Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quilt Market: Schoolhouse


The day before Quilt Market opens in Houston, Schoolhouse sessions take place. Half hours sessions introduce industry professionals to the latest and greatest products and techniques. Let me give you a photographic tour. First up, Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! gave a trunk show of the quilts in her new book Patchwork City.



Elizabeth used a background of Essex linen with a combination of black and white prints and color-grouped solids and prints for this version.


A second sampler combined Violet Craft's Waterfront Park collection with solids.





Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co. presented her book Imagine Quilts


After meeting her in person, I can assure you that Dana is a wonderfully approachable person who is both considerate and humble.


I adore this cover quilt. The use of low volume fabrics, polka dots, and bold prints is fantastic.


Amber Johnson of Gigi's Thimble gave her spiel on Vintage Vibe, complete with a showing of the included quilts. Scroll down, keep scrolling, and repeat, to see the glorious projects.








Anne Marie Chaney of Gen X Quilters revealed her striking BOM in solids. She found a clever way to combine the sampler and enlarged-quilt-block-as-a-quilt concepts.


The quilting is great too!


Speaking of BOM debuts, Sassafras Lane unveiled their paper-pieced Arcadia Avenue pattern.


By my observation, Arcadia Avenue was the most featured pattern in Market booths, appearing in a minimum  three separate booths.


Books and patterns weren't the only products introduced; fabric lines were unveiled too. Carloyn Friedlander has a new collection called Doe.


Her fabric prints and quilt projects are reflective of her architectural background.


Denyse Schmidt showed off her new line of fabric, Franklin.


Heather Bailey also had some new patterns and fabrics to show and tell.

My favorite was this cutie owl pincushion, but I doubt I could stick a pin in him.


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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.


Peek-a-boo.


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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