Monday, October 20, 2014

Best of the 2014 Pacific International Quilt Festival - Day 2


The Pacific International Quilt Festival, known as PIQF, is the biggest quilt show on the west coast of the United States. In this series, we're displaying some of the fabulous, innovative, and just plain fun quilts we saw there.  This year's theme is  "The Whole Nine Yards", meaning "to show maximum effort in work or play."  Here is Day 2 of our photos.... let us know which quilts are your favorites !

Chinese Journey in Three Parts by Stephanie Crawford, United Kingdom


Best of World prize winner in the World Quilts category, Stephanie says, "This quilt was inspired by an extraordinary trip to China to visit my son, who was living in an ancient temple precinct in a remote part of Hubei. I have three outstanding memories of our journey together from Beijing to Wudang, and this triptych represents them. "

Close-up, Chinese Journey in Three Parts by Stephanie Crawford


These breathtaking views show us a stunning view of the scenery of China, along with some graceful and regal architecture. Stephanie continues about her original design,  "This quilt is wholecloth. It was painted and machine appliqued, then free motion quilted. "

Ruby by Kay Donges, Georgia, U.S.A.


Kay notes, "My quilt goes the whole nine yards by incorporating applique, piecing, and embellishments in order to create a stunning portrait of a mysterious woman. The brightly colored border provides a great contrast to the sophisticated deep black background of this intriguing portrait.

Close-up,  Ruby by Kay Donges (Georgia, U.S.A.)


Kay's original design uses beads, an earring, and jeweled stones are used to embellish the exotic beauty of Ruby. 

The Grapes by Aliza Inbar, Israel


Aliza writes, "One of the seven symbols of Israel is grapes. The grapes represent the richness of the land. They were the inspiration for this quilt. The background is log cabin with fusing on the top and machine quilting. We especially enjoyed the beautiful composition and symmetry of the grapevines and the fruit on Aliza's quilt.

Close-up, The Grapes by Aliza Inbar


The split-complementary color scheme of mauve, violet, aqua green, and yellow-orange really highlights the contrast between the background and the grapevines. Aliza's work is machine appliqued, machine pieced, and machine quilted.

The Peaceful Ones by Denise Havlan, Illinois


First place winner in the Innovative Quilts category of the World Quilt Competition, Denise notes, ["This quilt depicts] two Hopi maidens enjoying the morning sun." Denise has done an outstanding job of  displaying the dignity and serenity of these two Native Americans against the background of their high desert homeland. 

Close-up, The Peaceful Ones by Denise Havlan


Shimmering gold highlights enhance the traditional hairstyle of this Hopi maiden. Denise's original work is machine pieced, hand and machine appliqued, and machine quilted.

Close-up,The Peaceful Ones by Denise Havlan


These prickly-pear cacti sparkle with pretty crystals, and the cactus blossoms show an eye-catching variation of pinks, reds, and violets.

Mount Rushmore by Mary E. Barry, California


Mary writes, " Deciding to make a trip to Mt. Rushmore, I told my husband we needed to do a road trip. It was so impressive! I took many lovely photos to make the quilt, then came home and hand dyed lots of fabric to use with some stash fabric. I then dedicated it to our cherished freedom."  Note that Mary has added the word "Liberty" in block letters at the bottom;  and the bald eagle, the U.S. National Emblem, soars through the sky at the top of the quilt.

Close-up, Mount Rushmore, by Mary E. Barry


Here is a close-up of the stately countenance of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Mary has chosen the perfect shade of gray fabrics which almost perfectly match the gray stone of Mr. Rushmore. Her original design is machine pieced, machine appliqued, and machine quilted.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Best of the 2014 Pacific International Quilt Festival - Day 1


The Pacific International Quilt Festival, known as PIQF, is the biggest quilt show on the west coast of the United States. In this series, we're displaying some of the fabulous, innovative, and just plain fun quilts we saw there.  This year's theme is  "The Whole Nine Yards", meaning "to show maximum effort in work or play."  Let us know which quilts are your favorites !

Exuberance by Marilyn Badger,  Utah


Blue ribbon winner for Best of Show, Marilyn says, "Two years in the making, all the hand stitching on this quilt was done while caring for my husband of 40 years during his illness. .... Before he passed away, he named it. Six months after his death, I was finally able to face the quilting machine again and it took another six months to complete the quilting. "  We congratulate Marilyn on her courage and expertise in completing this amazing project. 

Close up, Exuberance by Marilyn Badger


In this close-up, you can see some of the stunning detail on the center medallion. Marilyn's original design is hand and machine appliqued, machine pieced, and long arm quilted.

Under the Ginkgo Tree by Tanya Brown, California


Tanya notes, " A moment of contemplation, while sheltering beneath a gingko tree. Ink on cotton [plus] stitching." We admire this artist's wonderful talent in creating such realistic detail with her nuanced and skillful use of light and shadow.

Close up, Under the Ginkgo Tree by Tanya Brown


This is a charming juxtaposition of one of the world's oldest living trees sheltering a young child, filled with innocence and wonder. Tanya has done an especially lovely job on the child's delicate facial features. Her original design is machine quilted.

Fly Me To The Moon by Jerry Granata, California


First place winner in the category of Innovative Quilts, Jerry writes, "I put the 'whole nine yards' of fabric in this retro-feel quilt including cotton, lame,satin, sheers, hand-painted, and ribbon.It was inspired by a painting by Juan Carlos Espejo."  Jerry's stunning work is machine appliqued,  machine pieced, and machine quilted.

Close up, Fly Me To The Moon by Jerry Granata


This "movie star from outer space", as we like to think of her, poses in front of a background of sophisticated and varied quilting motifs. Her elegance and glamor are embellished by her pearl necklace and her lame jacket. Jerry adds, " Threads used are silk, poly, metallic, and nylon....Quilting motifs were free-motion quilted on my Baby Lock Aria ( machine) and were not marked." 

Blue Tone by Aki Sakai,  Tokyo, Japan

First place winner in the category of  Traditional Quilts, Aki states, "The materials are cotton and linen. Techniques used are hand pieced, applique, embroidery, and yo-yo quilt. I have been quilting for about twenty years. I always tried new techniques for my quilts, and my quilting has become more detailed."

Close-up, Blue Tone, by Aki Sakai

We marveled at all the tiny, precise details of this charming quilt. The miniature yo-yo's connecting the blocks are only about one-fourth of an inch in diameter. Aki's breathtaking original design is hand appliqued, hand pieced, and hand quilted.

Here Kitty Kitty by Claudia Gano, California


Here's a whimsical, happy quilt which really caught our eye !  Claudia says, "This is the whole nine yards dream of Kitty Kitty's, complete with birds, butterflies, ponds, and the fragrant smell of a dahlia forest. ....This fantasy quilt was started in a workshop with Freddy Moran, creating machine appique flowers on a black and white fabric. I glued and fused the different fabrics. The trees were made of many pieces of fabric."

Close up,  Here, Kitty Kitty by Claudia Gano


Claudia adds," I free motion stitched and thread painted the quilt. It was a fun quilt to make."  Her delightful work, with its riotous bursts of color, is machine appliqued, machine pieced, and machine quilted.

Image credits:  Photo were taken by Quilt Inspiration
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