2012 Challenge

20 10 2012

This is my weekend with the girls — my four quilting buddies. We sew, we laugh, we talk, we laugh some more… And we share the results of our challenge pieces for the year. I set the 2012 challenge at our last retreat weekend in October 2011. My friends didn’t disappoint! They all interpreted the challenge in their own way and did some fabulously creative work.

Here are the results:

My piece (more details here) was an art quilt that was based on a photo of the beach at Port Douglas in Far North Queensland.

Bobbie’s piece interpreted the wide brown land, the relentless sun, the flooding rain, and the cool green of the Australian bush.

Flora took her inspiration from a Ken Duncan photo and used a confettit technique to create the background and the gum tree’s leaves. She used a silk in the reddish brown of the Australian landscape for the border.

Glenys lost her first piece when she moved house earlier this year, so she did another one! In this gorgeous quilt (the photos don’t do it justice) she wanted to show the harsh Australian sun and the red earth.

Finally, Michelle used variegated threads on black and a whole heap of free motion stitching to depict Uluru (Ayers Rock), the bush, and the pools of water in that landscape.

Here are all our efforts on Bobbie’s design wall:


As with previous years, I think our work was just stunning and showed all sorts of creativity! Well done girls!

After the reveal of the challenge pieces, we then have ‘show and tell’ where we show some of the stuff we’ve made during the year. Here are some of our efforts:

Now that the formal part of the proceedings are finished, let the party begin! 😉



9 responses

20 10 2012

I am speechless!!!! Those are ALL incredible!!! Worthy of any quilt show anywhere and the highest level for sure!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!

20 10 2012

Oh my goodness, what a parade of incredible work. Congratulations all!

22 10 2012

Wow! All of them are amazing. I particularly love both the gecko and the angelfish (done by the same person, I assume)

23 10 2012

I absolutely *love* your art quilt. It’s like a watercolour with texture! You have a style and colour palette that particularly appeals to me anyway, but your technique and sense of composition is just incredible! (I also love some of the other ones, too!! :-))

23 10 2012

What an incredible bunch of artists! I’m stunned.

3 11 2012
Katie Roberts

Incredible. Thanks for sharing this amazing artwork.

4 11 2012
Cara Bereck Levy

Wow. I am absolutely astounded at how beautiful these are. Amazing work.

14 02 2013
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[…] My friend Bobbie won second prize for her art quilt that she made for our annual Challenge (the piece she entered is the second photo in this post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/2012-challenge/). […]

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