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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Hoffman Decor Challenge

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.

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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.

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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…

If I only had Time – Dorothy Collard 2017

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.

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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

‘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

 

 

Auckland Quilt Guild – “The Space Between”

The Auckland Quilt Guild’s themed challenge for the Festival of Quilts 2016, involved using two contrasting prechosen pieces of fabric. The difficulty with these challenges is to create something that the fabric tells you to, or to design something and make the fabric fit your idea.  These conundrums already had my brain in overdrive but then it had to fit into the title of the challenge which was ‘Gone to Pieces”.  My immediate thoughts were of my scrambled brain and my longing for the empty areas of my brain to be filled with inspiration. I love cubist paintings and used this style to create ‘Frazzled’, using the challenge fabrics, a multi-coloured dot fabric on black as the eye, and the knitted blue, grey fabric as the eyebrows.  I was delighted to receive ‘Best Use of Colour’ for this challenge.

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