This quilt was quite amazing. The choice of fabrics and the quilting was really well done. It is titled Jerome by Margot McDonnell. It surprised me to read that it was only 30"x32" because it "felt" much larger. Jerome is an old mining town about 1.5 hours from Mesa. It really is quite an interesting little place. The town is built with Narrow winding roads, on a very steep incline. We stopped there for lunch on our way home from the Grand Canyon. I tried to spot the house depicted in the quilt, but no luck.
Houses of character challenged Margot to recreate this one with fabric, embroidery and paint.
Piles of newly dyed wool and silk fibres, followed by a trip to the Saturday Market with piles of fruits and vegetables stimulated the creative process for the above quilt. If you enlarge the photo you may be able to see that each bag is embellished with different fruits and vegetables.
This quilt won a ribbon for Best Wall Quilt. It is entitled Hurricane. Made by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga from Netherlands. The quilting in this piece is spectacular. When I look at it, it boggles my mind as to where you would begin to construct something like this!
When I spotted this quilt, it immediately made me smile; even before I read it's title. Be Yourself-Everyone Else Is Taken, by Meg Cowey. Meg says this quilt was created for a new baby of modern parents, with blessings for strength of character and independance. The quilt is simple enough, but it does portray a message of independance. Can't you just picture this child growing up to be someone that zooms off to stand apart from the crowd and be someone special? Love the quilting on this one too.
This quilt is titled La Chemise Fantasmee by Genevieve Attinger of Pontivy France. It was part of a special exhibit SAQA(Studio Art Quilt Associates) Master II
Even though the simple undergarment may seem artless because it belonged to a peasant country woman 100 years ago, its ghost still evokes a symbol of desire.
In these closeups you can see the exquisit thread painting done on this piece...the hands, the lace.. The artist must have laboured many hours to achieve such details.
This quilt is titled Waiting For The Rain by Margery Goodall of Mount Lawler, Australia. The pieces in this quilt are incredibly tiny. I have included a photo below with my thumb on the quilt, for scale. I wonder if the quilter kept a record of how many pieces she used in it.
I absolutely cannot believe that I cut off the information label for this quilt. My apologies to the artist. It won a first place ribbon for its quilting. Is there any question why?
The next few quilts are pure whimsy. There were about a dozen different ones with a cow theme, and I love the imagination of the quolters both in designing and naming each piece.
Wait till you see the udders on CowTown...
These next two though simple were part of an challenge exhibit put out by AccuQuilt Go Cutter, and Go Baby
This was called A Penny For Your Thoughts.
The Go and Go Baby is not a "gadget" I ever thought I would want, but I have to say it would be the cats meow if you needed to cut a lot of small circles...like wool pennies.
Speaking of the cats meow..this is one of the first quilts we saw upon entering the show.
The pattern is called Ms. McDonalds Farm by Bonnie Keller. It was part of the Author's Exhibit.
The original is in the Paducah Kentucky National Quilt Museum. Bonnie had several ladies do different blocks of the quilt and then she constructed it and had it quilted. It won best of show in Paducah and was purchased by the Paducah Museum. One of the ladies who made and contributed a block is residing her in our park and will be giving a talk to our little quilting group on Tuesday. We are having a luncheon and then a talk/demo for the remainder of the afternoon.
Check out the details on some of the blocks....
Unfortunately she will not have the quilt with her, but I am looking forward to hearing her speak about the journey of the quilt.
I have lots more to show and tell you, but I think I have pretty much overloaded you with pics for today.
Tomorrow I spend the afternoon working on my stained glass block. I should be finished in another week or so. It is not a priceless heirloom but it will be well packed to make the journey home!
How about our Canadian athletes? Didn't they shine? I have found a source for this quilt pattern and I think I need to make it before the next Olympics.