Monday, April 11, 2011

"In A Quilter's Garden"

The West Houston Quilter's Guild hosted their annual Spring show this past weekend. And very appropriately named too--"In a Quilter's Garden", so there were many flower related quilts displayed.  The Best of Show was this lovely work by Georgina Buschauer.  Look at the detail on the center............

Such lovely flower dimension--you could almost smell the flower aroma.
The quilting was also done by Georgina.  This was titled Challenge 2 and she states that the 'quilt grew on me'.   Well, it certainly grows on us!!
The photo came out a little blurry--sorry, but it doesn't take away from the overall look of this awesome best of show.
Small wall size hangings also glow with flowery containers.  Titled "Jammin Flower Power" was pieced and appliqued by Susan Jenkins and quilted by Marilyn Gore--great work gals!
The wall sections were hung with profession care and concern for the integrity of the quilt.
A traditional 'Barn Raising' scrap quilt was made by Lauren Semple and quilted by Pam Klein.  You just got to love these scrappy quilts.
This quilt really was eye catching! And a great play on words--"Dot Com"!  Pieced by Susan Jenkins and quilted by Karen Hansen.
Dots ! Dots ! Dots ! Big ones and small ones!
"Texas Tumbleweeds" blocks pieced and quilted by Debbie Huebel.  This block is usually known by the name of buzz saw, using 2.5" strips.
"Mary's Star Quilt" pieced by Julie Lisle and quilted by Valerie De Ruiter--this quilt uses a creative means of triangle points.
A close-up view of the quilting by Sharon Dixon.
Sharon also pieced this quilt using the pattern "Merry Go Round' by American Jane.  The quilting design is Honeysuckle by Patricia Ritter.
A close-up view of the donation quilt that was hung at the entrance of the gallery.
The donation quilted was hand appliqued and machined pieced by members of the West Houston Quilter's Guild and quilted by Jane Plisga.  The pattern  is "Midnight Floral Fantasy" and designed by Karen Kay Buckley and Janet Shultzabarger.  It measures 95"x95".
In keeping with the theme, flower pedals warned visitors 'Do Not Touch'!
A close-up of the quilting feature on "Friends in my Half Square Garden"
This lovely quilt was a production of a half-square exchange with a group of friends.  In all there are over 3000 half square triangles in this quilt.
"Tree of Life" by Pamela Pfeiffer and quilted by Jane Plisga.  This was inspired by 'Friendship Triangles' by Edyta Sitar.  It was also the result of the half square exchange, using 144.

This quilt shows how different fibers can be combined to create an imaginative quilt.  "A Primitive Garden" pieced by Nicole Chen and quilted by Cathy King was a BOM (block of the month) quilt from 2009.
Using wool fabric along with regular cotton quilting fabrics will give Nicole an indoor garden to appreciate for years to come.

This was only a small fraction of the wonderful quilts displayed during the two day event.  It is always amazing that dedicated volunteers will work tirelessly to install their handwork for such a small amount of time.  It is the way to bring some beauty to this world.

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