D 2016-01-19 Susan Swindell Waunell Michels Shirley Wilson
Leslie Finta - Going-on-a-Field-Trip - Although Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday, I decided to take the theme of our guild challenge and create a quilt based on my family members who have died. As I retired teacher, I wanted to have a school bus filled with my children and grandchildren going to visit our past relatives, most of whom they have never met. It's been a great ancestry lesson for all!
Mary Pimentel-Wheeler - Margaritaville Apron - I'm not a big fan of skulls, so I used the tops of the skulls to make scallops for my apron edging. It still has a Fiesta vibe, and I'll wear it whenever I'm in a party mood and drinking margaritas. It's reversible, with double ties that can be tied both front and back either way you wear it, so you have a place to tuck in a towel.
A3-Dale Wolfe - California Now - The quilt in front of me had a Dalmatian against a lovely red background, but the more I looked at it, I just saw FIRE and the dog was on the job. Bargello piecing builds a mountain against a blue sky, that includes green trees, white and gray smoke, yellow, orange and red fire. Thread play was added to enhance the look of flames.
B1-Chris Lee - When I saw the photo for the challenge, I had my inspiration right away. Seeing the dog going on a walk, I could only think of the many walks my husband and I have taken with our dogs. The most quiltable of the two is our male English Cocker Spaniel, Buddy. Dog people call his coloring a Blue, Roan and Tan or BRAT for short. He is anything other than a brat. He is loving, loyal and affectionate, in other words Buddy.
B2-Carmen Franklin - Not My Best Friend - Chester was rescued by my husband. I had gone to my quilting group on that Monday. When I came home, this black lab greeted me at the door. After being scared to death, my husband told me how Chester came to be with us. I reminded Gary (my husband) that we couldn't have a dog. You see I'm a Longarm quilter with clients that probably wouldn't like their quilt having dog hairs or smells. Well, we found Chester a great home with our grandson Jake. When we visit them Chester greets my husband with wagging tail and kisses. Me, I get the side eye and the turn of his nose. That’s the story of how Chester became "not my best friend".
B3-Valerie Sauban - Cat Nap - The quilt before me in this chain showed a person walking a dog down a trail in front of a large tree. This made me think of the last animal I saw in a tree. It was a mountain lion sleeping in an Oak tree at the Oakland Zoo, on the new California Trail. All four legs were draped over a large branch. The cat seemed quite content.
C3-Kathy Callahan - Trillium - The quilt I received had 3 Koi that were positioned in what reminded me of a recycle sign. I couldn't figure out what to do with that! So I went with the number 3. Three fish led to the three petals in a trillium. It is hand appliquéd, trapuntoed, and machine quilted. I used some Inktense pencils to add a bit more shading in the petals and leaves. There is also some hand embroidery for the stamen.
C5-Doreen-O'Brien - Sunflower Singularity - I had fun creating a 3D sunflower that pops off of the quilt. I created a pattern for the petals, sewed two pieces of fabric together, leaving the bottom open to flip them out. I bought a surgical tool from Carol's Zoo years ago that works great for this. Then I attached each petal and the base to the background fabric. I created the center and stuffed it keeping with the 3D theme.
C7- Kitty Knowack - My House - For this year's Pass the Envelope Challenge, the entry before mine was a house. Recently, I have enjoyed a lot of English Paper Piecing so I decided to make my first English Paper Piecing pattern. Using a picture of my house and some graph paper, I took the plunge. It's not perfect, but for my first try I think it came out pretty well. After the show this mini will be hanging on the wall near our dining table.
Laurie Biundo - Medallion Quilt - For six years our QA group has been working through Harriet Hargrave's Quilter's Academy series. This is our second year on book five, the last in the series. This year’s quilts were and original design using border components from the book. The center design was inspired by a block in the Big Block Quilts magazine. The pattern, by Debby Kratovil, is called Staggered Stars.