Kaleidoscope

The quilt is based on one block which I made larger in EQ8 and also cut the block in half for the border blocks.  I had a plethoria of Tula Pink fabrics so decided it was time to use them.  They made for delicious colour combinations and I fussy cut many of the sections of the blocks to make them more interesting.

Once again Susan Trendall quilted it for me.  This was also shown at Festival of Quilts 2018 in Auckland

Kalaidoscope Nov 2018

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Foxley Village

I also entered this into the Festival of Quilts 2018 in Auckland under Quilts made by two makers.  The pattern was Natalie Bird’s from Homespun magazine and Susan Trendall quilted it for me.

I then had the fun of choosing fabrics and colours.  I also decided to make the entire quilt by machine – that includes all applique, embroidery embellishments and even the binding.  My granddaughter Amelia will be the lucky recipient.  Not the best photo unfortunately so will try again when I get the quilt back.

Foxley Village

 

 

Dorothy Collard Challenge 2018

This is an annual challenge set by the Auckland Quilt Guild. This year it was ‘Flying Geese’. The size is set at 20″ x 30″ in a landscape format.
I wanted to be graphic with my composition and as I love piecing I thought I would somehow piece the entire wallhanging in the flying geese pattern. I was searching through my batiks and found this delicious orange and purple/black and played around with ideas on EQ8 and settled on sewing 182 paper pieced flying geese blocks. Quite fiddly but I was very happy with the outcome.

Title of quilt: Red sky at night, Shepherd’s delight, red sky in morning, Shepherd’s warning.
Mary Metcalf Flying Geese 2018

In fact the judges were also happy as I won first prize!

Here’s a photo of the reverse side,  I was tempted to make this the right side but then decided not to as I rather like neat and clean results.  All those raw edges just didn’t make me feel at ease.

WIP showing reverse and the seams

Festival of Quilts Auckland 2017

Last weekend Auckland Quilt Guild held their annual quilt show out at Auckland Netball Centre in Stonefields.  A wonderful, light filled space, great cafe, plenty to see and with 40 plus merchants plenty to help empty the coffers.

I entered two quilts – my Sue Spargo free internet monthly pattern ‘Blue Illusion’ and my modern quilt ‘ ‘Life on a windowsill’.  I was fortunate to win ‘Best embellishment/applique’ for my machine appliqued cacti.
This is my Sue Spargo quilt.  Lots of hand embroidery (chunky), machine quilting inthe ditch and a vast array of blues and corals in cotton, silk and wool.  The other quilt is below this one.

Blue Illusion Sue Spargo internet monthly pattern Nov 2017

And my prize winning quilt ‘Life on a windowsill’.  I used my original kowhaiwhai quilting patterns and traced the entire background with a blue washable felt pen, quilted it with my Sweet 16 and then sprayed it to remove the ink.  Success!    The bottom half of the quilting shows free motion quilted roots from the cacti pots.
PS:  you can still purchase these patterns from www.kiwiquilts.co.nz

Mary and Life on a windowsill Nov 2017

quilting my Life on a window sill Nov 2017

I have not been doing nothing……

I seem to have been doing a million and one things this year and have taken forever to finish some of my projects. I started a post grad certificate in November of 2016 and only finished it in July of this year, which meant that I had nothing finished for the NZ Quilt symposium. However, I have not deserted my ‘shed’ completely and the arrival of a new grand daughter has also kept me busy.  Two visits to Australia to make sure that I had my quotas of cuddles and there were plenty of requests for quilts and other sewing. The following photos are some of the projects that actually got completed in 2017:-

 

Hoffman Decor Challenge

Both Mary and I decided to enter the Hoffman Decor Challenge where we had to make a 15″ cushion cover using a specific piece of fabric.

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The fabric chosen was a pretty lace like floral on a blue background. Mary will tell her own story but I, of course, procrastinated until it was almost too late. Once I decided to cut the fabric out from the blue background and rearrange it on a different background I was away. I auditioned a couple of background colours before deciding on the peacock blue. I perched a perky little bird on the top to complete the first half of the picture. The second half of the story is told on the reverse, where another bird is preening looking around for a mate. Both sides were heavily quilted with a variegated thread. My brother Mike, names the majority of my quilts and this one is named “It’s a bit lonely at the top”. I was delighted to be awarded second place and received some amazing Hoffman Batiks – thanks a million.

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‘If I only had time’ Dorothy Collard Challenge 2017

The late Dorothy Collard, a former member of Auckland Quilt Guild, left a bequest from her estate to the Guild to sponsor an annual challenge for five years.   After nine years, the Guild took over the sponsorship of this challenge.  Each year Guild members wait for the new Challenge Theme.  In 2017  the Theme was ‘If I only had time”.  I had this small set of fabric samples and one of them had power poles, so I thought of telephone lines and then keeping in touch with friends and loved one via the telephone.  I used tuis as representing me and my friends and a fun tree which I stretched out into two different sizes and used softer fabric to make them recede into the background.

Unfortunately it did not receive any prizes however I thoroughly enjoyed making the small quilt and will proudly hang it on my wall when it is returned to me.  You will be able to see it at the Festival of Quilts in November 2017 at the Auckland Netball Centre in St Johns, Auckland.
If you double click on the image it will open in a new screen and you will be able to see the detail.

I would phone my friends more…