Spring Quilt Market 2013- The Quilts

So… Now that I’ve shown you my booth, the award-winning booths, and my favorite booths, it’s time for what is traditionally my favorite Quilt Market post… the QUILTS!  Traditionally, the Spring Market always has a much smaller collection of quilts on display, but I have to say that this particular selection was one of the best I’ve seen at a Spring Market. I actually had difficulty narrowing my selection down to these nine!

“Rainbow Lorikeet” by Helen Godden of Latham, Australia.

The bird itself was hand-painted then the entire piece was free-motion quilted. The effect made the feathers actually look REAL!

“Around the Block” by Karen Eckmeier of Kent, Connecticut

This looks was accomplished by collaging the fabric under tulle, topstitching it in place, then machine-quilting to finish.

The look was so intricate and involved, that I thought you might like to see this closeup! It was extraordinary!

 “Departure” by Kiyomi Takayanagi of Kitanagoya, Japan

Incredibly, this quilt was hand & machine pieced, hand appliqued, hand embroidered and then hand quilted!  WOW!

“Fantasy Seedpods” by Elizabeth Camping of McLaurenvale, Australia

This piece involved needleturn hand applique (what is that?), hand embroidery and machine quilting. Elizabeth also added beads and yarns for added depth!

“Flower Quartet” by Yasuko Sugoya of Ichibara, Japan

This quilt was also hand pieced, hand appliqued, hand embroidered and hand quilted. I am convinced that Japanese quilters must have the BEST eyes in the world (and the quickest fingers because this would be a lifetime project for me!) Yasuko reportedly made this piece for her daughter, “hoping for her happiness”. Are you kidding me?  🙂

“Dreamtime” by Antonia Hering of Hoorn, The Netherlands

After a trip to Australia, Antonia made this piece with hand applique, hand embroidery and hand quilting.

“Jazz” by Megumi Mizuno of Shiki City, Japan

As seems to be the norm for Japanese quilters, this piece was hand pieced, embroidered & quilted. But what I may have loved best about this quilt was the story behind it. Megumi said she wanted this quilt “to be very musical, as if melody, rythym, voice & powerful music are popping out of the quilt as you stand in front of it”. Those are actual records at the corners and she included the names of various record labels in the borders.

In this closeup, you can see the likenesses of various well-known jazz artists!

“Make You Happy” by Brigit Aubeso Bell-Lloch of Girona, Spain

Brigit said that when she “found a box of old family photos, she found a very special one of her Mom when she was in her 20’s”. She created this quilt as a very special tribute to her Mom. WOW! It was hand-pieced and appliqued (no painting here), free-motion embroidered then machine quilted! I love it!

“Mini Magic” by Mariya Waters of Doncaster, Australia

Now, if you think this quilt is fabulous, now consider the fact that it was only about 14″ square! AMAZING! Not only that… incredibly it was also hand appliqued, hand embroidered and machine quilted. Can you just imagine how tiny these little pieces must have been?

So…There you have it!

Now I would Just LOVE to know which one was YOURS?


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  1. They are all stunning, but that portrait really touched me deeply.

    And needleturn applique is when you use your needle to just turn a little tiny bit of the raw edge under with your needle while you’re appliqueing. I’m told that once you get the hang of it, it goes quickly and allows for great detail. For someone who is borderline OCD like myself, it’s a lifetime commitment.

    • Thanks Diane- I was wondering what needleturn applique was and now that you explained it, I’m even MORE impressed with that portrait piece! 🙂

  2. OH MY GOSH … every one of them is as gorgeous as the others .. your choices to share with us is absolutely lovely – and it says something about your ‘eye’ /// it s very good. Thank you ..

  3. I think I was most impressed with “Make Me Happy”, and “Rainbow Lorakeet” – the others are, of course, beautifully worked, but not my “style choice”

  4. The portrait quilt was touching because it reminds me of my own Mom.
    My favourite one if the Rainbow Lorikeet.

  5. Beautiful quilts, like your choices – and were you aware that the quilts you chose also reflected your color palette! Especially liked the Fantasy Seedpods and the Flower Quartet – and the amazing patience that had to have taken!

    • Well no Lois, I really didnt notice that, but no that you mention it….. that’s quite amazing.

      I am aware of the fact that the fabrics i choose for my sample bags is basically all in the same color palette, so it really shouldnt be a surprise! Sometimes I aks other folks to choose fabric for me, just so I can get a totally different look than the one I normally present. Maybe i should do that more often! 🙂
      Thanks for commenting and have a fun evening!

  6. I was wondering what kind of camera was used that picked up the quilting so wonderfully?

    • Actually Bobbie, my camera is not fancy. you can spend a WHOLE lot more for a whole lot less. I REALLy love my camera and I got it last summer for out trip to Europe.
      Its a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20. It’s great for closeups AND it does terrific on long-range scenery too! 🙂

      • Bobbie Warren

        I have not seen photo’s with such good defination on the actual quilting before.

  7. Lorikeet definate favorite just AWESOME!

  8. CharliAnn Olney

    My favorite is the portrait quilt.