While the auction starts in September, the quilts can be viewed on SAQA's website. My 12x12" quilt 'Like Tapa' appears on page 5.
For this years quilt I wanted to create the look of a tapa cloth using non-traditional materials.
The first stage was to transfer my hand drawn design onto an Ezy carve printing block using Saral transfer paper. I've been using these blocks as I find them easier to carve into than the usual lino. I haven't found them in NZ so whenever I go to Australia I buy a few more. They come in a range of sizes, using the 12x12" size is perfect for this project.
|design drawn on a piece of paper|
|initial cuts (red marks from transfer paper)|
|cutting more detail|
|adding another layer of colour|
Creating the pattern by rubbing with Paintsicks.
Pinning the fabric to the base helps prevent unwanted movement and ghosting of the image.
|selecting thread for the handstitching|
The flowers and the darker strip had an extra layer of batting to give a trapunto effect. The machine quilting was mostly done with co-ordinating thread around the shapes to emphasise the trapunto.
Videos have been made detailing the creating of some of the quilts, have a look here.