Our rescheduled Kitsap Quilters’ Guild 33rd Annual Quilt Show was very successful with good attendance and all of the logistics running smoothly. My only entry, Lauret’s Stars, was awarded first place by our peer judges in the Large Pieced Group category. Group quilts are those made by more than one person. For my entry, I did the designing and piecing and the quilt was exquisitely long-arm quilted by Wanda Rains. This quilt was commissioned and I was fortunate that my client allowed me to borrow it from her for the show.
The quilt is king-sized, 105″ x 105″, which is very large. Our guild has a few extra tall quilt stands for the really big quilts and it was great to be able to see it in its entirety. I spent more than 200 hours piecing the quilt over a period of 18 months. My client was extremely patient when life got in the way and my time was eaten up helping to care for my twin grandchildren as well as traveling to teach. I had a push to finish it by February for the show, which was then rescheduled to May because of the snow. Here’s a detailed shot showing the lovely machine quilting and the blue ribbon.
Due to record breaking snowfall with 15″ of snow accumulated earlier in the week, the Kitsap Quilters’ Guild has cancelled its quilt show originally scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday, 15th and 16th February. This is the first time we’ve ever had to cancel. Despite warming temperatures and melting, many side roads and residential streets are still hazardous. Our volunteers couldn’t get to the quilt drop-off locations or to the venue to set up the show and our quilt show attendees will not want to come in these inclement conditions. We are hoping to reschedule the show for May 3rd and 4th, 2019.
I took this photo on Monday, late afternoon at dusk. This is High School Road, Bainbridge Island, close to my house.
Please join us next week at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds for our Kitsap Quilters’ Guild 33rd Annual Quilt Show. This promises to be a feast for the eyes with over 200 quilts on display, vendors and more. My large quilt, Lauret’s Stars, (photo of quilt top posted last week), will be part of exhibit. As a guild member, I’m obliged to volunteer four hours of time to help with the show. However, it takes much more work than this, and our tireless Quilt Show Committee have already been at work for several months, planning and organizing everything. I really appreciate all their hard work and dedication to making our quilt shows successful year after year. I encourage you to go to the show and enjoy the beauty of our quilts.
At our recent Bainbridge Island Quilt Fest, there was a display of quilts made by members of the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild who participated in their challenge. The challenge was to make a quilt inspired by the traditional Log Cabin block. There was a size limitation of a maximum of 24″ x 24″. The great variety of interpretations was wonderful. I stood as a docent in this area for a couple of hours and people were delighted and intrigued by the different artistic outcomes. It’s fascinating to see the results of this type of challenge, and I encourage you to participate in challenges. It definitely stretches us and encourages original thought and expression.
On Saturday 8th September, the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild hosted the 6th annual Quilt Fest in downtown Winslow. A couple of weeks ago, I posted some overview pictures. Last week’s blog and this one highlight a selection of quilts which particularly appealed to me. Marybeth O’Halloran’s New Hexagon Millefiore quilt was absolutely magnificent. I posted pictures of this in February when Marybeth was the featured artist at our Kitsap Quilters Guild, but it deserves airing again.
This was a block of the month English paper piecing pattern designed by Katja Marek to go along with her New Hexagon block.. It was constructed using both hand and machine sewing and took Marybeth almost three years to complete. The attention to detail and fussy-cutting of animal motifs such as the bees and poodles shown make this quilt all the more remarkable. Marybeth is a master at her long-arm machine so the whole quilt is enhanced by her beautiful quilting. Visit her website here.
On the left is another of Marybeth’s quilts, Corona, made using the Tula Nova pattern by Tula Pink. Marybeth made it into a color wheel and enjoyed doing the English paper piecing by machine. The colorful quilt on the right is It’s Always Wine O’clock in Napa made by Monca Guckenheimer and quilted by Dionne Matthie-Buban. It was started in a workshop by Denyse Schmidt in Napa. Students took sample blocks and experimented with the shapes, sizes and placement.
Here’s another vibrant and colorful quilt. Behind the Waterfall was made by Kendra Allen and quilted by Marybeth O’Halloran. It began as Total Chaos by Karla Alexandra, but it wasn’t chaotic enough so Kendra cut it into 2-1/2″ strips, sewed it back together again and added sparky crystals. I love the strongly stated star quilt on the right. Starfish was made by Dand Dimmick Scarp and quilted by Gladys Schulz. The pattern is Under the Sea by Barbara H. Cline. It uses a template that works with diamonds. The diamonds connecting the star elements add so much to this quilt.
On Saturday 8th September, the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild hosted the 6th annual Quilt Fest in downtown Winslow. Last week, I posted photos of an overview. In this blog and my next one, I will highlight a few quilts that particularly appealed to me.
Off to Work, was made by Liz Walters who upcylcled thrift shop finds, using a wonderful selection of ties set on a background of men’s shirts. The pattern came from the 2016 Art of the Quilt Calendar by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. Liz opted to arrange the tie blocks vertically rather than horizontally.
I love this double sided quilt, Color Play, by Katie Wilson. The two sides are so different but they work together. The back is playful and fun. Katie’s quilt is based on the Power of Nine pattern by Sheri Noel using Sheri’s quilt as you go tutorial.
On the left, 680 Nanometers, (which is the wavelength of red light), was made by Erica Page Johnson. Erica challenged herself to work with a dark, low-contrast palette, but could not resist adding the pop of bright red. The quilt is the result of a Katie Pedersen’s Psychedelic Baby workshop. The large stitch quilting is by hand. On the right, Desert Knock Off, was made by Honora Dunkak and quilted by Marybeth O’Halloran. The pattern is by Valerie Wells and Honora found it when visiting Valerie’s store, The Stitchin’ Post, in Sisters, OR. Honora diverged from the pattern, choosing different colors and placements of the blocks. This is a spectacular quilt.
Last Saturday, the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild hosted the 6th annual Quilt Fest in downtown Winslow. For the sixth year in a row, we were blessed with dry weather. It was a grey day, but the display of over 200 quilts made a colorful splash along our main street. The event was well attended and much appreciated by locals, and folks coming from further afield. Here’s an over view showing just a sampling of these beautiful quilts. The first quilt is one of two of mine displayed, Easter Morning, made from my original 16-piece Bargello blocks and featured in my book, Bargello Quilts with a Twist.
The show was started in 2013 by local fabric store owner Barbara Kirk, modeled on the outdoor annual quilt show in Sisters, OR. Guild members work with local merchants and landlords to accomplish the logistics of hanging all of the quilts with clothespins or clips from lines or poles. This is becoming an annual tradition which we hope will continue. In subsequent blogs I will highlight some individual quilts.
I’ve recently returned from a trip to Sisters, OR for the 43rd Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. I was traveling with a P & Q Tours group of 42 quilters from the UK. They began their tour by staying on Bainbridge Island where they joined in the 4th July festivities and watched our home town parade. They had a day to explore Seattle too. On their third day, I did a lecture for them in Port Gamble and they visited our lovely store, Quilted Strait. Then we did an evening boat trip to Blake Island for a salmon dinner at the lodge. We went on to Portland via Mount St Helens and then to Bend for a week of visiting quilt stores, quilter’s studios, sight seeing (Crater Lake and the High Desert Museum), and various quilting activities culminating in the magnificent outdoor show in Sisters. Here are some general views of the quilts all over the buildings and I will post more from a variety of exhibits in the coming weeks.
The UK Quilters brought several quilts for a special exhibit and we had a group photo by their display, (more on their quilts in a later blog).
In early July, I was a member of the teaching faculty at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium hosted by the Asheville Quilters’ Guild. 350 quilters were in attendance for the four days of events and classes from 17 teachers on the campus of the University of NC in Asheville. Their quilt show featured the work of the teachers and I’ve posted pictures of my contribution in an earlier blog. Here, I feature the incredible thread painted quilts of author and quilt artist Lea McComas from Colorado. Leah writes, “My work is representational with visual images that touch memory and emotion, forcing them to come forward in our consciousness for fresh analysis.” Check out her website.
“Crossing over, speaks to the subjugation of one culture by another. The title alludes to the cultural turmoil and change that would be forthcoming.” This is my favorite of Lea’s quilts that was displayed. The incredible detail of thread painting on this pair of quilts bring the scene to life, and she is able to convey all the different textures, creating the figures and their clothing, horses, water and more. These amazing quilts have dimension, depth and richness.
Bike Boys depicts cyclists on the The Fowler Sextuplet which was promoted at the Denver Cycle show in1896. The composition incorporates 91 fabrics in the fabric collage base, and was thread-painted with 114 threads, (approximately 9 miles of stitching!).
The Cobbler, is a portrait of a cobbler in Turkey. Power is Knowledge, shows African boys who live in a village without electricity. A solar lantern allows them to study after dark and education is their bridge to a better life.