SAQA Oceania Blog Hop

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36 Oceania members of SAQA have made a 12″ x 12″ quilt for the online SAQA benefit auction so we’ve decided to do a blog hop that documents how each person went about the creation of their quilt.

The auction begins on September 16 and there are more than 430 quilts to bid for – many from very well known names. See all of the quilts and make a bid here.

See the Oceania Collection in more detail and the full program for the blog hop here. Check out the previous post by Mathea Daunheimer and the next in the hop is Sue Dennis on the 25th.

My quilt, Circle Play, began with a few printing sessions where I was playing with a variety of circle images. I used my thermofax screens, hand cut stencils and block printing. My intention was to have a good range of co-ordinating fabric to make a large quilt. That is still my intention but hasn’t happened yet. As the SAQA auction was coming up I decided to start by making the 12″ x 12″ to trial some ideas.

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I enjoy layering images in my surface design process, below is how I might begin.

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Adding layers of print – the white circles are from 1 of my hand made print blocks – the rest is printed with thermofax screens.

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Below: a collage of some of the printed pieces. The sizes vary up to about a fat quarter – I’m aiming for variety of scale, value, imagery while keeping consistency in colours and motif.

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Once I had a good collection of prints I started designing and piecing some together – below: adding some raw edged pieces on top.

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Apologies for the pic below being sideways – could not fix it. Adding machine quilting.

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Below: the finished quilt: Circle Play with a faced binding added.

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