I’ve always known there are some amazing quilters in South Africa and Pretoria, but today it’s been confirmed for me in bucket loads!!!
This evening was the official opening of the Centruion Quilters Exhibition for 2013 at the Centurion Art Gallery. You have until 28th March to go and take a look.
Part of this impressive exhibition is a display of 90 quilts produced as part of a tri-nations challenge. 30 quilters from South Africa, Japan and Korea were challenged to make a quilt of their interpretation of one of 30 different wonders of the world. The 3 quilts for each ‘wonder’ are hung together, and the effect is fantastic. We can also proudly say that 2 of our own quilters, Marianne Niemandt and Ina Meyer, took part in the challenge.
There is also a fantastic selection of locally made quilts, including a mini-exhibition (for want of a better description!) by Creative Hands. This is a group of about 12 ladies who meet twice a month to share their love for creating and experimenting with fabric of any kind. The mini exhibition is the result of a challenge where each member was given a small swatch of fabric from one of the colors of the color wheel. They then had to make a small quilt measuring approximately 25cm x 45cm. The resulting wall of quilts shows some amazing results!
Having had the chance to view all the quilts this morning and yesterday while we were hanging them, I have my favorite, which I might be able to share with you at a later date. But the thing that makes me feel most proud, is that there are a number of quilts hanging that are made by new quilters…ladies that saw previous quilt exhibitions at this gallery and decided to come and join us. Ladies, you can be very proud of yourselves and your quilts and know that you are very welcome!