For us, springtime in the desert means three things: spring flowers, spring training (baseball), and Quilt Arizona! This is our 8th year blogging about this fun show, which draws visitors from many parts of North America. Here are some of our favorites from this year's show.
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Whimsey in Bloom. 78 x 78", by Ann L. Petersen
Ann L. Petersen has won awards at every Quilt Arizona! show in recent memory. The fabulous Whimsey in Bloom won 1st place - Mixed Technique and a special award for Excellent Use of Color. Ann says, "I've been laying with adding applique to paper pieced designs for curves. The top reminded me of Art Deco so I quilted it to reflect that."
close up, Whimsey in Bloom
Six original black and white Dresden plate blooms are arrayed over a background of squares that move from green, at the bottom of the quilt, to sunny skies at the top. In the photo below you can see the Art Deco style quilting designs created by Ann Petersen.
Unfortunately this quilt was hung right under a canister light in an otherwise dark hallway, which created the uneven lighting you see in our photo. For a better photo of this quilt and other beautiful creations, please visit Ann Petersen's gallery at Obsessive Quilter.
Southwest Spirits, made and quilted by Linda Hopkins
We loved this southwest-style crazy quilt. Done in copper and turquoise, with beautiful stitching and embellishments, there was something to see in every corner.. Linda Hopkins says, "Southwest Spirits embraces the diversity of cultures and colors of this region's past. Mythical figures, rock etchings, and vivid colors are incorporated in this quilt."
detail, Southwest Spirits by Linda Hopkins
The closeup photos show some of the amazing beadwork and stitchery in Southwest Spirits.
The Harbor at Portofino by Linda Schoenfeld
This was a small quilt, maybe 15" across,with details that lend a photo-realistic quality. Linda Schoenfeld explains that her photo of Portofino Harbor invokes fond memories of many trips to Italy. The boats set against a backdrop of colorful buildings create the quintessential picturesque scene. In the closeup photo below you can see the window shutters with painted details.
Cheryl's Fantasy Flowers by Cheryl A. Giovenco, quilted by Sheila Osbrink
Bursting with spring flowers, this is such a pretty quilt! Cheryl A. Giovenco started Fantasy Flowers in 2012 and finished in June 2015. It is based on the Fantasy Flowers pattern by Pearl Pereira at P3 Designs. Cheryl says, "I just love P3 Designs patterns! I enjoyed collecting the fabrics, then hand appliqueing each block."
The Delft blue prints were a perfect choice for this flower pot. See if you can spot the bumblebee enjoying the flowers!
Foxy Lady by Monika Hancock, quilted by Debbie Stanton
We are fans of Monika Hancock's work, and the larger-than-life face on this quilt really drew us in. It received First Place - Pictorial (Non Original Design), Monika Hancock says, "I'm a big fan of Toni Whitney's paintings. I couldn't resist the Red Fox. I increased her pattern 150%. Debbie Stanton always brings them to life."
The eyes, whiskers, and fur are so lifelike! Monika's fabric selections and applique work were perfect in every way. Check out her award-winning Mama Loves You, Baby in our 2016 post.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration. We have made efforts to identify the websites for the makers, quilters and designers; please leave a comment if you have additional information.