Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Quilt Fiesta! Highlights of the Show (finale)

Here are more favorites from the Quilt Fiesta, the annual Tucson (Arizona) Quilters Guild show, including awrd winners. We hope you have enjoyed the photos!

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Four Ladies by Diana Strzok

Primarily appliqued and machine quilted, this piece was made and quilted by Diana Strzok.  It was inspired by a Monica Stewart Unity print.  Diana Strzok says, "A Monica Stewart unity print has hung over my fireplace for years, when my partner suggested that I use the design to create a quilted wall hanging." These dancing ladies even have earrings as embellishments.  The freeform quilting designs enhance the sense of movement within this quilt.

Joanna Canada's Last Gift
entered by Catherine Mombourquette; top made by Joanna Stephenson, quilted by Joanna Stephenson, Sara Rumbaugh, Joyce Kaiser, & Ruth Martin

Joanna Stephenson, long-time Tucson Quilters Guild member and past Best of Show winner, nursing instructor, private pilot and Canadian wilderness homesteader, was a member of the Piecepatchers Bee.  After her passing, this original design quilt was bequeathed to the Bee to finish for Quilt for a Cause. 

The themes include flowers and birds, including a hummingbird and cardinal. The appliqued blocks and borders are beautifully hand appliqued and hand quilted.

 Perennial Favorites
by Gloria Magee, quilted by Carolyn (Nubin) Minerd & Brenda Smitley

We enjoyed this beautifully appliqued quilt which highlights sashiko embroidery. The use of white thread on the black background really stands out! Gloria Magee says, "This pattern [Perennial Favorites by Sylvia Pippen] was supposed to have been done with wool appliqued flowers, but I felt the wool was too heavy for the black fabric so I chose batiks.  I found sashiko to be very addictive but fun!"

Circa 2024 Double Wedding Ring by Stephanie Nordlin, quilted by Athena Taylor

Here is a stunning double wedding ring quilt with great fabrics and some lovely quilting [by Athena Taylor]!  Stephanie Nordlin says, "Papers purchased for a three ring tablerunner and eight fat quarters grew on me! I wanted an updated version of my grandmother's quilt circa 1933.  [The] Hand pieced rings are machine appliqued to background."

The Goldie Richmond Project / Goldie's Rodeo by Kay Walen, quilted by Whisper Stitch Studio

Here is a fantastic sampler quilt with 25 appliqued blocks featuring rodeo and Southwest themes.  Kay Walen says, "This quilt is a combination of the Goldie Richmond Project and Goldie's Rodeo patterns with an original layout.  I chose this pattern to challenge my needle turn hand applique and embellishment skills."

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2024 Tucson Quilters Guild show.

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