Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Diablo Valley Quilters' Guild Show Day 1 : Featured Artist: Diana McClun

Diana McClun was the featured artist at the 2017 Diablo Valley Quilters Guild show in Walnut Creek, California. Diana is the co-author of the well-known, beloved classic book Quilts, Quilts, Quilts ! along with Laura Nownes.

Color Study II by Diana McClun


For this quilt, Diana used some 30 year old quilt blocks, which are basically half-square triangles sewed side-by-side to create strips of diamonds. They are the 5 rectangles you see above:  from left, the blue/ neon orange, the purple/yellow orange, the red/green, and the grape/yellow. She used them as flower vases to collage flowers and make bouquets.


Here's a close-up of the bright, whimsical flowers which fit into the rectangular vases. What a wonderful use of 30 year old blocks from vintage fabric ! This fun, vibrant work was machine quilted by Alethea Ballard.

Addie's 13th Birthday Quilt by Diana McClun


An original founder of the famous .Empty Spools Seminars in Pacific Grove, California, Diana was inspired by Anelie Belden's Empty Spools class. Diana made this quilt in honor of her granddaughter Addie's 13th birthday.


These giant circular plates, done in restful marine colors, almost look as if they are floating languidly in a under-sea world !  Victoria McEnerney machine quilted this elegant work.

Tulips by Diana McClun


Diana explains, "The inspiration for this quilt came from tulip images on a napkin and paper plate. The design was free-hand drawn with a permanent marker and a ruler onto a grid of 6" squares of muslin pinned on a design wall."


Diana's brilliant skills in composition are highlighted here, as the giant eye-catching flowers comprise the foreground, while the tone-on-tone blues, beiges, and whites add just the right proportion of background space. Tulips was machine quilted by Victoria McEnerney.

Colorful Circles by Diana McClun 


This just looks like so much fun to design and make ! Diana's original design was inspired by a class with Rosalie Dace from South Africa at the Empty Spools Seminar.


This triadic color scheme of pastel pink, lime green, and apricot orange works beautifully together, especially when touches of silver gray are added to the background. Alethea Ballard machine quilted this lively, sophisticated work.

Trees, Trees, Trees by Diana McClun


Diana's contemporary, geometric work was inspired by a painting by German-born, American modern artist Wolf Kahn.  These strips of varied sizes of rectangles give this dazzling quilt an almost Bargello-like appearance.


Diana's original work was machine quilted by Alethea Ballard. These lovely corals and aquas are so gorgeous, especially with the hint of lime green.Trees, Trees, Trees was one of our favorites works of this show.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Welcome Fall

Fall is arriving in the North, and we've selected some autumn quilts to share.  We hope our readers had a healthy, safe and happy summer!

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Golden Leaves by Virginia Standley


Virginia Standley says, “The skeletonized leaves are highlighted with a wax metallic finish. They are stitched to samples of drapery fabric and framed by a small gold silk border. The piece is mounted on my ice-dyed fabric, which I could not bear to cut, so it became the background for this art quilt.”

Maple Leaves in a Color Study, group project, quilted by Audrey Hutchinson


The maple leaf blocks were made by members of the Progressive Party Friendship Group of the Amador Valley Quilters Guild and the final project was quilted by Audrey Hutchinson. Audrey chose purple for this color study. “I made one block and packed my bag with all the purple fabrics I had from the palest lavender to the deepest purples. Each member made 1 or 2 maple leaf blocks. I set the blocks on the diagonal and when completed had almost used up my purple stash. Almost !”

My Pumpkin Patch by Janice Brook, quilted by Dianne Schweikert


The pattern for this quilt was from a book called Country Quilts of Friends by Margaret Peters and Anne Sutton. Janice Brooke bought the book in 2004; she made the pumpkin blocks, then put the quilt on a shelf until last year when she decided to finish it. The leaves, stems and pumpkins were beautifully embroidered.


Wild Pineapple quilt by Susan Benson, quilted by Dianne Schweikert


Susan Benson says Wild Pineapple began in a class taught by Jean Impey. "It was a fun class given by a fun teacher who had an infectious enthusiasm. I took this home and then took it on a trip up the coast, sewing away everywhere we stopped... As with all my quilts, it’s not perfect, but I love the colors. [It was] quilted beautifully by Dianne Schweikert of Livermore (California).”


Autumn Blessings by Kia Johnson


Kia Johnson used an embroidery machine to create the blocks for this stunning quilt, which was based on the Baltimore Autumn pattern by Pearl Pereira at P3 Designs.  There is an amazing amount of applique detail in the blocks, which include all the themes of autumn: leaves, squirrels, wheat stalks, and pumpkins, in wonderful colors.



For free quilt patterns for Autumn, please check out our FREE PATTERN DAY !



Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Amador Valley Quilters Guild show (California).

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Free pattern day: Easy Modern Quilts (2)

Here are 25 more free and easy patterns, for a ton of quilt inspiration! This collection includes brand-new designs along with some fantastic legacy patterns. Many of these are big block quilts that go together quickly.   
Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the colored letters of the link to the pattern.  Did you miss Part 1 ?  Click here: Free Pattern Day: Easy Modern Quilts

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Here and There Squares, 96 x 96”, free pattern by Bonnie Vangool for Windham Fabrics 

 

Thea’s Puzzle quilt, 64 x 64”, free pattern by Amy Butler (PDF download)


To see an interpretation of Thea's Puzzle in prints, check out the quilt by Naturemomm at Flickr.

Brick Path quilt, 60 x 60”, free pattern by Alexia Marcelle Abegg at Cotton + Steel



Make Your Mark quilt, 60 x 76”, free pattern by Heather Jones for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (pattern in several colorways) 


Retro Plaid quilt, 55 x 61”, free pattern by Suzy Quilts for Birch Fabrics (PDF download)

 

Tiger Plant Quilt, 52 x 60”, free pattern by Sarah Golden for Andover Fabrics



A Blue Moment, 55 x 64", free pattern by Jean Ann Wright for Benartex (PDF download)


A Blue Moment is a wonderful design for large-scale prints.

Piece of Sky quilt, 64 x 72”, free pattern by Kenna Ogg for Hoffman Fabrics


Piece of Sky is created by slashing and sewing 1” strips in each block.

Relay Race quilt, 72 x 80”, free pattern by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics


This variation of a "coins" quilt uses fussy-cut strips of floral fabric to separate the columns.

Cobblestone II quilt, 60 x 70”, free pattern by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics (PDF download)


The Cobblestone Quilt uses improvisational piecing to create columns of strips; there is no template.


Bloominescent quilt, 48 x 54, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Bloominescent is made with big rectangles that create an overlapping illusion.

E-block quilt, 70 x 70”, free pattern by Brandon Mably for Westminster Fabrics (PDF download)


A great modern design by Brandon Mably for one of his early fabric collections.

Fat Quarter Fizz, free pattern by Fat Quarter Shop 


Simple Streamers quilt, 70 x 70”, at Robert Kaufman Fabrics


These blocks are made from large (19-22” long ) rectangles. The ends of the streamers are finished with flying geese blocks.

Lark quilt, ~ 72 x 72”, free pattern by Amy Butler Design (PDF download)


Made in Cherry, ~80” square, free pattern by Sarah Fielke for Lecien Fabrics (PDF download)(pattern in several colorways)


Made in Cherry by Sarah Fielke, blue colorway, on the wall

London Star quilt, 41 x 41”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics


Sapphire quilt, 61 x 61”, free pattern by Stephanie Sims for Clothworks (PDF download)


The Sapphire quilt is made from 16 half-square triangle blocks that finish at 15” square. This pattern is retired, but we saved the PDF.

Shibori Star quilt, 56 x 56”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics (pattern in several colorways)


Tropical Dash quilt, 64 x 64”, free pattern by Linda Ambrosini for Hoffman Fabrics


Double Cross quilt, 48 x 48”, free pattern by Pam Rocco as seen at Quilter’s Newsletter

 

Fractured Jewels quilt, 54 x 54”, free pattern by Debby Kratovil for Windham Fabrics


Liberated String Medallion, ~38 x 38”, free pattern by Gwen Marston for American Quilters Society

 
Lights On Broadway, 51 x 53”, free pattern by Leslie Tucker Jenison for Hoffman Fabrics


ustic Autumn quilt, 86 x 103”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics  (PDF download)



Greek Key quilt, 40 x 54”, free pattern by Pam Rocco at Quilters Newsletter

 

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