Friday, 22 June 2018

Matariki +/- 1 - QuiltNSW Southern Stars Challenge 2018

I'm back from Sydney and am delighted to say that I won prizes for both of my quilts!!

First up is my entry in the Quilt NSW Southern Stars Challenge 2018.  

It's called Matariki +/- 1 and here's why:

Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Maori New Year. It rises in the southern skies in mid-winter and heralds the start of the Maori new year. For many years we were told there were seven stars in Matariki, now some people think there could be nine.

My quilt has eight stars - hence the name - Matariki +/- 1.

This quilt is different to anything I've ever made before.  I started by foundation paper piecing my stars, and then I used a wide variety of dark blues to fill in the sky.  I made half square triangles, flying gees, triangles in squares and diamonds in squares.  

I didn't have a master plan when I started, but I just kept going until I had filled in all the gaps.

I hand quilted with a wide range of threads, including Aurifil 12 wt and Wonderfil Dazzle in blue and yellow. 

I'm very pleased with how this quilt turned out, and was delighted to receive a Judges' Commendation for it.  

My inspiration came from a photo I saw on Facebook of a quilt made by Panni Szabo.  She gave me permission to make a quilt similar to hers.  

You can view the full list of prize winners, and photos of their quilts on the QuiltNSW website.  

The Southern Stars winners are all here.

Size: 47.5" x 52" (121cm x 132cm)


Granny Maud's Girl said...

Yay! Well done, Wendy.
I like how yours is so different from the inspiration. I can see the germ of the idea, but each has its unique pizzazz.
I did not know the Kiwi significance or that some people believe that the Pleiades might have nine stars. I do know that the ancient myth has only seven sisters!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Congratulations Wendy!! Interesting story about the stars too.

Kay said...

Absolutely stunning. very well done indeed. x

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

I've always been fond of stars against blue and yours is spectacular. Congratulations on the ribbon. The quilting certainly adds quite a bit of interest to the quilt to.

I'm always surprised when someone says they worked without a plan and it all came together. Perhaps I'll have to try to let go of the control issues and go where the fabric leads me!

Farm Quilter said...

Congratulations on two ribbons!!! Well done! Winging it is fun and your quilt is beautiful!!

Julie said...

A very different colour palette for you. Beautiful quilt though. Congratulations.

Frances Meredith said...

Well done

Sandi said...

Your piece is lovely Wendy, I love quilts with scrappy backgrounds. I've done several swaps where we were given a colour and fabric suggestions for the background. I find that when I more than two colour variations in my blocks o have an easier time putting all together. We also have a range for blocks so it's rather like putting a jigsaw puzzle together to get everything together.

I need to set a goal of getting my wonky star blocks together from my Instagram swap.

Sue Rostron said...

Hi Wendy.
I am really pleased I found your blog. I live in Raumati Beach and have just started quilting again after a long hiatus. I am pretty much back at Beginners' level.
I want to make a La Pasacaglia quilt so will look forward to reading about your journey with it.