Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Best of the 2015 World Quilt Show in Florida Part 2

Florida's World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach is a great event to attend, amidst the warmth and sunshine,  while most of  the U.S.A. shivers under winter's blanket. We marveled at all the spectacular quilts from around the globe!  Planet Earth indeed holds a huge variety of wonderful quilting talent. We're happy to be sharing this series of photos from Florida.

Let's Do The Dresden Twist by Teri L. Cherne, U.S.A.


Blue ribbon winner for Best of Country award -- U.S.A., Terri writes, "So much fun! All the wide open space made for great play time!"  Terri's Dresden twists, done in vibrant polka dot fabric, are an original design, which is hand appliqued, machine pieced, and machine quilted. The outer border of alternating scallops and points adds a vibrant energy to this creation.

Close-up, Let's Do The Dresden Twist by Teri L. Cherne


Look at the large variety of contemporary quilting patterns here. We love the bubbles interspersed with the wavy lines.

Summer Fairy by Kazue Tsukayama, Japan


Blue ribbon winner for Best Hand Workmanship- Innovative Quilts, Kazue notes, "Blue sky in the summer and colorful flowers. The flower fairies enjoy this!  The quilt is finished with embroidery and applique. "

Close-up, Summer Fairy by Kazue Tsukayama


In this delightful quilt, the little fairy is all dressed in lavender, with mint green accents. We love the charming daisies which adorned her wrists and headband. All in all, this scene is so adorable and colorful.  Kazue's original design is machine pieced, hand appliqued, and hand quilted.

I Dreamt of Being a Flower by Magah Miranda, Brazil


 

We've never shown a quilt from Brazil before, so were thrilled to see this one at the show. Here's another tiny fairy-like figure,  no doubt dancing an energetic samba, with a flower bud for a hat.  The quilter writes, " I always have wanted to dress myself as a flower, especially when my mother used to take me to Holambra, a city close to Campinas, Soe Paul, my city in Brazil. It is very famous because of the first class flowers that are produced there. I had the opportunity to go there several times and have very much enjoyed those visits since I was a little girl. "

Mystery by Maya Chaimovich, Israel


Maya states, "The beginning of a new quilt is a mysterious adventure for me, of which I don't know the end. Life is also a mystery to us; that is the beauty of it."
Maya Chaimovich is the author of the book, Simply Creative Quilts.  You can read a review of her art quilts at The American Craft Council.

Close up, Mystery by Maya Chaimovich, Israel


We resisted the temptation to touch this quilt (as we always do). However, these rich, color saturated violets and rose tone shimmering fabrics with their various textures really appeals to one's tactile senses. Maya's work is machine pieced, machine appliqued, and machine quilted.

Still Life with Copper Coffee Pot by Sheila Walwyn,South Africa


Sheila explains, "The idea for this design was sparked after I had spent some time looking up the still life quilts of abstract artist Dominie Nash. I photographed and sketched a still life which I had set up and then followed with a collage process in fabric. First, I pieced and layered a background with cottons, organzas, chiffons, and tulles; then fused on the still life elements and finally embellished the work with machine quilting."

Close-up, Still Life with Copper Coffee Pot by Sheila Walwyn, South Africa


Strong angular lines of this sophisticated, very enjoyable creation  provide a contrast to the circular curves of the coffee pot and the fruit. In this close-up, you can see some of the tulle netting fabric that Sheila used for embellishment.

Ribbons and Blooms by Kate Behrens


Kate says, "My quilt is inspired by the 2007 Block of the Month "Ribbons and Blooms" by Beth Ferrier at Applewood Farm Patterns. I pieced the blocks on my sewing machine and also joined the blocks by machine. All applique work and the quilting have been done entirely by hand. I used all batik fabrics."

Close-up, Ribbons and Blooms by Kate Behrens


We enjoyed all this fabulous hand applique and hand quilting.  Lavenders, pinks, and fuchsias contrast so prettily with the bright orange-yellow ribbons and sunburst blocks next to them. ( See larger photo).  Kate has done a superb job of color selection here.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Best of the 2015 World Quilt Show in Florida (part 1)

Florida's World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach is a great event to attend, amidst the warmth and sunshine,  while most of  the U.S.A. shivers under winter's blanket. We marveled at all the spectacular quilts from around the globe!  Planet Earth indeed holds a huge variety of wonderful quilting talent. We're happy to be sharing this series of photos from Florida.

Miyabi, 105 x 88"by Matsuko Shiraishi, Japan


Matsuko says, "This quilt is made from a traditional Japanese bridal costume. I want to express of feeling of Miyabi through this quilt. Miyabi is a feeling of elegance and sorrow. To represent [Miyabi], I reformed the log cabin pattern to a rose shape and expressed sorrow through my color choices. Weddings are ceremonies that have these two emotions." Matsuko's stately and elegant  kimono pattern, all done in silk, is almost 9 feet long- one of the tallest quilts we've ever seen in a show.

Close up, Miyabi by Matsuko Shiraishi


Matsuko adds about her original design, "I hope these rose pattern [blocks made out of ] wedding dresses expressed these emotions well." This stunning work is machine pieced and machine quilted.

In the Mughal's Midnight Garden, 84 x 57", by Hazel Foot, New Zealand


Blue ribbon winner for Best Use of Color-Traditional Quilts, Hazel writes of her original design,  "[This quilt was] inspired by a photo taken in India of stonework on a heritage building. The quilt uses the bright colors of the women's saris to evoke the energy and vibrancy of India. " Through subtle yet stunning gradations of hues, Hazel's work is spectacular.

Close up, In the Mughal's Midnight Garden by Hazel Foot


Hazel continues, "The flower motifs are mainly silks with shot cottons, cut on the bias for the trellis work. The piece is machine applied and machine quilted with hand embellishment in the center." For more information about Hazel Foot, please see her biography for the 2015 Quilt Symposium Manawatu.

My Brothers I Seek, 63 x 46",  by Shani Leser, Israel


Blue ribbon winner for Best of Country (Israel), Shani notes, "Watching these three brothers, listening to their music and their laughter, I was captivated by the energy that flowed between them.... It brought to mind the biblical story of Joseph searching for his brothers and for brotherhood...."my brothers I seek".

Close up, My Brothers I Seek by Shani Leser


Shani created her original design with machine raw edge stitching with zigzag stitch and machine quilting. She used pastel crayons to enhance the face and the hands.   We admire the thread painting, which adds so much to the ethereal light and shadow effect of her work.

Grandmother- Sisters' Garden, 88 x 96", by Jocelyn Thornton, New Zealand


Jocelyn notes, "Both [of my] grandmothers and my sister plant flowers. I sew them, planted in a trellis border fabric. The back is pieced from fabrics bought with the border for a quilt top."  This split complementary color scheme, with its radiant periwinkle, lavender, and yellow-gold tones, creates a lovely floral bouquet pattern.

Close up, Grandmother Sisters' Garden by Jocelyn Thornton


Jocelyn adds, "[These] flowers are hand sewn and machine quilted with guidance and help from Sharon Perry, who designed more hexagon patterns especially for this quilt. We used a computer-driven longarm machine owned by Sue Burnett, who gave us the use of it."

Jocelyn's work provides a cheery and colorful touch of springtime to the viewer's eye. In this close-up photo you can see the fussy-cut hexagons that make up the "flowers". The quilt reminds us of a one-block-wonder combined with a Grandmother's flower garden design.

Fireball, 48 x 48",  by Candice L. Phelan,  Florida, U.S.A.


Of her original design, Candice explains, " [This is] fourth in a series of luminescent spheres." Candice started with the lightest fabric, the white highlight, then worked outward to the deeper orange tones. In Candice's You Tube video, she provides an excellent explanation of her fascinating work.

Close up, Fireball by  Candice L. Phelan,  Florida, USA


Candice continues, "It is machine raw-edge appliqued, thread-painted, and machine quilted, using variegated, metallic, and iridescent threads." She used over 3,300 pieces of 1 1/8 inch fabric circles, hand-dyed in 8 different hues. This is one of the most innovative and original creations we saw at the World Quilt Show.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.
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