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

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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…

Auckland Quilt Guild mid year challenge ‘Carnival’

July 2016 was the hand in day for the latest Auckland Quilt Guild mid year challenge.  The theme was ‘Carnival’ and the size just 12″ square.  I had fun with my carnival mask.  I painted fabric with pearlescent paint and then cut out the eyes of the mask and decorated the mask with more applique, paint and stitching before appliqueing it to the velvet background and slipping in some ‘real’ photograph of eyes.  I was happy that it received the Viewer’s Choice award at Festival of Quilt in November 2016.

‘Carnevale di Venezia’ Viewer’s Choice Award FoQ 2016

Dinner Party Festival of Quilts 2016

This quilt started out playing around with Kaffe Fassett’s gorgeous fabrics.  I decided to cut random paper shapes from folding circles of paper and then layering them on top of each other with the background fabrics showing through.  Several hours were spent satin stitching the raw edges.  I used fluro threads on some which give a wonderful light and fancy embroidery stitches on others.  After a small pile of these ‘saucers’ were sewn I played around with them on my design wall.  Slowly the idea of dinner plates evolved and using an old white damask tablecloth of my Mother’s I added colourful ric-rac to help fold the edges under smoothly and then sewed them onto the table cloth.  I had envisaged lots of delicious quilting so using a washable blue felt pen I free hand drew paisley type shapes all over the background and using various coloured threads quilted the entire background.  The multi-coloured ric-rac under the binding added the finishing touch.

At Auckland Quilt Guild’s 2016 Festival of Quilts this quilt won Best Modern Quilt and Merit in the Professional Large Quilt category.

‘The space between’ Festival of Quilt Challenge 2016

I must be a bit of a sucker for these themed challenges.  I think purchasing the two fat quarters that came with this challenge means that I can’t not make something with them.  As usual the two fat quarters were of completely unmatching fabric both in colour and design – we had a ‘knitted’ effect blue and green pattern and a black fabric with streamers of brightly coloured spots.

my cut out puppet

I have always loved those paper marionettes that you cut out the limbs and use paper folding clips to make the legs and arms move.  The ‘knitted’ fabric called out for one of these puppets so I pretended that my quilt was actually a printed sheet of paper complete with instructions.  I made the puppet pieces as individual shapes using applique, paint, carded silk for the hair, lace etc.  I arranged the limbs into different poses and took photos before appliqueing the individual pieces to my ‘paper’ quilt. I used Inkjet fabric sheets from Electric Quilt to print the photos and the instructions onto fabric.

Below is the completed quilt.  I’m delighted to say that it won a ribbon for ‘Best use of challenge fabric’ at Festival of Quilts in Auckland in November 2016.

 

Puppet Pieces by Mary Metcalf

 

 

‘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

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.