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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sisters Exhibition at St Matthews

We went to St Matthews Church in Pietermaritzburg , today for the annual St Matthews Sisters Quilt Exhibition.I hope you were able to come as if you didn't, you missed something special.

Marline Turner and her team were up at crack of dawn this morning- and that's DARK and COLD in Pietermaritzburg on a winter's morning!- setting up the quilts in the church and out in the grounds of St Matthews.

We were supposed to have been there at 7.30 am but were delayed due to the usual truck accident on the N3- this time under the bridge at Hammarsdale.

This is what greeted us as we drove in to the grounds:

Spread around the grounds were rows of quilts all suspended from washing lines strung between the trees.

There were all sorts of quilts : from king-sized bed quilts down to knee quilts and cot quilts and anything in-between.

There were applique quilts - this one is,I think, Marline Turner's quilt.

And puff quilts, and pieced quilts and more applique quilts of all descriptions.

Sampler quilts and Pinwheels on the fences and in the grounds as well as in the church.

Here are two I found in the church, both beautifully made.

Then I found this one which I loved.

Luscious Little Layerings  was also there with Beth Barkus, the convenor, with lots of examples of journal quilts.We are hoping to see many Luscious Little Layerings come into being as a result of Beth's enthusiasm at Sisters.

Amafu, Nimble Fingers , Quilt Studio and Nicky Mommen were there, together with the MACS ladies,representing the quilt supply vendors and, of course , the teas and eateries were supplied by the able ladies of St Matthews.


  1. Thank you Glenda for these photos! Wish I had gone too! What a lovely display of all those beautiful quilts!

  2. Wow but Natal has some really talented ladies (and men). I bet you wanted to cuddle up in a few of those quilts -I hears it was only 5 degrees in PMBurg yesterday.