7. Aug, 2021

He Tangatanui o Te Kuiti

We are just a small community with a tad over 5,000 residence in our town. for a while we had two knights (Sirs) in our midst. One was my brother 'n law Sir David Fagan knighted for his expertise and commitment to Sheep Shearing as a competitive sport, and the other sir Colin Meads knighted for his commitment to rugby. Their images are thread painted in each diagonal corner of the quilt. On the opposing diagonal I have machine quilted symbolic images. The matu or Maori fish hook is in the top right In Maori mythology, New Zealand was fished up out of the sea by Maui. The fish hook signifies abundance and plenty, strength and determination. It is believed to bring peace, prosperity and good health.. In the centre is the pohutukawa a coastal tree that clings tenaciously to the inhospitable rocky shores on which it grows and the bottom left is the fantail - piwakawaks - the messenger of the Gods. This quilt was completed just a few days before Sir Colin's passing. The striped pieced background has been overprinted with koru symbols. These two men overcame considerable hardships to give service to their chosen sport, the their region, their country and the world and the stand as mighty icons as they do on this quilt