add to that “stash” when visiting the merchants stands in the Trades Hall.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available during this first hour if you can drag yourself away from the distractions.

The rest of the programme

At 10am, the quilters will move into the hall section for a couple of hours of “show and tell’ of some of their favourite quilts. These quilts will then be taken through into the sports hall to be put on display for closer examination and gaining ideas for that next project down the line – one day!

The 2017 Quilting Exhibition at Southwards

Lunch is “bring your own” from 12ish, with tea and coffee again available, and a good length of time for viewing, talking, sharing ideas and buying the few bits and pieces you didn’t get to earlier in the trade hall.

At 1.30pm, Ellen Giggenbach, design artist from Petone and owner of the very popular Ellen G Store, will address the group.

Ellen designed the fabric that was chosen for the quilt challenge and will also award a prize for her choice at the end of the afternoon.

The afternoon is expected to wrap up at about 3pm after presentation of prizes and the drawing of the raffles – a quilt made by Kapiti Coast Quilters, plus a basket of fabrics and a wonderful pamper pack.  Two other guilds also have their own raffle tickets to sell helping to raise funds for their own guild exhibitions occurring in August.

The day is aimed at quilters, but there will be a few tickets available for sale on the day if you are just interested in the idea of taking up quilting and want to come along and join us.  Entry is $15.

Further information can be found on our purpose built website at and we expect to post photos from the event there during the following week.

Jill Hammonds

Website Editor

Kapiti Coast Quilters


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