This quilted banner welcomed us all at the Taupo airport after a memorable tiny plane on Wednesday 17th July 2013.
Only a 20 seater Air New Zealand plane from Wellington to Taupo. The views were stunning .
Taupo pronounced (Tar poor)
|View inside the plane Wellington to Taupo full of Quilters|
|Sun setting on the clouds from the plane|
The committee arranged a wonderful free first day for the tutors, we got on the
bus and went to the Hukka Falls, a lovely lunch at a glass blowing studio and a creative ceramic studio garden. It was a lovely day one that the tutors spent some time getting to know each other.
To be very honest I was star struck by the likes of Gwen Marsden, Robbi Eklow, Cara Gulati, Jenny Bowker, Jean Wolfrom ,Phillipa Naylor, Susan Brubaker-Knapp and so many more wonderfully talented ladies from the states, NZ, Australia, Africa and Great Britain.
Having the day together was very settling for me .
|bus to and from motel to school|
|Thank you for the demonstration of glass blowing very informative|
|The falls release water 3 times a day it was stunning to see.|
|mosaic arm chair and me|
The symposium was held at the local high school "Taupo -Nui-a-Tia" college during winter school holidays and between 800-1000 quilting students attended classes for 5 days. Friday through to Tuesday 19-23 July. AMAZING ............It was HUGE......
I was worried that I could not handle the cold , but we were blessed with beautiful sunny days .
We had wonderful lunches, everything was thought about to perfection.
Thank you to Kevin and staff from BERNINA NEW ZEALAND for supplying me with Bernina sewing machines for my classes
I had 4 classes these were :
day 1 Free Motion Designing and using Stencils
day 2 feathers and advanced techniques
Day 3 Flowers and colouring
day 4 and 5 free motion quilting
There was some wonderful quilt exhibitions and this amazing painted quilt won a few awards including viewers choice.
|Left to right |
Gwen Marsden, Lisa Walton, Cara Gulati, Susan Brubaker-Knapp, me , Pam Holland, Joen Wolfrom, Susan Carlson
Again the choir performed some very moving songs a farewell traditional Maori song , awards and thanks everywhere , so many people contributed to the weeks success.
After the closing ceremony we were treated to a beautiful evening meal with the committee and all tutors back at our Suncourt Motel.
Both Jenny and Gwen were wonderful company and mentored and encouraged me so much .
I thank you both from the bottom of my heart for your company and very wise words.
They mean more to me than you could imagine.
I aspire to be a teacher like you both.
|Dinner table with Dianne Traveller, Gloria Loughman, Jenny Bowker, me ,Robbie Eklow (standing) Garry Traveller, Dena Crain, Lenore Crawford, Patti Hempen.|
Unfortunately no planes were arriving or leaving into or out of Taupo so we had to bus up to Auckland instead of Wellington for a late flight home , but all made good again with great company on the bus with some Aussie quilters, thanks girls I had fun ... doe a deer .........and the Air new Zealand lounge thanks to my travelling companion Lisa Walton made it all very comfortable. Just one last glass of NZ wine........was had.....
Thank you from me to tutors, Organisers, Angels , students and Taupo I had a ball..
Symposium 2015 is in Palmerston North 16-22 January , where I am thrilled to announce have been invited to teach again.
Contact the organisers for more information.
To the organising committee and Dianne and Garry Traveller
for a wonderful time