Sunday, April 6, 2014

Inspirational Sunday (27) - via the 2013 International Quilt Festival in Long Beach

I have some lovely applique quilts to share today.

The first one is called "Emily" by Kathi Carter of Orem, Utah.  It won 2nd place in Mixed Technique.  It is machine appliqued, ruched, embellished, computer-guided and machine quilted.  The design source is Irma Gail Hatcher's book, Conway Album (I'm Not From Baltimore) Quilt.

"Emily" by Kathi Carter of Orem, UT

She says, "I cam across this pattern book at a friend's and wanted to make it.  I was originally going to do it in blues, as in the book, but it evolved to these colors.  I added daffodils, as they are one of my favorites.  The quilt is 90% hand-guided quilting.  I named the quilt after my granddaughter, Emily."

OK, I had to look up what "ruched" meant and I'm still wondering.  Anyone have any ideas where it might have been used in this quilt?

The next quilt is called, "If It's Purple...." by Barbara Black of Huntsville, Alabama.  It is hand appliqued, machine pieced and hand quilted.  The design source is Baltimore Album quilts from the mid-1800's.

"If It's Purple" by Barbara Black of Huntsville, Alabama

"Based on Baltimore Album style blocks, I chose a color scheme somewhat different from the traditional red and green.  The Feathered Star is an unusual center for this style quilt.  This was made to be a wedding quilt for the first of my sons to marry.  The boys were 15 and 13 at the time this quilt was completed."

"If It's Purple" by Barbara Black, close up

The hand quilting gives it such a traditional texture.  I wonder if I will ever have the patience to hand applique and hand quilt a quilt for any of my kids!

The last quilt for today is called "Simply Santa Fe" by Cindy Seitz-Krug of Bakersfield, California.  It is machine pieced, hand appliqued, trapuntoed by machine, domestic machine quilted.  She used Lone Star, LeMoyne Stars, sawtooth borders and a ribbon border as design sources.

"Simply Santa Fe" by Cindy Seitz-Krug by Bakersfield, CA

She says, "This quilt is made entirely from Cherrywood hand-dyed fabrics.  I love to use them because of their rich beauty and the fact that my quilting shows up so well on them.   This pattern is my original design, as are the quilting motifs.  However, I learned many of the background quilting designs from Diane Gaudynski and Sharon Schamber."

"Simply Santa Fe" by Cindy Seitz-Krug, close up

At first glance, I thought this quilt was a little sparse, but the quilting and ribbon work are amazing.

Until next time,



  1. No pressure on the 15 and 13 year old boys there Jen :)

  2. Wow! All of those are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  3. Although I saw these same quilts, I love your "eye" for detail. These hadn't really made an impression on me at the show, but I see them with a new light now. I particularly like the ribbon effect on the last quilt, the machine quilting is beautiful.

  4. An amazing amount of work has gone into these! (I do worry that the potential daughter in law may not appreciate the quilt!!!)

  5. What great quilts! I know Miss Barbara and have seen her purple quilt in person at a past guild meeting. It is amazing!

    The ruching on the "Emily" quilt was probably done on flowers. It looks like the square at the center top might have had some ruching. The flower trio in the last quilt photo were ruched. While a little bit tedious, it's not really hard to do. It's a great technique for giving your quilt dimension as well as interest. Definitely a lot of inspiration at this show.


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