Quilting imagination takes flight

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An aviation theme runs through a selection of quilts from the Great New Zealand Quilt Show now on display at the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre.
The quilts were first exhibited at the show in Rotorua in May.
Centre officer Rose McMillan said the flight theme fitted well at the aviation centre.
Quilts from the Great New Zealand Quilt Show have been displayed in Palmerston North, Motueka and Blenheim. They will be on display the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre until the end of August.
Mrs McMillan said the exhibition consisted of20 pieces.
The quilts measure 75cm×75 cm. The challenge attracted 62 regional entries.
Aotearoa Quilters regional representatives selected three from each region through a process of viewers’ choice and public vote.
The 40 selected entries were presented to the judges, who named one winner and three ‘‘merits’’.
The designs are diverse, featuring birds, planes and abstract ideas.
Mrs McMillan said the exhibition should be popular as art and craft was strong in Eastern Southland.
The last time the centre hosted a quilt exhibition it was well-received, she said.
The quilts are for sale.
‘‘These guys are pretty clever, [just] how they can think outside the square,’’ Mrs McMillan said.
‘‘It’s going to be really good,’’ she said.
The timing of the hosting of the exhibition tied in well with the Riversdale Arts 43rd Annual Mixed Media Exhibition, which had its opening night on Friday, and the upcoming Hokonui Design Awards. The exhibition runs through to August 31.