My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

3rd and Final Lot of Auckland Festival of Quilts 2018 Photos

Robyn Croft's quilt is an excellent example of how effective a simple, repeating motif can be.  Can you see how she has two sections of blocks with warm backgrounds and two sections of cool backgrounds?  It looks very carefree, but I'm sure she spent hours carefully arranging and rearranging blocks on her design wall.

Another carefree looking quilt!  Made by Chris Behersing, I just loved this for it's unique fun factor!  The eclectic fabric choices and offbeat grid add to the jaunty, upbeat feel.

Another repeating block design quilt, this house quilt was made by Rosalie Lange using Marti Michel templates.  I've always wanted to make a house quilt.  I think it would be the perfect quilt to snuggle under watching a movie.  And the dark backgrounds appealed to me on this quilt, along with the mostly dark house walls that give the light coloured windows a warm, inviting aura.

There's a bit of a theme of repeating blocks in this post.  This Southwind design made by Donna Cumming to commemorate her friend has an interesting overlaid grid effect.  Donna has used silks and these and the saturated colours give a richness to the quilt.

I want to post an alternate question.  Do traditions only gain meaning by repetition - because that is how they became traditions in the first place?

Robyn Rognstad has used interesting fragments and a wide variety of fabrics but has managed to get them all to play nicely with each other in a thoughtful and harmonious way.

We can contrast that with this next quilt, also by Robyn.  It likewise combines fragments and varied fabrics but in a more complex and lively way, which creates a totally different feel to the quilt.

Jenny King uses a Jen Kingwell design to put together a very different looking quilt.  I'm always drawn to unique looking blocks and this one, combined with the masculine patterned fabrics and the particular blue and tan colour scheme, has a Japanese feel.  This quilt also had a completely different look when viewed from a distance (when we were having lunch in the cafe) compared to being viewed up close; very clever.

Another Jenny, and another unique looking quilt.  I love large applique, although you'd think from most of this post that my penchant was for repeating blocks!  I think this is a beautifully balanced design by Esther Aliu and Jenny's clever use of similarly toned background fabrics for the wall and the window give interest without overwhelm.

Black and white fabrics combined with brights can often make a harsh colour palette, but I think Kathleen Janes has managed to avoid that pitfall.  The use of heavily patterned black and whites so that they almost have a grey tone from a distance, and secondary colours, such as pink instead of red and a greeny yellow instead of a primary yellow, contributes to the success.

Well, that's about all the photos I have.  I haven't shared the Best in Show by Norma Slabbert, but I think it's been shared enough already.  Congratulations to all the prize winners and thank you to everyone who entered quilts.  Without quilts, there is no quilt show!

Thank you to all the organisers and the volunteers on the day.  Without the hours and hours of time you've put in, there would be no quilt show.

Thank you to the judges, it's hard work evaluating people's pride and joys, you don't get a huge recompense and you never please everyone.  The judged will never know the ins and outs and how much time you spent debating and comparing and trying to give every quilt a fair assessment.

Thank you to the vendors. You're all smiley and helpful and contribute to making the show a fun place to visit.

And a big thank you to the sponsors.  Without you I'm sure the show wouldn't happen, and I'm positive the prizes wouldn't be nearly so exciting!

At this point, the official photos of the winners are not up on the Auckland Guild's website, but you can see previous years winners, and I'm sure the 2018 photos will be up soon.

See you all next year!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

2nd lot of Auckland Festival of Quilts 2018 Photos

In this selection of quilts from the Auckland Festival of Quilts 2018 (see here for my first selection), I'm going to post quilts that I personally found interesting.  I'll try and explain what appealed to me for each one.  And first up, above, is one of the Community Quilts raffle quilts.  Maker unknown (to me at least.)  I love this simple block that makes a really great secondary design, it's cool when I have to stand and figure for a moment to work out where the actual block is!  Plus I enjoy colours that I wouldn't normally use.  I bought a ticket, but no one's rung me yet...

Ku Bailey has cleverly taken the archetypal fairy woodland scene, and made it resonate for her and her moko (grandchildren.)  With moko kauae (traditional chin tattoos), native insects and birds, tuna (eel) and a reflecting moon, there is plenty to 'I Spy'.  Such a lot of work, and super successful.

One Above Another by Karen Robertson is a delightful non-traditional sampler.  I like variation within a theme, so to see the circle motif chosen then changed up in so many way attracted me.  And the subtle colour palate works so well too.

Robyn Rognstad is one to watch.  I've seen her work over the last few FOQ's and there is no one else with quite such a quirky, innovative style and who approaches themes in quite the same way.  The soft pink girliness of this quilt contrasted with the stereotypically revulsed vulture and bat is so good. Spot the intestines!

I had to include this quilt!  Made from the Pacific Stars Mystery Quilt pattern that I designed for Carol's Quilts.  Kathy has made it her own with a few pieceing alterations and her own colour choices.  Her quilting - her first large scale attempt at free motion quilting using her own templates - adds wonderfully to the theme.

Dear Jane.  There are good ones and there are bad ones and there are boring ones.  This is a good one!  Lovingly pieced in modern colours and fabrics by Margaret Reid.  And so wonderfully quilted by Rebecca Owen, who I believe is Margaret's daughter.

There were several themed exhibits alongside the main show.  One of them was by the Marsden Material Girls and their summer challenge, which this year had been 'Zip It'.  I thought this was the most fabulous, delightful interpretation!  Can you spot the zips on the two corn cobs? Brilliant!

This quilt was by Robyn Croft, which I would never have guessed because it's not the colours I've come to know her for.  But I suppose the repeating simple block motif is something Robyn often uses.  Apart from the interesting colour scheme, the clever use of the quilting lines by Judi Schon, combined with the offset nature of the blocks gives an amazing movement to the piece.  You can see it in the photo, and trust me, it's enough to set off slight vertigo in real life.  Awesome!

I've got even more quilts to share, but this is getting pretty heavy with photos, so I think I'll save the rest for one last FOQ post another day.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Auckland Festival of Quilts 2018 Photos

I always try and make a trip down to Auckland for the annual Festival of Quilts.  Being the biggest guild in the country, along with being a non-juried exhibition, makes it a large show with lots of variety.  Then there are the vendors of course....!

My stitching group girlfriends often carpool because it's about a four hour drive one way.  That kind of journey is always better with company!  We stop for breakfast on the way, and this time we stopped for dinner too.  Doing the trip on a Friday meant we hit the weekend exodus traffic on our way home, so we were late enough that everyone was feeling peckish and we were still more than an hour from home.

One of my other good quilting friends, Suz, from 'All the Good Ones are Taken', couldn't make the show this year. I suggested that I do a blog post specifically of quilts that I thought might appeal to her.  She thought that would be fun, but man, was it hard!  Walking around the show thinking, "Would she like this one?" "How about this one?" "What about the colours in this one?" I don't know that I hit the nail on the head, but I gave it a go anyway.

Originally, I thought the pieced third border (the one before the last border with the large blocks) of this quilt by Diane Colquhoun, might appeal to Suz, but then I realised it's actually paper pieced and then appliqu├ęd - not really her thing!  But the overall quilt might appeal, although she would change the colour scheme.

Suz has an interesting mix of modern and contemporary traditional style.  I thought this Denise Schmitt pattern, made by Alison Dobson-Bonney, might appeal, but once again, with her own colour scheme: think greys, greens, duck egg blue....

With the quilt above, Jenni Scott won Best Amateur, which nets her a nice sewing machine from Bernina!  I can't see Suz making all those tiny pineapple blocks, but I think the colour scheme would appeal and the mix of piecing and applique.

I think this Sarah Fielke design, made by Sue Flego, would appeal.  There would be a few of the applique blocks that Suz would alter to suit, and once again the colours would be different.

I reckon with a big of a change of colour scheme, this quilt by Tracey Roberts has Suz written all over it!  Although I'm not sure how she feels about Dresden Plates....

I'm not partial to Lone Stars, and I can't remember whether Suz is, but these little ones set in a grid with the applique, really appeal.  And I just noticed that it's also by Tracey Roberts.  

Another Sarah Fielke design, this one made by Rebecca Bishop.  I have another friend who made this quilt, but in a totally different colour scheme and with a few alternations to some of the borders etc.  It was just as stunning!  I could see Suz making this design too.

I love this quilt!  So if I love it, then Suz should too, right? ;-)  I think the chance to use lots of favourite scraps would attract Suz.  I love Tish's choice of scraps and her setting is quirky and fun.

I don't know why I didn't get a full photo of this fun quilt by Carolyn Van Wonderen, but it was probably because I was so enamoured with the quilting.  Suz, check out those feathers by Rebecca Owen!  Yummo.

Right.  That's my selection for Suz, let's see what she thinks!  Next post I'll have some other quilts that caught my eye.