Quilt Symposium Manawatu 2015
16-21 January 2015,
Palmerston North Girls’ High School,
Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North

Opening Night and Awards Evening

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Welcome to our ‘Creative World!’

Our objective is to provide all attendees with:
  • Stimulating and challenging classes
  • Inspirational tutors
  • Fascinating lectures
  • Amazing quilts on display, and
  • Masses of retail therapy.
Our symposium is an opportunity for you to meet your quilting friends, and make new ones.
Quilt Symposium Manawatu 2015 has the following events that are open to the public:

Exhibitions: There are door sales to the exhibitions. Cost is $10 which allows you to view the main exhibition at the Convention Centre and the Tutors Exhibition at Palmerston North Girls’ High School on the same day.
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Lectures:  There are door sales to the lectures. Cost is $15
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Quilters Heaven is our merchant mall. There is no charge to enter the merchant mall. Hours of operation are:
Friday 16 Jan 12 noon to 5pm
Saturday – Tuesday 8am – 5pm
Wednesday 8am – 1.30pm

Important information

You need to bring your symposium confirmation letter to register and get your Welcome Bag, Name Badge and any pre-booked tickets. If you have misplaced your confirmation letter then email us on qsm2015@gmail.com. Remember to include your registration number so we can easily find you on the database!

Palmerston North has so much to offer: fabulous shops and craft stores, wonderful restaurants and cafes, and really friendly people. The city is very easy to navigate, has good bus transportation and possesses a wide variety of accommodation choices, from camp ground cabins to motels and quality hotels.

There are also a number of activities to keep partners amused such as the National Rugby Museum, Te Manawa, golf and other sporting venues as well as a number of walking and cycling tracks along the river and parklands.

Come and be stimulated by the best Symposium to be held in New Zealand. Our band of experienced organising committee members are determined that this symposium will be even more successful than the one held in 2007!

QSM Latest News And Views

It is Symposium Week!

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:48:00 +0000

Hi everyone

I am so excited Symposium starts this Friday. I hope you are well on the way to being organised with your packing and class needs. There are still a few class vacancies (see the classes page on the website to see which ones are not full) so if you have a friend wanting to join in, contact us! Safe travels.


Class Vacancies - Exhibition entries

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:33:00 +0000

Hi everyone

Gosh less than 3 months until we all meet at Symposium - the time is going fast!

If you are looking for a class to take please keep your eye on the classes page on our website http://quiltsymposium.co.nz/Classes/index.aspx as we are updating the status of filled classes regularly.

Remember your exhibition entries are due in this Saturday 1 November and must arrive at Quilt Symposium Manawatu 2015, 40 Russell Street, Foxton 4814. New Zealand by 5 pm.

See you all in January.


Class Confirmations - A little delay

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:03:00 +0000

Hi everyone

I know you are all anxious to find out if you got into the classes of your choosing. We were hoping to have notified you by now but we have had some gremlins in the system and it has taken us a bit longer than we would like to get them all sorted. We are very sorry about that. We are now planning to post out your confirmations by the end of this week. You should get them some time next week. Yeah!


Winner of Bernina Sewing Machine Raffle is announced

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:10:00 +0000

The Bernina sewing machine raffle has been drawn. Congratulations go to Ticket # 705 bought by Tarnia Hodges of Palmerston North. Tarnia is a new quilter who joined Rose City Quilters earlier this year. Because Tarnia’s husband bought a new machine for her for Christmas she decided to buy the ticket for her daughter Rebekah who is doing Garment Construction as part of a Diploma in Design. This fabulous sewing machine will be her Christmas present. Needless to say Rebekah is thrilled to bits. Many thanks to Bernina for sponsoring this prize. Find out more about Bernina's fabulous machines by clicking here.

15 August closing date for preferential class registration

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 05:42:00 +0000

Hi everyone

Wow, the time is rolling around and there is now less than one week to get your preferential class registrations in. They need to be in our post box by Friday 15 August for your registration number to count for class allocations. Any registrations received after that will be allocated on a "first come first served" basis for any classes that still have vacancies. Confirmation of class placements will be notified in mid September.

I hope you have had a lovely time choosing your classes and I have my fingers crossed that as many people as possible will get their first choices.


Didn't get a sticky label? Don't Panic! See below*

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:16:00 +0000

Hi everyone

Isn't it wonderful? The registration was posted last week and I hope you had a delightful time, putting your feet up with a cuppa and reading about all the classes we have on offer. The same information is available on our website and the needs list for each class is posted with the class description so you know exactly what you would need for each class you are considering. There is a button that links to a printer friendly PDF version of the needs list as well and in some cases there are extra photos of class samples. Please remember that the photos are a guide to what the class is about and not necessarily exactly what you will be making in class.

*We are sorry for the confusion about the sticky label mentioned in registration booklet. We don't need your number to be on the envelope and we forgot to take this bit out of the instructions. Your envelopes will be opened as they arrive and all you selections will be entered on our computer under your registration number. The computer will then do its thing and sort everything according to your number. Just like magic!


Clarification of Rules for Exhibition Quilts

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:44:00 +0000

Hi everyone

The rules for entering quilts in our exhibition have generated some lively debate. Here are some clarifications.

Quilt Symposium Manawatu decided to put in the condition of not showing your quilts prior to the exhibition to cover a few different points:

1. Re copying; many people view the internet these days and it is so easy to be influenced by what you see and make something very similar, thereby lessening the impact your quilt might have in an exhibition, especially if 2 similar quilts turn up. We understand that traditional quilts are based on similar patterns and styles and take that into account.

2. NZ is a small country and judges have been heard to say that they have seen many of these quilts before.

3. We know that when members take quilts along and share them at club meetings, many times these have photos taken and they are put up on blogs and facebook, sometimes unbeknownst to the quilt maker. We preferred to have your exhibition entries be something not seen in the public domain prior to exhibition so that the exhibition will be a fresh and enticing journey of discovery, and excite the judges as well as the viewers. If you do take quilts to show and tell please ask that no photos be taken or put up on the internet.

4. We do realise that this may impact the number of quilts shown at club exhibitions prior to Symposium, but this does affect all 5 clubs who make up QSM2015 as well. We hope you will consider that entering symposium is very much like entering a challenge. Generally these are specified as being not shown prior to entering. Get the most wow effect from your quilt after all the hard work you have put into it and do keep it a surprise. Symposium is our showcase to the world of our best quilts.

5. Photos may be taken at the Exhibition and we will have a CD available to purchase of all entries.

Meet the Clubs - Part 5

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:16:00 +0000

Hello Quilters

You can read and comment on this blog post by clicking on the title of the blog or by clicking here.
The fifth of our five clubs is Rangitikei Country Quilters in Marton. Andrea Death writes: “Rangitikei Country Quilters is a very active group comprising of 56 members who come from all over the Rangitikei District . We hold our meetings on the third Saturday of the month (except January ) at the Marton Arts and Craft Centre at 1.30pm. Often this is preceded by a Sew-Only morning. This year these mornings have been concentrated on making articles to supply our Impulse Shop at our exhibition. We hold a two day exhibition every two years and this year it is on October 5th and 6th at Rangitikei College, Marton. The guest exhibitors are one of our own members, Judith Briant, who is a very talented quilter and doll maker Jill Maas. As well as our members displaying quilts that they have painstakingly produced, we have a quilt challenge, block challenge and pin cushion challenge. The latter two challenges are open to any one, not just our members. We also have a number of merchants and Mr Sharp will be there to sharpen your knives and scissors. We hold regular workshops and trips for the benefit our members and have a very extensive library and hold a monthly UFO night, Members can come and enjoy each other’s company, work on their projects and partake of a shared fish and chip tea .
One of our activities is making Charity Quilts to give to people in need, or people who have had some misfortune in their lives. It is our way of saying that we care and it offers them some comfort. “

Discussion Group

Join in the fun and give us your views on the discussion topic of the week. If you are reading this post on the QSM 2015 website click on the title of the blog post. This will take you directly to the blog where you can comment.

Quilt Discussion Group topic this week:

            How much time do you get for quilting and when?

Meet the Clubs - Part 4

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000

Hello Quilters

The fourth club to contribute to the running of QSM 2015 is Town and Country Quilters, Levin. President Leigh Wells writes”

In 1987 Town & Country Quilters was formed by a group of local Levin ladies.  The Club held their first AGM on Thursday 9 April 1987 at Thompson House in Levin, attended by forty ladies.   The yearly membership fee was just $10 per annum.  By 1988, the membership had grown to around 130 members and the Club moved into the Memorial Hall in 1989 for their monthly meetings.  The club logo was created at this time by one of its founding members.

Now in 2013 Town & Country Quilters, Levin, is still very active.  The club has a membership of around 80 members and holds its meetings in the Life Changers Church in Levin on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.  Several of the founding members are still involved in the club, and at the same time the younger generation are joining.  Our youngest members are aged 11 & 12 years. 

Over the years things have changed, from our first newsletter which was typed on a typewriter, to our modern colour newsletter that is emailed complete with hyperlinks. Despite the increased use of modern technology, many of our members are still enthusiastic about the traditional patchwork methods, with a dedicated group of quilters addicted to needle turn and English paper piecing. 

Town & Country Quilters, Levin is still a very active and passionate club even after all these years.

Quilters Discussion Group

Join in the fun and give us your views on the discussion topic of the week. If you are reading this post on the QSM 2015 website click on the title of the blog post. This will take you directly to the blog where you can comment.

Quilt Discussion Group topic this week:

            What is your favorite method to quilt your tops?

Meet the Clubs - Part 3

Sun, 01 Sep 2013 08:20:00 +0000

Hello Quilters

Yeah! It is the first day in September. Spring is here. Well, it will be after we see the end of that cold blast we had last week J
The third of our 5 clubs running QSM 2015 is Foxy Quilters, from Foxton. The Foxy Quilters are a smaller club, who have a day meeting during the week. They meet at the Manawatu Boating Club, Hartley Street, at Foxton Beach on a Wednesday. Wow, a quilt meeting at the beach. It sounds heavenly. They have room to take their sewing machines to the Club meeting. The Foxy Quilters work on a club project the last Wednesday of the month. They have made quilts for various charities and projects. Foxy Quilters was started in the late 80's  and have around 30 members. They also have a Retreat once a year.

Quilters Discussion Group

Join in the fun and give us your views on the discussion topic of the week. If you are reading this post on the QSM 2015 website click on the title of the blog post. This will take you directly to the blog where you can comment.

Quilt Discussion Group topic this week:

            What is your favourite quick project or gift?

Meet the Clubs - Part 2

Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:27:00 +0000

Hello Quilters

The second of our clubs is Cotton On Quilters, Wanganui. Cotton On has a day meeting on the first Saturday of every month, except January when we are all recovering from the holiday season. Our meeting is an all-day affair with stitching, socializing and tutorials run by club members in the morning and a formal meeting in the afternoon. Some of us come for just the morning, some come for the afternoon and some of us stay for the whole day, dedicated quilters that we are 

J  We meet at the Masonic Hall in Dublin St and there is plenty of room for everyone to spread their stitching stuff. There is always someone willing to help with any quilting advice and much admiring of the works in progress. Helen, our Tutor Coordinator, is a Past President of the club. Show and Tell from the monthly meeting is posted on the club’s blog http://cottonon.blogspot.co.nz/

Royal Wanganui Opera House

Quilters Discussion Group

Join in the fun and give us your views on the discussion topic of the week. If you are reading this post on the QSM 2015 website click on the title of the blog post. This will take you directly to the blog where you can comment. Ms Lottie was our first contributor to our discussion group, yay!. If Ms Lottie emails qsm2015@gmail.com  with her snail mail address a wee squishy reward will be on its way.

Quilt Discussion Group topic this week:

            What is your favourite quilt book or magazine, and why?

Octopus at Kowhai Park, Wanganui

Meet the Clubs - Part 1

Sun, 18 Aug 2013 08:23:00 +0000

Hello Quilters!

I thought I would take the opportunity over the next few blog posts to introduce the 5 quilt clubs from the Manawatu-Whanganui region that are organising QSM 2015.

The first, and largest, club is Rose City Quilters in Palmerston North. RCQ meet on the 4th Monday evening of the Month at the Wesley Church Centre on Broadway. They are also the organizers of the very popular Tote & Gloat held on the first Saturday in May each year. RCQ run a very busy programme with regular speakers at the evening meetings where an extensive library is available to peruse and a monthly Saturday Stitching.  There is a biennial exhibition called “Celebration of Quilts”. Classes, lectures, bus trips, and city retreats are on offer. They also make charity quilts using the Block-of-the-Month contributions and Neo-natal quilts for Palmerston North Public Hospital

President of Rose City Quilters, Dianne Southey is also our experienced and very capable QSM 2015 convenor. You may remember the last time Symposium was held in Palmerston North. I was a sympsoium "virgin" then, and was so inspired by the experience. From the wonderful opwning ceremondy in the Regent Theatre (great atmosphere) where pictures of he winning quilts were clearly projected on the big screen, to the fun happy hours with great lucky number draws, to the opportunity to chat with a famous overseas tutor sitting in the sun at lunchtime, to the great class I took, to the merchant mall where I got so tempted, to the fabulous quilt exhibitions. If you didn't attend last time, don't miss out this time! 

Quilters Discussion Group
 Join in the fun and give us your views on the discussion topic of the week. If you are reading this post on the QSM 2015 website click on the title of the blog post. This will take you directly to the blog where you can comment.

     Quilt Discussion Group topic this week:
          What fabric style do you work with the most and what style gets left on the shelf?

 The Square, Palmerston North
Photo courtesy of Destination Manawatu

The website is now 'live'

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:17:00 +0000

Hi everyone

I hope those of you who attended the Taupo Symposium had as much of a  fabulous time as I did. Weren't we lucky with the weather? I had confidently packed merino tops, woolly socks and gloves and I didn't need any of them! A huge thanks goes to Dianne Traveller, Katrina Davidson and all the team for all the work they did to make it a success.

Now that Taupo Symposium has finished we can say Quilt Symposium Manawatu is New Zealand's next Quilt Symposium. Our website has gone live, Yay! Click on our logo (to the left)  to go directly to the website (or click here). There you will find all the International and Australian Tutor profiles and links to their website/blog. We are still in the process of finalising New Zealand tutors. Check out the website and start planning who you would like to work with. Please feel free to leave me a comment or ask a question.

And because we all like blog posts with pictures here is an image that is a bit special to me. I won a merit award at Taupo for my quilt "Up the Garden Path". Congratulations to all the other winners.

Welcome to Quilting at Symposium Manawatu - News and Views for QSM 2015

Sun, 02 Jun 2013 23:07:00 +0000

Hello Quilters, both in New Zealand and afar,

We are so excited that Symposium is coming to Manawatu again. We love our new logo and we are working hard to bring the best in tutors, classes, lectures, merchants, events and gatherings. 

This blog is intended as a supplement to our main website, which is currently under construction and which will contain all the official information you need to know about QSM 2015.
The purpose of this blog is to give you more background about our tutors and classes and news and views. We hope you check back regularly.


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