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Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter Quilt Show Part 5

*For part one, click here.

*For part two, click here.

*For part three, click here.  

*For part four, click here.

 *Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look.

Now…on with the show!

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Inspired yet?

Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter Quilt Show Part 4

Still more from the fabulous Washington State Quilters quilt show!

*For part one, click here.

*For part two, click here.

*For part three, click here.  

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look.

This quilter knows how to work with color (not to mention flying geese)!  I do not know for certain, but the maker probably paper, or foundation, pieced this quilt. 

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*Update: A commenter has informed me that the above quilt was designed by Jacqueline de Jonge and is paper pieced.   It is an award winning quilt called ‘Catch Me If You Can’.

This next quilt is a very busy, but cute quilt.  The best part is when one looks more closely.

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There is a whole lot of hand embroidered sweetness going on here!

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  How many of us inherit blocks from block exchanges, or have orphan blocks from classes or rejected projects?  Lots, I know.  We are always looking for a way to use them.  The sampler isn’t considered spectacular, but I thought the variety of blocks were combined very well in the following quilt.

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Do you like scrappy?  Anything goes!  This quilter unified her scraps by using red and black squares throughout.  I love it!

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Another type of quilt is the story quilt.  Mary Lou Weidman is a master at telling stories through quilts.  Click here for her blog.

Monica Brower created a story quilt called, ‘When Grandfather Cut Loose the Pigs’, just for the WSQ 2013 quilt show.  Way fun!

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The next quilter not only put a lot of thought and effort into her machine quilting, but into the borders as well.

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What attracted me to this quilt where the leaves are scattered, or floating, across the top?

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This quilter dared to combine both cotton and wool for a nice tactile experience.

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I hope you are enjoying the show.  There is more yet to come!

Happy quilting!

Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter Quilt Show Part 3

*For part one, click here.

*For part two, click here

Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look.

As I stated in my first post where I shared from the Washington State Quilters quilt show, I am, for the most part, showing the varied and wonderful techniques that quilters are using to achieve their desired results.

In general, I am attracted by the color used in a quilt design first.  This is not the best way to be drawn into a piece, since many quilts are beautiful in many different colorways.  But it is what it is.

I love this sunset!  It is framed nicely by the branches.

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Upon closer inspection, I discovered that the artist used many techniques.  One of my favorites is the shiny Angelina fibers.  She also covered the piece with tulle which helps to give that sunset appearance.  I like the embroidery as well.

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Yo-yos are just plain fun and versatile!  They are used in crafts of all kinds (to make dolls, flower embellishments and Christmas ornaments just to name a very few).  They are seen in many antique coverlets too.  I’m showing this coverlet just for my daughter.  When she was younger, she made quite a collection of yo-yos, just for the fun of it.

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Do you love strip/string piecing?  How about creating something whimsical from all of those great blocks, such as a ship in a bottle?

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Are you making a sweet child’s quilt?  Does it have insects or animals on it?  How about creating some dimension in it as this quilter has done?  So cute!

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Perhaps your quilt could benefit from a bit of hand crochet lace?  Or even ready made trim?  Or both?  And as long as you are adding embellishment, perhaps some flower ornaments and buttons too?

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The next quilt is enhanced in so many ways.  The border fabric is a wonderful choice!  Perhaps the quilter began with the border fabric as her focal fabric.  She may have chosen the fabrics for her piecing from the colors she saw in the border fabric.

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This quilt went from lovely to spectacular when the maker added trapunto and custom quilting, as well as crystals.  Lots of crystals!  This quilt has bling!  I wish you could see that, but the photo does not show it.

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I have never used crystals.  For those of you who haven’t used crystals, a vendor assures me that an embellished quilt, or wearable, can be washed.

Jean Shute is the maker of ‘Pink Lady’, a Drunkard’s Path variation (I love the Drunkard’s Path block-it is so versatile!).

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I’m not a fan of pink (but a good friend once pointed out to me that a sunset/sunrise is not a sunset/sunrise without it), so what drew me to this quilt?

The machine quilting.

I thought it was two colors of thread.  It isn’t.  Getting closer, one can see that the quilting is enhanced by Prismacolor pencils.  What a beautiful technique!

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I have no idea why the camera changed the green background to an off-white.  Strange.

Perhaps you like to use panels.  I’m not a fan of panels but the last quilt that I’m going to share changes my mind.  This quilter enhanced her panel with great quilting, paper-piecing, silhouettes that represented the heritage of the center panel and a border fabric that pulls it all together.  Well done.

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Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter Quilt Show Part 2

More eye candy from the WSQ quilt show! 

*For part one, click here.

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look.

I love Brazilian and silk embroidery!  The following photos showcase a stitcher’s wonderful talent that was incorporated into a lovely romantic quilt.

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I admire a machine quilter’s confidence when she not only chooses to custom quilt (as opposed to an all over design), but chooses to showcase her (or him) quilting with a thread color that stands out from the background.  The next two photos are great examples of this.

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The next quilter created interest by framing her floral design with a little bit of color in the form of piping. 

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Look closer.  There are great touches of embroidery, beadwork, and thread painting.  This attention to detail really creates a beautiful work of art.

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Good things do come in small packages, and this miniature wholecloth is no exception.  The quilting is exquisite!  The crystals are a great addition to the piece…they don’t overwhelm the design, and add another element of interest.

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Just look at the teeny, tiny stippling!

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The next quilt is also a miniature.  It is a gorgeous fiber art piece featuring a floral design.  The intense color certainly pops and attracts the viewer!

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I leave you with a closer look that shows the fabulous beadwork in the center of the flower.  Love it!

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Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter Quilt Show Part 1

Attending a quilt show is so inspiring, and the Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter’s quilt show is no exception.  In fact, it is exceptional!  Art quilts, antique quilts, traditional quilts, embroidered quilts, youth quilts, modern quilts, wearables…I love it all!

Hubby took a lot of photos for me (my camera is big, and I didn’t want to carry it), so I’ll be sharing with you for the next few posts.  I don’t have the names of the makers…I do apologize for that!

For the most part, I will show detail photos, rather than the entire quilt.  Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look.

My first example is a machine embroidered beauty.  The color, shown off by that black background caught my eye first.  Looking closer, the machine embroidery is exquisite, and the piece is embellished with beads.

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I was going to show the next quilt in its entirety, but have somehow lost it during editing.

I have made a 108″ applique quilt from these very colors so, again, the color drew me first.  What is so wonderful about this next quilt, is that it is hand quilted.  I am so impressed by quilters who still hand quilt!

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The next two photos are taken from a beautiful memory quilt.  Memory quilts are awesome gifts and family heirlooms!  What I particularly love about this one, is the detailed quilting; for instance, the quilted tree representing the family tree and the homestead.

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The next quilt is a modern quilt.  I like the subtle background against the intensity of the blocks in the foreground.  This is a great example of how important contrast is.

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In the next modern quilt, the space cried out for showing off quilting, and the maker doesn’t disappoint.  What a terrific quilting sampler!

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One more example of how quilting ‘makes the quilt’.

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What princess wouldn’t want to live here (or have this quilt hanging in her retreat)?  There is lots of detail to draw one in…so fun! 

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I thought the suns were mosaics, so I took a closer look.  It is machine embroidery over applique. 

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This next quilt, called ‘Those Eyes’ by Nita Deen is for all of us cat lovers (and there are a lot of us)!

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Nita hand painted the cats.  Way cool!  I’ll leave you with a close up of one of these cats.

And happy quilting…no matter how you like to do it!

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