What sounds like the direction for driving south is in reality one of the major quilt shows in the United States. Each year in January (21- 24. January 2016) thousands of visitors travel to Ontario, California, to enjoy this great show, look at the marvellous quilts, learn new techniques in one of the workshops and decide what to buy in the large vendor mall.
If you missed this year’s show here are pictures of some of the winning quilts:
Best of Show Quilt
“Silk Road Sampler” by Melissa Sobotka, Richardson, Texas, USA
60 x 67 in / 150 x 168 cm
Artist statement: Where east meets west in Istanbul, there is a Spice Bazaar that has been there since 1597. There, surrounded by exotic smells and tastes, the vibrant colors of the silk road come alive. One vendor had so many ornate pillows of various colors and designs, it was like viewing an appliqué sampler.
Winner of Marie White Masterpiece Award
“Ewe Are My Sunshine” by Janet Stone, Overland Park, Kansas, USA
72 x 63 in / 180 x 158 cm
Artist statement: A collection of red fabrics and alphabet ribbon inspired this design. The title came to me quickly after designing the layout. Of course there has to be sheep, the alphabet, and just a few embellishments! This is number 15 in my ongoing series of alphabet quilts.
Winner of Director’s Choice
“Song of the Sea” by Kathy McNeil, Tulalip, Washington, USA
36 x 49 in / 90 x 123 cm
Artist statement: An Art Nouveau diva. Three hearts, eight merry legs and the ability to change color and escape from any container. She has 321 suckers made with Yo, Yo’s. Is she going to eat Nemo or just introduce him to the love of his life?
Winner: Outstanding Art Quilt
“Beach Sculptures” by Judy Leslie, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
44 x 34 in / 110 x 85 cm
Artist statement: The island of Kauai is a favorite vacation destination for my husband and me. The slowly eroding shoreline produces exquisite ‘beach sculptures’. The remains of trees, with their intertwining roots, are gradually stripped of their bark to reveal incredible tints of creams, pinks and greys.
Winner: Outstanding Innovative Quilt
“Really ‘Wild’ Flowers! Third Season” by Sharon L Schlotzhauer, Monument, Colorado, USA
41 x 62 in / 103 x 155 cm
Artist statement: This whimsical piece is the third in my dimensional Wild Flowers series. It was designed to emphasize color, texture, layering and movement. Embellished with beads and Swarovski crystals. Construction methods include machine piecing, machine appliqué, paper piecing, pieced prairie points and machine quilting.
Winner: Outstanding Modern Quilt
“Modern Mojo Two” by Linda M Thielfoldt, Troy, Michigan, USA
65 x 90 in / 163 x 225 cm
Artist statement: Dill! What a great color. I bought the solid green fabric intending to make a wholecloth quilt but when I came across the spikey looking white print with the exact color in it, I knew I had to change my plans. A little graph paper, a little cutting, a whole lot of freehand quilting and Modern Mojo Two was born.
Winner: Outstanding Traditional Quilt
“The Paisley Peacock” by Bethanne G. Nemesh, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
47 x 47 in / 118 x 188 cm
Artist statement: This quilt was inspired by a combination of Art Nouveau stained glass, Indian Sari fabric, and a henna tattoo of a peacock. All motifs are original drawings that are free motion quilted. The beaded and tab finished border is an original concept of a beaded piping, with individually tied beads and small tabs of fabric in an intricate knife edge binding finish.
Winner: Best Use of Color
“Technicolor Deco” by Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
35 x 65 in / 88 x 163 cm
Artist statement: The design and quilting utilize Art Deco, Mayan artifacts and traditional quilt squares as inspiration. Bright coloration and transparency bring these elements a contemporary feel.
Winner: Excellence In Longarm Quilting
“Shannah’s Cameo” by Karen L Sievert, Bailey, North Carolina, USA
64 x 64 in / 160 x 160 cm
Artist statement: My daughter so-o-o wanted me to make a quilt and name it after her, so Shannah’s Cameo was born. It is an original, silk whole cloth that is entirely free motion quilted. My hope is that my daughter will love and cherish the quilt as I love and cherish her!
Winner: Excellence In Machine Quilting
“Argentum” by Susan E Stewart, Pittsburg, Kansas, USA
17 x 17 in / 43 x 43 cm
Artist statement: „Argentum“ is the Latin word for silver, so I thought that was an appropriate name for this silver miniature! I used Robert Kaufman silk/cotton Radiance fabric for both the front and back, silver metallic thread for the machine embroidery (the satin stitch portions of the design were eliminated and only the outlines were stitched), wool batting, and Superior Kimono thread for quilting. The tiny, hand-appliqued bias tubes are about 1/8″ wide.
Winner: Excellence in Hand Quilting
“Elegance” by Elsie M Campbell, Ponca City, Oklahoma, USA
80 x 80 in / 200 x 200 cm
Artist statement: Influenced by exquisite whole-cloth quilts that are part of the Henry F. duPont collection at Winterthur Museum, I designed and hand quilted this quilt. Eight years later, I completed this labor of love.
Winner: Best Group Quilt
“View of Arles with Irises”
by C. Brorby, J. Bawart, P. McCalla, C. Pirruccello, J. Soules, California, USA
75 x 65 in / 188 x 163 cm
Artist statement: Carole Pirruccello, Cathy Brorby, Phyllis McCalla, Jan Bawart, and Jan Soules (Fab 5) selected an 1888 Van Gogh painting to challenge themselves to make this quilt which was cut vertically into 5 pieces. Each quilter worked individually, selecting own fabrics and determining techniques they wanted to use to complete their piece. Techniques include machine piecing, machine quilting, fused machine appliqué, hand stitching, and hand beading.
Winner: Most Humorous Quilt
“Enchanted Encounter” by Cindy O’Neal, Bend, Oregon, USA
40 x 50 in / 100 x 125 cm
Artist statement: A close encounter under a magical umbrella was the first spark in a complex relationship. The charmed umbrella kept this couple dry even in a down pour – this is depicted with the silver thread used to quilt the wind-driven rain. Black, white and red were major themes throughout the story. A rayon cord is used to delineate the flouncy curves on the woman’s dress. Read the book to learn more about Celia and Marco and their “Enchanted Encounters.”
Beautiful and inspiring quilts, aren’t they? Come back on Friday for another batch of ribbon-carrying quilts from this year’s Road to California show (or subscribe so you want miss a single article).
Next year this show will take place January 19 – 22, 2017. Mark your calender and start saving. Infos will be available soon at the official website http://www.road2ca.com