‘Freedom’ Dorothy Collard Challenge 2016

Freedom was the challenge word for the Dorothy Collard Challenge for the Auckland Quilt Guild in 2016.  I’ve been enjoying embroidering on felt with the sewing machine so my mind turned to applique/birds and then on to the passage from Mathew 6: 26 about how the birds of the air don’t have to worry about clothing or food and that is one form of Freedom.

So from there is pulled out my ‘bird’ fabric, which wasn’t much and then decided to just have fun with different applique techniques/chiffon flowers/machine embroidery and quilting.

Here is the finished result:  Unfortunately not a prize winner but I did sell it to a lady from the USA so it is now in her collection.

Mathew 6:26 by Mary Metc alf

Dorothy Collard, 2016 – Freedom

I had just finished reading Glenda Millard’s, “Stars at Oktober Bend”. This book is written from the point of view of Alice, a fifteen year old who had an acquired brain injury.  While she had difficulty voicing her thoughts, she wrote them in beautifully crafted poems which she left around her town for strangers to find. Manny, a refugee and former child soldier who was struggling to establish a new life in Australia finds these poems. The resultant ‘conversant’ is sensitive and just plain beautiful. Written for young adults  encourage a love of poetry and the sheer beauty of the vocabulary will have you rereading lines just so you can savour the words for a second or third time. I choose of the quotes from the book to demonstrate the concept of Freedom. I was lucky enough to be awarded a Merit prize although I think it was the fabric choice rather than the execution of the quilt that won the day!!
“I amMERIT_AnnieWhite_Heartwords

a rooftop poet

High on haiku

Silently shouting

sonnets to the stars

giving wings to

words giving wings to me

together we fly

my milk-way words

and I”

AQC ‘Tradition with a Twist’

AQC16 _finalist button_AQC Challenge (400x400)A few days ago I found out that my quilt was one of 20 chosen out of 88 entries for the Expertise Events, Australian Quilt Convention annual quilt competition.  This year the theme was ‘Tradition with a Twist’.  Here’s the link to see all the other finalists. 

Here’s my entry
best full quilt (640x619)

and here’s a close up of the green block
Metcalf Exotic Wildflowers 02 (595x640)
It all started with four bags of silk scraps from www.provenance.co.nz and a pile of crochet cottons and wool pieces and velvets.  Quite a lot of fabric in that pile didn’t make it into the quilt but it was a starting point.

and here’s some more photos of work in progress.