Kitsap Quilters’ Guild Show, May 2019 (4)

Our 33rd Kitsap Quilter’s Guild Annual Quilt Show at the beginning of May was a great success with over 200 quilts on display. Selecting a small number of my favorites to share from the wide selection is always difficult. Last week I shared three quilts and here are another two. These two are both multicolored on dark backgrounds using curved motifs, but they are so different.

Wild Rose was pieced by Cheryl McCurdy and quilted by Debi Snyder. Cheryl used the pattern Vintage Rose by Judy Niemeyer, but named hers Wild Rose because it didn’t look at all vintage. The piecing is all foundation paper pieced and was challenging. Here’s a detailed shot of the center. I love this burst of color and the combination of points and curves on this gorgeous piece.

The second quilt I’m featuring is Cartwheel made by Vicki Adams and quilted by Libie Peterson. Vicki was our featured artist at the show and her special exhibit was highlighted in an earlier blog. The Cartwheel pattern is from Kaffe Fassett’s book Quilt Granduer, but Vicki designed her own border.

The detailed shot shows the lovely array of colorful fabrics and rickrack added for embellishment. I love the whimsical cheerful nature of this quilt. Techniques include machine piecing and hand and machine applique.

Kitsap Quilters’ Guild Show, May 2019 (3)

Our 33rd Kitsap Quilter’s Guild Annual Quilt Show at the beginning of May was a great success with over 200 quilts on display. Selecting a small number of my favorites to share from the wide selection is always difficult. Brilliant Beauties of Joy pieced and quilted by Debi Snyder was absolutely stunning and glowed. Debi made this from a Jacqueline de Jonge pattern. This quilt won first place in the Individual Large Pieced category.

Debbie Flood made Montana Stars from a pattern by Bette Faries, and beautifully quilted by Marybeth O’Halloran.

Debi purchased the pattern in a quilt shop in Bozeman, Montana and made most of the stars on yearly trips to Montana. There are 315 stars! The pink border with the delicate sawtooth triangles offset the center perfectly. The detailed shot shows Marybeth’s exquisite quilting.

While I tend to gravitate towards the more traditionally based pieced quilts, I loved this pictorial dog quilt, Ty’s a girl, made by Wanda Rains, using the photo pinned to the bottom right. Wanda so realistically captivated the spirit of her dog Ty. She did a five day class with instructor Susan Carlson in 2017 to learn collage and it took almost two years to complete the rendition. Everyone thinks Ty is a boy, hence the quilt title and pink nail polish.

Kitsap Quilters’ Guild Show, May 2019 (2)

Our rescheduled 33rd annual Kitsap Quilters’ Guild show the first weekend in May was a great success. We had a wonderful array of 200+ quilts and guild member, Vicki Adams was our featured artist. Here’s Vicki in her lovely display area.

Vicki’s immersion in fiber arts began at an early age. Her mother and grandmothers sewed, did embroidery and other handwork and Vicki took to it naturally completing her first embroidered piece at the age of five. She loves knitting, counted cross-stitch, clothing construction, and all kinds of embroidery. She began quilting in 1976 after she spotted a quilt at the local county fair and replicated her own version of it using all her fabric from her bottom dresser drawer. Since then her fabric stash has grown and she’s always finding new techniques to try.

Vicki writes, ” I love sharing my love of quilting and skills with others. One of my greatest joys is sewing baby and doll quilts for our guild’s charity projects.”

The two purses are knitted and then felted, including the large flower. Below is a gorgeous embroidered peacock, which was a project that Vicki inherited when is was barely begun. The detail is exquisite and her choice of frame is perfect for the piece.

Kitsap Quilters’ Guild Show, May 2019 (1)

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.

Kitsap Quilters’ Guild show, 15th and 16th February, 2019 cancelled

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.

Kitsap Quilters’ Guild show, 2019

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.

Bainbridge Island Quilt Fest – Log Cabin Challenge

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. 


Bainbridge Island Quilt Fest – Highlights 2

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.




Bainbridge Island Quilt Fest – Highlights 1

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.