Friday, April 6, 2018

The Best of Quilt Arizona! day 2

Here are our favorite quilts from the recent Quilt Arizona show!  The annual exhibit by the Arizona Quilters Guild draws visitors from around the country - we even saw license plates from Alaska and most Canadian provinces.  The array of talent at this show is truly impressive!

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Grand Canyon Redux : The Sum of Its Parts by Linda Engstrom

Grand Canyon Redux won the award for Excellent Use of Color. Linda Engstrom says, "Kaleidoscopes [were] created from a photograph of one of my quilts, printed on fabric, embelllished with hand and machine embroidery, and joined into one cohesive piece."

Psychedelic Giraffe by Karen Adams

Psychedelic Giraffe has quite a personality! Karen Adams says, "Using white fabric, I traced an enlarged giraffe coloring book image, used FABRICA pens and filled in the blanks.... quilted her and added prairie points."

Lora's Doxies by Louise Bossert

Louise Bossert says, "Our granddaughter has three long hair doxies so I'm going to surprise her with this quilt."  The adorable Dogs in Sweaters quilt pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.

All Drezzed Up and Someplace To Go by Barb Tatera

Barb Tatera created these Dresden plates from Kaffe Fassett fabrics, using Susan K. Cleveland's method for modern Dresden Plates.  She left plenty of negative space to be dressed up with quilting. 

All Drezzed Up won First Place in the Modern Quilt category, and also received the award for Exemplary Professional Machine Quilting.

Blow Flowers by Cindy Stohn

The giant Dresden flowers were inspired by dandelions, and made with improvisational wedges.  The background was quilted with hand guided leaves and stems, and the flower centers were hand embroidered.  Cindy Stohn's beautiful quilting and embroidery can be seen in the close up photos below.

Millefiore by Nancy Owen James, quilted by Jessica Gamez

Millefiore won First Place in the Scrap Quilt category.  This quilt was made as part of a 2015 quilt along based on Katja Marek's book, The New Hexagon.  Nancy Owen James picked all the fabrics and finished the quilt in January 2017.  Jessica Gamez added the professional quilting.

We recognize many Tula Pink fabrics, including the adorable fussy-cut raccoons (above); they are from Tula Pink's Acacia fabric line. Hexagons lend themselves to fussy cutting, to wonderful effect. 

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.


  1. Beautiful quilts! Love the Doxies☺

  2. More beauties. I love how Nancy did not trim her hexies. Love the organic look to it. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I am always amazed at those who can make a machine behave so well. Nice to see the doxies. I had seen that design on a friend's blog and made just one-dog table runner for the guy who took care of Nikko while I was away. A fun pattern to play around with.


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