One of the good things about Quiltfest (held in Jonesborough, TN every July) is the quilt show. This year there was a contest in addition to the show of quilts made by the teachers. Here are some of the quilts made by people who taught at Quiltfest this year:
Zen by Debbie Maddy
Usagi by Debbie Maddy
Pathways by Debbie Maddy
Twinkle Star made by Lucille Amos (likely from a Judy Niemeyer pattern)
Diamonds in Bloom, made by Linda Crouch-McCreadie from a Judy Niemeyer pattern
O. G. by Karen K. Stone
Neutrality by Karen K. Stone.
This was a beautiful quilt and included lots of texture and metallic embellishment. Here is a detail view:
Detail of Neutrality by Karen K. Stone
New York State of Mind by Pat Holly and Sue Nickels
And here are some of the quilts entered in the contest rather than made by the teachers:
Red Bud Winter by Melinda Tweed
Leaves by Kristi Ottinger, quilted by Linda Crouch-McCreadie
It’s Complicated, by Kristi Ottinger, quilted by Linda Crouch-McCreadie
This pile of blocks barely made a dent in the pile of shirts!
And here is some of the quilt up on the design wall:
The holes are because I unaccountably made too few double 4-patch blocks. Luckily, that was one of the easier blocks in this quilt, so it the error won’t be difficult to fix!
As you can see, both the red and the orange made good accents. The interesting thing to me about this quilt is that those little accent blocks save the day. There is WAY too much variety in the quilt for it to be a good design without those diagonal orange and red lines created by the tiny blocks. They pull the whole thing together by giving it structure.
I’ll update you when I get the holes plugged 😀
One of the classes I took at Quiltfest last month was a little bag from a pattern by Penny Sturges. It was taught by Carrie Licatovich of Tennessee Quilts, who did an excellent job.
Carrie had made numerous modifications to the instructions for the bag, and it was one time I was really glad to be making something in class rather than on my own. Her changes were improvements in the construction process, and I would not have wanted to make the bag without them. Carrie was a warm and encouraging teacher and the class seemed to go well for everyone, even relatively new sewists.
Here’s my bag:
I enjoyed the class and I like the bag. Next time I want a cute little bag, I think I’ll buy one!
I recently took a one-day class in Shibori dying with natural indigo, taught by Debbie Maddy. This was part of QuiltFest, put on in Jonesborough, TN, by Tennessee Quilts. It was a good time as usual, and I’ll post more about QuiltFest later.
Debbie Maddy–her Shibori dying class was excellent!
Debbie brought many beautiful examples of Shibori dying with her.
In addition to the class, she gave a lecture about her adventures with Shibori. To hear her tell it, she became interested in Shibori and immediately signed herself and her husband up for a 10 day Shibori class in Japan! I can’t even imagine!
She gave us an introduction to how indigo is used for dying in various places around the world, then showed us how to mix the dye vats and prepare the cloth.
As always, the most fun was seeing everyone’s fabrics drying on the line!
Here are a few more examples made by students. I’m sorry to say I didn’t get their names.
When we got home, we had to neutralize the dye in a vinegar bath and then remove excess dye with pH neutral detergent in hot water.
And here are my finished pieces:
More about Quiltfest in future! Stay tuned 🙂