Thursday, September 22, 2016

Best of the Utah Quilt Show! (part 2)

Here are more of our favorites from the the 43rd Annual Springville (Utah) Quilt Show! This outstanding juried exhibition features quilts of all styles and sizes created by some of the State’s finest quilters. We are always impressed by the quality and beauty of the quilts in this show!

Jethro by Charm Crumrine. Award of Excellence.

Charm Crumrine says, "His name came to me as soon as I saw his eyes. Jethro, the American Buffalo. Our national mammal. Several months ago I drew a buffalo and didn’t know what to do with him. I thought of all the texture a buffalo has and began assembling the beads. He needed a simple background to contrast the beads so I chose muslin. This quilt was a joy to make."

Tripping by Megan Legas

Megan Legas says, "The “Scrappy Trip” craze was the impetus for this little quilt… “I wonder what it would look like if I used one inch strips.” This quilt is a little scrappier than the typical process demands, due to a mathematical error. Oops! But my error added more color variety, so I am happy!"
The Scrappy Trip around the World craze was started by Bonnie Hunter. We enjoyed seeing Megan's hand quilting on the tiny squares!

Hidden Beauty by Marian Eason. Honorable mention.

Marian Eason says, "I made this quilt for our quilt guild’s “Color Me” challenge. We were required to use colors that started with our initials. My initials are MEE and my colors are Mandarin Red, Electric Yellow-Green and Evergreen. When hiking in the La Sal Mountains, my husband photographed a small patch of Western Red Columbines."

Marian continues, "These diminutive flowers measure about an inch and a half long; but I chose to magnify one with the sun shining through it to show off its beauty. I chose straight-line quilting to finish my quilt."

A Flock of Feathered Stars by Sherry Newbold, quilted by Debra Simons

Sherry Newbold says, "Each block was paper pieced. Fabric choices were made from varied patterns and shades of beiges and blacks."

Village by Karin Crawford, quilted by Kim Peterson.  Award of Excellence.

Karin Crawford says, "I started the applique while serving on the USNS Comfort for 6 months. I was able to do the stitching as we sailed from country to country...  Village is made entirely of Kaffe [Fassett] fabric which I love and have been collecting for ages. Note that the houses, trees and shrubbery are located inside a garden path of hexagon flowers. This is surrounded by the fence which keeps out all the wild animals."

Karin says that it took her over a year to do all the handwork. Kim Peterson quilted Village for Karin and did a beautiful job!  The Village quilt pattern is by Kim McLean.

Jewel Tone Jewel Box by Barbara Colton, quilted by Dixie Sargent.

Barbara Colton says, "My quilt group, Gone to Pieces Quilters, had a trade of jewel-tone fabrics to make jewel box or another pattern of quilts. Since I had made a scrap jewel box quilt, I wanted something a little different, so I looked online for other settings. I got my inspiration there, although I made my quilt taller and less wide than the square quilt I saw on the internet. My choice of contrasting purple was my own."

Note: Jinny Beyer has a free pattern for a Jewel Box quilt.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Best of the Utah Quilt Show (part 1)

Here are some of our favorites from the the 43rd Annual Springville (Utah) Quilt Show (part 1)! This juried exhibition features quilts of all styles and sizes created by some of the State’s finest quilters. Fine indeed... we are amazed by the quality and beauty of the quilts in this show.

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Nocturne: Remembering Chopin by Shirley L. Olsen

The Best of Show award winner, this quilt was begun in 2010 and finished in 2015. Shirley Olsen says: "It is named in honor of Chopin, one of my favorite composers whose 200th birthday was that year. I love playing his nocturnes. The quilt includes machine applique with all of the edges turned under. Much of the machine quilting was done with embroidery thread, which created a beautiful effect. The quilt was begun at a KNOTTS Quilting Bee retreat as a mystery quilt where each participant chose her own fabrics and block design. The mystery was in the setting. All of the mystery quilts were very different and very beautiful."

There's No Place Like Home by Bea Kalasky, quilted by Kim Peterson

No Place Like Home won an Award of Excellence. Bea Kalasky says, "This quilt was started in a class taught by Lori Holt. I have always loved hand work and this needle turned applique was the perfect take-along piece. Since I am usually working on more than one project it took several years to complete. This quilt is one of my favorites."

Directions to Neverland by Kim McCloskey

Directions to Neverland also won an Award of Excellence at the show. Kim McCloskey explains that this quilt was lovingly designed and created for her grandsons: "The quote is a paraphrase from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in which Peter gives Wendy directions to Neverland."

Kim McCloskey continues: "I hope my grandchildren will always be able to find the imagination and wonder inside them that is Neverland and may they never forget how to fly."

Fractured Rainbow by Velda Bowen

We loved the colorful rainbow in this dynamic quilt. Velda Bowen says: "I saw a similar quilt on Pinterest by a lady from Romania. I made up the pattern and changed it up to make my own."
Note: The lady from Romania is Geta Grama whose website is Geta's Quilting Studio. Geta has designed a number of raw-edge applique Swirl quilts and has a free pattern and tutorial for a 20" version on her website.

Scrappy by Doreen Webb

Doreen Webb says, "I’ve been making quilts for over 50 years. As you can imagine, I’ve accumulated a lot of scraps. This quilt was made entirely from my stash, including the batting and backing. Each row is a pattern of a quilt or wall hanging I’ve made before. I hand quilted each row differently to suit the pattern. It was a lot of fun, allowing my creative juices to flow. I hope my family will enjoy it in the years to come."

We enjoyed seeing Doreen's gorgeous hand-quilting and embroidery.

Light My Fire by Jill Cox

At a distance this quilt looks like a classic blue and red hexagon quilt; you have to get up close to see the special features. Jill Cox says, "This quilt was made because I love novelty fabrics." The fireman fabric that inspired the title, "Light My Fire", is shown below:

I enjoy the process of taking a “fun” fabric and creating a fun and unique design. The kaleidoscopes in this quilt were fun to create and each one is unique. We couldn't resist taking numerous photos of these fun kaleidoscopes featuring Dalmatian dogs; and the arms, legs and torsos of the firemen themselves.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.
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