07 October 2018

Rising Star Quilt Show

Susan Campos, Autumn Glow pattern.

Autumn in New England - russett leaves, crisp, cool air, pumpkin spice flavoring overkill - and a highlight of the season, the Rising Star Quilt Guild's annual show, held this year on October 5 and 6, at St. Brigid's Church in Lexington, Massachusetts.  This is always a delightful show, and below are a few of the quilts which particularly resonated with me.

Falls colors and imagery featured in several quilts.  This year, I've tried to give links to the quilt patterns used by the quilters where applicable, just click on the pattern name. These links are provided only for convenience, I have no connection to the designer or vendors and no endorsement is implied.

Jessica Gillis, Fall Sunshine. Sunrise Sunset pattern.

Carolyn O'Hara, Bali Blast. Prism quilt pattern by Nancy Rink.

The show included a lovely tribute to the late Delores McCravy, a long-time guild member and some of her work was on display, including the appliqued and pieced quilt below.

Delores McCravy, Turning Leaves.

Turning Leaves, detail.

Folks of all ages enjoyed the show.

One thing which sustains us through the New England winter is our memories of summer, and several artists were involved with a group challenge related to summer, recalling memories of the beach, colorful tote bags, blooms, and rippling water.

Beach Buoys, Barbara Tarrh.

Marilyn Jackson, Happy Baskets.

Cathy Papazian, Reflecting on Monet's Waterlilies. 

The pattern above is based on the Japanese Jigsaw Block.  Elizabeth Habich was also inspired by flower imagery in the work below; Ms. Habich created the pattern from her photograph. Note the background fabrics, which Elizabeth hand-dyed.

Elizabeth Habich, Honeysuckle, detail.

In addition to her skill with applique and hand-dyeing, Ms. Habich is also an expert at painting with thread.

Elizabeth Habich, Eagle Lake, Acadia, detail.

Some of the small quilts have great graphic impact. I have to confess I am also partial to cardinals.

Deborah McKenna, Birds at the Feeder.

Since we have birds, why not butterflies? I did not know what a "QAL" is - it stands for Quilt Along, projects individually but as part of an online group all working to the same pattern, in this case one of Tula Pink's designs.

Angie Fitzreiter, I-Heart-QALs, detail.

Moving on to mammals, the quilt below made a big impression. (Sorry, couldn't resist. I have no idea who Susan B is.) In case you would like to make your own elephant, the pattern is at this site.

Peggy Boning, Susan B Elephant.

There's something about black, white and gray with yellow....but also rainbows.  The pattern for the Ombre quilt can be found here, https://huntersdesignstudio.com/product/ombre-star/.

Jean Necheles, Paul's Ombre. 

Christina Crouch, Hoops in the Dark, pattern Metro Hoops.

Dorothee Kennedy, Spring Fling Fun.

The Boutique.

This show always has a good selection of vendors and The Boutique features items made by guild members.  Finally, some quilts featuring red, always a fan favorite. Love to the Moon and Back is a Dresden Plate variation. The last quilt in this blog post goes wild with many, many traditional blocks together in a delicious scrum of red and white.

Jeanne Funk-Geddes, Love to the Moon and Back.

Susan Campos, Red and White Sampler.

Red and White Sampler, detail.