Wednesday, November 9, 2011

June 2011 Quilt Exhibit at Woodman Hall

In February 2011 Enchanted Quilters decided to team up with the Garden Club to present "Quilts in the Garden" during the annual Lopez Garden Tour. The five gardens on this year's tour were:  Paul Berg, Linda Anderson at Iceberg, Mary Hayton & Kevin Murphy at the Farm, Janet Hidalgo, Donna Ince on Whiskey Hill.  

EQ voted to simultaneously have a small quilt show at Woodmen Hall.  Sign-up sheets were passed for people to contribute quilts to the show, to sell raffle tickets and to act as hostesses at Woodmen Hall during the show. 

Pieceful Nights

Anne Dawson offered a very challenging class in 2010 based on a pattern called Pieceful Nights.  Five EQ members responded to the challenge.  The  explanation of each quilt for this post was taken from the exhibit signage and written by the quilt maker.

"Pieceful Nights" by Annie Houston (above)
Quilted by Del Schuld

It took me a year and a half to complete my Pieceful Nights quilt. It was a great project and I loved putting the pieces together and choosing the colors. Someday, in the far future….I’d like to try another quilt similar to this!

Annie Houston discusses her quilt with visitors.

Detail of Annie's quilt.

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Island Pathways by Patty Ward (above)

I first fell in love with the circular pattern and had to try it out. I saw each piece I made as a wave. Later I found the tree fabric which reminded me of the orchard where I live. When the group I sew with decided to make a quilt expressing what they love about Lopez, I saw how I could put my water and trees together. The intersecting pieces are the pathways that I walk to visit my friends; the stitches I used to outline them represent plants that I see when I am outside. The purple background represents the violets that bloom all through my garden. All of the fabrics were gifted me from friends here on the island.

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“Home is Where the Heart is” by Peggy Schuld
Quilted by Del Schuld

This is a block of the month quilt. The pattern and assorted fabrics were supplied and I appliquéd the blocks. It was a Mother’s Day gift which I prompted and really enjoyed the process. I did realize I needed some more lessons in appliqué techniques by the end of this quilt!

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The results of another Anne Dawson class.  
How quilters each interpret the same pattern is always fascinating.

“Birds of a Feather” by Laurie Latta (above)
Quilted by Karen Brown

I made this quilt in a class taught by Anne Dawson. She used the book Doubledipity: More Serendipity by Sara Nephew. It was so much fun cutting up the bird parts for the piecework. Look closely for legs, beaks, eyes, etc.

"Double Dippity" by Joanne Bryant (above)
Quilted by Del Schuld

Some of the fabric in this quilt was designed by Paula Nadelstern, who favors kaleidoscopes in her quilt designs.  I find kaleidoscopes fascinating so this quilt wasa joy to make and use.

“Sunrise on Blue Island” by Edith Blomberg (above)

This quilt was started in a class taught by Anne Dawson.  The class was great fun and I am very happy with the results.  There will be more hexagon quilts in my future.

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“Half-Square Triangles” by Annie Houston

Sometimes when you make a quilt you fall in love with the block.  That’s what happened to me and the results are all these small quilts.  I made a quilt for my friend Pat using black and white prints and bright colors. I had such a good time that I started playing with all the different ways I could arrange the squares. And then I started collecting fabrics for the borders. And now I have a great stash! Annie Houston

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Variations on a Theme by Edi Blomberg
Quilted by same.

The quilt is a result of a class taught by Teri beaver at the 2010 LaConner Quilt Fest.  The pattern looks more complicated than it is; I like quilts like that.

"Tumbling Blocks" by Norma Peale
Quilted by Del Schuld
Made in 2001

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Eye of the Storm by Darlene Demetrick
Quilted by Del Schuld

Detail of Eye of the Storm

The quilt (above) was one of several I made as a result of a class by Kitty Sorgen of Friday Harbor.  The original idea was to put the blocks on point (diamond shaped), but I decided to put this together in a regular vertical-horizontal fashion and ended up liking the result.

God’s Eye by Darlene Demetrick
Quilted by Del Schuld

This quilt was the result of a class given by Kitty Sorgen of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. It’s a labor-intensive machine-pieced quilt.

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Liberated Log Cabin by Carol Whetten
Quilted by Del Schuld

This quilt was created in a workshop directed by Gwen Marston in April 2009 at [the restored historic one room] Port Stanley School. Find the quote “A little birdie told me.” Then look for a little bird in  two different locations on the quilt.

Back of Liberated Log Cabin by Carol Whetten

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L-R: Annie Houston, Peggy Schuld, Joanne Bryant, Nancy Wallace

"Butterflies" - blocks c. 1935 by unknown maker. 
Quilt created out of the blocks by Joan Bryant
Machine Quilted by Karen Brown

This quilt was made for my granddaughter, McKenna Bryant. She is fond of butterflies.  I added the sashing as the 1935 blocks had none.

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"Paradise Lost" by Candy M.
Hand quilted by same.

The red and turquoise fabrics I pulled had a tropical paradise theme. All the red made me think of blood. My best friend felt her true self went on hold when she started menstruating and she reclaimed it only during menopause. This quilt is concerned with the loss of paradise both geographically and personally. The (quilted) serpents of the pre-patriarchical Goddess are protecting the primeval garden. They are beneficial but not harmless.

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"Lace Curtain Irish" by Colleen O’Meara Thomas
Hand quilted by same.

Noticie hearts in border.

This quilt was hand stitched over 17 years using my grandmother’s damask napkins as the centers. The lace came from our travels, and the dotted swiss hearts came from my wedding dress.

Detail show lace.
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"More Time Than Money" (Floating Star) by Peggy Schuld
Quilted by Del Schuld

Some of the squares of this scrappy floating star quilt on a black background were contributed by friendship block participants from Fidalgo Island Quilters in Anacortes. I needed 80 squares and 56 half-inch stars for borders. Originally I thought I would make it a “community quilt” but realized it took much time to give away.

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"Pebbles in the Lily Pond" by Barbara Gonce
Quilted by Anne Dawson

The pattern was designed by Kaffe Fassett and titled “wedding quilt” to be made out of “boot sales” fabrics. This is Kaffe’s way of saying a scrap quilt. I started creating my fabric stash to make this quilt. The 8-pointed star blocks are mostly sewn by hand, while the pinwheels are machine sewn. This quilt has been approximately 15 years in the making. I have admired Monet’s lily pond paintings for most of my life and had the privilege of visiting Giverny a number of years ago. I have had many thoughts about what this quilt would like, but when I saw “Pebbles in the Lily Pond” completed, I realized that this was as close as I would ever get to that fantasy.

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Heart Strings by Candy M.
Hand quilted by same.

Scenes of the family home. 99 years old and still going strong.  Three generations represented here, but beloved by the fourth as well – Oh, Mom, if only we could move that house to Lopez…!

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Patty Ward asking Annie Houston why the White Rabbit chose the rabbit hole under Woodman Hall.
So he could see the EQ exhibit after everyone else had left for the night. of course!
Everyone knows rabbits can see in the dark.

Avery’s First Birthday by Laurie Latta
Quilted by Karen Brown

My granddaughter just celebrated her first birthday on June 3! I made this quilt for her pink bedroom. I started the quilt at an Empty Spools seminar in California this March. It is an original one-of-a-kind quilt just like our sweet Avery Kay.

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Don't miss our next quilt exhibit!

We've got a terrific and prolific bunch of quilters on this island!

You'll see something new every year!

Your Roving Reporter signing out for Enchanted Quilters of Lopez Island!

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