Wednesday, December 12, 2012

River City Quilt Show Day 6

Day 6 of the River City Quilt Show concludes our regular coverage of this Sacramento, California talented guild's show.  We had a great time seeing all these wonderful quilts, as it's always such fun to visit hometown guilds around the nation.

Ginkgos In Green, 28 x 40, by Helen Powell

Split complementary colors of spruce, aqua, deep chartreuse, and bright orange plus yellow orange characterize Helen's contemporary and uniquely designed quilt.  It  is constructed using reverse applique, in which the vibrantly striped warm hues peek through the cool hues of the ombre fabric.

Close-up of Gingkos In Green

Gingko trees go back to the time when the earth was young, and this quilt reminds of us new life forms emerging from a rich, primeval luminous green. Helen has done an excellent job of careful and accurately spaced hand-quilting in an echo motif which plays up her intriguing foreground design.

Honor to Mackintosh,  12 x 12 by Sandra Torguson

Sandra says,  " [This quilt is a ] tribute to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who was an architect, designer, and artist. This quilt used hand-dyed fabrics, fusible bias tape, and colored pencil." The strong curves of the pattern are set off by the minimalist diamond quilting pattern, which provides a finished and balanced effect to this very creative art-nouveau style piece.

Good and Plenty, 52 x 52, by Jan Soules, quilted by Debbie Lopez

Jan notes, "I began this quilt in an applique class with Dawn Licker  (a noted teacher in the Sacramento area). I decided to make only four blocks because I didn't like the patterns. I put then into an original setting." Jan's precise applique work in this lovely Baltimore album pattern helped her to win First Place in the Two Person Quilt - Any Size award category.

Jan adds, " [This pattern is]  The D.A.R. Mary Simon quilt top"  from a renowned 19th century creator of Baltimore album style quilts.  In this close-up, the theme of abundance is brought out by this very eye-catching and sprightly fruit basket, replete with a pineapple, grapes, a little bird, and even a butterfly.

Rainbow Connection, 58 x 58, by Jan Soules, quilted by Jan Soules and Lorraine Matthews

Jan writes,  "Rainbow Connection" is based on a traditional block. It was fun and challenging to get the colors to blend, forming a unique color wheel.  I spent a lot of time auditioning the fabrics to get it 'just right.'.  We think that Jan has done a superb job of color selection and arrangement with this very eye-catching quilt.  (Note :  We first saw this pattern in Janet Mednick's "Quilting With the Stars" ) .

Alpine Wonder, 32 x 41, by Paulette Trafecanty

Paulette tells us,  "Our October retreat group challenged us to make a 'Winter Wonderland' quilt.  This is my entry." We enjoyed seeing Pat's fine work, complete with sparkling crystals, on this festive pattern.   Note: Quilt Inspiration reviewed this glowing, gradated design in one of our previous posts titled  Alpine Wonder : Ode to a Tree.

Photo Credits:  Photos are by Quilt Inspiration.

1 comment:

  1. Great pieces of work! I love that scrappy rainbow connection.


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