Friday, September 27, 2013

California Fall Quilt Show: Part 4

Happy Friday!  We hope you're in the mood for some more quilt inspiration. Here is Part 4 of our photos from the recent Diablo Valley quilt show. As you can see, there was an incredible variety of fabulous quilts at this show!

Calligraphy Quilt, 87 x 87", by Layne Rahbar

Layne Rahbar is a fiber artist in the San Francisco Bay area in California. She has been quilting and weaving for decades and most of her designs are original (she designs in EQ). Her “Calligraphy Quilt” was inspired by a small black and white graphic design of Islamic callligraphy; each triangle spells the word Allah in Arabic.

close up, Calligraphy Quilt by Layne Rahbar

Layne Rahbar designed, pieced and quilted this outstanding quilt, which features an ornate trapunto design in the borders.

Cathy's Quilt, 90 x 108", by Netty Soares, quilted by Suzi Dillinger

Netty Soares made this gorgeous hand appliqued floral quilt for her sister Cathy.  We enjoyed her beautiful hand work, the 18 different pots and flowers, and the pieced and appliqué border. (We recognize the pattern as Floral Delight by Lori Smith at From My Heart to Your Hands).

close up, Cathy's Quilt by Netty Soares

The background was quilted by Suzi Dillinger who echoed the floral shapes and then filled with waves and swirls.  In this close up photo you can also see some of the charming prints that were used by Netty Soares; the bright blues and coral reds really light up this quilt.

Assorted Blocks, 80 x 112", by Jerry Theobald

Jerry Theobald states that "Assorted Blocks" was inspired by a book of Kaffe Fassett quilts.  In this sampler quilt there are 21 different blocks including stars, pinwheels, flying geese and squares within squares.

close up, Assorted Blocks by Jerry Theobald

Here is a close-up photo of one of the sparkling paper-pieced stars done in colorful Kaffe Fassett fabrics, set off by purple millefiore print sashing.

A Mermaid's Dream by Cyndy Rymer

Cyndy Rymer is a former book editor at C&T Publishing, as well as a quilt designer, teacher (at Wooden Gate Quilts) and author. She says that the seashell fabric, used in the border, inspired her to design this original quilt. Each block features a different underwater theme with a shark, dolphins, anemone, a turtle, jellyfish starfish, and a boy and girl mermaid.  Laura Fraga helped with a few of the applique blocks.

close up, A Mermaid's Dream by Cyndy Rymer

Our favorite block was this mermaid holding the world in her hands. Cyndy Rymer says: "This is the first quilt I quilted on a longarm machine with Deb McParland’s help."

Sedona Circles by Cindy Sloneker, quilted by Genese Hoskins

Cindy Sloneker says: "My daughter moved to Phoenix, Arizona and wanted a quilt depicting the desert. The quilt is based on the pattern  'Autumn Luster' in the book Quiltastic Curves by Tammy Kelly."

close up, Sedona Circles by Cindy Sloneker, quilted by Genese Hoskins

Cindy Sloneker chose gorgeous low-contrast batik fabrics for this subtle, rich design. If you look carefully you can see the pieced circles that are formed at the intersections of the blocks.

Image Credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

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