Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Arm chair quilt show Part 3

Well, I think this will be the final post for the quilt show. I will try to fit in as many photos as I can.

I do like this quilt and as you can see, it did win an award. It is pieced and there is some decorative machine stitching on the flowers.

A close-up of the quilt and if you click on it to blow it up, you can see all the detailing in the machine stitching and you can see that it is indeed machine pieced.

This is the write-up on the quilt.

A little quilt made with old ties.

The little quilt's explanation.

This is another little quilt. The maker had always wanted to make a quilt that she could frame.

This one said that it was totally hand done.

I liked this little toucan quilt.

This little tree quilt was really well done too but it was just too darn high up.

This may not seem like much to some viewers but I do think that this one was my favourite little quilts there. I think it's the simplicity of the pattern, the fact that the border colours tie in with the body of the quilt and the pieced backing that captures my interest.

The Hawaiian quilt.

Here's a close-up of the centre square.

My dad was raised in Saskatchewan which is in the prairies for those of you not familiar with Canada. This quilt reminds me of the fields of wheat that grow in many of the prairie provinces.

A miniature watercolour lone star.

I thought you might like to see a close-up of the work that went into the making of the little star.

This would be such a great addition to a wall. Such great fabrics.

A Blue-footed Booby. I like the fact that the quilt is not square nor is it framed with a traditional border treatment.

And now something in the form of textile art:

This little piece has beading and embroidery. After the central piece was done, the maker made it a bit bigger by attaching it to a larger crazy quilted piece.

The maker had made these circles for something else and decided to use up the leftovers by making another small quilt. There is some embroidery and beading in this as well.

A high-heel boot pincushion.

This is called Octopus' Garden. It's just another example of how beading and many different fabrics can be used to embellish a quilt.

The write-up on the quilt.

This is a fabric vessel.

The maker explains it much better than I could.

A true labour of love. The blocks are cross-stitched and the maker included some tatted doilies made my members of her family.

The blurb.

I will leave you with a couple of close-ups of the cross-stitched quilt.

I do hope you have enjoyed the show and perhaps been inspired by something you've seen. Making quilts is not a difficult endeavour. You just have to make a start.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Arm chair quilt show Part 2

Quilt shows are wonderful and if you ever hear of one being held in your area and can attend, please do. The cost of admission is reasonable and quite often there is a tea room so you can feed your body and quilt store vendors where you can purchase fabric, threads, notions and patterns. For the cost of admission you get boundless inspiration such as these quilts.
Note: I try to make sure all the photos I upload are clickable so go ahead and see them up close if you wish.

Here are a couple of smaller wall quilts.

This one was so soft and feminine looking.

I really like the colours in this crazy quilt.

The quilter who made this just wanted to use some of the fabrics in her stash and this is the result.

After uploading this photo, I deleted it because I thought I had already posted it in Part 1 which I showed you yesterday but I went back and took a look and this black and white quilt is different from the other. This one has a border too.

This is actually all machine embroidered. Very impressive.

A wee dresden plate. It just goes to show you that you don't really have to spend a whole lot of hours making a quilt. You can just make a smaller version.

Here's the write-up on the mini dresden quilt.

This quilt is a One Block Wonder and there is a book with that name by Maxine Rosenthal that shows you how to make this beautiful quilt. All you really need is multiple repeats of a fabric that has big prints.

I know I keep repeating myself but really...these days there are not many hand quilted quilts. This one was hand quilted and is a wonderful scrap quilt.

Here's a close-up. I don't know if the hand quilting will show up.

I did take another photo of a quilt that had lime green in it but unfortunately it turned out too blurry to post. I like the fact that there are so many different colours of fabric being produced today.

Another really vibrant coloured quilt.

I will leave you with this fun quilt. The maker's daughter is a baker and she had fun collecting fabrics for this.

More quilts tomorrow.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Arm chair quilt show Part 1

This weekend, the Etobicoke Quilters' Guild held their quilt show and I was there this morning before the crowds got to be too much. Here's a few of the quilts that I saw so sit back and enjoy. As you might have guessed from the title of this post, I will break the quilts up so we all don't get overwhelmed.
This didn't show up as bright as I had hoped. It was in the hall with lots of natural light and I don't think the flash was on. It is a fairly simple pattern but the colours are really nice - especially the blue strips in between.

A simple quilt using batiks.

I didn't take a close look at this so I don't know if it is hand or machine quilted but it is pretty.

You don't often see these colours together and I found this quilt refreshing.

This quilt just popped.

What a great black and white quilt.

Another black and white quilt - called "Wherever." This was made by a mom for her son's 23rd birthday. She hopes that it will always be with him "wherever" he goes. He is in training to be an RCMP officer and they get stationed in some far off spots sometimes.

This was an exercise in taking a photo and translating it using diamond shapes (at least I think that's what I read.) The title is "Lazy days on the Magnetawan River."
Maple Leaf Forever. This was hung in the hall opposite the first one I showed and it really is much more vibrant than the photo shows. Maybe I should have use a flash.
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The last one for today is called Burgundy Tents. What a fun quilt.