Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spring Quilt Festival -- Chicago IL (Part 2)

There were just so many spectacular quilts at the show! These are some of the quilts that didn't appear to be in a specific collection:

"The Postcard" by Mary Beth Clark, South Elgin IL. This is fascinating because it is a two-sided quilt! Here's the back:

This quilt is painted, inked, punch needled and embroidered. It was made to celebrate her Church Bee's ten years of quilting retreats.

"My Wholecloth Sampler" by Barbara Raisbeck, Bloomington WI is composed of hand dyed fabrics which were long arm machine quilted. In her artist's statement, Barbara said, "Most wholecloth quilts have a center medalllion and the quilting surrounds the medallion. Instead, I based my quilt on a sampler quilt with blocks and quilted the design within the blocks three times."

"Pomegranates on a Bed of Gold" by Delores A. Kuenning, Moline IL (quilted by Sheri Woods, Bishop Hill IL). This quilt was hand appliqued and machine quilted.

The quilting was so spectacular that I had to get a close-up of it; the applique was done on a mottled pale gold background rather than the usual solid cream or white -- gorgeous!

"Autumn Rainbow" by Debbie Cimaglio, Gurnee IL is machine pieced, long arm quilted and appliqued.

This was inspired by a trip around the world quilt; Debbie decided to use a different layout by the same designer, Kathleen Starr. What was especially interesting about this is that the applique was done using her longarm machine. I have done applique in the embroidery hoop, but hadn't thought about this application on the longarm -- love it!

"Oh, For Henna's Sake" by Michelle Reasoner, Hallettsville TX is machine pieced and machine quilted and was inspired by traditional henna designs. This quilt received a Second Place award in the Embellished category.

I paid special attention to the quilting because Alex has decided to teach curved piecing at the retreat this fall and I will need to comment on different ways to quilt these types of patterns.

The quilting was pretty awesome!

More posts on this show to follow.....

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