Garden Party Ladies by Bonnie B. Quigley, quilted by Janae Tanner
Bonnie explains, "Our quilt group in Connecticut wanted to do a block trade. What could be more fun than "ladies in hats"? We used Moran/Marston's Collaborative Quilting as a jumping off point, straightened out the "lady" a bit to fit the needs of our groups, listed a few color rules, and then the fun began."
Close up, Garden Party Ladies by Bonnie B. Quigley
Bonnie continues, "....We showed off our personalities in hats, shoes, stockings, and dresses -- all before the block due date. Paper pieced flowers, prairie points, rickrack, and black and white all add to the happiness of this quilt for me." The delightful whimsy of this quilt extends to the striped, polka-dot, and flower border. We really enjoyed this adorable quilt.
My Town by Ruth Peterson Ewers
Ruth notes, "This quilt was started in a class taught by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston who encourage you to "wing it." The house in the upper right hand corner is the house I grew up in Washington D.C. Enjoy this quilt for what you see in it. I hope it makes you smile."
Close up, My Town by Ruth Peterson Ewers
Ruth's town is full of magical surprises, like this whale who appears in the night sky, like a giant weather vane attached to the housetop. Green yo-yo's - resembling bushes - decorate the "lawn" in front of the pink house.
Another part of this delightful scene are the three dimensional cars, zooming along the border on their wheels made of buttons. A long black zipper runs diagonally across the quilt, resembling a road.
Radiant Star by Barbara Walsh, quilted by Virginia Gore
An Award of Excellence winner, Barbara notes, " My favorite part of quilting is the planning and fabric selection. This quilt started with a pillow in my living room. I found the perfect coordinating fabric which I used for the border. This will hang in our dining room."
Close up, Radiant Star by Barbara Walsh, quilted by Virginia Gore
Rich earth tones of deep coral, burnt orange, and terracotta highlight the blues and greens of the curved flying geese border done in batiks. This quilt was based on the beautiful Glacier Star pattern by Judy Niemeyer.
Blossoms and Butterflies by Kristen White Webb
Another Award of Excellence winner, Kristen writes, "Blossoms and Butterflies is a long term study in applique. This quilt began as my first applique quilt and was finished years later when I had become accomplished in the art of applique. Over 50 butterflies are hidden in the quilting done on my long arm machine."
Close up, Blossoms and Butterflies by Kristen White Webb
Kristen adds, "Ginny Affleck from St. George, Utah, taught me how to needle turn applique and started me on this quilt. I am indebted to her and my mentor, Joan Terry from Salem, Utah."
Kristen has mastered her craft, and you can see how these cheerful folk art flowers display her outstanding workmanship. Can you spot the butterflies that Kristen has quilted into the background ?
Fabulous applique and background quilting combine to make this a spectacular work of art. Kristen concludes, "I am passionate about every aspect of quilting !"
Birds in the Garden by Marget Kunz
Marget states, "This quilt is an Edyta Sitar design that was included in her Craftsy class. I decided that it needed a border. Also, the center block in the original was an appliqued block. The Dresden fans were super quick and easy to do, and I had a great time with the quilting on the border."
Close up, Birds in the Garden by Marget Kunz
Marget did a wonderful job with the intricate quilting on the ivory hued background fabric. These muted and toned batiks in green, teal blue, rose wine, and mauve, give an elegant vintage feel to this charming quilt.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.