Quilt Shows

Road to California, 2007- part II

Road to California, part IIThese are in no particular order, merely some of the highlights of the exhibit for me.

“Autumn” by Melissa Molino, using the block “Oak Leaf Reel”

“Van Gogh’s Quilt” by Ann Horton

“Scrap Bag Quilt #6” by Maria De Greene.
She said was trying to use up her stash in making this series of quilts.

“Greetings from Oregon–The Quilt” by Carrie Perkins
Clever back art.

“Save Me From the Trilliums” by Terry Kramzer
I have actually seen a trillium–used it for my applique block for the Swain class on Thursday. Trillium Grandiflorum, I think is its name.

“Sparkle Plenty” by Claudia Myers and Marilyn Badger
Nice points, ladies.

“A Star Called Kansas” by Darla Orndorff
After noticing how many times I have photographed a feathered star in my life, I suppose one is in my future. I’m resisting.

“Baltimore Memories” by Karen Kenterling Brandt

Detail from “Radiant Roses” by Barbara Perrin

“Sunny Girls” by Pat Durbin
This one was a stunner. Teensy little squares (see detail below) made up this quilt–fractured when close-up, but lovely when seen from a bit of a distance.

“Japanese Taupes #1” by Diane Mooralian
This was one of my favorites. They put saran strips criss-crossed so you can’t get to close to the quilts. (I also think it is to thwart photographers.)

“Prague” by Beth P. Gilbert
Having been there, and glimpsed the cemetary fronting the castle across the river,
it reminded me of our trip to that city in spring of 1996.
I took this shot before I found I wasn’t supposed to. It’s the Alzeheimer’s Traveling Exhibit, organized by Ami Simms. I thought of my guild back in Virginia, making postcard-size quilts to contribute to the auction.

One quilt had a pristine block in the center that degraded as the pattern moved to the edges with garish colors, unraveling pieces, and poor placement of the original floral applique elements. I thought of my Aunt Jean, a brilliant professor felled by Alzheimer’s. I imagine life must have been that way for her, as they found little notes she’d written to herself in her drawers and cupboards, trying hard to remember, trying hard to keep the pattern of life intact. Although many of us joke around about having this disease, remembering my aunt and seeing the quilts–and quiltmakers’ statements about the reasons for their quilts–was heart-rending.

“Evergreen” by Carol Taylor

“Morning with the Masai” by Karen Flamme
I liked the way she used the two different color families (rusts, yellows, browns against the blues, greens) to delineate the sections of her triptych.
“Cats in the Garden” by Roberta Morgan
I don’t usually go for the Wearable Art (it’s gotten way over the top for my tastes)
but how can you ignore these kitties?

“Unintended Consequences” by Kathy Schiedt

“Truck Bugs, Bachoe Blossoms and Wheelbarrow Butterflies” by Barbara E. Lies
Very humorous quilt. Look closely at the elements in this traditional-looking applique medallion (details below).

Kaffe Fasset fabrics were everywhere in the vendors’ booths. Seems to be the rage of the age. So I bought some, and the owner (Leo9) let me photograph the riot of colors.

I cut and pieced some last night–here’s attempt #1 up on the pinwall.

Attempt #2–I was auditioning the orange zinnia-looking print in the outside triangle on the upper right, but it’s gone now. I’m off to rake the leaves off the patio (a spring-time chore in Southern California) while the riot of colors and patterns percolate.I came home tired, but energized–a nice break from slogging through my teaching lesson plans. School started–a good group of students. Time for one last piecing session before the first set of papers comes in next Wednesday (life as I knew it, will be over).

Classes · Quilt Shows

Road to California, 2007-Part I

Last week I attended Road to California, a quilting conference with exhibits, vendors and classes. I took a class from Gabrielle Swain, an applique-er who uses paint crayons, and watercolor pencils to shade and enhance her work. Below are some shots of the class.

This is a quilt of the teacher’s, an appliqued leaf with shading produced not only by the choice of fabric, but by application of highlights and darks through pencil/crayon media.

Student example (not mine–mine was hideous even though they all said nice things. Women are a funny lot–highly competitive, yet encouraging at all times.)

I expected to enjoy the class, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the class. I learned techniques that I know I will use, and my class samples (though hideous) are good examples of what I learned. I purchased more oil-based paint sticks at the show, as well as set of oil-based crayons at Office Max afterwards. Now to find the time.