July is a wonderful month - our Nation's birthday, birthdays of friends and family, summer time, and more! This month, because a vacation and other matters filled my calendar, I am not posting the quilting that I've been doing in the past month. That will wait for another time. For now, having just recieved the catalog for Houston's grand 2012 International Quilting Association exhibition, held in late October/early November, I am celebrating because I made a reservation for a downtown hotel room for a few nights, I've talked to out-of-town friends and they'll be making the pilgrimage to Houston in October, and... I'm going to show you some of the wonderful quilts that hung in the 2011 IQA show. I cannot wait for the 2012 show!!! The pictures below are in no particular order - just a riot of fun and fabulous art!
Great Blue Herons
Bay Bridge Series
With regret, the credits for the above quilt were illegible in my photograph of them... but I love that this is a quilt and not a painting! It's a refreshing scene. And if anyone knows any of the details about this quilt, email me and I will be happy to give credit where it is due!
Original design by Sonia Grasvik, Burien, Washington. In her continuation of "Feather" quilts, this fifth one is a sentimental favorite of Sonia's. As a child in Oklahoma, the beautiful cardinal was a common sight, sorely missed in her current state of Washington. They are, as their song suggests, pretty... pretty... pretty. Sonia used raw-edge applique, fusing, machine piecing, and machine quilting in Cardinal, along with cotton, novelty fabrics, decorative threads, and cheesecloth.
Marmalade's First Snow
Original design by David Taylor, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. David's friend, Jane McLeod, took a picture of her cat stepping out of her barn - and David knew immediately that he had to turn that photo into a quilt. Most of the barn wood was pieced together, then appliqued in place. David especially loves the latch and the hinge in this quilt.
Out in the Garden
Cape Cod Window
The One That Got Away
MonsteriosityOriginal design by Jan Frazer, Elwood, Victoria, Australia. Jan started this quilt as a study of the monsterio delicio leaf, but the colors took control of the design - hence the quilts' name. She used many different techniques to make this quilt: fabric stabilized and positioned using Charlotte's fusible thread, satin-stitch applique, and machine embroidery and quilting. Bravo, Jan!
Long Day's Journey
Judy in the Sky with Stitches
Original design by Judy Robinson Ehrnst, Springville, Alabama, with quilting inspired by Quilt Savvy: Gaudynski's Machine Quilting Guidebook and SharonSchamberNetwork.com. This quilt was string-pieced by machine and "appliqued" by hand. It was free-motion quilted on Judy's domestic machine without a stitch regulaor. She used quilting designs, as noted, to create texture and movement in the sun, sky, and clouds. Below is a close-up of the quilting this work of art!
Close-up of Judy in the Sky with Stitches
Original design by Pamela Morris, Nokomis, Florida. Pamela enjoys what Florida has plenty of: fun people! Her quilt exhibits that spirit of fun, joy, and happiness that comes from doing what one loves! Pamela used hand-dyed fabrics and cheesecloth to make this quilt.
O Happy DayOriginal design by Timna Tarr, South Hadley, Massachusetts. Color and polka dots were combined in this quilt by Timna. Starting without a plan, Timna played with the squares and the layout until she was pleased with the color progression. The wool batting that she used made the circles puff up, giving them nice dimension. The photo of this quilt does not do justice to its radiance!
Life in the City
Spontaneous CombustionOriginal design by Pat Kroth, Verona, Wisconsin. Pat trained for and competed in three ironman triathlons. This quilt is a reflection of the high energy involved for athletes and spectators alike. Pat used hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics, fused applique, machine embroidery, and machine quilting to make this quilt. It is spectacular!
I hope you've enjoyed this month's display of phenomenal quilts. Quiltmakers continually astound me with their creativity, their willingness to use color in unproven ways, and their joy in sharing their efforts. Next month I hope to show you what I've been working on over the past weeks - somehow, it all seems to pale in the face of these wonderful quilts, though. That's okay, though - there is hardly a quilter out there that doesn't inspire me in one way or another by their choices!
Until next time, happy stitching!
(c)2012 Susan H. Garman