On Saturday, I took a couple of hours to attend the NJ State Quilt Convention. It was a terrific show and if you’re in the area next year, you should try to attend (or at least enter something). I couldn’t take photos of everything but I did take pics of some of the quilts that caught my eye. I hope you enjoy the tour….
Which one is YOUR favorite?
This quilt is named Fairies at the Bottom of my Garden by Joyce Hughes of Warminster PA. It reminds me of that Fairy quilt book that came out last year by that European woman (can’t remember her name). The work that went into this is amazing. While it’s not exactly my quilting taste, it totally captured my imagination, and it works on so many levels.
I love the pastels in this quilt, Spring Awakening by Diane Colucci or Raway, NJ (I love super big quilts, too)
The name of this beauty (it won Viewer’s Choice) is Pepto Bismal by Anna Macaluso of Totowa NJ. You should see the quilting on this baby which Anna also did.
This one is called A Little Bit of American History by Susan McDermott of Warren NJ. I loved the traditional feel of this quilt and the scrappy colors. I was just really drawn to it. No ribbon. 😦
Now this was a funny one. I spoke with the maker, Carol Vansickle, who found the background for this quilt at Keepsake Fabrics. It’s hard to tell in the photo but it was a melon colored, salmon! Really unusual but it really worked for the quilt. I loved that she used something so off base for the background of this very traditional star and the fact that the color was an off, unexpected color, it gave the whole quilt an genuine antique look. The Quilt is called, Star Found in a Box Under the Stairs in Elk Mound Wisconsin! LOL
I love this letter quilt. It didnt’ win a ribbon but it won my admiration. I love the graphic nature of it and the black and white letters with the cream colored, “family” written in it. By Mary Vaughan of Mountain Lakes, NJ (Evan used to go to school there), there are 28 family names hand appliqued into the quilt. It was a Quilting by the Lake 2007 project for Mary. I LOVE IT!
My buddy from Kindred Quilts, Linda Wood (who happens to be just shy of 100) made this prize winning quilt (above) Its from a Judy Neimeyer pattern but it’s done perfectly and won a ribbon for the old girl!
I’m so bummed because my cameara was out of focus for this terrifc quilt. It is by Judith Baymiller and it’s called, Awakening. I just loved it and her use of color was sensational. Lot’s of Kaffe fabric.
This is a striking quilt…but I think it’s a redo of the original that’s hanging in Liza Lucy’s kitchen! It’s a Piece O Cake Design and it fabulous. It was made by Joan Nell of Freehold, NJ and is called Pinwheels, of course.
This was another of my favorites that didnt’ win a thing. It was made by Sylvia Keating of Point Pleasant, NJ. The colors are brilliant and the photos do it no justice.
Can you tell I was attracted to brights? Love this one too, by Denise Fox of Collingswood NJ. It called NJ Beauty. You go girl!
My buddy Barb Vedder (remember her from an earlier blog?) made this quilt. She’s the Miss Thang who won all of the prizes at the luncheon while wearing her faux Missoni top.
This quilt was inspired by the Kaffe Fassett book Quits from the Victoria and Albert. I love this quilt. Totally love it. She called it: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
This was one of two of my friend Dot’s quilts that were entered before she passed away last week. Our friend Gloria brought a pot of flowers from our guild and a note of Dot’s passing.
This is teacher/designer Merry May along with one of her stenciled then quilted quilts. Love the technique.
The two quilts above are ribbon winners by Anna Faustino of North Arlington, NJ . First of all, I love her (and she’s really pretty) but her work speaks for itself. She’s is definately one to keep your eye out for. She’s a superstar!
If you were at Fall Market in Houston last year you might remember these from the booth. They were designed and embellished by my good friend, Catherine Ravera from my Katmandu line — AND THEY WON A RIBBON!
This is a great applique quilt. Really big. It is called Stars in my Garden (a Piece O Cake design) by Fran Gillesheimer and Carol Lauterbach of Whiting, NJ
Helen brought me a gift last year from her China visit (a bone tool used for turning tubes of fabric) and was upset that I didn’t thank her for it. I never got it! She explained that she had left it for me at the end of last year’s quilt convention. Just then, a buddy who was listening in said “Was it in a yellow envelope?”
Lo and behold. They found it THIS YEAR in the quilt show supplies and brought it out to me which I unwrapped in front of her! See, I have a brain like Swiss Cheese but you never know!
I love this quilt of the two girls. I was surprised the it didn’t win anything. It’s called Wish Upon an Autumn Star. I love fall and I love autumn colors so I guess that’s why I’m so drawn to this piece. It’s by Raina Lynn-Knapp of Westwood NJ (one of my favorite little Jersey towns — I’ll have to take you there one day).
This is my buddy Brian. He is the grandson of a quilting buddy of mine. I was teasing him that next year I expect him to make his own quilt, like his sister Alyssa, and have it hung, along with all of the other quilts, at the show. He agreed.
So, when he found out that there was a kid’s section for quilt making he insisted that he make his own quilt. He did! Then he went flying around the convention center to find me. This kid has just so much personality that he never fails to make me laugh and smile. I think he is the greatest. He was so proud of his quilt made with kitty cat fabric.
On the left is Brian’s sister, Alyssa who stands under the quilt that she made. She also made her dress.
If you click on these images you’ll see her embellishment and maybe the silks that she used.
I didn’t see this quilt until I was about to leave. It is by Joan Nell of Freehold NJ and it’s called, Shade Garden Sampler. I love the bright red fabric. Which, by the way is a HINT HINT HINT for my new line called krakow! Be on the lookout this spring!
I’m embarrassed to say that I screwed up and didn’t find out who did this quilt but I really liked the pomegranetes and the scrpit that says, “To love honor and cherish” along with a monogram. I’m sure it’s a wedding or anniversary quilt but I don’t know more than that besides that I liked it a lot. Anyone know who did this?
(ADDED JUNE 19, 9:45 AM: Thanks for the responses. This quilt, like the earlier seen alphabet letter quilt, was also done by Mary Vaughan of Mountain Lakes, NJ)
After the show I hit my new favorite junk-Mexican food, Chipolte Mexican Grill (which are popping up faster than Starbucks did). I have to go to the Bridgewater Mall to get my fix.
And her name is . . .
PETUNIA MARIE LIPINSKI
Now I didn’t think she was a Petunia when I wrote my post but of all of the names, that just who she was. So meet Petunia Lipinski.
Next Time, dear Pickles. . .
i have a lot of new books that have just hit the market to show you. Some I like and some I hate. If anyone from C&T is reading — where the hell are the review copies of books that I’m seeing all over the place? You’re losing ink, baby! Makes me very, very nervous about how my own books will be marketed.
I’ll give you my 2-cents on my next book reviews and what I’ve decided about how to approach writing them.
Watercolor class – ugh!
But before I go, let me show you a little thumbnail of a teddy bear I painted in my watercolor class on Monday. I truly suck in this class and have to work hard to get shitty results. Alas, I will never be a “true” artist. Oh well, f**k em if they can’t take a joke! Here’s the bear . . .
Now, I’m afraid to tell you folks, but I’m currently on a watercolor class buying binge. I just got a shitload of various watercolor papers from Cheap Joes. Not so cheap, I might add! 🙂 I placed another order today.
It’s as bad as fabric buying….except on some level you have to do some work or else it’s just tablets of blank paper. At least fabric is fun to look at!
Here’s another of the same field. I can hardly believe that they’re bailing hay already
That damn venomous raccoon is eating my chickens again!
I think the little mofuis living UNDER my potting shed! Damn it! I caught him in the pen last night at around midnight and startled him (I almost wet myself among other things, speaking of startled) and he was HUGE! He dove under the potting shed.
Now, you know daddy has to set a trap for this chicken killing varment. And I’m a little rusty. I haven’t set a trap since I caught JEFF!
(Oh, I just told him I was pregnant. Men– gay, straight or otherwise, they ALWAYS fall for that line!)