Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Best of the September quilt show! Day 3

Welcome to a new season of quilt shows ! We had a wonderful time at the Diablo Valley Quilters' show in California.  We wanted to share a few more of our favorite pieced and appliqued quilts from this fun show.

Tahoe Sunrise by Charlene Dakin

Charlene Dakin says, “I designed this quilt from a photo I took (the bears were not in the photo!) I took Gloria Loughman’s class at Asilomar on tiling landscapes. Her class was very enjoyable and well worth the cost.”   Charlene created a beautiful watercolor effect of the sunrise, using Gloria's mosaic tile process.

Happy Days by Linda Reid

Happy Days refers to the fact that Linda Reid completed this quilt! This is one of the prettiest Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilts we've ever seen. Linda Reid says, "I had finished 2 years of Civil War fabrics and needed something bright." We love the color combinations of turquoise, apricot, teal and pink, and the beautiful print border.

In addition to quilting in the ditch, each block was quilted with a scrolled or spiral pinwheel design.  The blocks are based on The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: 55 Letters and the 111 Blocks They Inspired by Laurie Aaron Hird. 

E Komo Mai by Ellen Eller, quilted by Elaine Beattie

“E Komo Mai” is Hawaiian for “Welcome – Come In”. The quilt is a representation of a welcoming door mat, upon which visitors place their slippers/flip flops when entering. The surprise comes when you look carefully at the flip flops and see that they are three-dimensional.  The straps stick out from the surface of the quilt, just like real flip flops!

Ellen says,  "I made this for my son when he moved into his home on Maui. It’s one of my first quilts."  She says that the pattern is by Pattern Adaptation; we found it online at the Maui Quilt Shop.

Happy Cow, ~30 x 30", by Faith Andresen

This happy cow, created with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and other prints, is based on the Jersey Girl pattern by Barbara J. Jones (you can see this fun pattern at BJ's Designs).  We admired the fabric selection and the beautiful machine applique work with blanket stitching, as shown in the photo below. 

Yoyoville by Maryann Maiorana

Hooray for yo yos (and houses) !  Maryann Maiorana says, "Two years ago, a friend introduced me to this pattern [by Bunny Hill Designs]. It was love at first sight. It was so much fun finding fabrics for the almost 200 yo yos."

The border of whimsical houses, punctuated with yo yo trees and flowers, really makes this quilt!  Maryann says,  "Appliqueing the yoyos and houses made for great armchair handwork. My granddaughter, Natalia, has laid claim to it. We shall see."

Lily Pond by Catherine Jarett

The yummy colors and restful shades of blue and green really drew us to this quilt.  Catherine Jarett says, [This quilt is] “my interpretation of the mood evoked by Monet’s water lilies paintings, with some modern quilting sensibility mixed in.” 

The center medallion is made from a print fabric that was quilted with wavy vertical lines.  Catherine did a wonderful job piecing and quilting the outer rows of snowballs, as shown below.

 Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Celebrating Halloween in Quilts

We're celebrating Halloween early!  The emergence of Halloween as a cultural mainstay is a testament to the fun, freewheeling spirit of the holiday.  Quilters are busy stitching up pumpkins and spiderwebs, and exploring the quirky color combination of orange with green and purple!  We picked out some quilts we think you'll enjoy.

Witchy Woman mini quilt by Linda Pawlowicz (Diablo Valley Quilters)

Linda Pawlowicz says, "Halloween is my favorite holiday. This is part of the “self portrait” challenge for our Arty Chicks mini [quilt] group." The witch's moon-and-stars skirt and lacy petticoat flare out from the surface of the quilt.  The broom is even made from real (raffia) straw! Small orange bows embellish the witch's shoes, dress, hat and broom.

Once Upon a Time, 41 x 57",  by Carol Bruce (Las Vegas, Nevada) at the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek (Phoenix)

This fairy tale castle is not haunted... but we love this quilt, with its black castle silhouetted against a bright green background. Carol Bruce says that the quilt was inspired by German paper cutting silhouette work and Carol's daughter's love of dragons.  The inner border, which resembles lace, is actually black-and-white print fabric that was fussy-cut and tipped with crystals, as shown below.

Carol Bruce sells a range of fun and creative patterns for fusible applique - including dragons - at her website, Needlesongs.  For Halloween, check out her Witchy Chick pattern.

It's All About the Boots, design by Ronene Wilkinson at Oh My Bloomin Threads, seen at Corn Wagon Quilt Co.

We spotted this adorable wall quilt and kit at Corn Wagon Quilt Co. in Springville, Utah.  It's an amazing shop just down the street from the Springville Museum of Art, the site of the annual Springville Quilt Show.  Just look at the embellishments on the witch's boots!

Blue Moon by Ruth Hoglund (Diablo Valley Quilters)

Ruth Hoglund designed, pieced and quilted this masterpiece.  The center spiderweb reminds us of Halloween, but this quilt is timeless. Ruth says, "The title came to me in a ‘Spirit Dream’, and the idea played out in my dreams until it became a conscious design." Intricate felt cutting was used for the trees, spiderweb and lettering.  The center medallion is encircled by the lyrics of the Frank Sinatra song:  "Blue Moon ~ You saw me standing alone ~ Without a dream in my heart ~ Without a love of my own..."

The large blue circle was attached to the quilt with mother-of-pearl buttons.  Ruth says, "The Blue Moon quilt incorporates all the things that I love to use in my creative work: paper cuts, felt cuts, tree silhouettes, penny rugs, the blanket stitch, faces, stippling, buttons, circles, and, of course, a little math."

Sew Spooky Halloween Quilt by Lorena Norris, quilted by Natalie Thompson

Sew Spooky was exhibited at the 2015 Springville Quilt Show in Springville, Utah. Lorena Norris says, “My daughter Tami saw this quilt pattern [by The Quilt Company] and loved it. I volunteered to sew the quilt but did not want to do all the pieces as the pattern was designed. So I needle-turned all the houses and blocks. It was much easier for me… Then I sewed all the pieces together and had Natalie Thompson machine quilt spider webs all over it.”

Total Eclipse by Hope Adams, quilted by Diane Tricka (2015 Arizona Quilters Guild show)

It's not a Halloween quilt, but the brilliant colors remind us of the upcoming holiday.  Winner of 3rd place at the 2015 AZQ show, Hope Adams says, "I enjoy paper piecing, shopping for fabrics, and putting the fabrics together with this design."  A Montana class with Judy Niemeyer gave birth to Total Eclipse. We recognize the design as a variation of the Sunflower Illusions pattern. Hope Adams made some of the blocks with outer jagged spikes, while others have just the inner stars.

The Grand Pumpkin, ~62 x 76",  by Jane Wilson (Diablo Valley Quilters)

This quilt by Jane Wilson is based on The Great Pumpkin pattern by Jenifer Gaston at Woolen Willow Designs.   This pumpkin is truly grand:  it is about two feet wide!   Jane Wilson says, "What can I say?  I love autumn, and I love pumpkins!" We love the folk art feel and simple shapes of this design.

Hoot It Up for Halloween, design by Ronene Wilkinson at Oh My Bloomin Threads, seen at Corn Wagon Quilt Co.

Last but not least, an adorable wool and cotton applique pillow at Corn Wagon Quilt Co in Springville, Utah.  Check out the silver star button that decorates the owl's hat, and the button spider dangling from the branch!

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2015 Diablo Valley Quilters' show, the 2015 Arizona Quilters Guild show, the 2014 River City Quilters Guild show, and the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek in Phoenix.
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