Quilts

Monday, April 25, 2016

Quilt Show :: Quilts Japan :: New England Quilt Museum

April 25, 2016

I recently went to visit the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA. The current exhibit is "Quilts Japan: The 12th Quilt Nihon Exhibition, Pamela Weeks, Curator".

These quilts are jaw dropping. The intricacy of the quilts are stunning.

"Swan Song" Hiroko Nakayama, Gold Award
"Swan song refers to the last cry before the swan dies. When I started, this quilt was determined to be my last. I spent more than three years on the quilt and I am extremely relieved that it is now finished".
Cotton, machine pieced + quilted; hand embroidered



"Towards Space" Miwako Mogami
Cotton, silk, ribbons. Machine pieced, quilted, appliqued; hand appliqued

"Roses in the Garden" Toshii Naoi
Cotton. Machine pieced; hand appliqued + quilted

"My Baltimore Album IV" Miki Yakita
"For this quilt, I wanted the traditional quilt to have a sweet and charming look. Therefore, I used antique fabrics and a red background fabric to give it a unique effect. By using antique 30's vintage fabric, I arranged the colors to create a charming and traditional style. TO produce a soft and delicate effect, I embellished it with fine and detailed applique and embroidery. The applique pieces were so small that I could not use templates and therefore, I used the needleturn applique method and made tiny blind stitches."


"Red and Black" Yuko Eguchi
Cotton + silk. Machine pieced; hand pieced, appliqued + quilted.

"Twinkle Star" Keiko Tajitsu
Cotton. Machine pieced + quilted



"Recollection" Kimiyo Inoue
Cotton. Machine pieced + quilted.

"Japanese Rhythm - Flowering Ceiling" Sakiyo Yoshida
Cotton, silk, ribbons. Machine pieced + quilted; hand appliqued + embroidered.

"Beginning of a Day" Tomoko Sho
Cotton. Hand pieced, quilted + embroidered.

"Flowers in the Crystal" Kiyoko Ishihara
Cotton. Hand pieced, appliqued + quilted.

"Blue Sky" Ikuyo Kitada
Cotton. Hand pieced, appliqued + quilted.

"Rising Sun" Kumiko Funaki
Cotton + beads. Hand pieced, appliqued, embroidered + beaded.

"Flowers in the Night Sky" Yukiko Nakao
Cotton. Hand pieced, appliqued + quilted.


"Doors to the Future... #2" Masado Tsuda
Cotton. Machine pieced, quilted + embroidered.



"Constellation -- beyond time and space --" Yoko Kageyama
Cotton + silk. Hand pieced, appliqued, quilted.

"A Bouquet For You" Rumiko Ooiwa
Cotton. Machine pieced + quilted; hand appliqued + embroidered.

"Burning Sky" Yoshiko Koshi
Cotton + silk. Machine pieced + quilted.

"matrix" Kinue Ishigame
Cotton. Hand + machine pieced + quilted; hand appliqued.


"Happiness in Full Bloom 'Pear Flower' " Yoko Masuda
Cotton. Machine pieced; hand pieced, appliqued, embroidered + quilted.


"Looking forward to Spring" Masae Komori
Cotton. Hand appliqued, reverse appliqued, embroidered + quilted.

"Space Fantasy" Yumiko Matsubara"
Cotton. Machine pieced + quilted.


"SYO #66" Harue Konishi
Cotton + silk. Machine appliqued + quilted.
Aren't these just stunning?

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Show + Tell :: Going On A Trip I

April 18 2016,

This quilt was done in February. But because of the winter, we never got a chance to take a picture of it till today.

This one is call "Going On A Trip". When I saw this batik fabric, which is a Robert Kaufman Artisan Batik Model Geoscapes 4, I had to buy yardage of it.

This quilt uses Kathleen Loomis' "fine line piecing method". The yellow and orange pieces are skinny pieces. For this piece I think I only used 4 fabrics total. The main fabric, the yellow, orange and another orange fabric.

This title is attributed to the psychedelic main fabric, thus taking the word "trip" not in it's literal sense but a figurative sense, if that makes any sense. Oh, and note that the title contains the number "1", um... there may be a second one in the works.



The back of the quilt also uses Kathleen Loomis' method. I used mainly pinks and purples because I decided I was getting tired of it just hanging out in the closet and made a back out of it. I also realized I had a lot of extra front fabric left, and I smacked it onto the back. The red area was from the back of the "I Love Love Love" quilt, and instead of wasting it, it's on this back. 



Title: Going On A Trip I
Dimension: 87" x 103"
Materials: Cotton Batik, Dream Cotton Batting
Method: Machine Pieced + Machine Quilted
Machine quilted by: Jean Konopacz of JK Threads
Date completed: 02.2015

Now go make something psychedelic.

Quilt & Bitch

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Quilt Show :: Original Sewing + Quilt Expo 2016

April 17 2016,

Another quilt show that I went to was the "Original Sewing + Quilt Expo 2016" in Worcester, MA which was held on April 7 - 9, 2016.

There were so many spectacular quilts.

"Beginnings" by Jennifer Day, Sante Fe, NM
"This young girl is holding a silver spoon. Even though SAQA is celebrating its 25th anniversary, it was born with a silver spoon and is still in its infancy. The joy the child is experiencing playing with her threads is what fiber artists feel every day as we play with our own fabrics and threads."

Detail of "Beginnings" by Jennifer Day, Sante Fe, NM

Detail of "Beginnings" by Jennifer Day, Sante Fe, NM

Detail of "Beginnings" by Jennifer Day, Sante Fe, NM

"Reflections in Reflecting" by Peggy Brown, Nashville, IN
"Reflection (noun) - an image seen on a silvery surface. Reflecting (verb) - meditation on the first 25 years of SAQA, symbolized by 25 small rectangles."

Detail of "Reflections in Reflecting" by Peggy Brown, Nashville, IN

Detail of "Reflections in Reflecting" by Peggy Brown, Nashville, IN

"The Machine" by Wen Redmond, Strafford, NH
"This piece is based upon a photographic reflection of a storefront window filled with sewing machines. This piece is dedicated to SAQA and to the machine that made modern fiber art possible!"

Detail of "The Machine" by Wen Redmond, Strafford, NH

"Flowers and Champagne Streams" by Tiziana Tateo, Vigevano, Italy
"Flowers are crystallized into silver and are joyfully floating away in a stream of champagne."

Detail of "Flowers and Champagne Streams" by Tiziana Tateo, Vigevano, Italy

"The Silver Touch" by Michelle Jackson, Albuquerque, NM
" A silver metallic hand wiping across a dull dark surface exposing brilliant color and reflectivity behind it, as if to say, 'silver reveals beauty'. "

"Reflection - World Trade Center" by Jean Renli Jurgenson, Walnut Creek, CA
"Silver... shiny . architecture. glisten. perspective. reflective. WTC. iconic. Tridents . stylized . simplicity . introspection . meditation . serenity . calm ... reflection"

"Ciel D'Argent" by Judith Trager, Boulder CO
"The sunset sky brings swaths of silver and bold strokes of pinks and purples imposed on deep blues. The promise of days to come."

Detail of "Ciel D'Argent" by Judith Trager, Boulder CO

"Moonshine" by Elena Stokes, Clinton, NJ
"Silver (25th anniversary) + Water (transformation, creativity, emotion) + Moon (feminine, intuition, reflection) = SAQA. Let's celebrate with a little Moon-shine!!"


Detail of "Moonshine" by Elena Stokes, Clinton, NJ

"Angel of Silver" by Wendi Bucey, Chico, CA
"Gustav Klimt's 'Portrait of Adele' was my inspiration. Several references to silver are included through handcrafted foil coin buttons."

Detail of "Angel of Silver" by Wendi Bucey, Chico, CA

Detail of "Angel of Silver" by Wendi Bucey, Chico, CA

"Precious Time" by Mary Pal, Almonte, ON, Canada
"Despite its connotation as a luxury item, we seldom consider how silver is obtained through the arduous, dangerous work of mining, particularly back in 1907."

Detail of "Precious Time" by Mary Pal, Almonte, ON, Canada

"Silver Hills" by Cynthia St Charles, Billings, MT
"I wanted to express the experience of mining for silver in Montana by printing the quilt surface with writings from early miners and vigilantes."

Detail of "Silver Hills" by Cynthia St Charles, Billings, MT

"A Mine if Forever" by Diane Bird, Chardon, OH
"Acid mine drainage (AMD) occurs when sulphur bearing minerals come in contact with air and water, producing sulfuric acid and other heavy metals."

Detail of "A Mine if Forever" by Diane Bird, Chardon, OH

"Arianrhod-Gooddess of the Silver Wheel" by Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Van Nuys, CA
"Arianrhod is the Welsh goddess of the moon and stars. She is a free spirit who is not prepared to bend to anyone's expectations of her."

Detail of "Arianrhod-Gooddess of the Silver Wheel" by Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Van Nuys, CA

Detail of "Arianrhod-Gooddess of the Silver Wheel" by Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Van Nuys, CA

"A Walk in the Park" by Pennee Clanton, Buffalo, SD
"My sister Kellee Mitchell is an artist. When I got the idea to do this quilt I knew I was going to need her help to do the shadowing. When she came home for the holidays we worked on it together. The quilting speaks for itself!"

Detail of "A Walk in the Park" by Pennee Clanton, Buffalo, SD

Detail of "A Walk in the Park" by Pennee Clanton, Buffalo, SD

Detail of "A Walk in the Park" by Pennee Clanton, Buffalo, SD

"Harvesting Sunshine" by Mary Alice Hart, Monroe, WI
" 'Leaves' make me think of the huge maple outside our north-facing bedroom. In autumn it bathes the room in reflected sunlight. Raking those leaves is like 'harvesting sunshine.' I tried to capture that feeling in this raw edge machine applique and quilted piece. The design carries on right through the piping."

Detail of "Harvesting Sunshine" by Mary Alice Hart, Monroe, WI

"Night Flight No. 1" by Heidi A Parkes, Milwaukee, WI
"This quilt depicts the earth as seen from above at night in an airplane. It's improvisationally pieced using variations of the Seminole patchwork technique, which is a reminder of the affects of technology and world travel/migration. The series is named for the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and is inspired by my love of flight. Concurrently, flight is an experience that induces fear and anxiety for many, and therefore creating this imagery on a quilt is an attempt to reintroduce comfort. The horizontal hand quilting represents latitude lines, and hints at the many invisible lines humans draw on the earth.

"Flounce" by Melanie Tuazon, Livingston, NJ

"Release the Geese II" by Sarah L Bond, Philadelphia, PA
"In my 'Release the GEese' series, I've been exploring one classic quilt form: Flying Geese. Release the Geese II combines form, direction, color and pattern. I love the movement created with the combination of curved and straight flying geese. The curved geese are paper pieced with patterns of my own design."

"My Brother's Jeans" by Melissa Averinos

Detail of "My Brother's Jeans" by Melissa Averinos

Detail of "My Brother's Jeans" by Melissa Averinos

"House Plan" by Pam Rocco, Santa Cruz, CA
"After making a series of house quilts, I designed a quilt based on the floor plan of our condominium. My sketch was only 2-1/2" x 4", which didn't allow for precise measurement, but the quilt is a reasonably accurate representation of one floor of our house. The peak at the top of the quilt looks like the roof of a house, but it is actually a deck that comes to a point."

"Tesselation" by Nydia S Kehnle, Monroe, NY
"Tessellation 4 is my fourth version of this quilt. The paper pieced pattern was designed by myself and Alison Glass. In this version I was inspired to use Vanessa Christenson's beautiful ombre' line of fabric. I used only 19 fabrics and challenged myself to create a dynamic composition with a focus on value and color. Gina Pina added another dimension to my quilt with her beautiful crosshatch quilting.

Detail of "Tesselation" by Nydia S Kehnle, Monroe, NY

"Pine Burr Quilt" Tara Faughnan, Oakland, CA
"I have long been enamored with Pine Burr quilts (it's the official quilt of Alabama), and this is my second attempt at making one. This is such a heavy quilt, that I had to make it in pieces and attach them to a backing fabric as I went, not being able to plan or foresee the pattern beforehand, but designing it row by row. Each row is quilted down and the next row added on top, hiding the quilting on the front. Made from cottons and poly blends."

Jaw dropping aren't they?

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