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For this mini textile art challenge, created especially for AQC, we invited quilters to enter a small piece (25cm square) which shows off and celebrates their best friend.

This challenge will not be judged but we are holding a Viewers’ Choice vote at AQC and the winner will receive a hamper of Fiskars products valued at more than $200.

The prize pack will include: One 6” x 24” Rotary Ruler; one 24” x 36” double-sided cutting mat; one pair spring-action micro-tip scissors; one pair premium Finnish-made 8” scissors.

Fiskars recently celebrated 365 years of operation as a company, being founded in Finland in 1649. Their trademark orange handled scissors were introduced in 1967 when the first plastic handled scissors were made. The colour, Fiskars Orange®, was officially registered as a trademark in Finland in 2003 and in the US in 2007.

The winner was Sonya Prchal from New Zealand with her wonderfully realistic entry, ‘I See You’.
You can see all the entries on display at the Craft & Quilt Fairs around Australia and New Zealand in 2016.
Below is the winning entry and just three of the many other entries received…


I See You by Sonya Prchal, New Zealand

I See You by Sonya Prchal, New Zealand
I love cats and really wanted to make a cat quilt. While out walking the dog I took photos of all the neighbourhood cats. My favourite photo was this tabby watching us walk by. Thread painting was the perfect medium to reproduce such a highly flecked cat. I found it challenging and satisfying to make. I enjoyed capturing the ‘watching you’ look he gave me. Free motion quilting created the contouring of his features.

Stable Pals by Heather Frizzell, VIC

Stable Pals by Heather Frizzell, VIC  
Inspiration for this challenge came from not only the fibres used in this piece but the unusual relationships that form between different breeds of pets. Natural fibres were predominantly used to form the horse and cat, and these fibres were supplied from pet Angora goats and pet Angora rabbits, keeping true to the pet theme.

Leo by Jeannie Henry, QLD

Leo by Jeannie Henry, QLD
This is Leo, my beautiful border collie. He is always inspiring, he’s just so handsome!

Max – Cat About Town and Parrot Fancier by Sue Collins, WA   
Max was our wonderful Ginger Tom. He was the head of our animal family, which included a tabby named Bibs and poodle Hamish. They were such good mates and the two cats would often try and wash the poodle’s face :) They certainly brought much joy to our life…though Max did take too close an interest in the bird life.