Stitch in time


The fight of New Zealand’s suffragettes has been meticulously stitched together by a group of Queens-towners.

The resort’s 20-strong Quilters and Patchworkers group has created an exhibition to mark last year’s 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and this year’s 100th anniversary of women winning the right to stand for Parliament.

Group secretary Jude Grace-Dillon says each patchwork panel honours one of the maker’s role models, and is made to be the size of the pages in the original 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition.

“We aimed to portray the personal traits of the woman that we’re each honouring, that enabled us to be the person we are today.”

It was inspired by the Vinnies Re Sew Suffrage in Stitches project.

The finished quilt went on display at Frankton Library on Wednesday, and will be available to view until August 21.

They’ll also be hosting a drop-in workshop on August 17 from 12-4pm, for people keen to learn more about quilting, patchwork and sewing.