Springing forward today! I saw a post on Facebook that read, "that hour we lost was the one I was planning to work out! Oh well!"
Today, I am sharing quilts that grabbed my eye in the Piecing category at QuiltConWest. I wrote this post and discovered that I had too many pictures to share, so I am going to break it up into two posts.
First up, "Triangle Transparency" by Yvonne Fuchs from Tehachapi, California. It was machine pieced and machine quilted on a frame.
Yvonne is a fellow QDAD (Quilt Design a Day) member, and this is one of her early designs. I really enjoy seeing the designs in the group come to life. There are so many wonderful designs in the group, I think we all wish we had more time to make them!
I really enjoy being in the group and recommend it to anyone. Initially, I was "designing" my quilts in EQ7 each day, but I found myself spending WAY MORE than the recommended 15 minutes to draw out my design, unless I used one of the pre-programmed blocks and made minor adjustments. I found this limited the types of designs tremendously. Recently, I went back to just sketching them on paper with colored pencils (which reminds me, I have about a week's worth of designs to post). This plan really allows me to limit my time to 15 minutes and also do some of the more modern layouts. I have some trouble getting EQ7 to do alternate grids, and I want most of my designs to incorporate them.
Look how perfectly all her HST's line up! And the fabric choice really lets the piecing blend together.
Next up is "Let's Connect" by Christopher Thompson of New York, New York. This is machine pieced and machine quilted without a frame. He did his own version of matchstick quilting in a wavy pattern.
I really had to look closely to see how he pieced the lamps in his quilt.
Those aren't appliqued on, nor are they Y seamed. They are just really well lined up strip piecing! The heavy quilting really helps hide some of the seam lines in the black sections; you really couldn't see them at all unless you were extremely close.
This next one is called, "Spikey Molehills" by Myrth McDonald of Silverthorne, Colorado. She was inspired by a pattern called Molehills by Latifah Saafir. It was machine pieced (paper piecing) and machine quilted without a frame.
I really found this one interesting. It is like a cross between Clamshells and New York Beauties.
And of course, the curved piecing is really lovely.
I couldn't help but snap a shot of this one! "Jungle Abstractions: The Lion" by Violet Craft of Beaverton, Oregon. It is machine pieced (paper piecing) and machine quilted on a frame.
Violet has really gone to town with her "abstractions" patterns. She has all kinds of animals now, and each one is pretty darn cool!
This next one is called "Piece 12" by Lissa Alexander of Dallas, Texas. It is machine pieced and machine quilted on a frame.
I love how the blocks turned on point with the skinny sashing created this look.
Next up, "Plaid on Point" by Jennifer Jones Rissotti of Kingsburg, California. It is machine pieced. It was machine quilted by Darby Myer on a frame.
I just found it very striking, and I really like the use of transparency.
This next quilt might look familiar. "Big Love" by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Woodbridge, Connecticut. It was machine pieced and machine quilted without a frame. It was constructed using 1 inch strips that finished at 1/2 inch!
If the quilt looks familiar, it is because it is the 2nd in a series that Sheri created. The first won the mini category at last year's QuiltCon in Austin.
I'm going to end the post here. Please tune in next Sunday for more from the Piecing category of QuiltConWest 2016, including the winners!
As always, thanks for reading,