Monday, February 20, 2017

Two Color Quilts : Blue and White

Here's a tribute to quilts done in the shades of blue and white, which always seems like such a calm, cool, color combination. These soothing tones seem to work so well in every season and in every climate. We hope you enjoy this lovely work on display !

Tentmakers of Cairo quilt, 99 x 99”, by Mr. Mahmoud


Khayamiya is a type of decorative appliqué textile historically used to decorate tents across the Middle East. The vibrant, intricate design on this quilt is entirely hand appliqued. Since 2007, Jenny Bowker has worked with the Tentmakers of Cairo to get their work out into the wider world and to show people the magnificent work they do.


This quilt was featured in an AQS exhibit that toured the U.S. in 2014. Designed to be displayed on the wall, many of the Tentmakers' quilts are available for sale.  Check out the gallery at the American Quilter's Society.

One Fish, Two Fish by Jane Taylor, Gone to Pieces Quilters (Florida)


Jane Taylor notes, " I love the idea of the chevron blocks depicting the ocean surface." This quilt was inspired by one posted on Pinterest, designed by Small Fox in a Big World. The embroidery design was a free download at Mary Corbet's Needle n Thread website.


This hand embroidery was done with perle cotton and the blue bubbles were hand appliqued. The fabric is cotton and the batting includes layers of White N Natural and wool felt. The quilting was completed by Jane Taylor on her domestic sewing machine.

Blue Plate Special, 73 x 73", by Susan Stewart (Kansas, USA)


Susan Stewart teaches heirloom sewing and embroidery techniques; you can see a listing of her classes on her website at Susan Stewart Designs. Blue Plate Special contains cotton sateen, Cherrywood hand-dyed fabrics, and a strip of border print left over from a quilt Susan cut out for her mom to piece.  We really enjoyed the intricate machine embroidery on this quilt.



#402 – Blue Metamorphosis, 52 x 38", by Marcia Baraldi (Brazil)


Blue Metamorphosis was inspired by the miracle of nature which turns crawling caterpillars into beautiful blue butterflies in the sky.  The butterfly was constructed with individual applique shapes including hearts and feathers, which are echoed in the quilting design.


Bluer than Blue, 96 x 102”, by Cindy Seitz-Krug


Bluer than Blue is machine pieced, machine appliqued and machine quilted. Cindy Seitz-Krug says, "For almost ten years I had wanted to make a blue and white quilt but couldn’t decide upon a pattern. When Robert’s Floral Garden [by Robert Callaham] came out in McCall’s Quilting, I knew that this would be a beautiful quilt made in all blues and whites. This pattern was perfect for the blue and white fabric stash I had been collecting for so long."


#220 – Sarah’s Revival in Blue, 87 x 84",  by Gail H. Smith and Karen C. McTavish (Illinois)


This is a Sue Garman (who sadly, just passed away)  rendition of an 1847 quilt done in reds and greens.  Gail chose to make it in blue to use up her stash from an earlier quilt.  It won First Place in the Large Quilts - Longarm Machine Quilted category in the AQS QuiltWeek® – Grand Rapids, Michigan 2016, along with many other awards.  Quilted by Karen C. McTavish.  Design source: Sarah's Revival Pattern by Sue Garman


Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 AQS quilt show in Phoenix, Arizona, except for the Tentmaker's quilt (2014 AQS) and One Fish (2015 World Quilt Show - Florida).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers and Friendship: Day 12

Welcome to our tribute to Valentine's Day quilts ! With its emphasis on love, kindness and caring for others, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite celebrations. We're calling it "Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers, and Friendship."  Let's wrap it up with Day 12, and a wish for a Happy Valentine's Day:

Please note: We're continuously posting free patterns on Twitter ! Check us out here !

Log Cabin Heart by Mary Syer and Susan Stachelczyx 


This log cabin heart was a collaboration. Susan stachelczyx made the quilt top and Mary quilted and finished the wall hanging. We spotted it on auction at the 2014 Tucson (Arizona) Quiters Guild show. The crinkly pattern on the red fabric makes it look like a heart wrapped in cellophane.

If you click on the above photo to magnify it, you will see that eight off-center log cabin blocks and two plain squares of red fabric were used, along with two cream squares in the lower corners. 

We discovered a wonderful FREE PATTERN for a log cabin heart quilt by TK Harrison. This one uses 12 log cabin blocks and has a row of pieced hearts on the top and bottom border.

Baby Girl Loves Poetry, 34 x 42", designed by TK Harrison; click for the free pattern at BOMquilts 


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY !

Image credits:  The Baby Girl Loves Poetry quilt is by TK Harrison.  The photo of the Log Cabin Heart was taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers and Friendship: Day 11

Welcome to our tribute to Valentine's Day quilts ! With its emphasis on love, kindness and caring for others, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite celebrations. We're calling it "Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers, and Friendship."  Let's continue with Day 11:

The Beat Goes On by Stephanie McCormick , quilted by Pat Roche


Stephanie explains, "I used Ricky Tims' wonderful hand-dyed fabrics to piece and machine applique this quilt found in the 2011 issue of the Quilt Life Magazine."(The highlighted links in this paragraph will take you directly to the purchase information for this pattern. Just hover your computer mouse over the words, then left-hand click on them).

Close-up, The Beat Goes On


The Beat Goes On was quilted by Pat Roche on a track-mounted machine. We like this contemporary quilting scheme, with the emphasis on curves and circles which mirrors the rounded shape of the valentine hearts. These vibrantly colored fabrics reflect the fact that a Valentine's party is a time for cheer and for celebrating one of the most fun holidays of the year. 

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2015 Quilt Arizona ! show in Mesa, Arizona.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers and Friendship: Day 10

Welcome to our tribute to Valentine's Day quilts ! With its emphasis on love, kindness and caring for others, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite celebrations. We're calling it "Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers, and Friendship."  Let's continue with Day 10 (Passion):

Passion, ~44 x 38", by Janet M. Bergman (Marco Island, Florida)


Passion was awarded second prize in the 12th annual Quilters Treasure fabric challenge (Cardinal Red).This original design is constructed with half black, half white "bricks" with a large heart on the left, and lips on the right, in a cut out design. Janet Bergman says, "I belong to a quilt group that challenged us to make a quilt with "Openings" so I incorporated that into this design." The openings of the heart and lips were finished with matching binding.



The bricks, made of interesting black and white fabrics, were embroidered in silver thread with words appropriate to the theme such as "Passion", "Desire" and "Love."  This quilt toured the U.S.A. in 2016.


Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers and Friendship: Day 9

Welcome to our tribute to Valentine's Day quilts ! With its emphasis on love, kindness and caring for others, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite celebrations. We're calling it "Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers, and Friendship."  Let's continue with Day 9:

(Please note: We're continuously posting free patterns on Twitter! Check us out here!)

Mindi's Healing Hearts, 50 x 77", by Jill Orr


Jill writes about her original design, "This quilt was created in November 2010 in a 3 week blitz for a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wanted her to have something full of love and comfort during treatment. The center four hearts in the house symbolize immediate family, and the heart flowers, made to be at her feet, represent all her friends sending love for a great recovery- which she did !"


We like to think of these three dimensional ruched hearts as a garden of valentines which are alive and growing on their green stems,  just as friendship grows within the heart. The embellishments with the pretty round beads give Jill's quilt a touch of glamour; and friendship is all about creating "glamour moments" with those of whom we are so fond.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers and Friendship: Day 8

Welcome to our tribute to Valentine's Day quilts ! With its emphasis on love, kindness and caring for others, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite celebrations. We're calling it "Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers, and Friendship."  Let's continue with Day 8:

Red Heart Quilt, 77 x 66", by Therese May


This quilt delights anyone who loves RED, the color of love, associated with Saint Valentine's Day.  It is nearly a whole cloth quilt except for the horizontal band of machine appliqued hearts.  Each heart is satin stitched and quilted in different colors of thread, with the thread tails left loose, providing extra texture 


Red Heart Quilt was shown in the special exhibit of Therese May's work, titled Quilting=Drawing=Quilting, at the 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival. 

Image credit: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers and Friendship: Day 7

Welcome to our tribute to Valentine's Day quilts ! With its emphasis on love, kindness and caring for others, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite celebrations. We're calling it "Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers, and Friendship."  Here's Day 7 of our series.

Please note: We're continuously posting free patterns on Twitter! Check us out here!

Round Robin by Susan Swindell, Chris Roloff,  Diane Slattery


Susan explains, "For about 4 years, a group of us did a Round Robin activity (where a quilter passes an unfinished quilt on to the next quilter, who adds another part to the quilt). This was the final one. I had [created] the center panel, which was passed on to Diane, then to Chris." We really liked the cute little house in the center, whose front matches the gold valentines on the inner border.


Susan machine-quilted this cheery quilt by stitching in the ditch, some of which you can see here. The corner valentines display a heartfelt tribute to friendship: "When this you see, remember me."

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 Contra Costa County Quilters Guild show.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers and Friendship: Day 6

Welcome to our tribute to Valentine's Day quilts ! With its emphasis on love, kindness and caring for others, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite celebrations. We're calling it "Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers, and Friendship."  Let's continue with Day 6:

Celebration, 35 x 35", by Lynne Taylor (Cape Girardeau, Missouri)


Lynne Taylor is a master quilter who has won numerous awards, including Best of Show in the Miniature quilt division at the 2011 AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky.   Celebration was juried into the 2016 American Quilters' Society show in Phoenix, Arizona. The quilt is filled with incredible appliqued, pieced and quilted details, such as the tiny flower within the heart, below...


... and the cathedral windows block within this heart...


Lynne made Celebration for her guild's 25th Birthday Challenge.  There are 25 hearts representing the guild's heart-shaped logo, along with tiny yellow hearts that embellish the border; and quilted feather hearts in the corners.



Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers and Friendship: Day 5

Welcome to our tribute to Valentine's Day quilts ! With its emphasis on love, kindness and caring for others, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite celebrations. We're calling it "Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers, and Friendship."  Let's continue with Day 5:

With Love by Holly Oddson


Holly notes, "My Valentine 'With Love' wall hanging is from a design by Verna Mosquera.
I pieced, appliqued, embellished, and quilted it.  It resides in my entry way during the month of February."  This charming quilt reminds us of a large vase full of Valentine-shaped flowers that are spilling over the sides and even dropping onto the floor. The border, with a cascade of hearts going in all directions, enhances the overall feeling of Valentines in motion.

Close-up, With Love


In this close-up, you can see the pretty selection of Valentine-themed fabrics chosen by Holly. She has satin-stiched around each heart to provide extra definition to these shapes. Embellishments at the top of each heart provide an extra-sparkly touch to Holly's work.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers and Friendship: Day 4

Welcome to our tribute to Valentine's Day quilts ! With its emphasis on love, kindness and caring for others, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite celebrations. We're calling it "Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers, and Friendship."  Let's continue with Day 4 :

Hearts and Hats, 64 x 66", by Therese May


Therese May is a leader in the art quilts movement.  Hearts and Hats was shown in the special exhibit of her work, titled Quilting=Drawing=Quilting, at the 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival.  It reminds us of the Red Hat Society of women who meet for fun and friendship, wearing red hats and purple clothing. The hearts, hats and women are machine appliqued and machine quilted, lettered with acrylic paint, and embellished with buttons which were stitched all around the binding. 


The phrase "Hearts and Hats" was written on the quilt as shown below.  the machine quilting was done by Jenny Michael.


Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers and Friendship: Day 3

Welcome to our tribute to Valentine's Day quilts ! With its emphasis on love, kindness and caring for others, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite celebrations. We're calling it "Twelve Days of Hearts, Flowers, and Friendship."  Let's continue with Day 3 :

I Carry Your Heart by Sherri Ashford, quilted by Ruby Worrell


When we saw this quilt at the Quilt Arizona!  show, we were very moved by the message on the card. Sherri writes, "This quilt was made and designed for my daughter during her bout with cervical cancer. I used the freedom of the naked girl with our poem, 'I carry your heart'. It depicts her freedom, and that I am always with her." 

Closeup, I Carry Your Heart


Sherri's work was quilted by Ruby Worrell on a track mounted machine. In this closeup, you can see some of the valentine hearts that were quilted into the background. With the abstract shapes of the heart and the surrounding flowers, this quilt has a whimsical, carefree look, but the theme of Sherri's work is deeply meaningful and most touching. 

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.
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