‘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…

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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

 

 

‘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.

Baby girl quilt

My first grandchild, a daughter, Amelia Grace (Yayyy!! pink at last) was born while we were at Kiriana’s wedding.  It was fun to choose from all the quilts I have ready and waiting for the grandies to arrive.  Amelia was presented with her quilt ‘Willow’, which was a pattern I designed for my website www.kiwiquilts.co.nz  Wonderful soft pinks and greys with baby Dresden plates adorning each block.  Actually it is still missing it’s label but the other day I finally found my ‘pink’ quilt labels, I purchased a metre of these labels (what was I thinking!!) so now must stitch it and sew it onto the quilt.