My home guild’s show always kicks off “quilt show season” in my area. I love show-vendors, boutique, great food, wonderful quilts and art made by friends. I love walking around the show in the late afternoons, aisles empty, time to ponder each quilt, surrounded and embraced by beauty. And it’s always a little sad when it’s over.
This year’s show was spectacular! Most notable in my eyes was the level of machine quilting, both domestic and long arm-it was incredible. It rained like crazy at times and our visitors braved the weather for the show.
I’m going to cover the small quilt room today. I’m not sure how many posts I will have or when they will come but I’ll probably be posting again before next Thursday.
I noticed this year that visitors treated the small quilt room like an art gallery-pondering each piece and reveling in the detail-LOVE that!
What a cool Halloween piece! Our guild seems to really love Halloween-many members make quite spectacular pieces for the season. There is a lot of work in this small piece-cross stitch, tie-dyed linen and beading. How cool it must be to have such a special piece for Halloween!
Barbara is a master with color. Unfortunately my close-ups were fuzzy but this quilt is filled with wonderful detail: beaded butterfly bodies by Carla Barrett, quilting by Lin Squires and lots of fun details in the central part of the quilt.
What a charmer! I think it was brilliant to pair the bold star border with the gorgeous reds of the snowball blocks.
I really like Lorraine’s color choices here-it’s got a Modern vibe to it. The spiky half-square triangles in the border add a nice whimsy and energy. The quilting was really nice too-such a fresh quilt.
The photo is not doing this piece by Denise Schmidt justice. There is so much detail and the colors are subtle and beautiful. Denise used skills from workshops with Jean Wells and Valerie Goodwin to create this. She used paint wash, printed silk organza, and hand stitching and stamping to create the details in this two-piece quilt.
I know I keep writing about color-I love the colors in this one too. Ellen was influenced by the style of Sue Renner. She created this entirely from her imagination, not from a photo. I feel “invited in” to this piece.
Inger used paint, oil sticks, complex applique and machine quilting to create this gentle piece. She has “carved” the initials and wedding date of her son and daughter-in-law in the tree! This one got lots of visitors pondering the details.
Sweetness plus delightful quilting and joyful colors-what’s not to like? I love the whimsy and energy Margo has in this piece. Margo says this piece makes her smile-me too!
Donna’s fabric choices add so much energy to her quilt. The color choices, interesting fabrics and perfect piecing all worked so well together. Those wiggly stripes add a great “vibration” to it too.
Someday I will figure out how to effectively use ombre fabrics. This is so pretty! I really like Suzie’s quilting paired with the ombre. I would love to have this on my fall table.
This is a tiny piece-Susan was experimenting with wool applique. It had so much texture and vibrant color. The combination gave it a lot of presence for such a tiny piece.
To me this is a “How’d she do that?” piece. Yes, she did paint that background to mesh with the photo of grandson Cody. I thought this was very original and the painted background gave it more presence and energy. What a sense of scale and light from the canyon!
Is this not the cutest thing? Who’d a thunk to do a bunch of tiny little Kaffe houses? Everyone smiled at Janeen’s quilt! This was her first mini.
From Penny’s “Remembering the Masters” series, her tribute to Wayne Thiebaud, beautifully rendered. The detail is exquisite-I am not sure what all mediums Penny used to create such a bucolic Northern California scene.
Thispiece by Gayle Simpson was so gentle, serene, lovely. It was influenced by a workshop Gayle took with June Colburn. This piece is made exclusively from silk and Gayle dyed every piece. Some of the leaves are 3-dimensional.
Dana started with a Wendy Sheppard pattern and combined hand applique and embroidery with machine quilting. It’s gentle, serene, pretty, and the quilting is gorgeous. I sense her awe of “God’s Blessings”.
Long-armer extraordinaire Lin Squires used Kaffe Fassett fabrics she received from Barb Kiehn to create a Modern quilt. Love, love Lin’s quilting next to Kaffe’s fabulous fabrics!