Sunday, July 26, 2009

Maine Quilts 2009-32 Annual Show

I took many photos at Maine Quilts 2009. In no particular order, here is a selection. I like to take a picture that includes the quilt information so I can refer to my show book later. This first quilt features the card trick block. It is called "Parisian Solitaire" by Jennifer Varney of Hudson, N.H. Machine quilted by Susan Thibeault. I really liked how she fussy cut border fabrics to get a special effect.

Isn't this awesome? It is by Back Roads member Carolee Withee who is also a member of Art Quilts Maine. This is called Bright Spirals. By the way, I must compliment Maine Quilts for the show brochure. Each quilt is listed by category and includes a statement by the quilter. Abbreviations are used to designate such distinctions as machine or hand pieced and whether a quilt is machine quilted on a long arm by a professional or by the quilter on a domestic machine. It is good to have that information. Also included is an index of quilters and the page number for their quilts in the show book. I like that so I can look up my friends and some of my favorite quilters.

This is one of a few quilts I noticed made by men. This one is by Steve Wright, professionally machine quilted at Whippersnappers. It is called Fish Celebration. All the large triangles are fish theme fabrics, some I have never seen before. I imagine he collected fish fabrics for some time to make this quilt.

Wow, is this one bright! It is called Hot Flash, by Laurel Lashar. She says it is her first entry in a quilt show. Really nice work. I am sure many viewers got a chuckle from the title. Can you relate?

I always look for quilts by Jeanne Marie Robinson. She makes such delightful art quilts. She is another member of Art Quilts Maine. This one is called Orange Aid. I love it.

Tacoma Lakes Quilters had a challenge to use fabrics from their stashes (and I know some of these ladies have prodigious stashes) to make "Fool Around Fun" by Susan Fuquay. This one is by Judy Raymond who must have the biggest stash of green fabrics in the whole state!

This appealing little cottage sits in the center of a lovely applique quilt. The rest of the blocks are charming baskets of flowers. I particularly liked this house. The red sawtooth border really added to the overall effect. "A Summer Place" by Monique McLellan. Hand appliqued and hand quilted.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of Lone Star quilts at the show. The colors for this are soft and restful. "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" by Janet-Lee Santeusanio of N.H. She says 'the watercolor setting squares/triangles and over 700 Swarovski crystals give this pattern a contemproary new look.' She won a blue ribbon, too!

I just looked up the information on this quilt. I really liked it and now see that is by a 12 yr old boy! It is called "Aberash (African Word Meaning "Gving off Light")" by Steven Minns. He says 'I just loved working with African prints. It was a challenge to work with them because they were heavy and the gold in them was hard on the machine's needle. Original design. Paper piece, machine pieced, machine quilted on domestic machine.' I am impressed by his use of many fabrics and his treatment of the borders and sashing.

"Autumn" by Ann Titus, professionally quilted by Darlene Street. It wasn't until I got up close to this quilt that I realized that the center and borders are printed not appliqued. I really like it and am impressed with the quality of some of the panels available now.

Here is another quilt using pre-printed blocks for the center of the stars. Called "Serendipity" by Jan Fox, she says it was a kit she won as a door prize at a Cobblestone Getaway. Some door prize!

This bright quilt is by Wendy Rose of Bowdoinham, someone I remember from the library. It was fun to see her quilt at the show. It is called "Starry Night: Artist's Palette". Professionally quilted by Lynn Irish.

Great fabric choices!

"Delft Jar" by another New Hampshire quilter, Wendy Coffin. She says she admired Kaffe Fasset's work and made her own version. Professionally quilted by Sue Foster. I am interested in this quilt because of the color palette, which is typical of Kaffe Fasset. My own quilts have much more contrast than his and I don't think I could really make this work, but it is certainly luscious.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Maine Quilts

Here are some quilts from last year's Maine Quilts show. I don't have any information about them, but aren't they beautiful? I really enjoy the show and have been going faithfully for years. You can read more about the show here.

So much imagination and creativity. We all show our personalities and passions through our quilts, don't we?

I don't have anything in the show this year. Next year, for sure!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Independence Day to all my friends in the U.S.A!

The sun is out here on July 3 here in very soggy Maine. We have had rain for weeks and everyone has had enough, so let's celebrate! Our family will be having a big picnic and birthday party on the 4th at my house. Max will be six later this month so we are having cake and presents for him, so that makes the day extra special.

Quilters, mark your calendars for July 10-12. Ocean Waves Quilters of Orr's Island are having their annual show. It is at the Orr's Island Union church on Rt 24. Fri & Sat. 9-5, Sun 9-3. Free admission, donations accepted. Always a good show in a lovely small church. Often there are cookies and lemonade, too.