Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Best of the 2015 World Quilt Show in Florida Part 3

Florida's World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach is a great event to attend, amidst the warmth and sunshine,  while most of  the U.S.A. shivers under winter's blanket. We marveled at all the spectacular quilts from around the globe!  Planet Earth indeed holds a huge variety of wonderful quilting talent. We're happy to be sharing this series of photos from Florida.

In Flanders Fields by Catherine Millar, United Kingdom


Catherine states,"2014 is the centenary (100th anniversary) of the outbreak of the First World War. I was inspired by the last lines of a poem by John Macrae (who died of war-related illness in 1918), 'If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders Fields.' "  The poet was speaking of the red poppies which grew among the graveyards of soldiers in the Flanders area of Belgium.

The red poppies are a symbol for Remembrance Day which is celebrated each November 11 in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Nations, as a tribute to members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.

Close-up,In Flanders Fields by Catherine Millar
 

Catherine adds, "The symbolic poppy is made in circular bargello pattern on a background of patchwork fields, some growing crops, some mud as in the battlefields."  Catherine has created a heartfelt and radiant tribute in the form of a giant poppy, done in varied shades of red, orange, and rose.

ISabella by Rahel Elran, Israel


Rahel notes that ISabella (with first two letters deliberately capitalized) is machine pieced and machine quilted. It appears to be a modern, abstract art quilt of human face, in the style of painter Pablo Picasso. If you look closely for awhile, you'll be able to find ISabella's hair, eyes, nose, mouth, and perhaps her eyebrows.

Close-up, ISabella by Rahel Elran


We nicknamed this fun quilt "the red lips quilt", because ISabella's mouth is so prominent. Note the straight lines of quilting which provide structured contrast to the random curves and circles of this whimsical, lighthearted design.

Ena's Pink Waratahs by Denise Griffiths , Australia


Denise writes, "My inspiration comes from Australian native flowers and my beautiful Mum, as this is the last quilt she has seen before she went blind. I use a technique I call "Baglique", a very easy way to applique without having to turn edges... I use a mixture of hand dyed and commercial fabrics and shade the piece with Neocolor II watercolor pastels."

These giant flowers are so overwhelmingly cheerful, that they would brighten up even the darkest winter day. The beautiful pink and rose tones are a great  complement to the medium and dark green stems.

Close-up, Ena's Pink Waratahs by Denise Griffiths, Australia


Denise's original design is hand and machine appliqued, machine pieced, and machine quilted. We admired the pretty embroidered embellishment on the leaves and blossoms.

Sunset Over Africa, 69 x 79", by May-Gene Terblanche , South Africa


This quilt reminds us of a safari across the plains of  Africa, with its artistic animals  and its resplendent earth tones. May-Gene says, "The design was inspired by "Storm Over Africa" by Jenny Williamson from her book Quilt Africa, co-authored by Pat Parker. The quilt center was constructed from half-square triangles, with a machine appliqued border of African wild animal silhouettes. "Sunset Over Africa" was made.... to be auctioned off at a fund-raising event with a "Proudly South African" theme. My husband bought the quilt, he loved it so much!"

Diminishing Creatures by Hiroko Soeta, Japan


Hiroko explains, "I made this quilt to express my gratitude to my father-in-law, who was gentle, yet strong as a tiger. It is machine pieced and appliqued, hand quilted, embroidered, and painted." This is a strikingly interesting quilt, with a vibrant background.
Close up, Diminishing Creatures by Hiroko Soeta


Hiroko has created wonderfully realistic expressions on the faces of the tigers. She has embellished their faces with whiskers made from clear monofilament, which enhances their life-like countenances.
Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Best of the 2015 World Quilt Show in Florida Part 2

Florida's World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach is a great event to attend, amidst the warmth and sunshine,  while most of  the U.S.A. shivers under winter's blanket. We marveled at all the spectacular quilts from around the globe!  Planet Earth indeed holds a huge variety of wonderful quilting talent. We're happy to be sharing this series of photos from Florida.

Let's Do The Dresden Twist by Teri L. Cherne, U.S.A.


Blue ribbon winner for Best of Country award -- U.S.A., Terri writes, "So much fun! All the wide open space made for great play time!"  Terri's Dresden twists, done in vibrant polka dot fabric, are an original design, which is hand appliqued, machine pieced, and machine quilted. The outer border of alternating scallops and points adds a vibrant energy to this creation.

Close-up, Let's Do The Dresden Twist by Teri L. Cherne


Look at the large variety of contemporary quilting patterns here. We love the bubbles interspersed with the wavy lines.

Summer Fairy by Kazue Tsukayama, Japan


Blue ribbon winner for Best Hand Workmanship- Innovative Quilts, Kazue notes, "Blue sky in the summer and colorful flowers. The flower fairies enjoy this!  The quilt is finished with embroidery and applique. "

Close-up, Summer Fairy by Kazue Tsukayama


In this delightful quilt, the little fairy is all dressed in lavender, with mint green accents. We love the charming daisies which adorned her wrists and headband. All in all, this scene is so adorable and colorful.  Kazue's original design is machine pieced, hand appliqued, and hand quilted.

I Dreamt of Being a Flower by Magah Miranda, Brazil


 

We've never shown a quilt from Brazil before, so were thrilled to see this one at the show. Here's another tiny fairy-like figure,  no doubt dancing an energetic samba, with a flower bud for a hat.  The quilter writes, " I always have wanted to dress myself as a flower, especially when my mother used to take me to Holambra, a city close to Campinas, Soe Paul, my city in Brazil. It is very famous because of the first class flowers that are produced there. I had the opportunity to go there several times and have very much enjoyed those visits since I was a little girl. "

Mystery by Maya Chaimovich, Israel


Maya states, "The beginning of a new quilt is a mysterious adventure for me, of which I don't know the end. Life is also a mystery to us; that is the beauty of it."
Maya Chaimovich is the author of the book, Simply Creative Quilts.  You can read a review of her art quilts at The American Craft Council.

Close up, Mystery by Maya Chaimovich, Israel


We resisted the temptation to touch this quilt (as we always do). However, these rich, color saturated violets and rose tone shimmering fabrics with their various textures really appeals to one's tactile senses. Maya's work is machine pieced, machine appliqued, and machine quilted.

Still Life with Copper Coffee Pot by Sheila Walwyn,South Africa


Sheila explains, "The idea for this design was sparked after I had spent some time looking up the still life quilts of abstract artist Dominie Nash. I photographed and sketched a still life which I had set up and then followed with a collage process in fabric. First, I pieced and layered a background with cottons, organzas, chiffons, and tulles; then fused on the still life elements and finally embellished the work with machine quilting."

Close-up, Still Life with Copper Coffee Pot by Sheila Walwyn, South Africa


Strong angular lines of this sophisticated, very enjoyable creation  provide a contrast to the circular curves of the coffee pot and the fruit. In this close-up, you can see some of the tulle netting fabric that Sheila used for embellishment.

Ribbons and Blooms by Kate Behrens


Kate says, "My quilt is inspired by the 2007 Block of the Month "Ribbons and Blooms" by Beth Ferrier at Applewood Farm Patterns. I pieced the blocks on my sewing machine and also joined the blocks by machine. All applique work and the quilting have been done entirely by hand. I used all batik fabrics."

Close-up, Ribbons and Blooms by Kate Behrens


We enjoyed all this fabulous hand applique and hand quilting.  Lavenders, pinks, and fuchsias contrast so prettily with the bright orange-yellow ribbons and sunburst blocks next to them. ( See larger photo).  Kate has done a superb job of color selection here.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.
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