Once again the Vermont Quilt Festival was spectacular. I went along with seven friends which makes going anywhere a blast! We drove up in two cars and I’m not sure there was a quiet moment in either car, coming or going. That doesn’t surprise you, does it?
I told myself I wasn’t going to take as many photos this year and I think I held to that, but I still took 148 photos. Of course, that really means on 74 quilts or less as I take two or two for each quilt. I first take the full quilt photograph, then I take a shot of the indentification card. By VQF rules (and common courtesy), you must give credit to the person who did the quilt. That’s two shots. The third is usually a close-up of something I want to highlight about that particular quilt.
One of my favorite quilts this year is called “Spotlight on the Stars” by Daniel Perkins. I had a chance to speak with Daniel for a few minutes and learned quite a bit more about his quilt.
Daniel designed this quilt pattern, made of two blocks, using Studio 180 Design tools. He place the blocks on point and added the same design in the border which is a fabulous finish. However, as beautiful as this design alone is, it is the quilting design that makes this quilt a winner in my estimation. Daniel’s wife did the long arm quilting on his quilt. He told me studied his quilt and determined what it needed and what that was is another star design in among the stars he has piece there.
I didn’t really succeed in getting the full design for you but you can get the idea of the quilted stars over to the right of the photo. That design alternates with Daniel’s pieced stars and really takes this quilt to new hights. As you can see it has a “few” ribbons! Founder’s Award, and Long-Arm Machine Quilting Award as well as a 1st place.
You wouldn’t be surprised to find a Mariner’s Compass quilt in this show, would you? Of course there were a number of Mariner’s Compass quilts. This one I liked because of the borders as much as the colors used in the quilt. This one is called “Life’s Compass” and was made by Miki Peine of St. Paul, Minnesota. It was hand-quilted by Lizzie Borntrager.
Here is a close up of the border treatment. Outstanding!
The hand-quilting is marvelous and the piecing lovely with the use of primary colors. The center of the compasses are miniature hand-pieced which Miki saw in an antique quilt display in a previous show.
Now, what do you think if this quilt? I wasn’t in love with the seemingly random placement of color here but when you see this in person and realize what went into the creation of those colors, you can’t help but be blown away. Called “Falling in Love”, it is totally made up of quarter-square triangles - QUARTER square triangles! It was created by G. Wong of Wellesley, MA and described as “the butterfly feeling you get in your stomach when falling in love”. It was quilted on a home machine.
It is an original design and won a Third Place ribbon. The back of this quilt is just as amazing as the front of the quilt. It had to have taken just about as long to make the back as it did the front! Here you see both back and front.
Next, is a “square in a square” quilt called “Square Dance” by Elizabeth Bauman of Lakewood, Ohio. The owner stated it was a contemporary take on the traditional Amish square in a square, executed in silks and cotton. Larger to small these squares in a square make a striking quilt. I love the little squares around the large central design.
You can see it won a Second Place and here you also see a few of the details of this quilt. It was quilted both on a home machine and a long-arm.
With 1, 776 half square triangles stitched from scraps, this is a scrapaholic’s delight and that’s it’s name, “Scrapholics Delight”. Eleaine Rubenau Reich from Baldwinsville, NY swapped charms over the Internet back in the 1990′s to help her get enough different pieces. She also got help from her friends.
This next quilt was in the Applique Division and the more you study this quilt, the more you find in the quilt. It’s called “Forest Galorest” by Pamela G. Shafer of Queensbury, NY. She states that Karen Brow of Java House was the designer. Each piece of applique is done with the traditional needle-turned method. Owls, bears, raccoons, squirrels, hedgehogs, birds and fish all can be found on this lovely appliqued quilt.
That’s where I’m going to stop today. These are but a few of the beauties found at the VQF last Saturday.
Next time I show you VQF photos, I will be sharing some art quilts that go above and beyond the average.
I hope you enjoyed this gorgeous quilts.