Colours Of New Zealand

Annie:- New Zealand Quilter magazine and Nutex combined to sponsor the Colours of New Zealand Challenge. At least 50% of the fabric used was required to be Nutex’s New Zealand Fabric. I was delighted to have my entry, ‘Haukainga’ (Home) accepted as one of the twenty quilts to tour throughout New Zealand. This was my first real success and it was pretty exciting to receive a year’s subscription to New Zealand Quilter and $100 worth of goodies as well! I used Mary’s koru templates to form my quilting lines in the negative space and I think it really added a kiwi influence to the whole quilt.
Colours of New Zealand
I was also pretty chuffed to also have two of my quilts, ‘Haukainga’ and ‘Love’ written up and photographed in The New Zealand Quilter, Issue 84.
NZ Quilter

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Hollis Chatelain – Mary

Mary: – My first five day workshop! I had long admired Hollis’ quilts and was blown away by her massive quilt ‘Innocence’ which I had seen at Houston the previous year. http://www.hollisart.com/gallery_enlarged_view.php?piece_id=259&entry=1

Her quilting is amazing. The workshop was painting with dyes and then quilting. It was great to feel the paintbrush in your hands but definitely not as easy as Hollis demonstrated. Here are a couple of my first paintings.

eyes-and-mouth-before-washi
vogue-before-washing
Then you needed to ‘set’ the dyes by washing and I was a little disheartened to see all that lovely intense colour disappear. It is all in the way you layer up the dyes, obviously I need to learn quite a bit more …

Here’s the same paintings after they have been washed.
eyes-and-mouth-after-washin
vogue-after-washing
Hollis assured us that quilting would change the image.

Hollis Chatelain – 5 day Workshop

Annie: – This was a first for me in many ways – it was officially my first ever ‘class’ – talk about deep-end learning! – drawing designing, dyeing and stitching in front of people!! I had only recently returned from Australia, after 17 years on the Gold Coast, so I knew nobody. Fortunately I had Mary, an old hand at this quilting business, beside me. I met so many wonderful people at the week long workshop which, of course, enabled me to recognise people at Guild Meetings.
This was one of my pieces ‘Spirit People’ before it was quilted. The image was adapted from an illustration by Dee Huxley from Rosemary Sullivan’s book Tom Tom.

Prior to Quilting..

‘Spirit People’ prior to Quilting..