Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Fun with Fabric! (part 1)

We were delighted with the immense talent on display at the Spring quilt shows. The quilters made great use of a wide range of fabrics from batiks, to solids, to traditional and modern prints.  Join us in admiring these creations!

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Winter Crystals by Karen Kelter

 We love this quilt! Karen Kelter made Winter Crystals using Ricky Tims' simple strip-piecing techniques from his book, Kool Kaleidoscopes. She used about 20 fabrics and combined them masterfully without buying any new fabric!  Her choice of complementary purples and yellows pull the whole design together. Karen says, "I was surprised how easy this was and how quickly it came together."

Starry Patchwork Sampler by Francie McMillan, quilted by Kim Votava

The stars positively dance across this joyful quilt! Francie McMillan, describes this as a "colorful 20 block sampler with red backing with white polka dots." The pattern source was a BOM from Quilt Mama. A closeup (below) reveals some really fun fabrics, such as the red lips and the fussy-cut house.

Scrap Pineapple by Jillane Ocano

Jillane Ocano says that Scrap Pineapple was an attempt to reduce the contents of her scrap bins. "It contains scraps from most of my projects from the beginning of my quilting journey 5 years ago." This dynamic creation was expertly quilted by Jillane herself. The kaleidoscope design fits the theme of the 2022 Quilt Arizona show, "Kaleidoscope of Quilts!"

My Herd by Kate Clark

Kate Clark created My Herd with a stunning array of jewel-tone fabrics. She says, "This quilt has been a series of errors... know that this happens to others. I still love elephants and this quilt keeps us warm." We enjoyed the many beautiful prints, including some Kaffe Fassett favorites. This wonderful quilt was based on the Cirque d' Elephant pattern from Sew Much Ado.

Rainbow Starlight by Nancy Duckworth

Nancy Duckworth created Rainbow Starlight using dozens of colorful fabrics grouped by hues. She says, "Since shopping was hard during the pandemic, I needed a project using what I had.  I was hoping a scrap quilt would use a lot of fabric.  It didn't make a dent in my scrap bin!"  We loved the quilted bubbles in the sashings. Nancy used the versatile Scrap Happy Star Quilt pattern by IzySewbuzy Creations on Etsy.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2022 Quilt Arizona show (Scrap Pineapple) and the 2022 Tucson Quilt Fiesta (Winter Crystals, My Herd, Rainbow Starlight, and Starry Patchwork Sampler).

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