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!
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.