Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Modern Quilt Month 2017 #2

We're keeping it simple for summer at Quilt Inspiration and featuring a showcase of modern quilts.  These original designs have a bold impact and straight or flowing lines, but the quilting is anything but simple.  We hope you enjoy these quilts as much as we did!
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Piano Razzle Dazzle by Wendy A.S. Hoag, California


Wendy explains, " [This quilt] was designed for my daughter Ashley. She filled our house with years of piano magic. The quilt design evolved after seeing her most recent body art that was inspired by ships' camouflage during World War I, called "dazzle painting."  The "dazzle" made it difficult to estimate the ships' range, speed, and direction."
Wendy's original design is machine pieced, hand appliqued, and sewing machine quilted. We enjoyed this intriguing very well-done quilt,  which reminds us of the fun "op-art" designs of the 1960's. 

Pineapple Rings #5 by Emily Parson , Illinois


Emily states, "This is my fifth quilt in a series of pineapples with an original "rings" color arrangement. I love playing with traditional blocks and making modern fresh arrangements."

Detail, Pineapple Rings #5 by Emily Parson


By setting these blocks into a motif of interlocking rings, Emily has provided an updated, contemporary look to this traditional pattern. Emily's original design is machine pieced and sewing machine quilted.

Cartwheel by Arleen Kukua, California


Arleen notes, "Cartwheels was started in an Improvisation Curve piecing workshop. The fabrics come from a sampler pack of plaids and a Cherrywood Fabrics grab bag." Arleen's original design is machine pieced and hand quilted.

Admit One to the Sands of Time by Virginia Hammon and Coleen Barnhardt, Oregon


Blue ribbon winners for Best Longarm Machine Workmanship - Innovative Quilts at the 2016 World Quilt Show in New Hampshire, Colleen and Virginia write, "Admit one to a journey over the sands of time: how people and ideas evolve through time and history. One fabric begins the story as the block centerpiece, moving into the next position as a new fabric is added and continuing until the sixth block is complete.Then, one fabric drops out as a new one is added  - a fun challenge to pick fabrics that would play well together as the color story evolved."

Detail,  Admit One to the Sands of Time


Stunning quilting motifs mirror and enhance the geometric and circular shapes of the blocks. This fabulous original design is machine pieced.

Farm Girl by Victoria Findlay Wolfe (New York), quilted by Karen McTavish


Blue ribbon winner for Best Machine Workmanship - Innovative Quilts at the 2016  Pacific International Quilt Festival, Victoria says: "I'm a farm girl living in the Big Apple (New York City). If it were not for where I came from, I would not be doing what I am doing now. I cut up my families clothes to make this quilt and to tell this story of a farm girl and all that she is proud of.  [I am] using the star as my direction to find joy and [using] the double wedding rings to show what binds us together."

Detail, Farm Girl


Victoria's dazzling original design is machine pieced and makes excellent use of gold, beige, gray, and blue cottons against a white background, enhanced by Karen McTavish's award-winning quilting.

Double Ikat by Arleen Reiko Kukua, California


"Ikat" is a tie-dyeing technique from Indonesia, in which the yarns are wrapped tightly prior to dyeing and weaving, so that when the color is applied, it appears unevenly. Arleen notes, "[This quilt] is made of treasured Japanese double ikats and Kaffe Fassett ikats. I wanted to highlight the beautiful fabrics and chose Pat Yamin's Magic Squares pattern.

Detail, Double Ikat


Arleen's colorful, eye-catching quilt is machine pieced and sewing machine quilted.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Modern Quilt Month 2017 #1

We're keeping it simple for summer at Quilt Inspiration and featuring a showcase of modern quilts.  These original design quilts have a bold impact and straight or flowing lines, but the quilting is anything but simple, as you will see from the closeup photos.  We hope you enjoy these quilts as much as we did!
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Dandelion Dream, 70 x 40”, by Sharon H. Pedersen (Santa Maria, California)


Instantly recognizable as a dandelion, this quilt won a blue ribbon for Best Sewing Machine Workmanship in the Mid Century Mod Modern Quilt Competition at the 2016 PIQF. Sharon Pederson says, “Georgia O’Keefe’s representational water color paintings of nature inspired me to try and create my own interpretation. Her larger than life subjects have haunted me in my dreams until one morning I awoke with a desire to create a vision I had of a dandelion. “


Sharon says Dandelion Dreams is her first modern quilt and hopefully the first in a series. It was hand appliqued and sewing machine quilted.

Ferris Wheels Gone Awry, 46 x 46”, by Carolyn S. Davis (Oxford, Alabama); longarm quilted by Becky Everett


Carolyn S. Davis says, “This is my first attempt at a modern quilt. I wanted to combine the old (30’s repro fabric) Dresden plate with the basic stripped fabric. I saw somewhere where someone had added a slightly different shade in a striped pattern. This combo pleased me with the beautiful quilting (by Becky Everett) in the negative space" (shown below).


Seeds of Life, 78 x 78”, by Virginia Hammon and Coleen Barnhardt


We love this giant version a Snail's Trail block, enlarged to over 6 feet. It reminds us of an underwater scene with cool blues and greens. The artists say, "This quilt speaks to the importance of life’s foundation: healthy seeds, water and the interconnection of all life on earth. Inspired by a quilt belong to collector, Bill Volckening – a simple and traditional blue and white Snail’s Trail that a family friend made decades back. This is a contemporary update of the spirit, colors and movement of that quilt. It was a fun challenge to get the big swatches of fabric to flow together."


As you can see in the photo above, prairie points were used to create points at each corner of the design. An architectural print fabric was used in the background, creating lots of interesting texture. This is just a portion of the fabulous quilting on this quilt.  Seeds of Life was machine pieced, hand appliqued, and long arm quilted.

Bertha, 48 x 49”, by Melissa Miller Curley (Las Vegas, Nevada)


The dramatic contrasts and saturated colors drew us to this quilt. Melissa Miller Curley says, "This quilt was inspired by my quilt guild’s half rectangle triangle challenge. I know that the design could have used strips but I wanted to keep the original HRT going, for this quilt would not have been if it weren’t for that challenge. I chose to use soft organic line quilting to contrast a bit with the crisp lines of the pattern.


Pink, 39 x 48”, by Ruth Galpin (Australia)


Gorgeous hand-printed fabrics make this contemporary quilt a work of art.  Ruth Galpin says, "With its origins in Nature, “Pink” is an exploration of color and texture and my delight in the effects achieved by various processes. Mono-printed color over color gives visual depth and texture to the image. I am fascinated by the beauty I discover in the juxtaposition of small fragments of patterned fabrics pieced together."


Raspberry Medley, 50 x 50”, by Vicki Ruebel (Las Vegas, Nevada)


Vicki Ruebel took the humble half-square triangle concept to a new level with her longarm quilting.  She says, "The color inspiration for my quilt was my new hot pink recliner. I wanted to create a quilt using multiple shades of hot pink and mustard yellows. The simple pieced top is enhanced with various grid-based quilting designs."



Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival (Santa Clara, California).

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

8 days of Red, White and Blue Quilts - day 8

Happy 4th of July! We're celebrating Independence Day with 8 days of red, white and blue quilts. The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We hope your happiness includes plenty of quilting.
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Patriotic Splash by Jo Hahn


Patriotic Splash is based on the free Paisley Splash pattern by Mytesha & Katie (MY❤KT) for Windham Fabrics (click here to get the pattern!)  The elephant, appliqued in a flag fabric, is holding a small flag pin (at the end of his trunk) while joyfully spraying drops of patriotic elements into the air.  How appropriate for a salute to America and the Fourth of July!



Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.  Patriotic Splash was entered in the Salute America theme at the 2017 Arizona Quilters Guild show (Salute America!)

Monday, July 3, 2017

8 days of Red, White and Blue Quilts - day 7

We're celebrating Independence Day with 8 days of red, white and blue quilts! The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We hope your happiness includes plenty of quilting.
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Proud American by Cheri McGunagle, quilted by Jeannie Rogers


Cheri McGunagle says this tumbler flag wall quilt was made with a pattern from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, using pieces of fabric left over from the American Hero Quilts project. She says, "Being able to sew for our soldiers and display our colors is an honor I cherish. God Bless America!"


For more information, see the YouTube video by Jenny Doan:


Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Quilt Arizona show.  This quilt was entered in the Salute America theme.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

8 Days of Red, White and Blue Quilts - day 6

We're celebrating Independence Day with 8 days of red, white and blue quilts! The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We hope your happiness includes plenty of quilting.
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Siren of Sacket's Harbor by Lorraine Magee and Kathy Magee Querec


The inspiration for this 1812 pictorial quilt was from two pieces of art in the Fenimore Art Museum collection (New York). As explained on Wikipedia, Sacket's Harbor was the chief shipbuilding yard for the United States during the War of 1812 between the United States and the British Empire.  Lorraine and Kathy explain that the ships in their quilt represent the two navies, with sailors leaving the British ship to go to the American one where they thought they would be treated better.


The siren was from a watercolor piece by Mary Ann Wilson, and the other ideas were inspired by a quilt by Hannah Stiles.  The artists' description says, "We tried to make it look like a primitive Folk Art quilt even though it is machine quilted." Exhibited at the 2017 Amador Valley quilt show (California), it was chosen to be sent to various quilt shows across the country as one of the Best of Show.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

8 days of Red, White and Blue Quilts - day 5

We're celebrating Independence Day with 8 days of red, white and blue quilts! The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We hope your happiness includes plenty of quilting.
(NOTE: Please check out all the quilt books and fabric at our eBay store !)  

Festive Fireworks by Jill Scherer, quilted by Rose Maynes


Jill Scherer says, "My community celebrates on July 3rd with fireworks and entertainment in the community park. I host a party at my home before the fireworks for friends and family. This quilt was created as my 2017 wall display and fits in perfectly with this year’s theme, Salute America." (We are searching for the pattern source.)  We love the creative quilting by Rose Maynes, shown below.


Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Quilt Arizona show.

Friday, June 30, 2017

8 days of Red, White and Blue Quilts - day 4

We're celebrating Independence Day with 8 days of red, white and blue quilts! The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We hope your happiness includes plenty of quilting.
(NOTE: Please check out all the quilt books and fabric at our eBay store !)  

Patriot Sampler Quilt by Lynn Miller


This embroidered Patriot Sampler Quilt won first place in the Salute America theme at the 2017 Arizona Quilters Guild show. Lynn Miller says, “My interest in quilt history along with my love of antique/vintage quilts and linens was my inspiration for this patriot themed quilt. Being a quilt maker for over 30 years, I appreciate the time and talent in these forgotten embroidered pillow tops, dress scarfs and wall hangings."


Lynn collected this group of patriotic linens while traveling throughout the United States over the past 15 years.  She says, "I love seeing all of the inspiring sayings, from “God Bless America” to “I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag” to “Let Freedom Ring”.


Lynn Miller describes the Patriot Sampler Quilt as a tribute, to recognize and honor women’s work of the past, while inspiring today’s quilt makers.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

8 days of Red, White and Blue Quilts - day 3

We're celebrating Independence Day with 8 days of red, white and blue quilts! The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We hope your happiness includes plenty of quilting.

Thirteen by Pamela Snow


Thirteen is a salute to the 13 original American colonies. Pamela Snow says, "Each year we salute America and her birthday on the 4th of July with fireworks. I have combined fireworks and 13 stars into this quilt. The thirteen red stars are hand appliqued on a background of fireworks exploding on a brilliant blue background. Dimension was added to the quilt by leaving the star edges “FREE”.



This original design was inspired by a Christmas ornament; it was entered in the Salute America theme at the 2017 Arizona Quilters Guild show. Pamela continues, "I quilted the background on my Handiquilter using a fireworks design. Nothing says America better than red, white and blue."

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

8 days of Red, White and Blue Quilts - day 2

We're celebrating Independence Day with 8 days of red, white and blue quilts! The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We hope your happiness includes plenty of quilting.
(NOTE: Please check out all the quilt books and fabric at our eBay store !) 

Patriotic Fandango: Freedom is not Free, ~46 x 46", by Patricia C. Kilmark (Atlanta, Georgia)


This quilt reminds us of fireworks!  Freedom is not Free won first place in the 12th annual Quilters Treasure challenge, which had the theme "What is your Passion?" Patricia C. Kilmark says, “My passion is and has been acknowledging the efforts of veterans and returning service men and women for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf so that we can enjoy our freedom. Untold numbers of veterans have fought unselfishly for our freedom, mine and yours."


Patricia is a volunteer leader for Quilts of Valor and has made many quilts for veterans.  She says, "Karen Griska developed the Fandango pattern which appealed to me a great deal and has inspired me to adapt the pattern for two different quilts."

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

8 days of Red, White and Blue Quilts

We're celebrating Independence Day with 8 days of red, white and blue quilts! The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We hope your happiness includes plenty of quilting.
(NOTE: Please check out all the quilt books and fabric at our eBay store !)

The Pursuit of Happiness by Robin Felton, quilted by Bella Bamert


Robin Felton says, “When I think of anything made in America it reminds me that we are free to BE makers in America. We are free to pursue our happiness.... to like or dislike anything without fear. We are not without sacrifice but we are free.  We aren’t perfect, but we are free to get as close as we can.”

The Pursuit of Happiness was made with American Made Brand fabrics for the Farm to Fabric Challenge, exhibited at the 2015 Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Image credits:  Photo was taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

More Scrap (Happy) Quilts!

We've been collecting scrap quilt inspiration for years.  Our favorite scrap quilts are those with a cohesive design and color scheme; in other words, quilts that don't look TOO scrappy.  Have you ever made a scrap quilt?  Let us know which of these are your favorites!
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Ditzy for Dots by Judith Salb, quilted by Jessica Gamez


Ditzy for Dots won Third Place in the Scrap Quilt category at the 2017 Quilt Arizona! There are so many fun dotty fabrics in this quilt.  Judith Salb says, "Dots and spots and circles oh my! I included a few other shapes to create a hunting game for my granddaughters."   It was beautifully quilted by Jessica Gamez.


I Love HSTs by Valerie Helgren-Lempesis, quilted by Kerry Reed


Valerie says, "Using Edyta Sitar’s Medallion Center quilt [the cover quilt for Edyta's Friendship Triangles book], I decided to triple it in size and then use more HSTs for the borders. I then used a quilt done by Francis Scott Key’s wife as inspiration for the final product.


Not Even Close by Carolyn Edwards, quilted by Arlene Tribble


An Ocean Waves design makes a wonderful scrap quilt! Carolyn Edwards says, "My quilt is “Not Even Close” to the magnificent pieced vine borders made by Indiana farm wife, Susan McCord, in 1800 [collection of the Henry Ford Museum] but I tried." For more on Carolyn Edwards, see the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame


Third Generation by Pamela Snow


Pamela Snow created this charming wall hanging from recycled vintage quilt pieces.  She says, "I used my longarm to attach vintage quilt pieces to a white background. Pieces were hand sewn by my aunt in the 40’s from my grandma’s scrap basket."  It was longarm quilted by Pamela herself using red thread.


Up The Down Staircase by Brenda Archambault, quilted by Carolyn Helvie


Quiltmaker Brenda Archambault says, "Mary Etherington, owner of Country Threads, posted a picture on her blog of a similar quilt last winter. I studied the picture and figured out the blocks."


No Title by Susan Sacco, quilted by Ruby Worrell


Susan Sacco says that she made these quilt blocks from Batik scraps: "I loved doing the petals by hand." The quilt was inspired by a class with Bobye Jones.


Scraps to the Max by Mary McElvain, quilted by Andrea Stanfield


Scraps to the Max was inspired by the Charming Addition pattern by Kathie Holland at APQ. Mary McElvain says, "When this quilt appeared on the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting (Dec 2012) I knew I had to go to my boxes of scraps and make it."  Mary McElvain and her daughter, Andi Stanfield (True Blue Quilts) are coauthors of the book Monochromatic Quilts: Amazing Variety.

Firewall by Carol Caplan, quilted by Cathy McLees


The ultra-modern-looking Firewall was made with "an array of scraps and strips from a lifetime of quilting, some more than 30 years old. Waste not, want not!" Carol says the pattern is from Devoted to Scraps by Karen Griska at Quiltmaker.  


Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Quilt Arizona show (Ditzy for Dots, Not Even Close, No Title); 2014 Arizona Quilter's Guild show (Scraps to the Max); 2015 Arizona Quilter's Guild show (Firewall); and 2015 Diablo Valley Quilter's Guild (I Love HSTs,
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