At our recent Kitsap Quilters’ Guild show, these wonderful animal quilts made me smile and I wanted to share them with you. We’ll begin with the birds. The Rooster, was made by Terry Loy using a fusible applique pattern by Laura Heine. Most of the fabrics are Kaffe Fassett with additional pieces from Terry’s collection to create different textures. I love this vibrant, colorful bird. Anne Trujillo made the Dancing with the stars bird quilt using Sue Spargo’s book, Bird Dance, for inspiration. The vintage lace came from Anne’s mother and vintage buttons were donated by Dorothy Thompson. Each bird has dupini silk beaded collar and a piece of Kaffe Fassett material. Check out the details on the close up pictures.
The detail on this cat quilt, Brownie, by Debi Snyder is amazing. This is Debi’s original design copied from a photo, using raw-edge applique enhanced with heavy thread work in the quilting. Brownie was hiding in the Christmas tree and Debi snapped a photo.
This playful fox quilt, Quilt for Kaci, was made by Sharon Broom from the pattern Kits ‘n’ Caboodle in Animal Parade, and quilted by Wanda Rains. Sharon used her own flowers and humming bird to improvise on the pattern. Jaxine Anderson made Giraffe using the fusible applique pattern Potpourri by Laura Heine. Jaxine loves giraffes and was captivated by this pattern. She collected the fabrics during a road trip to Chicago.
If I was in Charge, this rainbow of zebras, is an original design by Carol Bracher. Carol says “If I was in charge, zebras would be colorful!” She hand appliqued all the zebras’ stripes and made fuzzy yarn tails for them.
At our recent Kitsap Quilters’ Guild show, there were four round robin quilts made by a small group of quilters, The Sew What’s. The quilters, Nancy Mathisrud, Deana Cherry, Marj Deupree, and Cheri Searles, all began with the same central motif, then passed it on to one of the others for the next border. This continued so that all four quilters contributed to each quilt. They were challenged to design different borders and piece patterns that they hadn’t previously made.
Top left – Nancy Mathisrud, top right – Marj Deupree, bottom left -Cheri Searles and quilted by Nancy, and bottom right – Deana Cherry. Nancy, Marj and Deana all quilted their own quilts. I love how these quilts have developed with the addition of each border and how differently they turned out with each quilter setting their color palette of choice. This is so much fun and very inspiring.
Our annual Kitsap Quilters’ Guild show was on 16th and 17th of February. Our featured artist was Marybeth O’Halloran, whose beautiful work made a stunning display for us all to enjoy. Marybeth is a well-known, award-winning long-arm quilter from Bainbridge Island. Her work has appeared in books, magazines and other publications. In addition to her talent as a long-arm quilter, she is a precise piecer with a great eye for color and design. Last week I posted pictures of Marybeth’s display area with the promise of detailed pictures of her New Hexagon Millefiore quilt. Here it is.
The pattern for this quilt is by Katja Marek. Marybeth made this as a block of the month project, which took her years to finish. The piecing is all by hand using the English paper-piecing technique. What began as a serious project became more whimsical as Marybeth fussy cut pink poodles, astronaut cats, whales, foxes and more. The details are delightful and add so much to this absolutely gorgeous quilt. Check out the photos.
Our annual Kitsap Quilters’ Guild show was on 16th and 17th of February. In the next few blogs I will share some of the highlights. Our featured artist was Marybeth O’Halloran, whose beautiful work made a stunning display for us all to enjoy. Marybeth is a well-known, award-winning long-arm quilter from Bainbridge Island. Her work has appeared in books, magazines and other publications. In addition to her talent as a long-arm quilter, she is a precise piecer with a great eye for color and design.
Here’s Marybeth in her display area. Next week my post will be detailed shots of the lovely millefiore quilt behind her. She rescued the chairs from our Rotary Auction and friends’ throw-aways. They are so whimsical in the bright colors and with the patchwork seats which Marybeth foundation pieced on denim for extra strength. She also made all the table mats, lamp shades and even fabric cup-cakes!
This spectacular Lone Star, Daddy’s Home, was a commissioned quilt and is made from three generations’ worth of ties set into a background of fine Italian shirting. The ties were stabilized with interfacing. The inset corner stars are from a Karen Stone pattern and Marybeth designed the rest of the quilt. Check out the details of her incredible machine quilting.
Rainbow Frankenquilt is sampler which began as a Pacific Fabrics block of the month from 2009 and then evolved to incorporate components from Marybeth’s spare parts bucket. The center was originally a stand-alone wall hanging but it looks wonderful as the focal point in this quilt. This quilt is eye-catching with so much detail and variety in the components which all come together to make an extremely successful design.
Corona, (on the left), is made from a pattern by Tula Pink. Marybeth modified it to be sewn by machine using an invisible zig-zag stitch to join the pieces instead of the hand-pieced English paper-piecing technique.This is a color-wheel within a color wheel, surrounded by coronal arcs to celebrate last summer’s eclipse. The Lion, (pattern by Violet Craft), is a fresh modern take on a paper foundation pieced lion. Marybeth is a Leo and loves lions of all sorts. She used prints instead of solids and changed the palette to incorporate her favorite color, turquoise. Check out the lovely patchwork lamp shades too.
More rainbow colors with these quilts that pop. On the left, Free-pieced Posies. pattern by Atkinson Design, is one of Marybeth’s first experiments in free-piecing on a polychromatic theme. She made sheets of fabric from scraps and then cut the sheets to the petal size. On the right, Modern Diamonds, was Marybeth’s pattern designed to use as a sample for a scrap quilting class. It was made entirely from her scrap pile.
Please join us for our Kitsap Quilters’ Guild annual show this Friday and Saturday. We will be displaying over 200 quilts, enjoying a fantastic display by our talented featured artist Marybeth O’Halloran, shopping from our quilt store vendors, observing demonstrations of a variety of quilting techniques by our members, bidding on our silent auction baskets and more. We always put on a good show and would love to see you there.
“Home” is a group exhibition featuring twenty-five artists from the Puget Sound Region. “Home” celebrates the opening of Olympic College’s Instructional Center and is a partnership between Olympic College, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) and Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN). The exhibit is in their brand new building, in the gallery, and will be there until 2nd March, 2018. I feel honoured to be a participant. As a previous exhibitor at BIMA, I was invited to submit any works pertaining to the theme of “Home”. Interpretation of the theme could be very loose. Two quilts were selected for Olympic College, and there will be more when the exhibit moves to the larger space in BIMA in March. See my blog last week for my bed quilt and additional pictures of some of the other works of art.
This wall hanging would be fun and appropriate to hang on the wall of a child’s bedroom in a home. Toto’s Garden, was made by me to be featured in a special exhibit, Quilts for the Young at Heart, at the Houston International Quilt Festival several years ago. The exhibit was sponsored by David Textiles Inc., who produced a Wizard of Oz line of fabrics and invited various quilters to use these to make Wizard of Oz themed quilts. I was invited by merit of my work teaching children to quilt and several kids made patchwork pillows and one made a lap quilt under my supervision. These all appeared, along with my offering, in the exhibit. Look closely to see the Cowardly Lion’s tail, the Scarecrow’s hat, Dorothy’s shoe, the Tin-man’s axe and the quilted tornado. This whimsical quilt was fun to make and rather atypical of my quilts which are not usually pictorial or applique. Here are some more pieces from the “Home” exhibit which captivated my interest.
On the left, Cedar Mesa Ruin, by Kay Walsh: scanned 4×5 black and white carbon pigment digital print. On the right, Home, Sweet Home, by Bill Walcott: acrylic on canvas.
On the left, On the Street Where You Live, by Max Grover: acrylic and collage on board. On the right, American Pie, by Karen Hackenberg: wood matchsticks, aluminum pan and scale-model figures.
“Home” is a group exhibition featuring twenty-five artists from the Puget Sound Region. “Home” celebrates the opening of Olympic College’s Instructional Center and is a partnership between Olympic College, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) and Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN). The exhibit is in their brand new building, in the gallery, and will be there until 2nd March, 2018.
I feel honoured to be a participant. As a previous exhibitor at BIMA, I was invited to submit any works pertaining to the theme of “Home”. Interpretation of the theme could be very loose. Two quilts were selected for Olympic College, and there will be more when the exhibit moves to the larger space in BIMA in March. I offered two bed quilts, one contemporary and one traditional: every home needs at least one bed with a quilt! They chose the contemporary one shown above, Retro-Radiation, made from my original Op-Art Kaleidoscope blocks and quilted by Wanda Rains. Here’s a selection of some of the other pieces from a variety of artists. My second quilt and more of these will be posted in my blog next week. Curator, Greg Robinson, has as outstanding eye for placing different media together into a coherent and beautiful exhibit.
These are the nests. On the left, Fledged, by Kris Ekstrand in charcoal and mixed media. On the right, Nests, by Carla Grahn in hand formed and hand sewn nickel coated wire.
Here’s Bird House, by Diane Bonciolini and Gregg Mesmer of Mesolini Glass: cast, slumped and fused glass work. On the right, Out on A Limb, by Karen Hackenberg looks like a home made by bees. Karen constructed this amazing piece from wooden matchsticks, a madrona branch and scale-model figures.
Following on from last week’s blog on half-square triangles, here’s how I construct quarter-square triangles.
This is the way I construct all my half-square triangles for my quilts.
I’m re-posting my two cents’ worth on quilting pins, (first posted in May 2013), as I still have the same favorite pins and would like to recommend them to you. When I’m piecing my quilts I like to pin at intersections to help keep everything precise. I always place my pins perpendicular to the seam line. If I use narrow pins and sew slowly, my machine will run over them without any problems. I’m always cautious about telling my students that they may sew over pins. Some machines are very finicky especially if the pins are fat, or positioned at an odd angle rather than at right angles to the seam line. If in doubt, take them out just before your machine reaches them. There are a variety of choices out there. Here are some of the options.
The pins on the far left are my favorite. These are Clover Extra Fine patchwork pins. They have yellow or turquoise glass heads and a nice slender shank of 0.4 mm. They are hard to find in the stores. I buy them wholesale and have them available for my students to purchase. Please contact me if you’d like to buy some. The ones next to them are Fine (0.5 mm) and work well too. The Fine ones seem to be more readily available in the quilt stores than the Extra Fine. If you want longer pins, the flat headed flower pins, (far right), are good. The shank is narrow (0.45 mm) and the head is easy to grab. The second from the right and other similar pins, which are often called “quilting pins”, are too fat in my opinion and not appropriate for use when machine piecing. They do have their uses. When I’m auditioning fabrics on my work wall, I use them to pin the fabrics, (which are often folded several times), onto the board. Some people swear by forked pins, but these are pricey. One of my students told me that the forks bend easily. They are problematic if the forks aren’t exactly parallel and can cause puckers.
Of course, when you have pins, you need pin cushions. I have several including a Shaker one with bobbin holder, tapestry, little basket, blue-bird with green wings, a rather angular chicken, and a round felted chicken.