Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More Quilts from Maine...

Here are some more delightful entries from Maine Quilts, 2013. Several that drew me in were created with an animal theme. This one is "Pig Joy" by Linda Shepard. She designed her quilt using Susan Carlson's Collage Technique. I like the method, and used Susan's books when I made a couple of fish quilts. But I haven't tried one yet that contains as many fabric bits as this one does. You can see that Linda earned a ribbon for her efforts.

Also inspired by Susan Carlson and working from a photo, Kate Rogers made this portrait of her Arabian Horse, "Radly." Great colors!

This is "Meet the Girls (Starr, Ella, Flo and Maisy)" by Jeanne Funk-Gedies. She used a variety of techniques including hand and machine applique, and paper piecing for this whimsical wallhanging.

There were several entries with an Asian flair. Megan Farkas was inspired by woodblock triptychs by Eisho and made her hand-quilted piece "Sakura !: Hanaogi Views the Cherry Blossoms". She used hand applique and embroidery, and added inking. Fabric choices are just beautiful.

And this one by Frances M. Parker is titled "Torii-Sacred Gate" which incorporates a variety of techniques, including "bias-strip clamshells" from a Quilter's Newsletter article ((June/July 2009). Such a pleasing combination of fabrics and design.

It's always fun to see what quilters come up with when they use the same blocks and some of the same fabrics. The Canoe City Quilters of Old Town provided three fabrics from which to make 12 blocks for their Chapter Challenge. They swapped their blocks so each participant wound up with an assortment for a sampler. Then each one joined the blocks in her own setting style. There were more than 12 of these Chapter Challenges, including a Bargello one, an America the Beautiful one, black & white with an accent color. The Maine Modern Quilters did a rip-and-tear challenge where each member ripped a piece from a solid-color fat quarter brought to their meeting by other participants. They had to use all of the pieces they ripped, and they could add other fabrics. Lots of ideas for future guild challenges. 


This stunning whole cloth quilt was exhibited by teacher Pat Ferguson- "Zen Garden." She combined free-motion quilting with Zentangle-inspired quilting worked in bright color thread on a brownish batik (front) and purple batik (back). This quilt looks as good on one side as the other- choose your favorite!

Quilt shows are ever-inspiring and always inspire me to get back to my sewing machine.

6 comments:

Robbie said...

Love the animal quilts!!! So cool!!!! I took class from Susan too...she was so sweet and the class was quite interesting. I haven't used her method in years but did make at least two or three using her technique. Love the pig quilt! All those colors/fabric...wow!!!! Last pic is so interesting and very pretty as well!!! Thanks for sharing.

Susan said...

Thanks for posting. I love the guild challenge blocks. I miss being in a guild for just that reason. And that Torii gate is fantastic.

sonja said...

love the horse quilt. my last mare was Arabian and they are so beauteous! thanks for the quilt show too.

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

what a feast! Pig Joy and U are going to run off together! I can't stop smiling. Love the wood block inspired quilt. Could live with that for a long time, and the last quilt has a beauty all it's own. All so gorgeous and made with such love, knowledge and talent. Amazing. Thanks so much for posting - next best thing to being there. xodonna

Lenna Young Andrews said...

wow, those first few quilts really look like paintings : ) And I love the whole quilt with the zentangle inspired stitching . . . so glad you got to go to this show!! Thank you for sharing.

Nancy said...

Such talent...I am in awe...The horse one just speaks to me as I love horses so much...All the textures and colors are just magnificent.....

I can't even image the time it takes to make some of these quilts....When I see these, it makes me want to get my hands on fabric again....