Sunday, March 24, 2013

More Quilts from Charlotte Quilters' Guild Show

Here is another look at some of the quilts I liked from the Charlotte Quilters' Guild show, which I visited on March 8.

This one is a good example of hand-stitching used as an embellishment.

Yucca Mountain, by Donna Hartenstine

This quilt is made from the Mexican Star pattern, but I admired the machine quilting.  It won the Best Machine Quilting Award sponsored by Quilters' Loft.  I also liked the illusion of movement in the stars due to the lines in the fabric.
Mexican Star, made by Jeri Kellett, quilted by Janice Hayes and Jeri Kellett

The next quilt is also from a familiar pattern, but I like the interplay of fabrics to make the secondary circular designs, and the leafy and other patterned fabrics to create interest.
Batik Winding Way, by Claudia Reynolds
Here is a beauty of a traditional bed quilt.  I like the soft pastel fabrics and the beautiful machine quilting.
Bean Station Beauty, made by Sandy Dean, quilted by Quilted Thimble Cottage

Her is a detail of the quilting.

The next photo is out of focus, but you can see the striking combination of gold and black, enhanced by the gorgeous quilting.  It takes courage to use such a contrasting thread color.

Cosmic Jewels, Made by Mildred Gwinn, quilted by Janice Hayes

Another large quilt that I admired was this French Braid that literally glows with color.
Autumn Splendor, made by Vonnie Schulze, quilted by Jenn Reeve

Here is one that I liked because it gave me some ideas on how to re-use some funky blocks from an old row-by-row challenge that I have had for years.

One Thing; Two Things; No, Three Things, Made by Carla Handshaw, Quilted by Robbin Dorrier

Next is a very dramatic quilt.  The applique blocks are complex and interesting, but it is the dark blue background that really pops the color.


Midnight in the Garden, by Donna Penzell

The interesting thing about the next quilt is the intriguing fabric, which appears to be sun-printed.
Mutual Friends and Common Interest, by Phyllis Tarrant

At the guild's boutique shop, I noticed the display of pet garments.  Roberta Morgan mentioned doing a charity fundraiser at Capital Quilters' Guild's next show.  It would be an "Arfwork" challenge to make things for pets which would be sold in a silent auction.

There was a special category of challenge quilts called "Postcards from the Garden."  They looked very festive hanging from a clothesline against a black background.
Vonnie's Garden, by Vonnie Schulze
Out Again!!!, by Ellen Mabry
Staring Contest With an Italian Grasshopper, by Donna Hartenstine


I really liked this entry in the Non-Traditional, Wearables, & Specialty category.  It is a mixed media book inspired by trees.
Passionate Roots, by Susan Edmonson

As I mentioned in my last post, there was a large vendor mall at the show.  I visited one of my favorite quilt shops, Quilters' Loft of Mooresville, NC.  I just had to get this packet of jungle-animal themed fabric.

In my next post, I'll show you what I did with it!  Yes, I have already finished a quilt top from these fabrics!


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