Quilt Shows

Road to California–Part IV (final)

There’s no particular order to the quilts in this post–just some quilts that I saw that were interesting, or lovely, like this one with the eight billion triangles.  Titled Summer at the Lake, it was made and quilted by Rahna Summerlin. It has an old-fashioned look.

Sandhill Stars, made and quilted by Sandi McMillan  won a first place ribbon. It was terrific.  Detail below.

She said in her notes that she was inspired by a “Stars Upon Stars Variation made by Mary J. Cole Dickerson of Wethersfield, Conneticut in the mid-1800s.”  McMillan is from Nebraska.

Another one of those quilts where each block would be a fun quilt in itself.  The lady standing next to me said she thought this was one Halloween quilt that she could have around–that it seemed to stretch all the way from September to the end of fall.  Agreed.

The title of this quilt, made by Mary Dyer and quilted by Sharon Brooks (both of Arizona) is Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch.

I should probably show this last, because it was one of those quilts that you are convinced probably took them YEARS to make.  Tea with Miss D. is the title, and it was made and quilted by Sandra Leichner of Oregon. Close-ups follow.  I tried to get shots that showed not only the detail, but also the quilting.

I know this is a little bit dark, but the only way I could show you those quilted daisies in the corner was to turn off the flash.

This quilt, made and quilted by Dianna Grunnhauser of Hawaii, was inspired by Ruth McDowell’s template technique.  Sunday Morning took her five years.  Five years?  Yay!! Finally we have truth-in-quilting!

Detail from a quilt showing the final scene of Peter and the Wolf  (you can see Peter’s feet hanging from the tree as he’s captured the wolf.  Made by Kimberly Rado and quilted by Cindee Ferris.

Live Well, Emily was apparently made (and quilted) by Emily’s mother, Jan Hirth, after Emily’s April wedding was called off in March.  What a wonderful tribute to a daughter.

Almost Amish, made and quilted by Linda Thielfoldt of Michigan.

Fresh as a . . . .

Made and quilted by Nancy Ota, from California.  Lots of painting on this, to get the blended petals.

Grateful Dance is an ode to the maker’s two titanium hips, shown here by the silvery fabric on the skeleton.  Made and quilted by Ranell Hansen of California.

Lots of joy in this skeleton!

There was also a special exhibit of the Day of the Dead, a popular celebration here in Southern California. Jane Tenorio-Coscarelli and Monica Gonzales curated this booth.  It was great.

Fiesta Day, made and quilted by Laura Fiedler of California

I think this is Dia de Los Muertos, by Evelyn Matinez of Los Angeles, California.  There was some confusion by all of us looking at this exhibit just which quilt went with which sign.  So, I apologize if I got it wrong.  Leave a comment if there needs to be a correction.

And I think this one is Sugar Skulls, by Terri Steinfurth of Ohio.

Angel Trumpet Splendor, made and quilted by Janice Paine-Dawes of Arkansas.  She painted this on silk with textile paints, then quilted it.

Mary Lou Weideman’s quilts are instantly recognizable. I Dream of New Mexico was finished in three weeks.  I saw her later in the restaurant (a Mexican restaurant, of course) and told her I liked her quilt.  I then showed her the quilt I keep on my cell phone, begun in her class.  She was pretty enthusiastic about it and wanted me to send it to her website.  I might.

Detail of above quilt.

I was completely fascinated by this quilt, titled Buttercups and Butterflies, made and quilted by Gail Brunell of California.  It’s an applique–but I kept trying to figure out if it was done by machine (monofilament thread) or by hand.  I, of course, am currently obsessed with applique (because I’m nuts, I think) and am thinking about how to finish the two quilts I’ve been planning.

So, I tried to get really close (sorry about the blurring).  I think I see the teeny zig-zag stitching, which made me very happy to know that it could be done so well that even with a close inspection the applique won’t reveal its secrets.

She’d started this in a class on applique, and completed most of the quilt top.  Then she had an accident and put the quilt aside for many months as she “went through physical therapy to recover from a broken shoulder.”

Can you spot where she changed her mind about quilting the leaves (or else oopsed and accidentally quilted one by mistake?  One of my favorite parts!  This quilt was perfection–so lovely.

Here four of us from our little quilt group: (front) Jean, Jodi, (back) me, Leisa.  We’re taking a break in the bright California sunshine. I have on my new necklace, purchased at the show.  I had people stop me to look at it, then head over to buy one.

Here’s Heather from Superior Threads, modeling her amazing sparkly jacket.  She is one talented woman!

Thought I’d show you a picture of the second ballroom, where there were lots more vendors and the faculty quilts. This was taken in the afternoon, after all the tour busses went home.

The Olfa guy demonstrating his rulers.  The crowd was as thick as if he were demonstrating a blender or something (like Dan Ackroyd’s Bass-O-Matic).  You can glimpse the crowds off to the right, in this picture. I bought one.

I’ll leave you with a lovely quilt–one of the flower quilts in the show.  Come on out to our California Sunshine and to Road to California!

Begonias at Butchart Gardens, made and quilted by Pat Rollie.






3 thoughts on “Road to California–Part IV (final)

  1. I was surprised to see my quilt from Road to California highlighted. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I was very surprised that you found a leaf that had been quilted. I never noticed. You were right, I used machine applique with invisible thread. I then stitched around the applique pieces with invisible thread then did the stippling. The reason I quilted over the leaf was because I actually quilted the quilt from the back. I couldn’t see the black thread on the black fabric so I flipped the quilt to the back to do the black quilting. I must not have stitched around the leaf so it didn’t show up from the back of the quilt. Oops!

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