Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Zealand Hoffman Challenge (Part 2)

Here's the second half of the photos from the Challenge; I had missed getting the entrant information on this first quilt, but Anne from The Quilter's Barn saved the day by quickly answering my e-mail requesting the info. Thanks, Anne!

"Beauty" by Charitee Leslie (South Otago). Techniques listed are machine applique, fussy cut, raw edge and machine quilting. The feathery tail is an awesome touch! For inspiration she used a "stained glass picture on internet which was a 1 1/2" square picture. Taking ideas from this picture, I have drawn up my own design."

Again, it amazes me how creativity strikes and is interpreted!

"Entwined" by Judy Briant (Marton) is machine appliqued and quilted. A book called "Islamic Designs from Egypt" from the People Press gave her the idea....

"From Monet's Bridge" by Sandra Ryder (Taranaki) is thread painted and machine quilted. A visit to Giverny in 2006 and a life long love of impressionism inspired this work.

"Twilight Treat" by Judith de Malmanche (Balclutha). She used patchwork, painting, and embroidery with glitter threads to illustrate her love of fishing.

"Blue Water Turtle" by Charlotte Scott (Bay of Islands) is machine pieced and both fused and hand appliqued on hand painted fabric. Charlotte's statement: "Tutles were drawn using pictures from as inspiration. I used Vikki Pignatelli's curved piecing method for the background."

We spent a day in Bay of Islands and were able to gaze in awe at the Lord of the Forest, the oldest and largest Kauri tree in the world. I believe we were told that the height of the tree is 39 metres and it is over 13 metres in circumference. Humbling, indeed!

"Bluebird Bouquet" by Sue Pratt (Kerikeri) featured applique, fused and machined raw edge, free motion quilting, hand dyed fabric, with wire and bend craft for the three dimensional effect. The design was inspired by her love of nature.

"Storm on Pond" by Sandra Warner (Tauranga) took the Best Traditional award. Techniques used are foundation piecing, color wash and origami; inspiration was "Monet's painting of Waterlillies".

"Monet's Garden" by Sheryl Anicich (Lower Hutt) took the Best Contemporary award. It is pieced, appliqued and quilted by machine. I leaned in close to get a really good look at the piecing and it is incredible! The points just pop!

"Facets of Light" by Anne Murchison (Blenheim) features paper piecing, hand quilting and beadwork. Her inspiration was "diamonds and the way they catch the light".

Of course, all that sparkle caught my attention and I had to take a close-up! So could this quilt have been made by the Anne I met and corresponded with from The Quilter's Barn? If true, that would be a happy event, but I suspect that Anne is a popular name in New Zealand!

Now I've got to start preparing; I'm teaching at Road to California Friday through Sunday, so handouts need to be printed, quilts selected, demonstration materials prepared, is always such a great show -- can't wait!!

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