Monday, March 18, 2013

Quiltfest: the quilting up close

One of my favorite things to do at quilt shows is to admire and feast upon the magnificent machine (and hand) quilting the brings those 2D quilt tops to life. Here is a visual study of the fabulous quilting I saw at the 2013 A Mountain Quiltfest—machine, hand, and occasionally a mixed collaboration!

 

The quilted motifs (below) became part of the composition of this quilt.

The appliqu├ęd cats in the border of this quilt (below) had hand coloring and shading to bring out the details in their faces.
 


  




This quiltmaker combined heirloom hand stitched blocks made by her grandmother and combined them with a soft peachy batik alternate block.





Here are some of the hand quilted pieces. The first one is by Linda Roy. All the embroidered feathers are by hand!


 


This was one of the Challenge pieces. It combines hand and machine quilting. Check out the hand stippling in the arc beside the rouched roses.

In your next quilt, be sure to leave some blank canvas for some fabulous machine or hand quilting!

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