Sunday, October 19, 2014

Quilt Fiesta - Traditional Quilts

Welcome to my showcase of traditional quilts from the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild's Quilt Fiesta.

Teri French does beautiful appliqué work, and Eight Ladies Leaping is no exception. She describes her piece, "The pieced block is called "Flying Saucer". I wanted a block with as much movement as the ladies, then kept adding all things ballerina."

The Psycho Quilt, a masterpiece of hand appliqué, embroidery and quilting, was also created by Teri French.

It looks even more impressive up close. The Psycho Quilt was inspired in part by Zentangles and based on Ricky Tims' Rhapsody Quilts.

Carla Benne created a splendid appliquéd quilt using Karen Kay Buckley's Fiesta Mexico pattern.

Lotusland is described by NNMQG President Cindy Barfield as, "A block of the month from Santa Fe Quilting. Love the colors; love the blue! Really entered this for Allen Winchester (shop owner at Santa Fe Quilting)."

You are going to want to see the zoom-in. What a nice variety of free-motion designs!

Illumination by Deanna McQuillan and quilted by Nicole Dunn makes excellent use of Jason Yenter's Avalon collection. The pattern is from "Quilts of Avalon".

There's no lack of fussy cutting here.

I missed catching the information on this one, but it's such fun, I can't resist sharing.

 My Trip Through the Garden of Whimsy by Barbara Bogart was created using a Piece O' Cake pattern called My Whimsical Quilt Garden.

 Bird Watching was pieced by Kay Eccleston and quilted by Lynne Horpendahl.


I Spy ABC by Beverly Weiler is, "A reversible children's quilt using the "quilt as you go" method. Dedicated to my niece Jenniger who's creativity inspires us all."

Sally Williams calls Wunderkammer #1, "A cabinet of curiosity. Inspired by the Hall of Enlightenment at the British Museum."

Lorna Turns Red, which was pieced by Mary Mattimoe and quilted by Kathryn Fuller, is a pattern called Lorna Dune by Corienne Kramer from Kaffe Fassett's book "Quilt Grandeur".

The bright prints add to the overall fun.

Thanks for joining me on this little field trip. Which quilt is your favorite?

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Quilt Fiesta - Art Quilts

Welcome to Quilt Fiesta, hosted by the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild. Today, let's take a tour of the art quilts. While this is a venture from our usual modern programming, I thought you might appreciate the artistry. If you missed my post featuring modern quilts from the show, go ahead and check it out, I'll wait for you.

First up is Kamchatka by Nancy Steidle. The way the river flows into the border is impressive. She truly captured the colors of nature.

Nancy Steidle describes her work, "Cotton batik fabrics, pearl cotton, wool yarns, glass beads, cotton and wool batting. Hand appliquéd, machine pieced, hand embroidered, hand and machine felted, machine quilted, hand beaded." Look closely, and you can see the hand embroidery, textural fibers, and use of decorative thread work.     

Katie Pasquini Masopust is a well-known quilt artist. Her piece Accentato - with Emphasis was inspired by a painting.

 "This wall hanging was inspired by the incredibly beautiful and glorious sunflowers I see at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market," Marbara Browner Schiller tells of her inspiration for Sunlight and Sunflowers.

Her piece features intricate beadwork, excellent fabric choices, and three-dimensional elements.

 "The art quilt is an original design depicting the many fascist of creativity that originate from the wellspring of the imagination," Crea Lynn wrote of Imagination, her mesmerizing fabric collage.

Marily Bennett speaks of A Long Drink of Water, "My life-long love for the giraffe led me to take on the challenging paper piecing of Linda Hibbert's delightful pattern."

"Original design by me showing figures springing up in joyous celebration of sunset -- the most colorful time of day," Barbara Bogart tells of The Three Graces in Flights of Joy. Three unique pieced backgrounds nicely accentuate the trio of silhouettes.

Jennifer Day an uber talented local sew-lebrity. Her incredible thread painting titled Carson and Friend has a backstory. "Carson and his friend "Killer" the cat were at the ranch on a cold winter day. They were enjoying the crisp air and Killer was thinking about mice!"

Look closer, and you'll believe Killer is up to something.

Ancients at the Deep by Sally Williams is beautiful and educational. "Latimeria chalemnae: a living fossil, coelacanths are the oldest living lineage of Sarcopterygian fishes," Sally elaborates. Good thing there's not going to be a quiz, Sally!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Quilt Fiesta - Modern Quilts

Last weekend, I headed to the Quilt Fiesta, a semi-annual show hosted by the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild. As usual, it didn't disappoint. I particularly enjoyed the solid representation of not only the traditional aesthetic, but also art and modern. For the sake of this blog's obvious bias, let's begin with modern quilts, shall we? There are upcoming posts featuring the art and traditional quilts too, so there's no hard feelings. Many of the quilts can arguable be cauterized in multiple categories, but I'm going to try my honest best to sort a few of the highlights on the basis of style.

Free-motion quilting makes Greater Than by Susan B. Sperry a stand-out, awe-inspiring beauty. I can't get enough of all that texture in the generous negative space. "I made the first quilt with this design for my daughter's boyfriend. I liked it so much I immediately followed it up with another one in a slightly different color way for myself! Pattern by Alissa Haight Carlton."

  Sophie's Featherbed pieced by Jean-Sophie Wood and quilted by Lynne Horpedahl was created using Anna Marie Horner's Featherbed quilt pattern.

Tetris Blocks is a bold, half square triangle quilt that Pam Mees created using a pattern from a U.K. quilting magazine.

Julee Coffman describes Picnic as a modern sampler block quilt containing parallelograms, equilateral triangles and trapezoids.

Picnic was beautifully straight-line quilted by Lynne Horpedahl.

Come on back, as I'll be sharing more quilts from Quilt Fiesta soon!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quilt Guilt

Have you ever participated in a swap, and received something way lamer than you gave? If you wouldn't be judged by it, would you just snatch your hand-made item back and run far, far away? I don't do swaps very often because deep down, I'm a bit afraid of this. And also, my lifespan probably isn't long enough to complete the unfinished sewing projects I've already started.

However, when Renee of Quilts of a Feather suggested a mini quilt swap, I happily agreed. I had preexisting knowledge of her amazing talent, uncanny ability to accomplish more that is fathomable, and commitment to deliver on her promises. I created a mini using raw edge appliqué with satin stitch (zig-zag with an almost non-exsistant stitch length) and free-motion quilting in a class taught by fellow Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild member, Mandy Rudin and Becky Welch.

I drew some shadow shapes in Frixion pen. Then I outlined those with lines of stitching and made pebbles that increased in scale as they radiated outward from the top gold ring. I faced this quilt, but I don't mean standing in front of it and not looking away. I mean applying a binding that you can't see from the front. If you want to give this binding technique a whirl, this tutorial ought to be your first stop.

Now, I was thinking my mini was pretty good, until I opened up Renee's neatly wrapped package and 

As you can all see, it's amazing, incredible, contest-worty spectacular! I knew she was a phenomenal free-motion quilter but

Nope, that wasn't a typo. You don't type words when dictating the dialogue for your mouth hanging open and nothing coming out. Speechless. Ask my husband; he'll tell you that finding me in this state is a rarity.

Just look at this detail! I'll admit it, because it is terribly obvious. The quilt I received is far superior to the one I gave. Drat! I feel bad, but not bad enough to let her have it back. Because I'm selfish like that. Check out at those orange peels quilted in there. How could I part with them?

I plan on relieving my guilt by entering her quilt in Fiber Arts, because I believe I have, in my greedy possession, a winner. I will give her the attribution and anticipated prize winnings, of course.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inspired by Charlie Harper

If you missed yesterday's post about the Valencia Valley Quilt Show, you can check it out for more quilts from the event. Today, I wanted to share Inspired by Charley Harper, which was designed and quilted by Karen Springstead.

Karen explains her inspiration, "I designed this quilt using a calendar made by Charley Harper. I loved his graphic drawings of animals and thought they could be done in fabric. I originally bought the brown wood fabric to do attic windows, but decided not to cage the animals."

Who wants to see more animals up close and personal?

I thought you might.

In case that's not enough excitement, did you know that there's Charlie Harper fabric available? Wowsers! How fun is that?

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