I’ve got more quilts for you from the Houston show. I will be posting just the quilt and its maker except this first one. What a story:
This quilt is jaw dropping in person. But the story of the quilt and its maker is even more amazing. This is Angela’s first quilt! Her husband travels a lot for work and they do not have children yet, so Angela was looking for something fun to do. She decided, hm, quilting would be fun.
So she bought a small Janome to start with. She thought she would start out with the square-in-square blocks. She kept on making all these tiny little blocks, all with commercial fabrics, but did not have a plan for them. She just kept making them until she had something like 600.
At that point she decided she needed to figure out how to put them into a quilt. She designed this quilt, complete with that amazing center which was inspired by a Diamond Log Cabin by Cindi Edgerton and the basket blocks that were paper pieced based on a Carol Doak book. Now keep in mind, although her Mom quilts casually, Angela did not have anyone who taught her-she just figured this out. Once she got the top together, she read up on how to sandwich it and get it ready to quilt. At that point her Mom stepped in and said she needed a more advanced machine, a Janome 8900. After taking a class from Paula Reid, she up and quilted this amazing quilt!
When I talked with her at show, she was just so golly-gee-aw-shucks about the making of the quilt, but she also mentioned that she had barely slept for days after she heard the news that she had won First Place in Traditional Pieced Quilts in the Houston show! Her Mom was there, in the background, confirming all that Angela said. And here’s an interesting bit of information: Angela has limited depth perception. To compensate she had to get really good at reading the value of colors so that she could judge distance. Ya think she might be good at judging value from this quilt? I’ll be looking for more beauty from this amazing young woman.
Now, more quilts:
Descended from the Stars; Sarah Ann Smith; Image by Sarah Ann Smith
I had to include this photo:
When I walked into the room for the Friday Sampler and saw the red walls, I thought oh no, this is going to be tricky. After I got all set up I loved the way my quilts popped on that wall! I am not the best at staging my work yet, but this is one case where I think I staged it well.
I’ve got one more post on Houston-I just couldn’t fit them all in here. I’ll be adding my link to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday so be sure to check out her other links for more great art and quilts.