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.
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
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:-
In my studio….
Quilt for Nephew’s wedding.
Activity quilt for grand daughter, Zahli
Baby quilt for Amalija
Amalija – recovering from heart surgery
Romper suits . . .
with frilly bottoms. . .
and sun bonnets. . .
with frills . . .
for a baby due this month – I’m ahead of schedule!
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.
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.
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…
Once again my entry for the Dorothy Collard challenge was left until the last minute as I wrangled with ideas. I always seem to flounder when given a set topic and spend an inordinate amount of time overthinking the whole process. I should just trust my instincts and go for the first images that springs to mind and then build on that! Two of my favourite quotes are “Procrastination is the thief of time” and “I wasted time and now doth time waste me” from Shakespeare’s Richard 11, and after all these years you would think I would heed the advice. These morphed, as my quilts seem to, into a cacophony of phrases, saying and proverbs about time set amidst a range of clocks and gears. No prizes this year but I had a lot of fun making it. I am always amazed at the interpretations of the theme and enjoy admiring other people’s artistry as they convey their thoughts and skills to the wider audience.
I was humbled and a little bit taken back when I was asked to be the profiled quilter in the December edition of the NZ quilter. It’s quite a process ‘putting it out there’ and also a little bit soul searching when you are questioned as to your processes and where your ideas come from. The following is the cover and the pages and photos within.
In July I visited Sisters in Oregon with two of my oldest friends who I had meet in London many years ago, when we were all expecting our first babies. Eventually time and distance had us drifting apart but Facebook reunited us after 30 years and imagine the joy to find out that we all had become quilters in the intervening years. Folktales, by Sue Spargo, had just been released in book form and a finished quilt was on display and I decided that I was going to make this quilt even though my handstitching was at the time limited to chain stitch, stem stitch and the odd wobbly French knot. Armed with Sue’s two books, Folktales and Creative Stitching I embarked on this epic. What was so enjoyable was that the six inch blocks were manageable for evening stitching and, with the end in sight, I decided to finish it in time for the Festival of Quilts hand in. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and the only machine stitching involved stitching the six inch blocks together – I even hand tied the quilt!