Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Quilts by Wendy Caton Reed - at IMAGES - Lowell Quilt Festival 2013 (2 of 3)

Detail from "The Grapes of Bath" by Wendy Caton Reed, hand appliqued and hand quilted, IMAGES 2013 Lowell Quilt Festival 

One highlight of the IMAGES show for me was a special exhibit of quilts by Bath, Maine quilter Wendy Caton Reed. Wow, her quilts really really speak to me - I just loved every single one.  Brightly colored, with very clear traditional roots, and hand quilted.  Here are just a few:

"The Grapes of Bath" by Wendy Caton Reed, hand appliqued and hand quilted, IMAGES 2013 Lowell Quilt Festival 



Detail from "The Grapes of Bath" by Wendy Caton Reed, hand appliqued and hand quilted, IMAGES 2013 Lowell Quilt Festival 



This next one reminds me of a quilt I've seen at the New England Quilt Museum, called Boston Pavement I think.  It's on my "someday" list.  I just love this kind of scrappy quilt.  Wendy quilted and bound each block "potholder" style and then whip stitched them together - wow!
Stonewall to Happiness, by Wendy Caton Reed, 2012, hand appliqued, hand quilted 


detail from Stonewall to Happiness, by Wendy Caton Reed, 2012, hand appliqued, hand quilted
I just love the setting of this hexagon quilt:

Happy Hexagons by Wendy Caton Reed 



I recognize some of these shirtings/novelties from my own long-ago stash - what a perfect use for them.  And check out the meticulous, genius fussy cutting!:


detail from Happy Hexagons by Wendy Caton Reed 
I have a bit more to show from Lowell... so stay tuned for part three, which I will get to in a quiet moment when I am not on mental and physical hyperdrive over the following news:  Grandma Mary Lou (age 91) is going to come live with us in Massachusetts.  This is... huge!

Monday, August 12, 2013

A few favorites from IMAGES - Lowell Quilt Festival 2013 (1 of 3)

On Friday, on our way to Nashua for some shopping, my daughter Kaela and I stopped in to the Lowell Quilt Festival - an easy drive from our home and a yearly treat!

Here are a few of my favorite quilts from this year's IMAGES show - none of them ribbon winners, but wonderful to my eye:
A to Z - Quiet Valley Quilters Guild, Bennington, VT, pieced and quilted by Mary Hawes Kohler.  
 Isn't it just so detailed, charming, and whimsical?


detail, A to Z - Quiet Valley Quilters Guild, Bennington, VT, pieced and quilted by Mary Hawes Kohler.  
 I've been "collecting" house blocks on Pinterest!
detail, A to Z - Quiet Valley Quilters Guild, Bennington, VT, pieced and quilted by Mary Hawes Kohler.  

detail, A to Z - Quiet Valley Quilters Guild, Bennington, VT, pieced and quilted by Mary Hawes Kohler.  
Here's another hand quilted piece that really caught my eye:

Circle of Heaven, by G. Wong, Wellesley, MA, hand appliqued and quilted. 

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detail, Circle of Heaven, by G. Wong, Wellesley, MA, hand appliqued and quilted. 

I liked this wall hanging a lot, and it reminded me of how happy I felt seeing the Boston skyline on our drive home from the airport when we got back from Japan. Not a huge metropolis - just Boston, our home city of 13 years.

Boston Before, by Kathleen Murphy, Mendon MA, machine appliqued and quilted 



Here's one striking study of color:

Calming Influence, by Patricia Washburn, Taunton, MA, machine pieced and quilted 

detail from Calming Influence, by Patricia Washburn, Taunton, MA, machine pieced and quilted 



detail from Calming Influence, by Patricia Washburn, Taunton, MA, machine pieced and quilted 

And this one was just plain fun - with a color palette I loved:

Blobby, by Colleen Zeitz, Providence, RI, machine appliqued and quilted, based on a figure from a drawing by Kandinsky.


detail from Blobby, by Colleen Zeitz, Providence, RI, machine appliqued and quilted, based on a figure from a drawing by Kandinsky.

More tomorrow - when it's not after midnight!