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.
This quilt started out playing around with Kaffe Fassett’s gorgeous fabrics. I decided to cut random paper shapes from folding circles of paper and then layering them on top of each other with the background fabrics showing through. Several hours were spent satin stitching the raw edges. I used fluro threads on some which give a wonderful light and fancy embroidery stitches on others. After a small pile of these ‘saucers’ were sewn I played around with them on my design wall. Slowly the idea of dinner plates evolved and using an old white damask tablecloth of my Mother’s I added colourful ric-rac to help fold the edges under smoothly and then sewed them onto the table cloth. I had envisaged lots of delicious quilting so using a washable blue felt pen I free hand drew paisley type shapes all over the background and using various coloured threads quilted the entire background. The multi-coloured ric-rac under the binding added the finishing touch.
At Auckland Quilt Guild’s 2016 Festival of Quilts this quilt won Best Modern Quilt and Merit in the Professional Large Quilt category.
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.
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.
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.
Aotearoa Quilters in conjunction with Sew Ezi ran an open competition with the theme of Flight. This was interesting in that each region had a competition that selected two or three entries and these were sent to Wellington. From the quilts that were selected as regional representatives, twenty were chosen for a travelling exhibition. I was fortunate to have my entry chosen for this exhibition.
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.
I had just finished reading Glenda Millard’s, “Stars at Oktober Bend”. This book is written from the point of view of Alice, a fifteen year old who had an acquired brain injury. While she had difficulty voicing her thoughts, she wrote them in beautifully crafted poems which she left around her town for strangers to find. Manny, a refugee and former child soldier who was struggling to establish a new life in Australia finds these poems. The resultant ‘conversant’ is sensitive and just plain beautiful. Written for young adults encourage a love of poetry and the sheer beauty of the vocabulary will have you rereading lines just so you can savour the words for a second or third time. I choose of the quotes from the book to demonstrate the concept of Freedom. I was lucky enough to be awarded a Merit prize although I think it was the fabric choice rather than the execution of the quilt that won the day!!
a rooftop poet
High on haiku
sonnets to the stars
giving wings to
words giving wings to me
together we fly
my milk-way words