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.
I seem to have been doing a million and one things this year and have taken forever to finish some of my projects. I started a post grad certificate in November of 2016 and only finished it in July of this year, which meant that I had nothing finished for the NZ Quilt symposium. However, I have not deserted my ‘shed’ completely and the arrival of a new grand daughter has also kept me busy. Two visits to Australia to make sure that I had my quotas of cuddles and there were plenty of requests for quilts and other sewing. The following photos are some of the projects that actually got completed in 2017:-
In my studio….
Quilt for Nephew’s wedding.
Activity quilt for grand daughter, Zahli
Baby quilt for Amalija
Amalija – recovering from heart surgery
Romper suits . . .
with frilly bottoms. . .
and sun bonnets. . .
with frills . . .
for a baby due this month – I’m ahead of schedule!
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.
I was humbled and a little bit taken back when I was asked to be the profiled quilter in the December edition of the NZ quilter. It’s quite a process ‘putting it out there’ and also a little bit soul searching when you are questioned as to your processes and where your ideas come from. The following is the cover and the pages and photos within.
In July I visited Sisters in Oregon with two of my oldest friends who I had meet in London many years ago, when we were all expecting our first babies. Eventually time and distance had us drifting apart but Facebook reunited us after 30 years and imagine the joy to find out that we all had become quilters in the intervening years. Folktales, by Sue Spargo, had just been released in book form and a finished quilt was on display and I decided that I was going to make this quilt even though my handstitching was at the time limited to chain stitch, stem stitch and the odd wobbly French knot. Armed with Sue’s two books, Folktales and Creative Stitching I embarked on this epic. What was so enjoyable was that the six inch blocks were manageable for evening stitching and, with the end in sight, I decided to finish it in time for the Festival of Quilts hand in. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and the only machine stitching involved stitching the six inch blocks together – I even hand tied the quilt!