Friday, April 24, 2015

Exemplary Quilting in Arizona

At the 2015 Arizona Quilt Show we enjoyed some beautiful hand quilting and machine quilting.  Here are the blue ribbon and exemplary quilting award winners.

My Mother's Flowers by Katherine Witzge

Katherine Witzge won the Exemplary Hand Quilting award for this beauty, made with pieces left to her by her mother.  The hand quilting "took me just over 3 months, 7 hours a day.”  This quilt drew a crowd of admirers, and we had to wait until the end of the day to snap this photo.

The hand applique work was done in 1990 and the quilt was pieced in 2014 and hand quilted with 15 flower motifs in a grid.   Katherine's perfectly straight and even quilting is shown below.  What a loving tribute to her mother.

My Stars!  by Pat Roche

My Stars! won 1st place - Modern Quilt. Pat says, "[This quilt was] made with half-square triangles – a bright star just part of the vast universe. Inspired by traditional design." We loved her innovative quilting designs, done with a seamless pattern of stars, suns, swirls, circles, and Dresdens.

Pat is an awarding-winning machine quilter and Creative Studio trainer (Gammill/Statler Stitcher).  Her experience and artistry really shows here.

Triple Irish Chain scrap quilt, entered by Wendy Gilbert

This Triple Irish Chain was awarded a blue ribbon, First place – Group Quilt. Rosemary Kurtz sewed the blocks in 1996 and donated the unfinished top in 2014.  Wendy Gilbert added the borders, and Barb Mauer did the longarm quilting.  This quilt is the 2015 opportunity quilt for the Pebble Creek Quilters (drawing to be held December, 2015).

The quilt was inspired by a class taught by Wendy Gilbert, who is the author of the 1997 book, Triple Irish Chain Quilts. Barb Mauer used three different designs to quilt the open spaces, and every square was quilted with a cathedral window design. 

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy Earth Day !

Since 1970,  Earth Day has been observed on April 22 to raise awareness of sustaining our planet's natural resources. It is now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. We chose the map quilt below, because it reminds us of the iconic photo of Earth from outer space, as shown on the Earth Day Flag.

The Island, 41 x 38", by Alicia Merrett, U.K.

Alicia writes, "Maps have fascinated humankind from the birth of civilization; now we have progressed to contemporary aerial photography and GPS.  Maps describe features of the earth, tell us where places area, and lead us to destinations. Maps can also be products of the artistic imagination."

Alicia has done a fabulous job of creating an island with apparent mountains, roads, rivers, and even little buildings in settlements shown in the close-up below.  

Close up, The Island by Alicia Merrett

Alicia continues, "This island is completely imaginary - it just exists conceptually on a blue ocean. But, I have borrowed the cartographic symbols of a typical aerial view and used them to describe it."  We love the vivid, clear fabric colors used in this highly innovative and fascinating original design.   Alicia's work is  machine pieced, appliqued, and quilted. It was displayed at the 2015 World Quilt Show in Florida, U.S.A.
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