August 20th, 2013
Quilts that feature wildlife are among my most favorite. So, I saved this selection for today.
In this delightful quilt by Sonya Prchal, a Tui looks out onto the Bay of Islands. Tuis are the common garden birds that are easy to find in urban and rural areas of New Zealand. They are distinctive with their glossy black feathers with the white (cottonball) puffy feathers at the throat and their song.
Tui at Dawn by Charlotte Scott is a particularly effective use of transparency in a quilt. The judges liked it too as it was a multiple award winner at the show. New Zealand’s wildlife evolved without mammals (except for two bat species) leading to a unique set of birds, many of which are flightless or poorly flighted. The introduction of mammals to this island nation has had a devastating impact on the bird life. The Department of Conservation spends millions each year in an attempt to control introduced possums, stoats, rats, mice and other mammalian predators.
Of course, quilter’s imaginations are fertile ground indeed! Fanciful Feathers epitomizes the wonder that the mind can create. With it’s bold use of color, this imaginary bird was a merit award winner.
New Zealand is famous for its fisheries and attracts sport fishermen worldwide, and Taupo is one of the primary areas to practice this sport. At the Symposium exhibit, I also found two awesome quilts that celebrate the underwater wildlife so prevalent in the streams and lakes nearby.
Misty Morn by Sheryl Meech celebrates all that is beautiful about New Zealand, including the fish. If you look closely at this first place award winning quilt, you will see an abundance of shadow fish in the water. If you are in the area be sure to check out the Tongariro National Trout Center.
I am off to Houston to teach for the Greater Houston Area Quilter’s Guild, so there won’t be another post for a couple of days! There’s plenty more to see about New Zealand!