Margaret’s Muse – The Frida Quilt

 

Margaret's Muse Quilt Center. Frida Kahlo
Margaret’s Muse Quilt Center. Frida Kahlo

It was a dark and stormy night…

And we decided to make a birthday quilt for our friend, mentor and teacher Margaret Linderman.

And we decided to make it a surprise!

And we wanted all of her peeps to be able to create a part of the quilt.

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I thought of the French Roses quilt, created by Heather French.  It is a versatile, layered, fabric flower that Margaret and her students have made many times for many people.

I drew up a layout with the blocks on point that would have 50 flowers – enough to include many friends!

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Then I added in a center that could have an image of Margaret’s muse, Frida Kahlo, in a flaming corazon.

Margaret’s daughter Janis Stob and I sent out packets of background fabric, a black shadow for each flower (to add a visual punch) and inspiration appliques. It will surprise none of you that I have quite a collection of Alexander Henry fabrics from which to draw folklorico inspiration!

When the blocks came in we gathered at Wooden Gate Quilts, in Danville, and worked on a layout.

The crew working on the layout
The crew working on the layout

 

Jamie in the center
Jamie in the center

Janis sewed the blocks all together, making many extra where we needed more, leaving the hole in the middle for Frida.

Quilt center in progress
Quilt center in progress

I created a heart from dupioni silk and cut flames out of bright batiks. Margaret’s favorite image of Frida Kahlo was printed on to fabric to adorn the center.

Raw-edge appliqes with black batting
Raw-edge appliqes with black batting

To make an exciting edge to the heart I glued lots of small flower appliques to a layer of black batting which would add dimension, color and texture. I stitched them all on the longarm and cut them out with the black shadows visible.

Center in Progress. Adding appliques and a frame
Center in Progress. Adding appliques and a frame

The appliques surrounded the corazon and then I created a frame for the photo of Frida.

Border corazon
Border corazon

The outer “border” was composed of more corazons, most made by Janis Stob and Kathy August.
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The quilt began to take shape!

Of course, even though we started MONTHS in advance, the quilt didn’t get on to the longarm until the DAY BEFORE THE PARTY.  And we still had to add bling and bind it!IMG_6486

I had a marathon 6 hours on the longarm to get it all quilted!

Late night bling crew!
Late night bling crew!

That night we had a bling and binding party! You won’t believe how fast Pat DeForce got that binding on for us!

Frida Flower
Frida Flower

We added crystals, beads, do-dads, bobbles, milagros and anything else we got our hands on to make the quilt more “Margaret!”

Margaret's Muse quilt center
Margaret’s Muse quilt center

The next day we threw her a surprise party!

Please hold for Part 2, wherein we give Margaret the quilt!

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Look for our quilt at Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, California, this weekend!

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Announcements, PIQF & junk!

The Art of the Quilt Calendar 2012 - Starring Alethea Ballard!
The Art of the Quilt Calendar 2012 – Starring Alethea Ballard!

There is so much going on I don’t know where to start. Charge up your laptops and buy extra coffee this weekend because you’ve got a lot of blogs to read!

First, my new calendar has hit the shelves! I got a copy at Pacific International Quilt Festival yesterday. (I’m sure someone will send me free copies from the publisher very soon!)

It’s GREAT! I am Miss March, Miss April AND Miss August – hot!

Yes, Three months of Maverick Quilts.

back view of The Art of the Quilt Calendar 2012 - Starring Alethea Ballard!
back view of The Art of the Quilt Calendar 2012 – Starring Alethea Ballard!

It’s very cool: all modern quilts from great quilt designers like Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr, Emily Ceir, Cherri House, Liz Aneloski and Camille Rosekelley.

Pocket with full instructions
Pocket with full instructions

AND it has a pocket in the back with full instructions for each of the thirteen quilts! Such a great idea.  So you get 13 cool quilt designs for only $14.95 – a bargain at twice the price.

OK SOOO… I’m up for the Bar Bloggers Quilt Hopalong Cassidy TOMORROW to show my cool 12″ block tomorrow, and I’ve made a FUN design. Please hold!

AND now some images from PIQF. A photo tells a thousand words – or at least about 927, so here you are…

Quilt by by Yoshiko Katagiri
Quilt by Yoshiko Katagiri
Life exhibit description
Life exhibit description
Quilts description
Quilts description
by Yoshiko Katagiri
by Yoshiko Katagiri
detail of quilt by by Yoshiko Katagiri
detail of quilt by Yoshiko Katagiri
detail of quilt by by Yoshiko Katagiri
detail of quilt by Yoshiko Katagiri
detail of quilt by by Yoshiko Katagiri
detail of quilt by Yoshiko Katagiri
detail of quilt by by Yoshiko Katagiri
detail of quilt by Yoshiko Katagiri

P.S. I love quilts with fish on them.

Stay tuned…

Green Stag detail

PIQF Quilt Show 2011 part 2 – Fabulous Fauna


Green Stag detail
Green Stag detail

I love to share wonderful quilts with you, dear readers.

This post is tardy, but I know you’ll love seeing the amazing animals that inhabited the Pacific International Quilt Show, which was held in Santa Clara last October.

Green Stag was created by Daniel Rouse, of Oakland, California.

I was absolutely captivated with this simple yet stunning creature. The calm background and the simple shape work together to make the deer enchanting.

Green Stag by Daniel Rouse
Green Stag by Daniel Rouse

The deer is almost life sized. Look closely and you’ll see the flecks of orange and black, which create interest and dimension. It’s a must-see!

Liberace - Night of the Chameleon by Cathy Stone; 38" x 39"
Liberace - Night of the Chameleon by Cathy Stone; 38" x 39"

Cathy Stone of Grass Valley, California, showed this art quilt. It was created with raw-edge collage that is covered in tulle. The dimensional leaves were added later and it is finished with a jagged bottom edge.

Liberace - Night of the Chameleon detail
Liberace - Night of the Chameleon detail

The colors, fabrics, and the quilting are all exquisite. The attention to detail, from the shape of each wrinkle on the chameleon to the way the light shines off its back, make this so real and so appealing. I absolutely love the leaves with the holes in them, as well. And the eye! Wonderful!

Ancient Echoes detail of (Juan) Iguana
Ancient Echoes detail of (Juan) Iguana

Also from Grass Valley is Jan Reed’s masterful art quilt called Ancient Echoes.

Looking at this photo it is hard to believe it is made of fabric! The artist identified that she used both regular and reverse applique techniques as well as hand beading, colored pencils, fabric paint and metallic threads.

Ancient Echoes by Jan Reed; 40 1/2" x 34"
Ancient Echoes by Jan Reed; 40 1/2" x 34"

The three-dimensional leaves and the rock are fabulous. And the detail of the tail poking out of the frame is great!

Ancient Echoes detail of Mayan face
Ancient Echoes detail of Mayan face

I didn’t actually see the face in the background of the piece until I had taken the other two photographs. The way it changes color on the outer part of the frame is so clever and the whole piece is completely compelling.

Looking at it one feels unworthy!

Gung Hay Fat Choy by Linda Gavin and the Bulbs 18" x 56"
Gung Hay Fat Choy by Linda Gavin and the BULBS; 18" x 56"

I loved this group project presented by San Francisco’s Linda Gavin and her applique group, the BULBS. The group is based on the applique work of Nancy S. Brown and was started by eight years ago. Each panel was made by a different member and is made in each of the artists’ own working style.

Detail of Gung Hay Fat Choy
Detail of Gung Hay Fat Choy

Look at the interesting backgrounds and the people running under the dragon! I wish I had made more photos of this wonderful piece, but it was hung on the wall way too high for short little ol’ me!

Fish Kabobs by Mickey Depre; 49" x 69"
Fish Kabobs by Mickey Depre; 49" x 69"

This playful applique quilt comes from Illinois and is made by Mickey Depre. Most of my favorite fabrics have faces on it, but these fun fish have faces plus attitude!

Fish Kabobs detail
Fish Kabobs detail

I mean, look at this character!

As you can see, the machine quilting is excellent. And the background and border blocks, along with the delightful bubbles are fabulous!

Sheep Wannabees by Debora Konchinsky; 69" x 69"
Sheep Wannabees by Debora Konchinsky; 69" x 69"

There is no way I can do justice to Debora Konchinsky’s award-winning quilt by showing it in this small photo, but at least I can get you started exploring it. I know it is so special that it will be famous before the year is out!

Detail of Sheep Wannabees
Detail of Sheep Wannabees

I was lucky enough to visit Debora Konchinsky at her Critter Pattern Works booth at the quilt show. Along with her husband Paul, Debora designs and sells a large variety of wonderful animal applique quilt patterns.

She was very busy, but I was able to see some of her work in progress. She creates each section separately, creating the animals by needle-felting wool. Then she does detailed embroidery of plants and flowers.

Llamas detail from Sheep Wannabees
Llamas detail from Sheep Wannabees

To see more photos of this quilt, including the piece in progress, you can check out Debora’s Picasa site and Critterpat’s Flicker site. You’ll be amazed!

So dearests, that’s all for the fauna part of the show, but flora is still to come. Now you see why I rarely go to quilt shows – it takes me a year to review them for you!!!

Quilt Show Season – PIQF part 1, circle quilts

Detail of quilt by Irene MacWilliam
Detail of quilt by Irene MacWilliam

It may surprise you to learn that I don’t go to many quilt shows.  When I have attended quilt shows in the past, when I was working full-time, I would see everyone’s wonderful work and feel that I was really underachieving and working below my potential. I was not only intimidated by the work I saw, but intensely jealous that everyone else seemed to have more time and more talent than me. Not a good feeling.

Also, the shows provided such intense visual stimulation that I was yawning after the first thirty minutes and absolutely catatonic by the second hour.

With my leave of absence beginning its second year, I have had more time to quilt and have created some of my best work. I have had two quilt shows of my own in a year and things feel like they are clipping along at a good rate.

The best news is that this allows me to enjoy quilt shows so much more, and this year’s Pacific International Quilt Show (or PIQF) was a great pleasure to attend. The work was new and fresh. The quilts were interesting and beautiful. And I really enjoyed myself!

Over the next few posts I would like to share some of the quilts that I was inspired by. Case and point: these amazing circle quilts.

You Can't Put a Hole Where a Hole Don't Belong, by Irene MacWilliam
You Can't Put a Hole Where a Hole Don't Belong, by Irene MacWilliam

First up and all the way from England, Irene MacWilliam’s You Can’t Put a Hole Where a Hole Don’t Belong! Three layers of turned applique and big chunky hand stitches – wonderful! Irene wrote that the lyrics to Bernard Cribbins’ song Hole in the Ground was the inspiration for this quilt.

Hot Town - Summer in the City, By Janet McCallum
Hot Town - Summer in the City, By Janet McCallum

Also coming from England is Janet McCallum’s Hot Town – Summer in the City. Janet lists the view from the Empire State Building as the inspiration for this piece. She used conventional and hand-dyed fabrics to create the streets, buildings, water towers and air conditioning units as viewed from above.

Hot Town - Summer in the City - detail
Hot Town - Summer in the City - detail

The background/borders were absolutely luminous in person, fuchsia and green dupioni silk. I wish the photo could convey some of that!

Detail of Towards Infinity
Detail of Towards Infinity

From South Africa, quilter Sally Scott submitted this unusual quilt called Towards Infinity.

Towards Infinity, by Sally Scott
Towards Infinity, by Sally Scott

Much of this quilt is yarn couched down with black zig-zag stitching. The diamonds on the serpents are embroidered and the center circles are made with coils of beads. The influences of African imagery and textile are very palpable when you look at this tall, thin wall-hanging.

Super close up of Towards Infinity
Super close up of Towards Infinity

The colors are wonderful and I absolutely loved this quilt.

Passages, by Mary Ruth Smith
Passages, by Mary Ruth Smith

Mary Ruth Smith’s Passages was entered in a part of the show called Layers of Memories presented by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates).

Mary Ruth states, “Memories of a feed sack dress with a circular motif, made by my mother and worn in the first grade, provided the content for Passages.” It is a captivating combination of fabrics, colors and embroidered circles.

Detail of Passages
Detail of Passages

Again, I wish the photography could convey the magic better, but you can see the wonderful hand work propelling this quilt right into the field of quilts as ART!

Close Up of Sunset
Close Up of Sunset

The last quilt to share today is from a collection curated by Northern California Quilt Council (or NCQC). Jan Soules’ Sunset really caught my eye with the wonderful floral fabrics and the lively colors. I have been loving making circle quilts lately, and I really wish I could have made this quilt!

Sunset, by Jan Soules
Sunset, by Jan Soules

Sunset is an example of something I saw often at PIQF this year, and that is the combination of pieced quilts with fun and funky embroidered elements.

Detail of Sunset
Detail of Sunset

Stay tuned – more quilts coming!