The Arizona Quilters Guild has over 35 chapters, and they all get together annually for the Quilt Arizona show. The 2019 theme was Jewels of the Desert: "Every quilt is like a gemstone, the dancing colors play through patterns to endlessly fascinate and amaze. This year your quilt should convey Arizona's iridescent beauty, from golden sunsets and emerald cacti, to clear sparkling memories."
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Mod Cactus by Ellen Born, quilted by Ellen Born
“I had fun trying this modern quilt called Mod Cactus. The curved pieces were made using the QCR ruler (Quick Curve Ruler). The quilting in the background was a foray into some different quilting, some with ruler work.”
The Mod Cactus pattern is by Sew Kind of Wonderful.
Star Light, Star Bright by Linda Hopkins, quilted by Linda Hopkins
Winner of Honorable Mention, Mixed Technique, Linda Hopkins says: "I enjoy combining different techniques into each quilt. Shiva art stick rubbings, applique, embroidery and beading on hand dyed fabric make this an unusual quilt." We love this creative use of hand embroidery, shown below.
Earl the Burro by Karen Adams, quilted by Karen Adams.
Winner of Honorable Mention, Mixed Technique, Earl the Burro was taken from a personal picture of a burro in Oatman, Arizona. Karen Adams says, "I was attracted to him with his goofy expression and tough, good eye contact and his personality. Earl became known and is a symbol of Arizona." The quilt was started in a collage quilt class taught by Susan Carlson; you can see the work in progress on Susan Carlson's website.
Prickly Pear In All Its Glory by Maureen Pastika. Quilted by Maureen Pastika.
Maureen says, “I bought the pattern in 2004. It sat in a drawer with all the fabrics I had picked out for it until September (2018) when I ‘found it’ again! The theme of this year’s quilt show (Jewels of the Desert) was a perfect fit for this quilt."
Tango, Rhythm of Buenos Aires by Georgia Heller, quilted by Georgia Heller.
Winner of Honorable Mention, Pictorial – Original Design, Georgia Heller says, "This quilt was inspired by a trip to Argentina where we watched several dramatic tango performances" This quilt incorporates all of the musical instruments of the tango, along with the graceful lines of the dancers.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Quilt Arizona show.