Carol's Quilting Adventures

19. Dec, 2019

This challenge was to complete a quilt in primarily silver within an 8 inch hexagon. My quilt called Save our fisheries depicted a number of three dimensional fish caught in a Seine net on a background of recycled foil packaging. I understood that the exhibition might be travelling to the US but havent had that confirmed as yet. I would like to revisit this technique in a bigger format as making the little fish was something I had in mind for a while and this was a good chance to try out that idea. I might just make bigger fish swimming upriver or something similar

19. Dec, 2019

This was my entry into the 2019 Hoffman Challenge where the challenge is to use a fabric provided -= in this case a white ground with pink, yellow and orange citrus fruits. The quilt must fit within a 1 m square but cannot be either square or rectangular. I was delighted to be awarded Best Contemporary quilt and surprised at the Judges comments on the "rough" finish of the spikes on his back - she completely missed the technique. I had cut out the spikes from a zigzag patterned fabric and painted them with powertex so they stood rigid along the top of the body. Oh well we will see where we go with next year's offering. It was nice to get an award but it is the challenge and pushing myself to do something different within the parameters that excites me.

19. Dec, 2019

This quilt was accepted for exhibition at the 2019 Auckland Quilt Symposium. It is primarily a recycle quilt with the lady's face made from teabags the background from scraps and her hat from left overs from one of Tamara's NZQA pictures. She is wrapped in an old drop sheet and was the result of a photo I took in Java of an old lady who sheltered from the rain with us in a tropical downpour

19. Dec, 2019

This quilt was made from a heap of eco dyed samples that I had played around with. I sort of broke a lot of the rules in that some samples are cotton, some are silk and some are linen. As well as the defined leaf prints there are also a few resist outlines in there. I enhanced the prints with some hand stitch and some bead work and then joined the samples together. I decided to use a close random (ie not straight) horizontal stitching for the quilting so that it had a ripple effect and the leaves sort of look like they are floating on the surface. All in all I am quite satisfied with with result. Just as well as it has been in various stages of progress for about a year.

23. Mar, 2019

The theme for the 2019 Bernini 12 x `12 inch challenge was Childhood Memories. They will be displayed in store and on their website and there will be a viewer voting facility to choose the ones that will tour round the quilt shows later this year. My photo doesn't look quite square - I don't think I was directly overhead when I took the photo but it is square. Here is the teabag base and the distressed organza water with a thread stitched Tamara making a sand cone (made from teabag dyed butter muslin)at the water's edge. I have named the quilt "At the Water's Edge" . My description tells how a visit to the beach and making sandcastles/sand cones is an intergenerational Childhood Memory and how the teabags invoke yet another memory - that of having visitors for afternoon tea and being allowed to have two goodies off the tea table as a treat. The circular figure eight quilting on the teabags symbolises the unit of our intergenerational childhood memories. I have faced this mini quilt a la Gloria Loughman's technique for facing