Saturday, January 13, 2018

Quilt accepted into Lancaster Quilt Week

I haven't entered a quilt show before, but decided to enter my "Beautiful Bouquets" quilt into Lancaster Quilt Week 2018 and it has been accepted. If you are interested in the show, here is information.

Local Quilter Semifinalist in International Quilt Show

Paducah, Kentucky, USA – Susan Taylor Propst from Colorado Springs is a semifinalist for the 2018 AQS QuiltWeek® – Lancaster, Pennsylvania March 21 – 24, 2018, at the Lancaster County Convention Center. Susan Taylor has been chosen to display the quilt, BEAUTIFUL BOUQUETS, along with 200 others in this AQS contest. First, Second, and Third Place prizes in seven categories will be awarded, along with seven overall awards including Best of Show. Winners will be announced at the show and posted on the AQS website, More than $50,000 will be granted, including $10,000 for the Best of Show and $3,500 each for Best Wall Quilt, Best Use of Color, Best Original Design, Best Hand, Best Stationary, and Best Movable Workmanship. Regardless of how BEAUTIFUL BOUQUETS places in the final judging, all semifinalists´ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people.

AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder says, “The contest quilts this year represent a wide variety of colors, scale of prints, and techniques used. There is something for everyone to enjoy in the Lancaster quilt contest.”

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 46 US states and 13 other countries. Come see a wide range of special exhibit quilts including: New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Flying Geese; Contemporary Art Quilts—U.S. and Brazil; Cherrywood Challenge 2017: Van Gogh French Gallery; SAQA: Korean Quilts Now; Statler Challenge; For the Love of Linens: Quilts by Cindy Needham; and the AQS Authors’ Showcase.

The American Quilter’s Society hosts several shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. Besides the Lancaster, Pennsylvania show, AQS hosts other prestigious shows in Daytona Beach, Florida; Paducah, Kentucky; Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I Spy quilt

I Spy Quilt

I have been collecting novelty fabrics for an I Spy quilt for a number of years, so when my grandson was born I was ready to make a quilt. I hadn't decided how to put all of these novelty pieces together, especially since they were of various shapes and sizes. I also have collected a lot of texture fabrics, such as wood, bricks, rock, straw, etc. so finally came up with the idea of combining the two.
I cut the novelty pieces into a square or rectangle that suited the shape of the object, and then added strips of the texture fabric to bring the square or rectangle up to a 6 1/2" square. This simplified the piecing and gave a really nice variety of colors and textures in addition to the novelty objects. Here is the finished quilt top.
This is a close-up of one of the sections of the quilt top.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Chipmunk and Jack-in-the-pulpit

Chipmunk and Jack-in-the-pulpit

This is another picture from the applique quilt I'm working on. The sewing is almost complete for the chipmunk and jack-in-the pulpit. The primary fabric for the chipmunk was a horse fabric with ivory and tan areas, so I fussy cut to get the shading I wanted. The jack-in-the pulpit leaves were a wonderful batik that already had leaves printed. However there wasn't fabric available for the striped areas of the flower, so I used crayons to color the red area leaving the pale green un-colored.