The 2016 AQS QuiltWeek in Phoenix, Arizona was one of the best shows ever. With hundreds of quilts and very special exhibits by renowned quilters, it was an incredible show. Here are some exemplary applique quilts from the show.
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Daisy by Dianne S. Hire
This spectacular quilt was featured in App-2-Applique by Dianne S. Hire (2016), a book and compact disc ( CD) of applique designs and ideas. Dianne entered "Daisy" as part of the "Author's Showcase" of quilts, a special, non-judged exhibition.
Close up, Daisy by Dianne S. Hire
Close-ups like this one always remind us that applique requires hours of painstaking work, but the results are often stunning ! Notice the delicate embellishment of small beads along the quilt binding.
Exuberance, 48 x 48", by Zena Thorpe (Chatsworth, California)
Zena explains that she made this quilt simply for the fun of mixing exuberant colors and designs.The trapezoid-shaped inner border gives a very pleasing three-dimensional effect, almost as if the center is surrounded by an outward-curving frame.
Close up, Exuberance by Zena Thorpe
Zena adds that her original design was a joy to work on from start to finish.She won Third Place in the "Handquilted Quilts" category.
Journal of My Journey, 77 x 88, by Teri L. Cherne (Henniker, New Hampshire)
After surviving cancer twice, Teri created this fabulous quilt while touring in a camper across the United States. She says that it brought her comfort during her healing journey. The gently curving border adds to the romance of this elegant, vintage-inspired work.
Close-up, Journal of My Journey by Teri L. Cherne
Applique Takes Wing: Exquisite Designs for Birds, Butterflies, and More.
Spring Dance, 79 x 79", by Barbara Clem (Rockford, Illinois)
Ben's Midnight Garden, 86 x 82", by Barbara Korengold (Chevy Chase, Maryland)
Close-up, Ben's Midnight Garden by Barbara Korengold
We loved this darling bunny as he scampers happily through this gorgeous garden. As we are familiar with the habits of wild bunnies (or at least jackrabbits out here in the West where we live), we imagine he is treating himself to nibbling on some of these delectable blossoms !
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