"Rhapsody in Bloom" was the theme of the River City Quilters' Guild 2012 Quilt Show, which took place from Nov. 14-16, 2012 in Sacramento, California. We really enjoyed the exhibits put on by this local guild, and we have many fantastic quilts to show you !
River City Quilters' Guild, 2012 Raffle Quilt, close-up photo by Quilt Inspiration
This year's Opportunity Quilt was adapted from a pattern by Crabapple Hill Designs. The blocks of delicate floral motifs, and blossoms in soft pastels remind us that cultivating good friendships is like tending to a cherished year-round garden.
Red Chair, 41 x 58”, by Mary Upham
Winner of the "Best in Show" award and First Place winner in the Art Quilts category, Mary writes, "The inspiration for this quilt came from a photo that I took of the porch of a winery in Murphys, CA. I started this project at a Ruth McDowell class at the Empty Spools Seminar in Asilomar, California." Mary's perfect piecing work has resulted in a life-like depiction of an inviting, homey porch on a sunny afternoon, with one's favorite chair waiting to be occupied.
Close-up of Red Chair by Mary Upham
The strong vertical lines of the house are mirrored in the vertical lines of the chair's colors and quilting pattern.The house, chair, and the garden have a very comfortable rustic look to to them, as a place to relax and daydream.
Fractured Star, 60 x 60”, by Linda Bergmann, quilted by Debbie Lopez
Blue ribbon winner in the Scrap Quilts category, Linda says "This star is a variation of the Star of Bethlehem; all paper pieced with Civil War fabrics." We recognize this design as the "Unusual Lone Star" pattern in the book, 'Quilts by Karen K. Stone'. Linda has done a wonderful job with a fabric selection of mostly browns, reds, and oranges, which contrast nicely with the taupes and ecru shades of the background fabrics.
Close-up of Fractured Star by Linda Bergmann
Here's a close-up of how this graceful contemporary star is constructed. The triangles are paper-pieced into smaller diamond blocks, then the blocks are sewn together to make larger diamond components of the eight-pointed star.
Bridget, 22 x 29”, by Linda Bergmann
Winner of a Judges' Choice award, Linda writes, "This portrait was made in a Ruth McDowell class-from a picture of Bridget; pattern was made in class, and this is a form of paper piecing."
Close-up of Bridget by Linda Bergmann
With her perked-up ears and lively eyes, Bridget exudes a lovable personality full of energy. We can really imagine Bridget just begging to be taken on a walk by her owner
Lady Bug Picnic, 74 x 73, made by Linda Boehm and quilted by Karen M. Walker
Third place winner in the Two Person Pieced Quilt category, Linda notes, " My children listened to the classic song, Ladybugs' Picnic, during early Sesame Street.
In tune with this whimsy, Karen Walker long-arm stitched an Eric Carle (Children’s author) pattern, I spy a dragonfly, snail…”
Close-up of Ladybugs' Picnic by Linda Boehm and Karen Walker
Complementing the darling polka dot sashing is the ladybug in the center of each quilt block. Can you spot the cute quilting patterns of the bugs which are stitched into this block? ( Hint : One bug's head is in the blue background, on the right hand side of the block).
Italy in Bloom, 57 x 81”, made by Malene Evans, quilted by Karen Valdez
Malene tells us, "This [one-block wonder] quilt was created in memory of our trip to Italy and Sicily in October 2009 to celebrate our retirement." These lovely primary colors and the cheerful round symmetrical patterns remind us of the beautiful hand-painted folk art plates that travelers find throughout sunny Italy.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.