Saturday, October 27, 2018

NNMQG Quilt Fiesta 2018

Santa Fe, New Mexico is known for its artists. The Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild annual show, Quilt Fiesta, lives up to the city's reputation.

The raffle quilt was splendid. It had all the bells and whistles: pointy compass tips, detailed avian species, and beautiful machine quilting.

I'm going to kill the suspense right now because I'm obsessed with the Best of Show and Exemplary Appliqué winner Blueberry Hill by Nancy Arseneault. She describes the techniques as invisible machine appliqué (which I'd love to know more about because I really, really don't see any stitches) and seminole piecing. She outlined the shapes with 12 wt thread. Can you believe this is the first quilt she quilted on her Innova machine? Inserted ric rack and double piped binding are special details that make  the workmanship (or workwomanship) stand out. The pattern is Diamond Hill by Esther Aliu. Keep on scrolling. I promise more quilts after the in-depth look.

 Violetta (second place) by Kathy Parker, pieced in her daughter's favorite color, was created using Diane Bohn's 6" Scrap Attack block.

The quilting is gorgeous!

Living in the southwest, this reminds me of my local botanic gardens. Susan Slusser Clay upsized the Cactus Collage Sampler by Laura Heine into a lap quilt, earning third place.

In Old Pawn Jewelry (first place), Dana Hollifield used Quiltsmart's Lone star pattern to imitate turquoise jewelry patterns. The color scheme is inspired by turquoise, coral and onyx.

 Zoe the Grayhound by Jan Avent, Honorable Mention, is based on a photograph, and was started in an Ann Shaw class.

Fiesta Halo Medallion by Joyce Triezenberg (first place) used a 2017 Block of the Month from "The Quilt Show" designed by Sue Garman with a major divergence from the original color palette inspired by New Mexico. Personally, I love the turquoise/saturated solids fabric selection.

Weave (second place) was made by Susan Slusser Clay for the Riley Blake Challenge hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild.

 Thanks for a great show, NNMQG!

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  1. Scrolling through all these lovely showstopping quilts has been a very humbling experience!

  2. More gorgeous quilts, more amazing color--thanks for another look at the award-winning quilts!

  3. wow! those are some gorgeous quilts!! Thanks for sharing, and especially for the up close pics of those two show-stoppers!! :-) Hugs, H

  4. Those are simply amazing. The details in the quilting and applique are stunning