Still life by the aquarium is part of a series I have designed. I have enjoyed making still life pieces using vintage doilies and laces. It is pieced and appliqued. The fish in the aquarium are hand painted and all the fabric is dyed by me.
This quilt was three years in the making. The top didn't take that long, though. It was deciding on the quilting that took the most time. I really wanted it to be special, so I built up my free motion skills on other projects and continued to work on it slowly. It was recently displayed in a local art gallery highlighting my Quilt Guild's 25th Anniversary along with other artists' work. I think its my new favourite!
My quilt for IMQE “On the Edge of Tradition” has been a journey of joy. Ever since “meeting” Karen from Canada, I have enjoyed getting to know her, her quilting, and her family through the emails we have exchanged. She is very encouraging, knowledgeable and confident in her skills as a quilter.
After finding out Karen’s preferred colors I set out to see how I could incorporate them into a mini quilt that set off my skills and infuse some of the New Mexico flair to the quilt. With her colors of turquoise and reds, setting them against the black and whites kept coming to the forefront of my thoughts as I designed this mini. A traditional nine patch and an appliqued wreath pattern were set in motion. Turquoise is a color that is associated with the native Navajo nation in their jewelry and traditional dress. My town of Farmington, NM borders the Navajo nation.
I love traditional quilts with applique. The classes that I have taken from many national quilt artists encouraged me to worked on my applique skills. In this piece I have used techniques from Sharon Shamber for the leaves. The 3/8” hexagons are an extension of another quilt I am currently working on. Black and White just kept it edgy.
My husband and I travel extensively and this quilt has been to Washington in the summer, across country to Vermont in the fall and to the third coast in Texas in Feb.
This quilt is a collaborative effort and represents our interpretation of Sue Spargo's Folk Tails pattern. My friend selected the beautiful fabrics and gorgeous color scheme, a complete shift away from Sue's usual wool to cotton. I appliqued and quilted, all on a domestic machine. The small added cranes are in homage to our mutual love of Mah Jongg which introduced us to each other. The small owl in this quilt represents a beautiful Owl Mah Jongg set that inspired this project. The Mah Jongg set now lives with me and the quilt resides with my friend.
A selfie of my daughter and her friend dressed to participate in a samba parade during their student year in Chile was the inspiration for this fabric collage quilt. It was quite a challenge to recreate their faces and flowers from printed and batik fabrics, but I'm quite pleased with how it came out.
"Samba Selfie" was accepted into the 2018 Pacific International Quilt Festival and won a ribbon for Visual Impact in the New Quilts of Northern California exhibit there. It was on display at the 2019 Road to California show and has been accepted into the 2019 Spring Paducah show.
This is my version of TQS BOM 2017 which I named "Fiesta Halo Medallion." It won first place in its category at the 2018 "Quilt Fiesta Santa Fe" in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more pictures click: https://quiltsbyjoyce.blog/2018/10/18/fiesta-halo-medallion/