Vision 20 20 the power of sight: the art of seeing exhibition

On Monday 20 January 2020 I received the rather delightful news that my textile work entitled Eye of the Beholder had been selected for the travelling textile art exhibition Vision 2020.  Brenda Gael Smith is the well-known curator and my textile work was one of 40 selected from 107 entries drawn from 14 countries.  The […]

Aotearoa Quilters 2019 Silver challenge

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Aotearoa Quilters (formally NANZQ, of which I am a founding member and the designer of the first two logos for the organisation) – sorry, a just a wee plug – members and non-members were invited to enter Silver quilts made in a hexagon shape.  The hexagon inside width point to point was 16″. The exhibition was unveiled at the Auckland Quilt Symposium 2019.  My entry Moonlit Dahlia was a merit winner.

Silver hexagon challenge merit

To see all the entries click on the Aotearoa Quilters website

NZ through our eyes

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

NZ Koru


2019 Dorothy Collard Challenge – Reflection

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.

Reflection by Mary Metcalf


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

Kalaidoscope Nov 2018

Foxley Village

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.

Foxley Village



Dorothy Collard Challenge 2018

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.
Mary Metcalf Flying Geese 2018

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.

WIP showing reverse and the seams