I have been a devoted attendee of the Foothill Quilt Show since 2003 when it first came on my radar. Foothill Quilters Guild has a wonderful balance of exceptional piecers, traditional, applique and art quilters. It’s a diverse and talented guild and I love their show. And really, it has nothing to do with those killer marbled brownies they serve every year…. Christine Barnes is a member of the Foothill Guild and does that girl know color! She had several quilts in the show but “Black Opals and Ribbon Candy” just knocked my socks off-I would love to understand color the way she does! Wouldn’t you just love to have this quilt in your house? Quilted by Cathy Stone.How much fun can you have with Kaffe Fassett stripes and shot cottons? Karin Hannickel’s “Log Cabin Batiks and Stripes” combined batiks, Kaffe Fassets and her own hand dyed into this eye candy. It was constantly surrounded by admirers so it was hard to get a photo.Linda Waddle had several spectacular entries this year and “Dahlias In My Garden” was my personal favorite. You could look at this for hours and continue to find new detail. I love the movement, the color, the whimsy and the artful way she has designed this.This began as a wholecloth which Linda freehand painted, stenciled, stamped and screen printed using dyes and paint-wow!Emily Kuszak used the mosaic floor of a Roman-era Christian building on the grounds of a prison in Israel as her inspiration. She says it took her 2 years to put it together and I believe it! There is a lot of detail and the fabric choices really give it a stone-like feel. The quilting by Karen Parker did a lot to enhance the mosaic feel of the piece.Patti Henderson created this whimsical piece: “Tea Party”. It’s a delightful piece and just so dog gone cute and charming! Look at the quilting by Lin Squires-see the butterflies quilted in? Delightful!Beth Foust created “Inside the House” and mentions that she used “a little imagination and a lot of beads” to create this piece. It’s a diminuitive piece filled with lots of great detail. I was drawn to the movement, color, detail-lots of eye candy here.Agh-this is the only one that I don’t have information on. If anyone knows, please e-mail it to me and I will correct the post.
This is a stunning piece-I loved the colors and the combination of artful applique, exquisite HAND quilting and hand dyed fabrics (I assume). It really stood out.Close up of “unknown”-isn’t it gorgeous? Joan Dyer created “African Influence” using African batiks, hand dyes, discharge, and paint. She quilted it beautifully using a great variety of threads and motifs and also incorporated curved piecing. I loved this piece-another one that you could look at forever!Lynn Tubbe merged the traditional and contemporary by setting this fused applique piece in a crazy quilt setting. She used a variety of quilting and embroidery stitches to finish this piece. I too am a lover of Coleus and Lynn captured the wild variety and beauty of these leaves.Patti Henderson’s “Pennies From Heaven” is based on patterns from antique penny rugs. Patti combined 3 cotton fabrics with her own hand dyed wool and beads to create this original piece. I think the design is so delightful and my eye continues to find details and pattern.Isn’t this sweet? Love all of that detail.I am charmed by this guy-“Brian the Basilisk” by Jane Haworth-he has so much personality! Jane started this over a year ago from a photo. Brian appears to be raw edge machine appliqued and Jane really captured the little guy.Love his impish expression!This received Best of Show! “Convergence” by Darlynn Evans was inspired by the Australian quilter Gloria Loughman. Darlynn created and embellished each piece individually and then put it all together. The detail and workmanship are exquisite. She used teeny tiny satin stitch in places and there are all sorts of lovely details that you cannot see from this photo.This piece is by the Featured Quilter, Laurel Larimer. Many of us will ruefully chuckle at the title: “Deer Proof Garden”! Shari Bahr quilted this lovely applique piece. I enjoyed Laurel’s use of color and her workmanship was lovely too-beautiful piece!This was one of my favorites-the colors, movement and pattern speak to me. This is another piece by Laurel Larimer, “Jamestown Landing”. I would love to own this! Laurel describes it: “Tons of piecing and miles of thread later, this is what 840 half square triangles turned into”. Giggle!
Hope you enjoyed your tour of the show-next year YOU will have to go!