July 8, 2013: More Quilts from the VQF

Greetings!

As promised in my last post, I am sharing more photos of quilts I really liked from this year’s VQF for your enjoyment.   Here goes:

The first four are quilts that were hand quilted.   There are far fewer hand quilters now than there used to be, however, there are still quite a few of us out there enjoying our craft and I particularly like to take note of hand quilted works at shows.

This first quilt is an original design by Dawn Hayes, called “The Gutting Garden.”  It is beautifully constructed – I’m sure the piecing wasn’t easy!  And the hand quilting complements the piece perfectly.  A well deserved blue ribbon!

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Here are 2 close-ups:

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Some of the fabrics are silk.

The next quilt is a hand quilted Baltimore Album type quilt.  There weren’t too many of this type at this year’s show – seemed like significantly fewer than in the past.  I don’t know if this means they are going out of style of if this is just an off year.  We’ll see over time.  This one is called “3 of 1” because it is Joan Dorsay’s third Baltimore Album type quilt after she had originally planned to do only one.  The border in particular is beautifully designed and the hand quilting is very good.

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The next quilt is a variation on Irma Gail Hatcher’s popular pattern from a number of years ago called “Conway Album (I’m Not From Baltimore)”.  This one was done by Lorraine Hoffman and she had it hand quilted by an anonymous Amish quilter.  This quilt won the Viewer’s Choice award.

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The last hand quilted quilt I’m showing is “Summer Rose” by Marjorie Farquharson.  It is based on an antique quilt and I really like the quirky, “folk-art”, look.

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Next I’m showing an amazing miniature quilt.  George Sicilliano is nationally known for his incredible miniature quilts.  This one is truly amazing.  I believe it is only about 8 x 6 inches in size and has over 2800 pieces in it!   Unbelievable!!!

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In my last post I showed several brightly colored quilts in which the use of color to highlight and enhance an original design was particularly exciting.  Another quilt that exhibited great use of color is “Fire and Ice” by Janet Bailey.  She used a Judy Niemeyer pattern so didn’t create an original design but her use of color was exciting.

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The next quilt was an exquisite rendering of the “Cathedral Windows” pattern.   It was made by Patrice Johns The way she modulated color across and around the quilt made the quilt special.  One of these days I would like to try one of these!

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The next quilt has a very modern feel to it and won the Governor’s Award for the best quilt from Vermont.  It also won the award for best Art Quilt.  It’s called “My Circle of Friends” and was made by Elizabeth Schmidt.  Her use of pattern in the fabrics, color choices, and the circular design were all excellent!

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The last quilt I’m going to share today is one of the VQF Teacher’s quilts.   Each year there is an exhibit of one quilt from each of the teachers teaching at the Festival.  It is not easy to make a good “landscape” quilt, i.e. a quilt picturing a landscape or a realistic scene, without it looking “amateurish”.  One of the absolute best artists making landscape quilts is Pam Druhen; hers are always spectacular.  Take a look at this lovely winter scene from her:

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I would love to some day learn how to do what she does!!

That’s enough of the VQF for this time.  They always have a wonderful exhibit of antique quilts and this year we were allowed to take pictures so I’ll share some of those in another post.

I hope everyone has been finding good ways to stay cool this summer.  We just had a heat wave with temps in the 90’s for several days in a row.  We managed to stay cool one afternoon by driving to the White Mountains and going into “The Flume” which is a beautiful deep gorge with a beautiful rushing stream in the rocks where the temps are usually about 30 degrees cooler than everywhere else.  Here are some pictures, starting with the mountains:

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The approach to the Flume:

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Going in:

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There’s a gorgeous waterfall at the end and the sound of the water rushing and roaring is very loud, but calming rather than annoying.

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I am steadily working on the hand quilting of my “Imperfect Beauty” and the end is in sight!  I also got started on the third of this year’s Trio of Doll Quilts and will show some pictures of both projects in the next post along with some pictures of the new sewing room which is almost complete.  Last week I bought new curtains which make a big difference in the overall look and feel of the room.

Thanks for stopping by!!

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