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AQS 2016 Quilt Show: My Favorites

I didn’t photograph every quilt in the AQS quilt show in Syracuse but I was tempted! So many outstanding quilts were on display, it was overwhelming to take them all in. Of course, I did take some photos.

My Favorite Quilts (in no particular order):

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The Whole is Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts by Cassandra Ireland Beaver

I love that Cassandra changed the colour of the thread as she quilted through each segment of the circle. There is a very subtle shadow of colour on the white fabric.

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Shelter by Ann Horton

I love the beautiful soft colour of the eggs against the graphic black and white of the quilt.

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Shelter (detail) by Ann Horton

Ann’s quilt is beautifully quilted with leaves and branches supporting the nest.

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Mimi’s View by Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick

My photograph doesn’t do justice to this amazing vista created by Beth and long arm quilted by Clem. It looks like you could walk through the archway into a beautiful summer day.

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Nighthawk by Marilyn Badger and Claudia Clark Myers

Claudia’s great sense of colour and design are apparent in this skillfully  pieced quilt. Marilyn’s long arm quilting adds beautiful depth to the design.

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Trois Port De (aka 3 doors up) by Chris Taylor

I really liked Chris’ improvisationally pieced log cabin blocks in turquoise interspersed with purple and red. They really pop against the black background.

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Trois Port De (aka 3 doors up) detail by Chris Taylor
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View from the Microscope: Pickled Paramecia by Connie Kincuis Griner

The name of the quilt made me laugh! Connie, seems to have a good sense of humour and definitely a good sense of design. The machine quilting added visual interest and lots of texture.

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Silk Road Sampler by Melissa Sobotka

Melissa’s quilt was absolutley amazing to see in person. It appeared as if you could pluck one of the pillows off the shelf!

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Loving Laszlo by Charli Fulton

Charli’s quilting highlighted the strong design.

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Baubles by Cassandra Ireland Beaver

Cassandra’s quilt was whimsical, fun and amazingly machine quilted!

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Abandoned in Long Valley by Carol Esch and Lois Walters

I really loved this quilt, the texture and colours really gave the impression of faded wood. Gorgeous work by Carol and Lois.

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Dottie’s Lament by Sue Bower

This quilt made me smile. Sue has certainly written a great caption for her version: FIRST KISS #20 (1961) by Vince Colletta.

I encourage everyone to go out and visit quilt shows in person. Photographs don’t do justice to the amazing pieces of art on display. Go and visit a show soon!

 

 

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Primroses and Blueberry Green Teas in Syracuse

I attended the American Quilter’s Society quilt show in Syracuse this July. There were many beautiful quilts on display including two quilts made by my friends Helen and Marcia.

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Sign of Spring: Primroses by Helen Garland

Helen is a quilter who loves piecing. She has designed, pieced and quilted beautiful art quilts using photographs she has taken. This quilt  was designed from a photograph she took of yellow primroses. All of her quilts are machine pieced with no applique. They are all truly stunning, with lots of details and beautifully machine quilted. Sign of Spring: Primroses is her first entry into an AQS show.

Blueberry Green Teas by Marcia DeCamp at the Syracuse quilt show
Blueberry Green Teas by Marcia DeCamp

Marcia is a contemporary quilter who uses her hand dyed fabrics to create beautiful abstract quilts. Blueberry Green Teas is part of her Geometrics series. It is created using her hand dyed fabrics, some commercial fabrics and skillfully machine quilted. Blueberry Green Teas won an Honorable Mention in the Small Wall Quilts Longarm Machine Quilted category at the AQS Paducah show in Paducah, KY, in April of this year.

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Helen, Jeanne and Marcia in front of Blueberry Green Teas

Jeanne Simpson is a contemporary fibre artist who designs abstract geometric quilts. She and Marcia attended the show and we were fortunate to be able to meet in person.

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Helen, myself, Marcia and Jeanne in front of Signs of Spring: Primroses

It was wonderful to meet up, take some photos, talk about art, and quilting. Plans are being made for us to get together at another art show early this fall. How often do you meet with your friends and enjoy seeing some amazing art?

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Mini quilt auction by Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto

The Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto is hosting a Mini Quilt Silent Auction on Wednesday May 11, 2016 from 7-9 pm. at 2174 Danforth Ave. Toronto, Ontario.

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YRQG of Toronto Quilt Auction Poster 2016
This amazing silent auction will feature many beautiful miniature quilts created by our talented guild members and donated to raise funds for: 416 Community Support for Women
I have donated 2 quilts to this worthwhile cause:
Grass by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Grass by Doris Lovadina-Lee

and

Spring in the City Quilt
Spring in the City by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Please come out to see all the beautiful mini quilts, start your Christmas shopping early and bring home a beautiful piece of art. Enjoy coffee or tea, dessert and the company of a fun group of people.
See you this Wednesday night (I’ll be helping serve coffee and cake, come say hello!)
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More Quilts from Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Show

Celebrating Toronto – President’s Challenge Quilts

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“Celebrating Toronto” Manhole Cover Quilts
Top row from left to right:

Scarborough Bluffs                                      Joyce Forsythe
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse                             Claudette Morrison
John Willard Visits the R.O.M. Crystal             Coral Jewel

Middle row from left to right:

Toronto Inukshuk in Spring                           Isabella Garrigan
Neighbourhoods                                          Joanne Clement
The Queen Streetcar                                    Virginia Keast
Evolving Mosaic                                           Doris Lovadina-Lee

Bottom row from left to right:

Twelve Degrees Off North                             Helen Garland
Portals of Toronto                                        Carolyn Loewen
Toronto City Hall                                         Suzanne Neilson

A Selection of quilts from our members:

When the Snow Melts by Clare Kirby
When the Snow Melts by Clare Kirby
Spring Slice by Carole Tullis
Spring Slice by Carole Tullis
Snowshill Lavender Garden by Helen Garland
Snowshill Lavender Garden by Helen Garland
Shibori Indigo Blue Shadow by Coral Jewell
Shibori Indigo Blue Shadow by Coral Jewell
Giant Monstrosity by Karen Howes
Giant Monstrosity by Karen Howes
Montage of African Wall Quilts by Ann Howes
Montage of African Wall Quilts by Ann Howes
Garden for Grandma by Carolyn Lowen
Garden for Grandma by Carolyn Lowen
English Country Garden by Helen Garland
English Country Garden by Helen Garland
Elegant Baskets by Eva Heyd
Elegant Baskets by Eva Heyd
Diamonds are Forever by Jane Barbeau
Diamonds are Forever by Jane Barbeau
Japanese Taupe Half-Square Triangles by Coral Jewell
Japanese Taupe Half-Square Triangles by Coral Jewell
Midnight Blooms by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Midnight Blooms by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Whimsy by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Whimsy by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Plumage by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Plumage by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Of course there were many, many more quilts in the show. I hope you enjoyed viewing a small selection.

 

 

 

 

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A Glimpse of the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Quilt Show

This past weekend I attended the quilt show hosted by the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto. The show was a great combination of traditional, modern and art quilts. Here are just a few of the quilts in the show:

White Labyrinth
White Labyrinth by Maria Ellis
Cambrian Sea
Cambrian Sea by Jane Barbeau
Banners by Helen Garland
Banners by Helen Garland
Jack by Karen Howes
Jack by Karen Howes

It was great to see so many talented quilters putting their works on display. I’ll post more photos of quilts from the show soon.

 

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Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Quilt Show 2014

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I hope you will join me on Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st for the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto quilt show.

Yorkshire Rose Quilters' Guild of Toronto 2014 Quilt Show
Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto 2014 Quilt Show

The quilt show will feature quilts from our very talented guild members. There will be both traditional and modern quilts featured. I have seven pieces in the show, including Icterine Strata I blogged about here. This piece won third place at the Canadian Quilters’ Association Juried show earlier this summer!

Here is a glimpse of some of my quilts you will see at the show:

Midnight Blooms is an original design. It is machine pieced and long arm quilted. Large stylized flowers are raw edge appliquéd to the top. The design was inspired by a piece of Art Deco wallpaper.

Detail of Midnight Blooms quilt
Detail of Midnight Blooms quilt

Plumage is based on marble tile design that my sister used in her renovated bathroom. The quilt is machine pieced and long arm quilted. The focus fabric is fussy cut to showcase the beautiful birds.

Detail of Plumage Quilt
Detail of Plumage Quilt

Floral Bouquet is a small wallhanging. Three dimensional flowers are arranged into a lovely bouquet hand tied with satin ribbon. It is machine quilted.

Detail of Floral Bouquet quilt
Detail of Floral Bouquet quilt

Village at Dusk is a triptych arranged onto a quilted mat. It is improvisationally pieced and machine quilted.

Detail of Village at Dusk
Detail of Village at Dusk

Morning Meadow wallhanging is improvisationally pieced and machine quilted. The piece is beautifully framed with a quilted matting.

Morning Meadow Quilt
Morning Meadow Quilt

These photographs are detail shots of some of the pieces I have in the quilt show. In order to see the quilts in their entirety, you will need to come out and visit the show Saturday Sept. 20th to Sunday Sept. 21st.

Quilts for Purchase

Some of the quilts on display are being offered for sale, (including a few of mine). This is a great opportunity to purchase a one of kind quilt for yourself or as a Christmas gift.

Bring a friend, enjoy the quilts, have a lovely tea, browse the merchant’s mall, and be inspired!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creativ Festival 2014 Toronto, Canada

How do you feel after you’ve attended a quilt show?
Tired! but also invigorated, excited and full of creative energy too!

I just attended the spring Creativ Festival and left with ideas swirling in my head as well as many purchases. Seeing the new gadgets, colours, and designs is inspiring. The creative energy, and seeing so many beautiful finished projects spurs me to actually finish up some of the many, many projects I’ve begun.

Are you the type of person that goes home from a venue such as this and immediately begins a new project from your purchase? Do you patiently put your purchases aside until you’ve finished the one you are working on? I’ll admit that I do a bit of both! It’s difficult to resist the lure of bright shiny new purchases. Ideas and possibilities spin through my head and I can envision the finished project. Sometimes, though, attending these shows gives me just the nudge I need to finish up a project or two that I’ve been procrastinating over.

One of the vendors at the show – Steam Trunk Craftworks from Surrey, BC, had a gorgeous selection of trinkets that gave me just what I need for an idea I’ve been mulling over. They sell a wondrous selection of notions from buttons, beads, charms to trims and ribbons. Their beautiful, vibrant sari silks drew my eye. They are lengths of silk repurposed from saris and are used to embellish, knit or crochet with. The colours were a feast for the eyes.

They also had hand dyed bags of yarns that I couldn’t leave behind. These items were from Nell’s Embroidery. I purchased a couple of packages of yarns that included 5 metres of each of these beautifully hand dyed fibres: rayon chenille, mercerized cotton, rayon ribbon, cotton boucle, perle cotton with coordinated beads and sequins. Check out her shop on Etsy. She has a gorgeous selection of yarns.

I can’t just put these gorgeous fibres away! I will certainly be working on them immediately. Check back to see what I create.