Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Hunter Quilt Collection; Folk Art Center, Parkway, Asheville, NC

Do not miss the fabulous Hunter Quilt Collection. This is just a sneak preview of Janice Maddox's quilt, Simple Melodies. See more of her artistic work in the Focus Gallery. Many of the quilts you have seen in pictures but to be up, close and personal is the best way to appreciate the work. So special to see our friends, like Barbara Swinea, in this outstanding collection.

"Bragging Rights" at The Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC

Take time to visit the Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC right on the Parkway this winter. I am so proud to brag on Janice Maddox and her featured collection as part of the quilt exhibit in the Focus Gallery. She is member of the Asheville Quilt Guild, Southern Highland Craft Guild and our PTA, Professional Textile Artists. 
                         "Purple Daisy" , a fractured flower that can only appreciated up close.
The framing and subject here is bound to appeal to all train people. This is: Norfolk Southern Engine, Asheville,NC/ Vance Monument. AVL. NC

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thirty Years and Thirty Quilters

Continued... More of Nancy Pederson's wonderful quilts. Never underestimate the simplicity of the half square triangle. Look how Nancy uses it in this asymmetrical setting. 
 The always enduring Log Cabin quilt was our project years ago, but always a treat to see the finished quilt. No two settings were alike. It is endless what this pattern can evolve into.
 Another step back in time was our Blocks and Barns year. Marsha was glad to show off her barn with sentimental ties to her homestead. The quilt in the background was a group "thank you" to our great organizer, Lee completed by Janet. Thanks, Janet, for all of your hard work.
Of course I taught a simple purse which many turned into their "device" container, whether an iPod or an iPad. This concept is adapted from Karen Montgomery, The Quilt Company. We tried One Line at a Time idea from Charlotte Warr Andersen's books with some wonderful quilting results.
 Many used those left over neck ties. We designed our random crazy patch lines on Grid Grip, coded each template, cut apart, pressed and stitched together. In two days many had their project done. There was a ceremony at the end of the week throwing away any left overs... to the trash can they went with a new sense of freedom from left overs!

Thirty Years with over Thirty Quilters

It was quite a reunion again with the highlight always being the Show and Tell.
Here we have a chance to show off what we have been working on all year and brag about finishing projects. No way can I show all 35 quilts so I have just selected a few. This post will continue with more, especially from Nancy Pederson

 Marge sure surpassed us with this fetching Nut Cracker wall hanging. Her daughter has a collection of nutcrackers so this made the perfect gift.
 Alice came with several unfinished projects all neatly stacked in pizza like boxes. Isn't this the greatest scrap quilt. The quilting was outstanding via a long arm machine.
 Who said you have be under 30 to make a Modern quilt? Sheila, who is proud to be over 90, completed this top and even had it basted as she packed this up to go back to Norwich, UK.
Nancy Pederson showed off some of her wonderful marsh/bird life wall hangings. See more of her works on another updated blog.