Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances


SAQA – Color In Context

Each year SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) has a large exhibit at the International Quilt Festival. In 2023 it concentrated on the color RED!!!

This first on is simple but the quilting made it very effective……

“One False Move” by Karen Schulz

The next quilt was made from dozens of hand-dyed cottons…..

“Red Diamonds” by Susan J. Lapham

….and the quilting adds so much dimension….

The title of this next quilt is the French word for “BURN” This quilt of hundreds of triangles looks like the flame on a propane heater…

“Bruler” by Heather Pregger

This one has lots of shades and tints of reds……

“Autumn Song” by Linda Steele

I am a sucker for a good sunrise or sunset so this Artist’s Statement says it all to me……\

“A shimmering line of bright reds amidst a vast spectrum of blue and grey hand-dyed colors evokes the horizon at dawn or dusk.”

“Shimmering Horizon” by Petra Fallaux

I really like the design of this red quilt…..

“Red Flag Warning” by Sandy Gregg

This next one is another commercially printed photo that has been beautifully quilted…..

“Movie Time” by Jill Kerttula

This next quilt was made from hand-bleached black fabrics. I LOVE the colors that come forth when the black meets bleach!!

“Bush Fire” by Christine S. Seager

This was my absolutely favorite in this category!! It is another professionally printed photo although Carol used digital painting to simplify the photo before printing…..

“Siesta Cubano” by Carol Bryer Fallert Gentry

These red quilts made a striking exhibit at the festival and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring them!!!

Tomorrow I take you thru the “Women’s Encyclopedia” exhibit…..be sure to be here!!


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Piecing It Together

Since piecing is one of my favorite parts of making a quilt, I always look forward to this category….

This quilt is an amazing example of a pineapple quilt……

“Pilgrim & Roy” by Amy Pabst

It moves up the scale when you see it in perspective…..

It was TINY!!

Paula Nadelstern is well known for her piecing, but this quilt of hers blew my mind completely!!

“Omani Arches” by Paula Nadelstern

As an example of the work, these are two of the blocks….each a “kaleidoscope” four-patch…..

There are over 14,000 pieces in the background of this next quilt…..

“Return to the North” by Eiko Nakamura

This is what the maker says about this next quilt…. “The design started with a geometric pattern of lines and shapes that were repeated over the surface. A perspective technique was then used to create a realistic illusion of depth and make the pattern pop out of the quilt surface. This portrays a more lifelike image and helps draw you into the quilt.”

“Perspective Pattern” by Nancy Lambert

I absolutely LOVE this design!!!

This quilt was awarded the Third-Place ribbon…..

“Act Two” by Allison Lockwood

This quilt won the Second-place Ribbon…..

“Flying in Circles” by Dena Angela Miskel

….and this was the Blue-Ribbon winner…..

“Prickly Pear” by Susan Braverman

The fabrics in each block are the same. The color difference is achieved by using different colors of thread for the quilting. I have seen this technique before and it is SO effective!!

Speaking of colors….tomorrow we are celebrating the color RED!!!! Come back for more..


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Large Pictorial – Part Two

Today let’s take a look at the second part of the Large Pictorial Quilts from the International Quilt festival!!

We live with a bevy of deer in our neighborhood so this quilt appealed to my senses…..

“October Standoff” by Nancy Hershberger

I was intrigued with how Nancy used snippets in her trees…..

Michael and I have visited many places similar to this and I love how the scene has been depicted in fabric…..

“Serenity In Sintra” by Karlyn Bue Lohrenz

This best descriptor of this next quilt is “STRIKING”.

“Marie” by LeAnn Hileman

There were so many details in this next piece…..

“Windmills and Pinwheels” by Joanne Baeth

Look at some of them……

These chickens were so much fun……

“Blossoming Flock” by Xiaoping Yuan

When my friend Linda looked at this quilt, she said “that looks like Keukenhof Gardens”….and it was indeed!!

“Keukenhof Gardens” by Mary Anne Fontana

It was made from a photograph professionally printed on fabric and then quilted.

This final quilt was probably my favorite in the category……

“Buddy” by Hiroko Miyama, quilted by Masanobu Miyama

These quilters have had similar quilts in past shows and I absolutely LOVE their work. It is always whimsical and realistic.

One of my readers made an interesting comment about professionally printed fabrics that have been quilted. She wondered if they shouldn’t be in a “Wholecloth” category. I hadn’t thought of them as such but it certainly makes sense.

What do you think??

Tomorrow we will have a look at the winners (and others) in the Pieced Category. Stay tuned…..


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