The Diablo Valley Quilters 2013 show in California was so interesting, that we still have lots of lovely quilts to show you !
Sally's All Stars, 90 x 100", by Sally Socolich
Sally says, "Sandy Klop's (designer for American Jane Patterns) updated interpretation of a strip-pieced star was a challenge and great fun. Loved using all my happy fabrics!" We think that Sally did a super job of combining contrasting solid and print fabrics in such a way that these star blocks really sparkle. An interesting print border really helps play up the soft apricot, peach, and gold tones of the blocks.
My Partner - My Pal, 30 x 36", by Lynn Hart
Lynn notes, "Andor [the German Shepherd] was my son's working partner on the police force for many years. His Dad and I are very thankful that he worked beside our son, keeping him from harm. The dog is now retired and living out his retirement in the home of my son and his wife........ I began this project in July by taking a class in Sisters, Oregon, with June Jaeger. She's a wonderful teacher, and the class, 'Best Friends', was terrific."
Freddy's House, 70 x 72", by Debbie Pryor
Debbie writes, "I took the workshop [to create the Freddy's House pattern] with Freddy Moran in April 2012 through Diablo Valley Quilters, and she was such an inspiration to just 'go with the flow'. I'm very pleased with all the colors in this quilt."
Close-up, Freddy's House by Debbie Pryor
If you look closely at the windows of these cute houses, you'll see all sorts of people and creatures peeking out of them. Debbie's very effective use of an array of rainbow colors has resulted in a vividly eye-catching quilt.
Maryland Memories, 78 x 91", by Audrey Mantle
Log cabin quilts are always a traditional, beloved favorite pattern, and this expert rendition is no exception. Audrey designed, pieced, and quilted this spectacular creation herself. She has even added a log cabin pieced border to complete the graceful symmetrical look of her work.
Close-up Maryland Memories by Audrey Mantle
In her excellent workmanship, Audrey used mostly cool blue tones and pale neutrals, always a winning combination. The green vine around the center medallion and the gently curved flower provide a very pleasing contrast to the angular geometric composition of the square blocks.
Grandma's Butterflies, 85 x 108", by Kathy Fitzpatrick
Kathy states, " The butterfly applique blocks were made by Bob Jellison's grandmother, Linda; and I chose the fabrics. I pieced the top and did the hand quilting for them." We really liked this romantic design and the vintage, classic look of these graceful blocks.
Close-up , Grandma's Butterflies by Kathy Fitzpatrick
Soft pastels and muted prints enhance the delicate, ethereal look of these butterflies, which appear to float dreamily above the neutral background.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.