Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wine Country Quilt Show: Day 4

We were very impressed with the variety of quilts we saw from the guilds who presented the Wine Country Quilt Show in Santa Rosa, California.  Let's take a look at some more intriguing quilts on Day 4!

Tropical Whimsy by Nancy O'Brien

Nancy writes, "Kit set purchased in New Zealand, pattern by Cynthia Tomaszewski (at Simple Pleasures).  Applique fused and machine stitched." We like the way that the subtly varied shades of exotic green leaves seem to swirl around the eye-catching flowers and sashing. 

One Bravo Papa by Marilyn Bruce

Marilyn notes, "When my grandson said he wanted an airplane quilt, I decided to make it as a memorial to my husband, the plane he built, and some of the places to which we traveled."  We especially like the lower edge of the bright pinwheel blocks, which remind us of an airplane propeller. Red, white, and blue are one of our favorite color combinations for quilts. 

Close-Up of One Bravo Papa by Marilyn Bruce

Marilyn thoughtfully chose traditional Amish blocks with centers where she could include cherished photographs of their plane trips. This one shows them on the ground in Juneau, Alaska. 

Hens In Boots by Ellindale Wells

Ellindale notes, "When I draw chickens, this is what they look like. Applying the quilt technique of Therese May to that doodle resulted in Hens In Boots." The cute button eyes of the chickens and the surrounding chicken wire fabric add to the whimsical effect of this fun quilt. 

Lakeside by Carroll Hirsch

"I started this quilt in a class taught by Gloria Loughman at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in October 2011, using her pattern  'Lakeside',  states quilter Carroll Hirsch. We really like the dreamy, languid effect created by the lovely watercolor fabric tones. 

Red Desert by Linda Morand

Linda notes, "Inspired by a photo by Debby Bainbridge. Made for a homework assignment in a Pointless Sisters Design class. I over-dyed fabrics with Ret dye in the washing machine for my reds."  We think the long horizontal lines that Linda used to quilt this landscape scene are very effective. They remind us of the high desert plateaus of the American Southwest, with their far-ranging, wide-open spaces.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

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