The theme of the 2022 Arizona Quilters Guild show was Kaleidoscope of Quilts. It was a fantastic show! Last year's show was cancelled - so there was high anticipation for this year's event. There were many amazing quilts on display... here are some of our favorites!
Feel The Wave by Leilani Purvis, quilted by Beth Watts
Here's a fabulous art quilt by Leilani Purvis, who was inspired by a photograph of the wave by John Cocozza (San Diego, California). Leilani says, "I hope this quilt makes you feel like you're in this wave!" She used raw edge applique and lace to depict the colors and energy of the breaking wave, which reflects the warm hues of the sun. Feel the Wave was professionally machine quilted (hand guided) by Beth Watts.
Red Mandala by Cindy Seitz-Krug
Cindy Seitz-Krug won two major awards for Red Mandala, including a blue ribbon (First Place) in the Applique, Small-Solo category and a special Judge's Recognition award (turquoise and gold ribbon.) Cindy says, "I got the crazy notion to try my hand at 1" finished hand-appliqued clams. They were definitely more challenging to execute than larger clamshells." Cindy's precise applique and award-winning machine quilting can be seen in the closeup photo, below.
Gone Fishin' Instead of Just a Wishin' by Joyce Strassburg, quilted by Jessica Jones
Joyce's fabric choices perfectly capture the colors and textures of the fish and the underwater scene. We love this design, which includes five trout fly designs around the borders. Joyce Stassburg says, "My husband kept asking me to do a quilt for him. When I saw this pattern (About Trout by Lunch Box Quilts), I knew [that] it was perfect. It will hang under a wall hanging of the same pattern in our dream cabin".
French Braid Quilt by Linda Ashburn, quilted by Donna Goldbeck
We love French Braid quilts, and we don't often seen them! This one is a beauty cone in formal tones of red on gray. This stunning quilt won Third Prize (yellow ribbon) in the Pieced, Large-Duet category.
This French Braid Quilt was based on a published design in French Braid Quilts
by Jane Hardy Miller and Arlene Netten. Linda Ashburn says, "My mother
gave me the quilt book one year. In March 2020, I decided to start a
braid quilt. I chose the 'Big Red' pattern."the black-and-white prints add outstanding visual interest to the design.
Circle of Friends by Celeste Johnson, quilted by Melissa Turner
This quilt was really fun, with all its tiny fussy-cut faces! Celeste Johnson says that she purchased the 'Faces' fabric at the Houston International Quilt Festival, and used the free Circle of Friends pattern [by Ariga Mahmoudlou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.] The closeup photo, below, shows some of the cute faces in the centers of the friendship stars.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2022 Quilt Arizona show.