Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fun in the Sun: Day 3 of the Arizona Quilters' Guild 2013 Show

Are you ready for Day 3 of the Arizona Quilters' Guild 2013 Show?  We have some great quilts to show you today. 

Majestic Sedona by Nancy M. Howell

Best of Show winner for 2013, Majestic Sedona  (named after a city in northern Arizona) is from the "Sedona Star" pattern by Arizona quilter and teacher, Sarah Vedeler at Sarah Vedeler Designs. Nancy also won the blue ribbon in the Mixed Techniques-Large Quilt category. Nancy says, "This quilt was a block of the month pattern using paper piecing, foundation piecing, machine applique, and machine embroidery. I used only batik scraps on a black background.

Close-up, Majestic Sedona by Nancy M. Howell

Here's a close-up of some of Nancy's beautiful machine embroidery  applique work on the corner embellishments of  the Sedona Star pattern.

Kaufman's Radiance by Gerri Smit

Blue ribbon winner in the category of quilts using techniques other than patchwork and applique, Gerri writes, "This whole cloth quilt is made using Robert Kaufman radiance fabric. I stitched it with APQS longarm [quilting machine] with IQ attached. The binding was a technique taught by Sharon Schamber."

Close-up, Kaufman's Radiance by Gerri Smit

In this close-up you can see the beautiful machine quilting done by Gerri Smit using a design that reminds us of Art Deco patterns, including the Egyptian fans on the border.

Have a Seat! by CJ Fuhrman

C.J. writes, "[This quilt is from] a Four Corners pattern I made at camp to coordinate with my three mini wooden chairs. The pattern was published in 1994." This cute and cozy quilt is accentuated by the striped, diagonally pieced inner border and the matching diagonally pieced binding.

Close up, Have a Seat! by CJ Fuhrman

Notice that each of the chair backs is a different pattern. This navy chair has a back consisting of two small nine patch blocks.

Pedro by Barbara Nicholson

Third place winner for Small Pictorial Quilts, Barbara writes, "I started this quilt at the Rocky Mountain Applique Adventure in October 2011 with instructor David Taylor. Using my photo, I drew the pattern, hand appliqued it, and machine quilted it."  We especially like the monochromatic green fabrics used to comprise Pedro's body and the detailed rendering of his eye and feet.

Echoes of the Past / South West Echoes by Norma Suckle

Norma says, [This] quilt consists of twelve individual 20" blocks with southwest designs. The 10 " center applique design is surrounded by sixten 4 " and appliqued blocks. We recognize this as an Elizabeth Anne pattern, a designer who specializes in Americana quilt patterns and southwestern designs.

Close-up, Echoes of the Past / South West Echoes by Norma Suckle

Here's a close-up of one of the hand-drawn appliqued, figures, the southwest goat. The cobalt blue figure stands out clearly against the terra cotta and beige background.

Image Credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.


  1. All these quilts add up to the most inspiring post so far! Thank you.

  2. Wow! All are top-notch but I'm in love with that Echoes of the Past/Southwest Echoes quilt!

  3. I have been enjoying, seeing the quilts from the show, so many beautiful and inspiring pieces.
    I really love the quilting on the whole cloth quilt, would love to be able to do that, so I guess I need to start practicing.



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