It's pumpkin time! There are crates of them at our local market. If you like fall, pumpkins and pies, you may enjoy seeing these award-winning quilts that remind us of autumn and harvest time.
Feathers and Farms, 50 x 48", by Joanne Baeth (Oregon)
Feathers and Farms captures a farm in the fall with trees ablaze and pheasants taking to flight. From a distance the quilt appears to be a whole cloth painting, but
Joanne Baeth explains that the quilt was created with fusible applique
using tiny bits of fabric and further enhanced with thread painting,
paints and ink. This outstanding quilt was awarded Best Wall Quilt at the 2014 AQS Lancaster show, along with First Place in the Art Pictorial category at the 2014 Road to California and at the 2013 Houston International Quilt Festival.
close up, Feathers and Farms by Joanne Baeth
The elements of the quilt are so well-blended that it is difficult to discern the individual pieces even at close range, although you can see bits of fabric in the trees in this photo. On her website, Joanne Baeth explains: " My goal is to create art quilts that resemble oil or water color paintings. Using dyes, inks, paints, threads, and different fabrics to achieve this goal is an artistic challenge I enjoy."
Pumpkin Pie, 54 x 60", by Karolyn "Nubin" Jensen
Pumpkins of different sizes and shapes are surrounded by blackbirds in this fun quilt, which was based on the Pumpkin Pie pattern by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs. At the bottom of the quilt is the pie. This quilt by Karolyn Jensen won third place in the Appliqued - Machine Quilted category at the 2014 Tucson Quilters Guild show.
close up, Pumpkin Pie by Karolyn "Nubin" Jensen
The blackbirds, pumpkin stems and leaves were made with wool applique and surrounded with a lovely scroll-like quilting design. This quilt was inspired by Karolyn's youngest grandson's love of the outdoors and picking a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
Orange Glow by Alyce Leach
A pineapple log cabin quilt, Orange Glow was included in the Pieced Pineapple Special Exhibit at the 2014 Arizona Quilters Guild show. Alyce Leach says, "I made this quilt (again) from the Home for the Harvest book [by Nancy Milligan and Lynda Smith]. I re-sized the quilt and applique pieces to fit my orange fabric. This quilt won Best Stationary Machine Quilting at the AQG 2012 show."
close up, Orange Glow by Alyce Leach
We enjoyed the folk-art-style pumpkins and the leafy quilting design which is showcased in the cream and ivory areas of the quilt. You can read about Alyce Leach at the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.
Autumn Glory, ~58 x 72", by Cathy Washburn
Cathy Washburn says that this is the largest wool applique project she has ever done. "It was fun to go into my stash of wool and choose the pieces." The pattern source was the Autumn Quilt by Kathi Campbell at Heart to Hand. Barbara redesigned the border, adding a pumpkin and vines. The quilting was done by Barbara Angerhofer.
close up, Autumn Glory by Cathy Washburn
In this photo you can see some of the tweeds and solids which Cathy Washburn used. There is a lot of applique in this quilt! Even the sawtooth border at the bottom of this quilt is blanket stitched.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.