We had our first reveal of the year and it was a fabulous one as always.
A Place Visited
|'Shades of Shard' by Carole Rossi|
20.5" x 37"
This quilt is inspired by an iconic building in London called "The Shard". I took numerous photos of this building when I was in London ("the place visited") in December 2022. Its pyramid-like shape & jagged top story dominates the cityscape in a very dramatic way, particularly when the ski is pink at sunset. I was inspired to create and abstract piece which suggests but does not realistically depict the Shard. I used hand-dyed cotton overlaid with silkscreen printing; commercial cottons; various yarns, couched; batting-Quilters 100% Dream Cotton; machine quilted with Bernina 820 using several rayon threads. I created a pattern for the design and worked from there. I challenged myself to create an overall border that was not a simple rectangle. I wanted the overall shape to be a bit "jagged" like the top of the building itself.
|"Hay-on-Wye, Wales" by Karin Polli|
22" x 29.5"
This was inspired by a visit in 2001 to Hay with a friend to visit the many bookstores. The sky is hand dyed. It's decorated with beads, buttons and. My view of Hay is personalized. The bookstore is named after a business I owned in Guatemala. The pub is named for the Brewery owned by my daughter and son-in-law in Diamond Springs, CA. The antique store is named for one owned by my mother and aunt. The pins were owned by my mother. The quilt & needlework stores are because of my interests.
|"Le Petit Maison" by Michelle Peerson|
I saw this little house near the Loire River in the Anjou region of France. I imagined living there. The quilt is fused on to a new product for me; 'Pattern Ease". This is a non-woven stabilizer. I also used it as my batting. It tends to make the quilt crinkle, but I like the effect it created. I used Steam-a-seam 2 lite as my fusible, a titanium needle and fused the facing...another first for me.
|"Cathedral Rock, Yosemite Valley" by Sandra Mollon|
32" x 25"
This is perhaps the most visited site in Northern California is
Yosemite Valley. Cathedral Rocks sits
directly across from El Capitan, and glows in the late afternoon light. Made from: Cotton batiks and hand dyed cottons (by
artist), silk batting, various threads. The challenge for me was capturing the late afternoon
|"Sunset Sal, Beachcombing Gal" by Tracy Visher|
18" x 20"
I took poetic license with the topic. Rather than making a quilt about the place itself, I had a fictional character show it. My family had a reunion at a beach house at Sunset Beach in Watsonville, CA in June 2022. As we took early morning beach walks, I picked up shells, etc. and imagined a quilt incorporating them. I used batik cotton, ribbon, wire, beads. Shells, feathers, sand dollars from Sunset Beach. Inktense pencils and blocks, pen, organza, glue and Modge Podge dimensional magic. This quilt is a bit of fun and whimsy. Rather than just doing a beach quilt, I made up a character so I could include all of the items I collected while roaming this beach every morning. It was fun and challenging to figure out how to do her hair.
|"Kitty Sunrise" by Sophia Day|
17" x 20"
My kitties sit on the window sill every
morning to watch the sunrise. This is 3 layers of fabric and 1 layer of batting. This is reverse applique. Black batik is hard to come by, so I tried
this black cotton that was touted to not fray.
Not true. But I was far enough in
when I realized that I didn’t want to start over. I decided to heavily quilt the black and
leave the color un-quilted. This has mandalas for the sunrise and they create a kitty in the
|"My Mandalas" by Pat Gillings|
42.5" x 42.5"
Mandalas have been made for thousands of years to represent sacred forms in the world and have lately become popular for meditation and relaxation. Technically, a mandal can be any design that has expanding circles or geometric shapes. I created my mandalas using the I-ornament app which allows you to hand draw shapes that are converted into various symmetries. The backgrounds for the mandalas were created using my hand dyed fabric & some watercolor and alcohol ink designs of mine which were photographed and enhanced on the computer. I then took my mandala files that had been saved on transparent layers and layered them over the various backgrounds. The files were then sent and were printed by Spoonflower. I had them printed as 4 fat quarters; one large for the center and then 4 each on 3 fat quarters that were cut apart and surrounded with Moda grunge fabric.