I arrived home last night after spending 4 days at the Quilt Odyssey show in Hershey, PA. I taught 4 hand's-on longarm classes, which went wonderful, but the highlight was most certainly being invited to have a retrospective exhibit of my quilts. I sent 17 quilts, spanning 21 years of my quilting...as I told people if you start at the current end of the exhibit and walk backwards, you'll see the "good, the bad and a few ugly". It isn't an entire lie :-)
For the most part, the exhibit was chronological, but this little beauty (choke, choke) somehow got placed among some of my 2012 quilts. I nabbed it from my mother's house, as it is her's. I got several "thank you's" from other quilters for daring to include what is the oldest and most definitely ugliest quilt I had access to. I did make quilts prior to 1995, but the earliest went to Goodwill over 6 years ago and the other resides with my brother (unless they have trashed it by now too). This is classic-ugly though with it's blue and peach and green calico fabrics, and absolutely no design sense whatsoever. It is hand quilted. Everybody starts somewhere; this is mine.
When my daughter was born, I started three wall-hangings -- this is one of them. They were to be my "Legacy Quilts". Each is different, but they all share some of the same fabrics. Two of them are finished, and I sent this one to hang at Hershey. It's also hand-quilted. My color and design sense is at least tolerable here!
In 2008, I started this quilt for my daughter's bed. She was two. They are hand appliqued, and it is also hand quilted. It goes on her bed part of the year, when she has the fancy to use it. Being that she is now making quilts, there are three others that this gets to alternate with! It's called d"Girly Fun". Alas, I have learned that quilts need to be named and labeled! This went to the Maine Quilt Show in 2009 and got a whopping Honorable Mention.
The quilt hanging beside it ("It Takes a Village") is also my mom's. It is one of the first that I quilted on my longarm. Stitching is very simple as I was much more interested in the piecing. My quilting skills had not been honed.
I'm a bit out of order by a year or so, but this ("My Summer") is a little mini I made after making a similar one for a swap partner. It' raw-edge appliqued, which I NEVER do, and machine quilted using my domestic machine. I was never very good on the DSM, and it was the fact that I wanted to make bigger quilts that motivated me to buy the longarm in 2009. Never the less, I really like the beachy scenes because the beach is just about my favorite place.
The above piece "Primavera" is from 2010. It's hand appliqued batiks, and is longarm quilted. It did go to a couple shows. Mostly it lives in my study. The colors are me, as is the medallion style.
The quilt on the left was actually started in 2009 at a Karen K. Buckley class on hand applique. If there is one person who I can say has influenced my style most, it's probably her. Learning a few of these techniques fostered my love of applique and handwork, which is actually seen on many quilts over the past several years.
>This is my 2011 quilt, and first intentional show quilt. "Cartoline da Venezia (Postcards from Venice)", made to depict an inlaid Italian floor, was also my first Best of Show, earned from the Maine Quilt Show. I hate the colors in this - they are not me and the experience of making and showing it taught me to follow my own inclinations about color. Quilts for show are often very colorful.
So that is exactly what I did..."Zen Garden", which is very recognizable with the viewers since it went to nearly 2 dozen shows, and has been in several magazines including a MQU cover-girl, is all me. It's scrappy, pink green and purple. It has a couple BOS's in it's history. It was supposed to be in a book too, but we can thank AQS for all of it's mis-doings in closing their book publishing. More on that crap another day.
This is another of my 2012 quilts, "Meet Me at Giverny". It shares many of the same colors, and is named for the lavender print which always reminds me of the Money water lilies paintings when seen up close. On this, I hand-painted a detail for the first time. This quilt too has a couple of BOS's, but is lesser known to viewers than Zen Garden.
"Shenandoah Falling" (2014) was made as a modern quilt, but it was never modern enough for any of the judges, despite the quilting being much more edge and graphic. It's my other non-symmetrical quilt. After the first crash-n-burn with brown, I did go that route again, but these colors are more pleasing to me. It earned a couple of ribbons, but its claim to fame is probably having been on a bill-board and much of the 2015 Paducah signage and advertising!
"The Jester's Folly" (2015) is one of my faves. Doesn't get much better than pink and green.
...ok, just a couple more
Thanks for looking~