Sheep farm quilters fabricate exhibition

About a boy . . . Inapiece Quilters co-ordinator Sue Broekhuyse and her work Recycled Quilts – A La Boy Toddler Tee-Shirts in central Dunedin last week. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A quilting group formed on Strath Taieri sheep farms brought an exhibition to town last week.

Inapiece co-ordinator Sue Broekhuyse said women from sheep farms in Middlemarch, Hyde and Macraes formed the quilting group in 1993.

She joined the group in 2011.

The women met fortnightly at a home of a member to sew, stitch and socialise, she said.

“It was a chance to get off the farm and be together.”

As time passed, farms were sold, and only one member remained living on the Strath Taieri but a “tight knit” group of friends continued the tradition.

Although the members were now spread “far and wide” between Timaru and Middlemarch, the group continued to meet fortnightly at the homes of members, Mrs Broekhuyse said.

“We were in Timaru just before Labour Weekend – we have sewing machines and will travel.”

Inapiece Quilters member Pip Reid, of Outram, displays her charm quilt outside the Community Gallery last week.

The membership of group ranged between 16 and 18.

The group exhibited a range of “vibrant, colourful, quirky and traditional” quilts in the Community Gallery, in Princes St, for five days ending last Saturday.

The last time the group had an exhibition was 20 years ago, in Middlemarch, she said.

The exhibition had received “amazing and positive comments” from visitors.

Quilting was a “passion” and was a form of “art” rather than a hobby.

She had made quilts from material such as her first bikini and her first ball dress.

She made a quilt using material including T-shirts her grandson had outgrown.

The exhibition was free and any koha was given to the Otago branch of Parkinson’s New Zealand.