Thursday, July 26, 2018

Maine Quilt Show and Scrap Box Winner



Spent 2 hours at the Preview Evening for the Maine Quilt Show in Augusta last evening.......this exquisitely-appliqued quilt was made by a friend, Marlee Carter.  This is her rendition of the online quilt BOM "Love Entwined" by Esther Aliu from Australia.  Click to enlarge photos to see the fabulous details in the small pieces!




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This is Marlee's other entry, "Ann's Legacy",  pattern by Di Ford, another Australian designer. Wish I had taken more closeups!  Her workmanship is beyond exquisite!








  Spent an hour at the New England Quilt Museum exhibit, "All in the Family", talking with Pam Weeks and Laura Lane about the magnificent reproductions that were displayed.  The exquisite applique quilts were made by sisters Beatrice Smith Utley and Barbara Smith Gray.  beginning in the 1980's......before the age of appropriate reproduction fabrics we have now....BUT you will be amazed at what they did with what they could find,  which were often decorator fabrics.  Anitz Loscalzo wrote an excellent, detailed article about these quilts and their makers in the current issue of "Blanket Statements", the quarterly newsletter from the American Quilt Study Group.
This Baltimore Album-Style Quilt was made in 199l







This was my Personal Favorite, a Broderie Perse Quilt Top, made in 1996.  The workmanship is beyond exquisite!  Center medallion of Broderie Perse bouquet surrounded with cutouts from colorful Toile that I just love!  Now for the most amazing thing......this Broderie Perse is done with teeny, tiny Buttonhole stitch with meticulous attention to matching thread colors to fabric colors! 






One of the most interesting blocks is this one with the darling little dragonfly!  Note his smile!  The blue fabric on the right was from one of the first lines I bought for my quilt shop in 1990.....called ColorWorks by Cranston Printworks.  

There are more photos to come next time!   The Scrap Box winner is Nancy E.....please contact me soon with your address and it will be on its way! 

14 comments:

  1. That show sounds amazing!! Apparently I need to put it on my list of shows I have to see someday! Thank you so much for the photos!

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  2. Oh wow! Is eye-candy envy a thing? I might have it 😊

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  3. Even without being able to see in person, you can tell these pieces are fabulous! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  4. Thi´s absolutely fantastic!!

    Congratulations to the winner and thanks you for sharing.

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  5. Oh, my goodness, Cyndi. These quilts leave me way beyond intimidated!
    I enlarged the photos and just marveled at the work.
    Like you said, the stitching on that last quilt is incredible! I can't believe how meticulous the stitches are, and exactly matched in color. That was A LOT of thread changes!! And what a beautiful effect!

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  6. gorgeous quilts....i had some of that blue print also...lol! and love entwined...if you go to esther liu's blog you can see more of them...

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  7. What great quilts you showed us! I'm sad not to be there this year... thanks so much for taking pictures of such extraordinary quilts!! Those blocks are just amazing!! Hope you have a fun time at the show!

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  8. beautiful quilts! thanks for sharing some.
    I've submitted twice to be a teacher....maybe one year! fingers crossed.
    that proderie perse is amazing!!!

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  9. Have you ever seen a dragonfly smile? Precious!

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  10. Wow, Wow, Wow! All of them are amazing! That broderie purse is extra special!!

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  11. Cyndi, you must find us some of that gorgeous toile! Beautiful quilts!

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  12. And a BIG THANK YOU to Cyndi at Busy Thimble for sponsoring the New England Quilt Museum exhibit at Maine Quilts this year!!! We loved sharing these amazing quilts with the show visitors. And the quilts even have a Maine connection-both sisters retired with their husbands to Maine!

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  13. this is amazing work, unbelievable.

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  14. Hello, I went by to say hello, since I've been disconnected from everything for a long time. As always I love your work. That I still think that they are not chapucillas, but great works. A kiss.
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