Friday, December 15, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 15

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 15.

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And to All a Good Night by Sue Garman

From the Sue Garman exhibit in Houston, Texas, the description card states, " Crisp wintry snow and a starry night are the perfect setting for snowmen, angels, and Santa with his tiny reindeer! This quilt brings sheer delight for years to come. And to All a Good Night is made of a long applique panel, an array of both Four Patch Evening Star blocks, and extended Nine Patch blocks, and a set of borders.

Close-up And To All a Good Night

Here's a close-up of the applique block, with an enchanting depiction of a snowy night, complete with evergreens and tiny houses. Reindeer fly through the sparkling sky, while a little angel and bunny add extra interest to this landscape scene done in folk-art motif. Sue's delightful work is machine pieced, hand-appliqued and hand-quilted.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the Remembering Sue Garman exhibit at the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 14

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 14.

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Joyful Poinsettias by Kalico Kut-Ups (Utah Quilt Guild), quilted by Carol Rossen


What’s more cheerful during the holidays than a big pot of Poinsettias? How about Dresden Plate poinsettias with button centers and color tinted candy cane stems?  This red and white quilt makes us smile. It combines pieced Polar Bear Paw blocks with Dresden plates and redwork embroidery.


The Joyful Poinsettias pattern is by Meg Hawkey at Crabapple Hill Studio.


Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Springville (Utah) Quilt Guild show.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 13

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 13.

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Folded Star, 36 x 48, by Bonita McFadden, California


We were very impressed upon viewing Bonita's lovely quilt, because it is such a wonderful blend of traditional and contemporary Christmas motifs ! The boughs of holly, the wreath, and the red poinsettia flowers are symbolic of the Christmases that we have all known and loved for many years. The alternating red and black borders and the fabric of the stars, done in checks, stripes, polka dots, and zig-zags, reminds us of the trends in modern quiltmaking. These design elements encourage us to consider endless possibilities in creating future quilts for the Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa season.

Close-up,  Folded Star


The inspiration for Bonita's original design came from a home accessories catalog, which showed a decorative wall star with a pocket in it to display a floral arrangement. She then created a 5 point star template from folded paper, cut out corresponding fabric stars, and fused them to this intriguing black and white background fabric.
On top of each star,  Bonita fused and carefully appliqued floral prints which were fussy cut from larger fabric, in the method of Broderie Perse. In the block above, you can see how the wreath, topped with a cheerful bow, exactly fits into the center of the star. 

Close-up, Folded Star



In this close-up, you can see Bonita's workmanship in cutting and fusing these holly leaf and poinsettia prints. She used a layer of tulle netting to stabilize the floral print and ensure accurate placement of the motif. We always appreciate seeing Bonita's very innovative, thoughtful, and talented creations, at Christmas time and anytime !

Image credits: Photos and design are the copyright of Bonita McFadden.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 12

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 12.

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Snowflakes by BJ Meier, quilted by Christine Zachow


The bright white snowflakes stand out brilliantly against the blue and green batik fabrics in this foundation-pieced quilt!  BJ Meier says, "This is one of my Christmas wall hanging; I use it every year."  The Snowflakes quilt pattern by Barbara Fiedler and Sherri Bain Driver was published by Quiltmaker magazine


Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Amador Valley Quilters Guild show (California).

Monday, December 11, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 11

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 11.

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Winter Memories by Sue Garman


The description card from the tribute to Sue Garman last month in Houston, Texas, reads: "In Winter Memories, you can almost hear children laughing in the midst of building a snowman, you can almost feel the icy cold of a starry night; and you can sense the joy of a season of giving."
We love the high-contrast flying geese border which really sets off these angular geometric blocks !


Sue's delightful, vibrantly colorful work is all machine-pieced, without applique. It is hand-quilted, embroidered and embellished with buttons.


Santa's neatly pleated shirt and the little bell on his cap are just some of the fun embellishments here that add to the three-dimensional appearance of this quilt.

Image credits:  Photos were taken at the "Remembering Sue Garman" exhibit at the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 10

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 10.

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Double Nine Patch - Meowry Christmas! by Nancy Landon, quilted by Karolyn Nubin Jensen


This Double Nine Patch quilt was inspired by a magazine photo of an antique quilt. There are 354 little 3" 9-patch blocks in the quilt, which was beautifully quilted by Karolyn Nubin Jensen. Nancy Landon says, "I saw a picture of the original quilt in a McCall's magazine and knew it was perfect for using my stash of 1800's "cat" shirtings." (The light colored prints within the nine patch blocks have line drawings of cats.)



 Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2014 Tucson (Arizona) Quilters Guild show.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 9

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 9.

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Midnight Snow by Lisa Chin (Salt Lake City, Utah)


Lisa explains, "[This is] an experiment in hand cut snowflakes fused on to hand-dyed fabric."  Doesn't it look like fun to cut out all those pretty forms?  We really admire the variety of snowflakes that Lisa has created on this pretty appliqued quilt !

Close-up, Midnight Snow


The delicate and intricate structure of snow crystals requires a lot of  precise machine stitching, as yu can see in this close-up. Even the background quilting is done in the symmetrical shapes of snowflakes, which adds a nice coordinating design element.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 Springville (Utah) quilt show.

Friday, December 8, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 8

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 8.

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On This Winter Day by Nancy Prince and Linda French


On This Winter Day portrays an elaborate nostalgic scene, circa 1895.  Bundled-up children make snow angels and skate across a frozen river, while horse-drawn carriages maneuver through snowy streets.

The scene's realism comes from thread painting, a free-motion machine technique that can render detailed, complex images. Linda French machine quilted and thread-painted a whole cloth quilt, then Nancy added her thread painted artistry.  More than 2,000 hours over 7 years were necessary to design and thread paint all the people, animals and sleighs.


This quilt has won numerous awards, including Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October 2014. Nancy Prince has published two books on thread painting and she teaches workshops around the country.


Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration. We photographed On a Winter Day at the 2016 AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix, Arizona, where it took second place (red ribbon).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

24 days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 7

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 7.

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas, 74 x 74", by Linda Neal and Jackie Brown (Texas)


Done in the style of a traditional Baltimore Album pattern, this beautiful quilt won an Honorable Mention award at the American Quilters' Society Show in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2016. Santa’s “nice” list contains Linda’s grandchildren and family members.  Storybook villains are on the “naughty” list.   It was lots of fun adding the embellishments to the quilt top.

The pattern is Baltimore Christmas by Pearl Pereira at P3 Designs.

Here's Santa checking his list of who's been good this year !  We hope you're on his list, and we hope you receive everything you wish for Christmas !

Close-up "Twas the Night Before Christmas" 

Look at the cute button eyes and the rick-rack braid trim on the gingerbread people! We are amazed at the amount of painstaking detail work on this quilt.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 Arizona Quilters' Society (AQS) show in Phoenix, Arizona.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 6

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 6.

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Snow Fun by Margie Brakefield


Margie Brakefield won Honorable Mention at the 2017 Arizona Quilters Guild show for this cute machine embroidered wall quilt.  It is based on the Candy Cane Christmas pattern by Claudia's Creations.  (As of this writing, the pattern is available here.)   The snowman in the photo below is decorating his tree with red and white candy canes.


Snowman self-affirmations are embroidered in the borders:


...along with some pretty metallic snowflakes:



Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

24 days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 5

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 5.

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Gingerbread Joy by Sue Garman


Sue was inspired by the Christmas season, a time when gingerbread cookies are abundant, to create this beautiful block-of-the-month quilt. She included appliqued blocks of various gingerbread characters, a house, and floral designs.

Close-up, Gingerbread Joy


In between, she added pieced blocks, which vary both in size and design.  Sue made sure to capture the gingerbread man rhyme with the embroidered words between the blocks.


Sue's darling quilt is hand-appliqued, embroidered,  embellished with buttons, machine pieced, and quilted. These whimsical gingerbread people really do look like freshly-baked cookies whose fragrance fills the home. We hope your holidays are filled with the fragrance of wonderful goodies this year !


Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration in the special exhibit, Remembering Sue Garman, at the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival.  Sue Garman's quilt patterns are available for purchase at Come Quilt.

Monday, December 4, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 4

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 4.

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Red and White Quilters Block Menagerie, pieced by the Sew Small Miniature Quilt Guild, quilted by Tammy Jewkes


Eighteen different snowman redwork embroidery blocks are surrounded by a border of  improvisationally pieced stars, which add to the whimsical charm of this group quilt.  The snowman blocks are separated by nine patch blocks with snowflakes in the center.  Let it snow!




Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration atthe 2017 Springville (Utah) quilt show.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 3

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 3.

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Home Sweet Home, 12 x15" by Bev Taylor, Out of the Boxers Friendship Group, Amador Valley Quilters



The Gingerbread House mini-quilt was exhibited by the Out of the Boxers, a group of art quilters in the Amador Valley Quilt Guild of Livermore/Pleasanton, California. Starting in 2008, the group dedicated themselves to creating something challenging, different, and creative, while exploring many new techniques.
Throughout the year, they chose different themes for their quilts, taking about 8 weeks to design and sew each quilt. As you can see, their dedication produced some wonderful results, such as this detailed and charming gingerbread house, complete with an ice skater sporting a candy cane scarf in the lower right-hand corner.

Close-up of Gingerbread House mini-quilt


We especially  love the round peppermints and half-circle lace which create the scalloped roofline, and dot the top of the chimney, the two candy canes which stand sentry-like at the front door, and the peppermint and holly landscaping at the side of the house. This adorable home, silhouetted against a starry night sky, seems to exemplify everything that is cozy and endearing about the holiday season. We hope you also have many cozy moments this winter !

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Amador Valley Quilters Guild show.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration - Day 2

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's continue with Day 2.

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Fairest Isle by Kirsten Nelson


This is one of the prettiest "Fair Isle" quilts we've seen!  Kirsten Nelson designed Fairest Isle for a Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild and Art Gallery Fabrics challenge to create a Nordic-inspired quilt.  Reminding us of a knitted sweater, this quilt looks extra cozy!
For more Fair Isle inspiration, see the book 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter's Directory !


Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Arizona Quilters Guild Show.

Friday, December 1, 2017

24 Days of Christmas at Quilt Inspiration

Welcome to the 24 days of Christmas ! Each day this month, up through Christmas Eve, we'll feature a work of fiber art that reflects the joy and beauty of the season ! Let's get started with Day 1:

Gertrude Finds the Perfect Holiday Wrap by Neva Waldt


We saw "Gertrude" last month at the Houston Quilt Festival and couldn't help but smile at this very whimsical doll.  Here she is, festooned just like a Christmas tree with lights, ornaments, bows, and long bright red gloves to match her shoes.

Neva Waldt is a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists.


A little gold tinsel garland makes everything all right ! Gertrude looks so pleased with the gaudy, yet spirited and fun-loving outfit she is modeling. We hope your holidays are filled with lots of laughter, tinsel, and candy canes.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival.
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