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.
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I would phone my friends more…
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
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
Annie: – I decided to enter the Dorothy Collard Challenge, run by the Auckland Quilt Guild. The theme of this challenge was Word Art and I decided to use Alphabet signing to spell out the word Love. I seem to constantly be drawn to working with black and white; whether that is because I am not confident with colour or because I am naturally drawn to strong graphical images, I am not sure. I machine stitched the quotation from Voltaire – “Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination”.
Mary: – I decided to use the lovely 1950’s lady for my challenge and turned her into a Vogue cover. The quilting certainly enhanced the painting plus I added some beading to the roses.
Annie:- New Zealand Quilter magazine and Nutex combined to sponsor the Colours of New Zealand Challenge. At least 50% of the fabric used was required to be Nutex’s New Zealand Fabric. I was delighted to have my entry, ‘Haukainga’ (Home) accepted as one of the twenty quilts to tour throughout New Zealand. This was my first real success and it was pretty exciting to receive a year’s subscription to New Zealand Quilter and $100 worth of goodies as well! I used Mary’s koru templates to form my quilting lines in the negative space and I think it really added a kiwi influence to the whole quilt.
I was also pretty chuffed to also have two of my quilts, ‘Haukainga’ and ‘Love’ written up and photographed in The New Zealand Quilter, Issue 84.