Aotearoa Quilters sponsored a competition with several unique sizes. You had to make a mini quilt showing a part of NZ that was special to you or reflected your view of our wonderful country. The sizes were: 9″ x 9″, 18″ x 9″ Landscape or portrait and 18″ x 18″. I chose the landscape 18″ x 9″. It was a great shape to work with and I used it to reflect our NZ bush and ferns with the koru design. I tried to show the light coming down through the trees to the undergrowth where the ferns love to grow. After being shown at the Rotorua show in March 2019, it then went to the Ailsa Craig Exhibition in Canada and now the exhibitions is at the Pumanawa Gallery at the Arts Centre in Christchurch. It will then be shown at the Auckland Quilt Symposium in October 2019
The Auckland Quilt Guild’s annual Dorothy Collard challenge for 2019 was on the theme ‘ REFLECTION. The size was 30″ wide x 20″ deep.
I had been painting various Resene test pots onto canvas in readiness for some home renovations. While browsing the Resene colour charts I found a beautiful blue called ‘Reflection’ and knew this was a perfect idea for the Challenge
My quilt ‘The perfect Blue’ won a merit award and was featured on the Resene Habitat blog.
Here’s the link to the Resene blog.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.