Thursday, February 21, 2013

Exhibit of Quilts

My friend Gracie and I spent a pleasant hour viewing the quilts on exhibition at the Fine Arts building of the local college.  All were made by Denise Stewart, an area quilter.
The small gallery is an interesting space, light and airy, with architectual 'dividers' which create nooks and alcoves, so that the works on display can be 'discovered' rather than being all visible at once.
The first group of small quilts were made with Asian-themed fabrics--beautiful colors and patterns that are reminiscent of chinoiserie

This was a striking piece but too bold for my taste.
The pattern is made up of 'pyramid' shapes with a dark sashing.

Gracie and I both loved this French Braid quilt with its shades of purple in a 'colorwash' effect.

Detail of the chevron piecing and the lovely border fabric in a berry/bramble motif.

This quilt is a variation of the Ohio Star pattern with a pieced sashing that creates a secondary design.
I would find this too vivid for a bed covering--but it draws the eye busily around the
intersections of the pattern.

Close up of Ohio Star detail.

The piece de resistance was an appliqued sampler quilt.
My camera didn't fully capture the dimensional effects. There are pleats in the basket fabric and the flowers are gathered with yo-yo centers.

A block at the top of the sampler quilt--I had to hold my camera at an upward slant.

The 'berries' on this wreath are gathered 'yo-yo's.'

Beautiful blooms.

An Ocean Waves quilt. The effect of movement in this piece was so well defined that Gracie declared she felt seasick!  Denise made a miniature in this pattern with the same fabrics--Gracie found that one much less disturbing.

This wall hanging has the radiating effect of a starburst.
When piecing something like this in segments I would have to be very careful with my color layout.

Gracie and I were very drawn to this quiet quilt--bare trees on a snowy ground and three cardinals [the Kentucky state bird!] strategically placed.

Close-up of the machine appliqued cardinal and the machine stippled quilting.
This quilt had a flannel backing in a black and white motif.

Lacy 'doilies' set into the pieced blocks of this classic Valentine.

A Labyrinth.
Gracie and I found this one rather brooding: think cement block structures, dark tunnels and hidey-holes. Again, although this was not a difficult pattern the placement of light and dark materials is key.

An example of fused applique
"We Three Kings."

A smaller Labyrinth design.

The flowers are pieced very simply, although from a distance they appear to have been appliqued.
The border is composed of navy and white triangle squares 'floated' on an outer navy border.
Interestingly, it seemed that no batting had been used in these quilts--perhaps because most were intended as display pieces rather than warm bed covers.
I'm glad that we treated ourselves to this outing and hope that those of you who enjoy quilts or other crafts will be inspired by the photos.


  1. Oh my! What a WONDERFUL way to start my day here. You have filled me with envy and inspiration in equal measures! And sadly, also a knowledge that my piecing of quilts is just NOT up to the task of most of these - although the French Braid might JUST be possible for me and I loved its colours and that gorgeous bramble print border.

    The concrete block one was too gloomy for me too and looks absolutely impossible to piece! I loved the applique quilt (I only know that sort of design as a Baltimore Bride quilt, from my oldest quilting book from the 1970s - the days when I used to aspire to making such a lovely quilt like that.

    The starburst impressed me, and I loved the colours too (the older I get, I want bright colours in my life - check out Attic 24 in my side bar, as I often go there just to get some colour on a grey day!!)

    The tree quilt you and Gracie liked is beautifully balanced with the Cardinals in just the right trees. As you said, a quiet quilt, but it reminds me of a Robert Frost poem.

    I had to smile at the Ocean Waves quilt (how clever) making Gracie feel seasick! : )

    Unfortunately, I was unable to take photos at the Quilt Museum in York (not allowed) so can't do a similar posting.

  2. Oh my, these are wonderful. I love the French Braid, the red cardinals on the bare trees and the Valentine one.

    Thanks for sharing these.


  3. I do love a virtual quilt show, thankyou!
    I was particularly interested to see the heart quilt, with it's use of the lacy doilies.

  4. Stunning! I loved the French Braid and the Ocean Waves ones best.

  5. Wow ..those are amazing pieces of work. I loved the Ocean Waves and the first Labyrinth ...amazing use of tones. The workmanship of all the quilting was wonderful although I was not sure about the Ohio Star with its angular patern and swirly quilting.I have to say though,that if I were choosing a spread for my bed I would prefer one of yours. xx

  6. Pretty spectacular, I liked the cardinal one too.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing - I think the one with the cardinals is my favorite.

  8. What a treat to have a quilt show this morning! I agreed with each of your comments about the quilts. They were all lovely but I, personally, like yours better! ;-)

  9. Just poped by to say it really true that you dont have kitchen scales in the US ...I'll have a go at converting ...the main problem is the flour it just scooped into the cup and leveled ... or tapped or pressed down?...When ever I use an american recipe its never quite right ....not sure why.xx

  10. I was reading measurements and the charts on the net to... seems fine ....except when it comes to flour!!!! ...some state 8oz/225g to a cup but then alot say that although that is the case one should convert 5-6oz to a cup when tranlating a recipe ....something to do with volume ???
    If you adapt a pound cake ...which has equal quanities of the basic ingredients I believe ...then you might need to cut down on the sugar and an egg to compensat for the lime marmalade ...good luck ...let me know if you try it.xx

  11. Beautiful work. It must be interesting to see the work of other quilters with slightly different ideas and ways of working. I like the circular design with berries. There is something of the Arts and Crafts movement about it.