Friday, 14 May 2021

Not Your Grandmother's Garden

The Great New Zealand Quilt Show opened today in Rotorua, and I can finally show you my entries in the Aotearoa Quilters Lime Challenge.  

First up is "Not Your Grandmother's Garden".  

12" wide x 16" high

At first glance you might think these are hexagons, but they're not! Hence the name, and the fact I'd just bought some new jeans from Not Your Daughter's Jeans. 

I love experimenting with geometric shapes, and I wanted to try the Fiesta Gitana pattern in Millefiori Quilts 4 by Willyne Hammerstein. 

I hand pieced this mini quilt, and then I machine quilted it because the joins are quite bulky, even with 1/4" seam allowances.  And of course, time was running out!

I love lime, and I'm happy with my mini quilt.  I did learn that it's hard to draw the stitching lines for pieces with long, sharp points like the stars at the centre of these blocks.  My pencil wouldn't go right to the tip, so I fudged it a bit when I did the hand piecing.  

My second Lime quilt is "The Tea is Delicious". 

This quilt was an after thought because I'd bought this quirky Japanese fabric for the Lime challenge, and I didn't end up using it in my first entry above.  

So, I just cut a piece to the required size, and added a combination of hand and machine quilting.  The name was already there in the fabric - The tea is delicious. 

So that's my two entries in the Lime challenge.  I always love seeing all the colour challenge quilts together, and this time I can say that I've got two in the display.  I'll take lots of photos and report back soon.  

I've also got 3 quilts in the main display, and I'll talk about them in future blog posts.  

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of friends at the Great New Zealand Quilt Show in Rotorua. If you see me around, do say hello.  It is lovely to meet quilters who read my blog and like my posts on Facebook or Instagram.  I'm off to pack some warm clothes!

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Soma @ said...

Beautiful! Love the second one!


Gretchen Weaver said...

My favorite is Not the Hexagons, I'm appreciating line green more than I used to. Have a wonderful time at the show, I looked forward to viewing the photos you take. Happy stitching!

Marie said...

I too have a love of bright green so not surprisingly I love your minis - great entries both of them.

Cathy said...

Two fun little quilts! They make me want to go sew with some lime fabric...but wait a minute...I don't have any! I was thinking I am not fond of lime green but may have just changed my mind!

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Wow Wendy that Fiesta Gitana quilt is gorgeous!

maggie fellow said...

really stunning

Susan said...

Wow! That's really pretty, with all the different greens plus the kaleidoscopes - well done!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

I just love your lime quilts. Fiesta Gitana is absolutely stunning and those lime starry centres! Perfection!
Enjoy the quilt show. I look forward to seeing how your weekend went :)

Anonymous said...

Wendy, this little quilt is absolutely gorgeous!

LiliO said...

Love your mini quilt Wendy, oh to be able to visit my home country some time in the near future, let alone a quilt show!

Celine said...

That's such a beautiful mini Wendy!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

What beautiful usage of those pretty fabrics, Wendy. You have an eye for putting designs together.