"Bumble Bee and Coneflowers" was created by Carol Morrissey. Her love of nature has had an enormous impact on her quilting. It propelled her from making traditional quilts to creating realistic images of flora and fauna. Carol shows you how to add details to objects (in this case, a bee) using paint and inks in Show 1908: Postcards and Photorealism.
Lynda Faires created a striking small quilt called Crazy Elegance which encapsulates all the lovely eccentricities of a crazy quilt. You'll want to take a closer look.
Star Members can watch Lynda and see how she does it in Show 2003: Vintage Charm Using Silk and Machine Threadwork.
Here's just a sneak peek of "Tribal Fusion" by Sherry Rogers-Harrison. This work was inspired from a drawing done in Sherry's Creative Design course by Tom Russell. This piece is the first of Sherry's "tratempory" quilts and is a fusion of Tom's contemporary flair combined with Sherry's love for tradition.
Some of the awards this quilt has won include 1st Place Best Wall Quilt AQS Paducah 2008, 1st Place Innovative Wholecloth MQS 2008, and 1st Place APNQ 2008.
Half-inch square images of notable women come together in this celebration of women’s wit and wisdom. From a distance, the viewer sees a set of purple or red ready-to-kiss lips. Up close, women’s faces emerge…from Abigail Adams to Annie Oakley, from Hillary Clinton to Judge Judy.
Winner: 2nd Place Merit Quilt, Machine - Stationary - Sponsored by BERNINA of America - IQA Houston 2015
Tea for Two - Inspired by Cindy Needham, I took my mother's old tablecloth and made it into a quilt. When I was very little, my father used to sing "Tea for Two" and dance the old soft shoe, so I thought that was a appropriate title. I'm very happy with how this turned out!
Ravendale Star: by Linda Fleschner. Exhibited at IQA Houston 2015. Winner of 3rd Place, Mixed Technique.
I did not design the entire quilt before I started, but I knew I would use the Ravendale paisley print in a Radiant Star. When that was finished, I designed the border feather, staying with a black and white palette (a big departure from the bright colors I normally use).
Modified English paper piecing, fused applique with machine satin stitch, hand-guided free-motion and ruler work longarm quilting, hand-sewn beads.
Commerical cottons for top and back, two layers of batting (cotton first, wool on top) Gutermann polyester thread for piecing, applique, and quilting
Here's just one of Sandra Leichner's Best of Show Quilts. It's Tea with Miss D. and it won Best of Show at MQX-West. Among its other many awards it won the Master Award Contemporary Artistry in Houston and Viewer's Choice at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.
This quilt pattern was by Dr. Margaret Docherty of England, a pediatrician who designed this pattern in her free time. Patsy saw this quilt in a magazine and fell in love with it. "It took me 1 1/2 years to appliqué it and 6 months to quilt it." It is needleturn appliqué and hand quilted.
Janeene Herchold created Carnival by using a variety of surface embellishments to enhance the basic design shapes. She used beads, threads, ribbons, fabric paints and more to add dimensions and volume. The design is raw edge fused to the background and the shapes are couched around the edges for definition. Some shapes are filled with beads, pompoms, etc. for added volume. Everything was completed by hand with the machine used only to add the binding.
Reptile Wisdom uses an expanded two-color palette, English paper-piecing by machine, paper foundation piecing, and machine applique. Karen insists on using 100% natural fibers in her batting. Reptile Wisdom won first place in the Traditional Pieced category at IQA Houston 2014.
(Photo: Gregory Case)