Here are the quilts for the tenth team from the over 320 teams that participated in the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). 201 teams submitted their quilts to be a part of the Exhibition in Houston 2018 and we are featuring the 24 teams selected for the first IMQE Exhibition.
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Enjoy the quilts from Team 208 created by Laurence Robaix and Laura Aust.
Title of Quilt: A World of Colors for a World of Quilters
Quilter's Name: Laurence Robaix
Location: Provence, France
Wonderfully paired as my partner lives in Des Moines, city I visit regularly as my French nephew got married and lives there. Like me she loves bright colors and log cabin. Log cabin has been my favorite pattern for many years. The quilt is paper pieced by machine and was inspired by Andrée LeBlanc’s work and Joan Wolfrom’s Colors wheel. Center medallion is 36 squares 2 inches side and 32 pieces per square. The pieced border is made with scraps from the center with 10 pieces per inch width and 3/8 inch height. The border is inspired by half of a template from Kimiko Friedl.. After a few weeks I was piecing, I realized that the same medallion I pieced in the past at normal scale 56 inches side, was already hanging on the wall of my nephew’s house in Des Moines....really not done in purpose. We decided with my partner that next time I will travel to Des Moines we will see each other and will compare both of them. I tried to make a study of the color wheel even if it was a square pattern and used complementary colors for the secondary design (the sawtooth of the gear). It has been a great experience to work on such a small scale and I hope that my partner will love my quilt. I quilted it with my brand new simply sixteen longarm that I received 2 weeks before and it worked well with all the multiple layers of fabric I had to manage. I pieced on my dream machine my Bernina 770QE.
Title of Quilt: Geese in the Cabins
Quilter's Name: Laura Aust
Location: Ankeny, Iowa, USA
Even though I am from Iowa, and my partner is from France, she has visited Iowa many times! In fact, she told me that she and her husband want to retire in Iowa one day. While getting to know each other, she told me that the first quilt she made was a Log Cabin design. I learned that not only does she still like the Log Cabin pattern, she also likes Flying Geese. Since these are also two of my favorite patterns, I wanted to use these in my exchange quilt. One of her favorite fabric designers is Kaffe Fassett. I had never worked with his fabric as I just couldn’t imagine them working in a mini quilt, but not only did I want to make something my partner would love, I saw this as a chance to broaden my horizons. I am very happy with the result and am glad I chose to step out of my comfort zone. I purchased most of the Kaffe fabrics during a bus trip to Missouri Star Quilts – which is a place my partner actually visited before I did (and she filled me in on the “must see attractions” before I went)! I have participated in a lot of quilt swaps but usually they are “secret or blind swaps”. I really enjoyed being able to talk to my partner before and during this one, to ensure I was making something she will love by using colors, fabric, and a pattern that fit her tastes.