Ready for some more Symposium quilts? OK then, here we go. “Floral Explosion” was a mother and daughter composition who used a Silhouette Cameo electric cutting machine to cut out the motifs in red, black and grey. Beautifully machine quilted in dark thread by Ruth Wheeler who obviously is completely in control of her machine. I for one would never dream of FMQ in coloured tread – it would show up all my mistakes, skipped stitches and all.
I’ve never made a hexagon quilt and probably never will. But that doesn’t mean I’m not impressed with those who do. Sue Bracken made “Grandad’s Flower Garden” from (mostly) Kaffe Fassett fabrics. The quilt was to honour Sue’s Dad and his love of flowers, which has passed on through to Sue’s grandsons. I had to look closely at the dark green background fabric to discover that yes, it is all hand stitched hexagons too. I love the different way Sue has designed her hexagon quilt.
From flowers to birds – and “Sisters” by Vivienne Franklin was the result of a medallion quilt idea which didn’t work out. Adding appliqué birds resting on branches amongst the checkerboard background makes a lovely innovative quilt, I feel.
“Persian Dream” by Ansa Breytenbach was made to reflect the sentinel design found in Persian carpets, made in colours to reflect the tranquillity of an oasis in the desert. The central design is machine appliquéd with added trapunto, and the quilt in enhanced with the most beautiful machine quilting.
Camilla Watson made “Cathedrals, Castles and Ruins” in three large panels, designed to hang individually down a stair well. What an impact these would make. Made with photo transfers, and inspired by the modern stained glass windows by Jacques Le Chevaller installed in Notre Dame in the 50s, the panels were created from photos taken on a European trip in 2008. What a huge undertaking to produce this stunning triptych of memories.
The glorious free motion quilting brings the leaves in “Autumn Splendour” to life. Sheryl Meech’s original design was inspired by fond memories of holidays in Central Otago and the beautiful colours of autumn.
And to complete today’s tour around the exhibition, one for the cat lovers amongst you. Sonya Prchat stitched “True Bliss” from her own photo. This amazing little quilt was whole cloth painted, thread painted cats, then free motion quilted. I am truly in awe of those who can do thread painting and make it seem so easy.