Wonderful Quilters

Friday was such a fun day. Each Summer the North Carolina Quilt Symposium is held somewhere in the state. This year it was in Asheville so I made a date with a friend/quilter to attend for the day.

We went to a few quilt stores on our way north and after a yummy lunch, found our way to the UNC Asheville campus. This year they had an amazing group of teachers who each brought 3 or 4 quilts to hang with the participants’ quilts. When we paid our entrance fee, we were given a plastic glove so that we could look at the back of the quilts. To be able to see the quilts very close and check out the amazing quilting on the back was such a treat! Here are some of my favorites…

Susan Cleveland:

Though I took a class with her some years ago, it must have been before I started blogging. In any case, it was her Piping Hot Bindings workshop. She is an excellent (and fun!) instructor. If you have made bindings on quilts, you can understand that a teacher has to give very simple and clear directions for everyone to understand and be successful! This quilt, Flowered and Feathered Frenzy, is full of wonderful details showcasing her class content. There is a double binding around the wonky edges. There is both machine and hand quilting; the hand quilting she calls her “Morse Code” technique.

I was quite taken by these embroidered circles. And I love the color! I had just been complaining to my friend about all the dull grey quilts that everyone seems to like now. She pointed out that Susan’s quilt was grey. It is indeed, but the colors she used are brights – not the colors with grey added. It’s just wonderful.

Melinda Bula:

You may remember that I took a class with her to make her wonderful zinnia quilt. I can’t say enough about her stunning quilts and easy-going manner in the classroom. Looking at Waratah on the computer screen, I am struck by its beautiful graphic quality. In person you see her layers and layers of machine quilting and the lovely hand dyed fabrics that she often uses.

And her Monet in Pasadena. It was a hot day in Asheville and I wanted to swim among the lily pads.

Lea McComas:

I believe I saw this quilt in a magazine and I was delighted to be able to see it up close and personal. Bike Boys is amazing – Lea used 114 threads which added up to 8 miles of stitching.

This ad below was her inspiration! This is also a good shot to see her thread painting. Can you see how thick it is?

Barbara Olson:

I have seen Barbara Olson’s quilts many times at various quilt shows. Her work is constantly evolving and I was really struck by Life Unfolding. Do click on the picture to see the amazing detail, fabrics, colors and stitching!

And her Peacock Flower. (The Guild labeled this Stroke of Blue but on her website it is called Peacock Flower.) Talk about juicy color…

What is it about seeing art or fine craft in person? I feel refreshed and energized. I hope you do as well!

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Mariner’s Compass Mania

Somehow I diverted from this week’s plan….laundry and cleaning my studio. Well, perhaps not quite, but what I meant about cleaning the studio was tidying up and now I have made more of a mess. A basket of UFO’s caught my eye and I started digging through them and look what I found!

I took a class in Judy Mathieson‘s method of paper piecing the Mariner’s Compass pattern at the Houston show many years ago. Who doesn’t love this dramatic pattern? I made lots of them and then I taught classes in how to do it and each time I did I allowed myself to start a new one. Yikes! Here are a few to show you.

This one hangs on the wall in the stairway going down to the basement/studio. I called it Stars Over the Buttes because that background fabric looks just like the buttes in Colorado. (The color is really off and I can’t get it adjusted properly…)

This one

is part of this one! I was working on a large pink and orange quilt top and then we moved. At a later date I needed a class sample and I knew the store where I was teaching would love this color combo, so I cut this one out. (And I’m not sure what I will do with the rest.) I did take the time to do some “Piping Hot Binding” on it, which I learned from Susan Cleveland. Click on the quilt photo to see it.

This was an interesting color idea… For those of you who don’t know about the construction of a compass design, here you can see 4 pieces of the compass. Each wedge is one point and then it’s paper pieced in some way. It’s a lot easier to make than it looks and really, really fun.

This is the compass UFO that I did remember that I had. I call it Dotty for Dots and all the fabrics are (and will be) dotted fabrics. I have a large collection!

This compass I thought would be fun to finish as a circle. I don’t like the middle I pieced though, so back to the machine for that!

Believe it or not, I have a few more completed compasses stored away. After I finish some of these UFO’s I think I should be “done” with this pattern!