View of Arles With Irises, 80 x 65”, made and quilted by The Fab 5 Group (Carole Pirruccello, Cathy Brorby, Phyllis McCalla, Jan Bawart and Jan Soules.) First Place, Group Quilt-Large
These five panels represent five different views of the flowers in the fields of Arles, France. The artists say about themselves, " The Fab 5 art group took on the daunting task of trying to render, artistically, in fabric, [Impressionist painting] Vincent Van Gogh's "View of Arles With Irises". Each artist worked independently on her slice [of the total panel shown here]. The resulting interplay of colors, techniques, and embellishments convey a "joie de vivre" ( a joy of life) to this amazing landscape.
Closeup photo, View of Arles with Irises by The Fab 5 Group
An amazing sense of movement is created here with with the circular quilting pattern, and the fabric appliqued in three dimensional rounded pieces. You can almost feel the wind blowing through the trees.
Closeup photo, View of Arles with Irises
These lovely three dimensional origami flowers in shades of purple remind us of little Dutch windmills. Tiny patchwork pieces provide a dappled sunlight effect to the field behind the blossoms. We're posting more closeup photos of "View of Arles" at Quilt Inspiration on Pinterest.
Lava Lamp, 97 x 91.5”, made by Laurel Anderson, quilted by Lin Squires. 2nd place, 2-person quilt - Pieced and Applique
This quilt was inspired by designs of the 1960's and the Shimmer fabric line from Northcott. The fabric colors move from dark to light in 9 shades with shimmers of gold or silver.
close up, Lava Lamp by Laurel Anderson
The ovals are machine appliqued and all the other curves are pieced. A pattern is available at Laurel Anderson's website, Whisper Color.
Twilight Star of Indonesia, 37 x 37”, made and quilted by Susan Kooiman
Susan notes, "I chose this pattern to challenge myself and my paper piecing skills. It was the perfect opportunity to use my beloved batiks." We love the vibrant split complementary color scheme of orange, red, and gold, combined with a deep blue violet. The circular flying geese border provides an especially innovative and creative effect. This quilt was based on a pattern by Judy Mathieson.
Close up, Twilight Star of Indonesia by Susan Kooiman
In the center of the pastel chartreuse star is a pretty gold brooch with a gleaming purple jewel. Circular gold stitching around the purple background ties the components of this center medallion all together.
Cats Rule, 65 x 80”, made by Kathy Mack, quilted by Shannon Freeman
We love cat quilts, and this one is a beauty! This quilt was completed by Kathy Mack as a block-of-the-month quilt taught by Anelie Belden, using the Folk Art Cats design by John Simpkins for The Stitchin' Post. Kathy says: “This is my first attempt at needle-turn applique.” The quilt won Honorable Mention for a Two-Person Pieced and Applique quilt. Each of the cats has button eyes and other embellishments. We couldn't resist taking lots of close-up photos!
Close up photos, Cats Rule by Kathy Mack
The cat jumped over the moon...
This cat has button eyes, embroidered whiskers, and an inscrutable expression...
Here is a cat with a beach ball and a daisy collar:
This cat is totally happy with his mouse... check out the halo over his head!
The stylized bushes are decorated with buttons shaped as gears...
Here is a sunny yellow cat...
This cat is chasing a dragonfly:
"Santa Claws" is comin' to town on his little green cat feet that look as if he is walking on stilts. He look all ready for Christmas Eve with his jaunty hat and belt with star round his belly.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.