QuiltCon 2017 :: Applique and Handwork

 inside Out by Susan Bleiweiss ( @suebleiweiss ), First Place in Applique

inside Out by Susan Bleiweiss (@suebleiweiss), First Place in Applique

Applique

Today's post is about the applique and handwork categories, both of which are favorites of mine.  The applique here is either done by machine or by hand, but the designs are really what drew me in.  Above is a piece by Sue Bleiweiss who is well known in the art quilt community.  Her magnificent work got first place in Applique.  It's done with machine applique and machine quilting.

As I've said before I didn't get photos of all the quilts in each category and I'm sure I've missed some great quilts.  In a couple of cases my photos are not in focus so I apologize in advance for that.  It's the kind of thing you don't notice until it's too late.  I also didn't get close ups of several of them that I wish now I had.  Even so, enjoy!

 Handcrafted by Jennifer Johnston ( @jenniferjohnston80 )

Handcrafted by Jennifer Johnston (@jenniferjohnston80)

Jennifer Johnston has created a magnificent optical illusion with bias tape and machine applique, hand quilting and machine quilting.  So clever!

 Wildabon by Carolyn Friedlander ( @carolynfriedlander )

Wildabon by Carolyn Friedlander (@carolynfriedlander)

Carolyn Friedlander's work is always a favorite of mine and this one is no exception.  She does nearly perfect hand applique.  In this case I was also very interested in the way she does the machine quilting so I got a close-up.  The applique design is a collaboration with Leah Duncan.

 i Spy by Cassandra Beaver ( @cassandra.beaver )

i Spy by Cassandra Beaver (@cassandra.beaver)

Cassandra's quilt is a bit of an eye test.  You'll notice a green "i" in the middle if you have normal color vision.  Hand appliqued and machine quilted.

 For the Watchers and Dreamers by Kristin Shields

For the Watchers and Dreamers by Kristin Shields

I have been trying to get a quilt into the applique and/or handwork categories for the past few years and finally got this one into applique.  Interestingly, of the 4 quilts I entered, this one got the most comments and shares.

Handwork

 Canary Meets Gold Mine by Stephanie Ruyle ( @spontaneousthreads ), First Place in Handwork

Canary Meets Gold Mine by Stephanie Ruyle (@spontaneousthreads), First Place in Handwork

Again, I apologize for the poor photo quality above!  Luckily, I got a nice detail shot below.  This is the start of the Handwork category.  So much good stuff here!  Stephanie's quilt got first place in Handwork and it's no surprise when you see the lovely stitching below!  What's also great is combination of machine quilting and hand stitching.  

 Quilt no.019: (Of Discontent) by Shelby Skumanich ( @godshomemovies ), Second Place in Handwork

Quilt no.019: (Of Discontent) by Shelby Skumanich (@godshomemovies), Second Place in Handwork

Shelby's quilt got Second Place in Handwork and you can see below how nice her big stitch hand quilting looks.  Her design is also quite striking.

 Trust Your Gut by Marilyn Butler ( @marilynkb1 ), Third Place in Handwork

Trust Your Gut by Marilyn Butler (@marilynkb1), Third Place in Handwork

Marilyn's quilt got Third Place in Handwork and I just love what she did with the quilting!  See below the variety in stitch and shape.  I really love the colors in this one too.

 I Know the Stars are There Beyond the Clouds, 2 by Heidi Parkes ( @heidi.parkes )

I Know the Stars are There Beyond the Clouds, 2 by Heidi Parkes (@heidi.parkes)

I have been an admirer of Heidi Parkes's handwork for quite a while.  I was also thrilled to get into a class with Heidi this year.  The techniques we learned are all highlighted in this quilt.  I'm not sure the exact size, but it's really wide (maybe 100"?).  See the detail of her hand stitching below.  Hand pieced, hand appliqued and hand quilted.

 Autumn is Wistful by Chawne Kimber ( @cauchycomplete )

Autumn is Wistful by Chawne Kimber (@cauchycomplete)

Chawne is always doing something interesting.  This quilt technique was inspired by the work of Alabama Chanin.  The poem is inspired by her friend Autumn Kent.  Hand reverse appliqued and hand quilted.  

 Zig Zag Quilt by Tara Faughnan ( @tarafaughnan )

Zig Zag Quilt by Tara Faughnan (@tarafaughnan)

Tara is well known for her amazing use of color.  Paper pieced, machine pieced and hand quilted.

 Trestle Nestle by Marla Varner ( @pennylanequilts )

Trestle Nestle by Marla Varner (@pennylanequilts)

Last, but not least, is this marvelous improvisational design by Marla.  I love everything about this from the color palette to the riff on the shape!  Machine pieced and hand quilted.