Rainbow Resonance, 50 x 45, by Elmine van der Walt, South Africa
Elimine writes, "I have used two different fabrics with gradation by Caryl Bryer Fallert to create the illusion of luminescence. I want the quilt to glow with radiant light appearing to come from within the quilt. In order to get the above effect, I manipulated the value, intensity, and color against each other, with blue at the top and warmer colors at the bottom. Machine pieced and machine quilted."
Discovering Teal, app. 20 x 30, by Lisa Kijak, Long Beach, California
"I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 38", says Lisa. "The tumor was discovered during treatment for endometriosis. This piece explores the evolution of my self identity during this time. Teal [blue] is the color of the ovarian cancer ribbon. This is a self portrait that is both vulnerable and fragile. The large butterfly represents the silent symptoms of this deadly disease, while the smaller butterflies symbolize the women that have come before me and will come after me. I also hope to convey my own resilience as well as that of my OVCA sisters as we band together and fight for a cure. [ Created with ] raw edge applique, machine quilting, commercial fabrics, hand painting and discharge dye."
The World, 56 x 73, by Rachel Wetzler, St. Charles, Illinois
Rachel says, "The genesis of the world is portrayed in the style of a vintage, double-hemisphere map. Note the creatures creating transitions between water, sky, and land : snail, mouse, elephant, and giraffe."
Clarice, 49 x49, by Rosalind Pollock, United Kingdom
"This quilt is based on and inspired by Clarice Cliff pottery from the Art Deco period," notes Rosalind.
"Her plate designs have been the main design source and have been adapted into circular machine applique blocks. Both the design period and colors are outside my comfort zone, so this quilt was a huge challenge.Machine pieced and machine quilted."
Shade, 39 x28, by Mary Kay Davis, Sunnyvale, California
Mary Kay explains, I began this in a class in Sisters, Oregon. It's from a photo of my dog, Shade, when he was a puppy. I wanted a small dog. He was 19 pounds at the time. He grew up.......now he's 80 pounds. While his name may be Shade, he brings a lot of sunshine into my life. " Mary Kay's work is machine pieced, machine appliqued, and machine quilted.