Saturday, December 14, 2013

Fantastic Christmas Quilt

Merry Christmas!
Applique Christmas snowman quilt block by Miriam L Meier
Snowman block in Miriam Meier's Christmas quilt
One of the most beautiful Christmas quilts I have ever seen is the "Baltimore Christmas" Quilt by Miriam L. Meier from Reedsville, Wisconsin.  This exquisitely appliqued quilt, shown below, has many beautiful Christmas blocks.  

Christmas Baltimore quilt by Miriam L Meier
"Baltimore Christmas" by Miriam L. Meier of Wisconsin
Miriam Meier's "Baltimore Christmas" quilt has a large Santa applique in the center of the quilt surrounded by a square of twelve beautiful blocks, framed by a wide sashed border.  Each of the blocks are festive and unique, and Miriam's applique work, embroidered details, and color choices feel perfect.  

Christmas Baltimore quilt by Miriam L Meier
Gingerbread men and candy block in Miriam Meier's quilt

For me, the best way to enjoy a Baltimore style quilt is to view the overall quilt, and then pause and study each of the different blocks making up the quilt.

Christmas Baltimore quilt by Miriam L Meier
Gingerbread house block in Miriam Meier's Christmas quilt

In a busy quilt show, it isn't always easy to take take the time to slow down an study each block like it is it's own quilt.  But since applique quilts take so long to create, taking more time to view the quilt makes sense to me.  And I always feel rewarded for the effort. 

Christmas Baltimore quilt block by Miriam L Meier
Bells and bow block in Miriam Meier's Christmas quilt

Baltimore style quilts are created by time consuming hand applique work, and I wish I had the patience to  complete even one of the blocks shown.  I have attempted appliqueing small items, and I know how time consuming the technique is.  Hand applique work has few short cuts.   

I saw Miriam's quilt at the Madison Quilt Expo in September 2013.

Click on the images to see them enlarged. 

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I am linking up to these memes:

Confessions Fabric: Whoop Whoop Fri (Entry 58)
Sew can she: Sat Linky party (Entry 2) 
ihavetosay: Show-and-tell Tue (Entry 10)
Connie at Freemotion: Linky Tuesday (Entry 19)

Quilt story: Fabric Tuesday (Entry 31)
Blossomheart: Sew Cute Tue (Entry 11)  
Colorful life: Really random Thur (Entry 27)
Pretty bobbins: Thur Quilt linky party (Entryjan2)
Hotpinkquilts :Finished Fri (Entry )
Richard/Tanya quilts: Link a Finish Friday 93 (Entry )
Quilt Infatuation: Needle-and-thread Thur (
Entryjan2)
Sew darn crafty: Thank God its Finished Fri (Entry)
* Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues (Entry 19)
Someday Crafts: What Ever Goes Wed 201 (Entry 235) 
Sew Much Ado: We Did It Wed 185 (Entry 155)
Brambleberry Cottage: Time Travel Thur 179 (Entry 51)
Thrifty Grove: Thrifty Things Fri 139 (Entry 18)
Tatertots: Party Palooza (Entry 358)
Funky Junk: Christmas (Entry 19) 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Quilt Exhibit, Part 2

Nihon Japanese silk quilt by Matsuko Morishita star Japan
"Stars in Heaven" silk Quilt by Matsuko Morishita from Japan
This is blog post # 2 featuring quilts from the exhibit "Japanese Influences in Fiber Arts" which ended January 5, 2014 at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, USA.  The quilts I pictured here are award winning quilts from the Japanese Quilt Show, the 11th biennial Nihon Quilt exhibit.  These quilts are now being exhibited at the New England Quilt Museum Jan 16, 2014 through April 12, 2014. To see my other blog post from this exhibit, click here.

Nihon Japanese silk quilt by Matsuko Morishita from Japan
Close up of Matsuko Morishita's quilt
Most of these phenomenal quilts feature incredible needlework and design skills.  The "Stars in Heaven" silk quilt by Matsuko Morishita, above, took her over 4 years to complete.  The antique fabrics and silks give a beautiful glow to the quilts, and the color placement is inspired.  This quilt won the top award in the traditional category of the Japanese Nihon Show.

Quilt Nihon Japanese Quilt by Mikiko Misawa Thai silk
"Grassland" Quilt by Mikiko Misawa from Japan
The Grassland quilt (above) was made of special thai silk, and was featured on most of the promotional material for the Cedarburg show.  It is difficult to photograph accurate color, but this quilt glowed.  It was wonderful.  This quilt won the top award in the contemporary category of the Japanese Nihon Show.

Quilt Nihon Quilt by Yoko Suzuki Japan flying geese
Flying Geese Quilt by Yoko Suzuki from Japan

Ok, to throw a little slang around here, many of these quilts had crazy workmanship.  Really, I don't see such time consuming quilts at my local quilt shows.  Yoko Suzuki's deceptively tranquilt brow quilt, above and below, for example.  The flying geese in the main blocks are appliqued over each other.  An appliqued circular wreath of delicate beige lies under the overlapping flying geese.  The intersections of the blocks have complicated details.  Gold embroidery tops the blocks. 

Nihon Quilt by Yoko Suzuki Japan flying geese
close-up of Yoko Suzuki's center blocks
But then what does Yoko Suzuki do for the border?  Curved pieced flying geese in a complicated clam shell arrangement, with more applique.  And the hand quilting shines here also, including in a polka dot fabric she used throughout the quilt where she hand quilted around every dot.  I would love to own this quilt, and usually I prefer bright colors, not browns.  This is a fantastic quilt.

Quilt Nihon Quilt by Anco Brouwers-Branderhorst

close-up of Yoko Suzuki's border
I can't show every quilt, I'm worried this blog post will take lots of time to load as is.  But here is a detail from another quilt with fantastic workmanship.  Katsuko Tazaki's 12 sided stars (below) are hand pieced with antique silk kimono fabrics.  The hand piecing gives the quilt a breath-taking softness and antique look.

Quilt Nihon Korean Denim Quilt by Soo Hee Lee of Korea
close-up detail from Katsuko Tazaki's Shining Stars quilt
Yoko Kageyama created a quilt with applique, 3d floral details, and the fantastic 6 sided cathedral window center section (center section shown below) which had lovely silk from family kimonos.

Quilt Nihon Japanese star Quilt by Yoko Kageyama silk Japan
Close up of center section of a quilt by Yoko Kageyama of Japan
I'm lucky I was able to see this exhibit multiple times.  Each time I see the exhibit, another quilt reveals calls out to me and many quilts reveal new details.  Perhaps I  notice the impact and the colors on the first visit, next time I notice the fabrics, later I ponder the construction.  

This last detail I am sharing is from the grassland quilt shown above.  Japanese esthetic is different then ours, and I notice this in some of the quilts.  We rarely quilt family crests, for example.  Color choices and fabrics differ.  In the grassland quilt, the quilter decided to shred the silk in some of the sections to reveal the silk warp and weft colors.  You can see this if you look closely below.  This is something I would find hard to do to the quilt.  Surprisingly, I didn't notice the shredding until it was pointed out to me.

 
Quilt Nihon Quilt by Maya Chaimovich
Detail of the "Grassland" Quilt by Mikiko Misawa
The exhibit at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, USA is worth seeing if you have the opportunity.  If not, I hope I have been able to share with you some  of the wonderful quilts shown there.

Click on the images to see them enlarged 
(Yes, you can see these images even larger!  The best way to see the images in their largest format is to (on a windows system) right click on the image and select "open in new tab" from the option box that opens. This bypasses software that limits the size of the image opened.  On the newly opened image, click on the image again to see it  zoomed maximum). 

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I am linking up to these parties:

Quilt specific links:

Marelize: Anything goes Monday 44 (Entry 26 of 36.)
ihavetosay: Show-and-tell Tue (Entry 5 of 20)
Connie at Freemotion: Linky Tuesday (Entry 14 of 43.)

Quilt story: Fabric Tuesday (Entry 10 of 54.)
Blossomheart: Sew Cute Tue (Entry 12 of 31.)  
Colorful life: Really random Thur (Entry 6 of 13.)
Pretty bobbins: Thur Quilt linky party (Entry 13 of 21.)
Richard/Tanya quilts: Link a Finish Friday 94 (Entry 32 of 32.)


Others I enjoy:
Create-with-joy: Inspire Me Mon 99 (Entry 182 of 224.)
Dwellings: Amaze me Monday 34 (Entry 68 of 97.)
Rain on a Tin Roof: Give me the Goods Mon 36 (Entry 177 of 280.)
Isabell: Great Advent Calendar (Entry 63 of 133.)
Cherished Treasures: Creative Corner 90 (Entry 34 of 53.)
Made By You: Made by you Monday 179 (Entry 264 of 336.)
Clairejustine: Creative Mondays (Entry 91 of 109.)
Diy: More the Merrier Monday 25 (Entry 37 of 55.)
Homecoming: The Diyers 39 (Entry 44 of 127.)
Manic Monday: Manic Monday (Entry ? of 63.)
Alderberry hill: Make the scene Mon 100 (Entry 2 of 205?)

Sweet Sharing: Sweet Sharing Monday 80 (Entry 159 exp.) 
A Blossoming life: Frugal crafty home 51 (Entry 99 exp.)
Pkitchen: Show Me Mondays 45 (Entry 64 of 86.)

Keeping it Simple: Motivate me Mon 201 (Entry 429 of 476.)
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 129 (Entry 36 of 59.)
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 151 (Entry 86 of 100.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 252 (Entry ?
of 215.)
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 189 (Entry 32 of 250.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 192 (Entry 150 of 256.)
Uncommon Slice: Tues Treasures 161 (Entry 50 of 176.)
Lavender Garden: Cottage Style (Entry 10 of 27.) b
Handy: Wicked Awesome Wed 138 (Entry 2 of 55.)
Family Home: Wow us Wed (Entry 66 of 109.)
Snap: Show and Tell (Entry 82 of 125.)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Quilt Eye Candy

Nihon Japanese heart quilt by Kikuyo Miyashita
"Hope" Quilt by Kikuyo Miyashita from Japan
There was a fantastic exhibit at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, USA, that ended January 5, 2014.  Titled "Japanese Influences in Fiber Arts", the exhibit features, (among other things), award winning quilts from a major Japanese Quilt Show, the 11th biennial Nihon Quilt exhibit.  
[The quilts are now being exhibited at the New England Quilt Museum through April 12, 2014.]

Quilt Nihon Quilt by Anco Brouwers-Branderhorst
"Connected Squares" Quilt by Anco Brouwers-Branderhorst
from the Netherlands
The Japanese show attracts many outstanding international quilts from around the world, and over 35 of the top quilts from Quilt Nihon were displayed at the museum in Cedarburg.  

Quilt Nihon Korean Denim Quilt by Soo Hee Lee of Korea
"In the Blue" Denim Quilt by Soo Hee Lee from Korea

I have been to five quilt shows in the last three months, and yet the museum's exhibit has quilts whose design, workmanship and fabrics stand out among the many other quilts I have seen.  I think that the international competition to be in the Japanese show gets a much more diverse body of work then local quilt shows.

Quilt Nihon Quilt by Maya Chaimovich
Quilt by Maya Chaimovich from Israel

In this blog post I am sharing a few of my favorite quilts from the museum exhibit.  There are many more quilts from the exhibit I'd like to share, but for now these will have to do.

Nihon Japanese heart quilt by Kikuyo Miyashita with Keiko Goke fabric
close-up  of the Kikuyo Miyashita quilt, lots of Keiko Goke fabrics
I love seeing quilts in person, because then you get to see not only the overall impact of the quilt, but the small details, fabrics, and quilting choices that make up the quilt.  The quilt above has so many cheerful fabrics I have never seen before.  The impact of the colors in the quilt is amazing in person.

Quilt Nihon Quilt by Anco Brouwers-Branderhorst
Close-up detail of the Anco Brouwers-Branderhorst quilt
The color and construction of the geometric quilt above really caught my eye.  The simple block construction, with the white squares offset, is enhanced by the quilting and the embellishment.

Quilt Nihon Korean Denim Quilt by Soo Hee Lee of Korea
close-up detail from the Soohee Lee quilt
This denim masterpiece has to be one of my favorites.  The use of zippers and belt loops and the arrangement of colors of denim is just fantastic in the sections of little houses, and then the overall arrangement of the houses in the quilt with a section of leaf pattern is just so creative.

Quilt Nihon Korean Denim Quilt by Soo Hee Lee of Korea
close-up detail from the Soo Hee Lee quilt
I find myself just stunned sometimes at the talent, skill and time poured into some of the quilts.  There is something exciting about seeing masterpieces, and being able to appreciate them.  I can't quilt like these quilters, but I can enjoy their efforts, in the same way that I can enjoy a concert even though I can't sing well.

Quilt Nihon Quilt by Maya Chaimovich
Detail 1 of Maya Chaimovich's quilt
This last quilt is so different, I can look at it and study it, and still not know where one fabric ends and the next starts.  But it is lovely to see.  

Quilt Nihon Quilt by Maya Chaimovich
Detail 2 of Maya Chaimovich's quilt


I would encourage anyone interested is seeing this show to make the effort.  Traveling to Japan to see a show like this is much harder then traveling to Wisconsin (or Massachusetts).  People from as far away as Texas made arrangements to come and see this exhibit, and I can see why.  These quilts traveled all over the world to get here.

If you are interested in seeing more quilts from this exhibit, leave a comment saying so. If there is enough interest, I post more photos.

Click on the images to see them enlarged 
(Yes, you can see these images even larger!). 

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I am linking up to these memes:

Quilt specific links:
Colorful life: Really random Thur (Entry 5 of 26.)
Pretty bobbins: Quilt linky party (Entry 15 of 22.)
Hotpinkquilts :Finished Fri (Entry 26 of 43.)
Richard/Tanya quilts: Link a Finish Friday 93 (Entry 4 of 27.)
Quilt story: Fabric Tuesday (Entry 37 of 70.)
Freshlypieced:Work In Progress Wed (Entry 100of 165.)
Quilt Infatuation: Needle-and-thread Thur (Entry 1 of 69.)
Marelize: Anything goes Monday 42 (Entry 45 of 45.)
ihavetosay: Show-and-tell Tue (Entry 15 of 18)
Fabric addict: Whoop Whoop (Entry 40 of 67.)
Connie: Linky Tuesday (Entry 42 of 44.)
Blossomheart: Sew Cute Tue (Entry 27 of 28.)
 

Others I Love:
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 127 (Entry 47 of 58.)
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 149 (Entry 92 of 98.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 250 (Entry ?)
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 187 (Entry 143 of 245.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 190 (Entry 204 of 304.)
Uncommon Slice: Tues Treasures 159 (Entry 126 of 211.)
Cedarhill Ranch: The Sun Scoop 92 (Entry 159 of 259.)
Lavender Garden: Cottage Style (Entry 19 of 33.) b
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 144 (Entry 192 of 390.) * 
Handy: Wicked Awesome Wed 136 (Entry 72 of 104.)
Family Home: Wow us Wed (Entry 71 of 101.)
Snap: Show and Tell (Entry 122 of 175.)
Adorned from above: Adorned Wed (Entry 144 of 153.)
Sand yellow door: Home (Entry 26 of 38.)
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 145 (Entry 18 of 129.)
Thrifty Grove: Thrifty Things Fri 135 (Entry 44 of 79.)
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 153 of 316.)
* Common Ground: Vint Inspiration 164 (Entry 14 of 225.)
* Romantic Home: Show and Tell (Entry 20 of 249.)
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 180 (Entry 140 of 190.)  

Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry 680 of 1038.)
Create-with-joy: Inspire Me Mon (Entry 258 of 259.)
 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Decorating Book Happiness

Some people speculate that books will be replaced by e-books over time.  That may be the case for some people, and some types of books.  For me, though, there will always be a place in a book collector's heart for the beautiful coffee-table books that are being printed in the USA, Japan, Italy and other places around the world.  My experience with a these wonderful books can't be reproduced by looking at images on a screen.  

Sea shells

So my great purchase at a recent estate sale of ALL of the books above fills my heart with great joy.  Because 
a) I love books, and 
b) I love bargains.  

(A great bargain can give me quite a rush, can anyone relate?)    

I stopped at a 3 day estate sale toward the end of the 1st day and found these and many other books for sale.  (Mostly decorating books - sigh...)  I don't need more books, so I leisurely went through nearly all of the books, and picked out my 10 favorites. I bought 10 books for under $5 each.  The seller encouraged me to come back the next day for the 1/2 price sale.  Well, it may be obvious that I did.  I bought more then 30 books the next day.    

I do spend and enjoy hours on Pinterest, but the experience of a beautiful book is altogether different.  Listening to the radio is wonderful, but an awesome concert is also a great experience.  I will enjoy leisurely going through a book or two a week for many months to come.


Click on the image to see them larger. 


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I am linking up to these memes:
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 176  (Entry 235) 
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 178 (Entry 205)
Uncommon Slice: Tues Treasures 148  (Entry 195) 
Cedarhill Ranch: The Sun Scoop 70 (Entry 205)
Cozy House: Tweak it Tue 52 (Entry 102)
Lavender Garden: Cottage Style (Entry 20) b
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 132 (Entry 170) h *
Trendy Tree: Creative Share Wed (Entry 44)

Handy: Wicked Awesome Wed 124 (Entry 5)  
Family Home: Wow us Wed 21 (Entry 73)
Snap: Show and Tell (Entry 113) 

Katherine: Thurs Favorite Things 102 (Entry 46)
Ivy and Elephants: Whats it Wed 88 (Entry 89) 
Someday Crafts: Whatever Goes Wed 184 (Entry 244)

Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 70 (Entry 46)
From my Porch: Treasure Hunt Thur 120 (Entry 62) 
Girlish Whims: Your Whims Wed 125 (Entry 199)
No Minimalist Here: Open House (Entry 67) 

Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home Thur (Entry)
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur 43 (Entry 40)
House of Hepworths: Hooking Up 162 (Entry 194)
Glimpse inside: Catch a Glimpse 145 (Entry 117) 

Thrifty Grove: Thrifty Things Fri 123 (Entry 50 of 56.)
Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday (Entry 278)
Tatertots: Weekend Party Palooza (Entry 718) 
Jen Rizzo: Fabulous Friday (Entry 112) 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Beads Glorious Beads!

Bead and Button Show 2012 floral necklace
Detail of beaded necklace

The Bead and Button show is back in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 29-June 10, 2013.  This is a show I look forward to every year, and so I thought I would share some eye candy images with you from previous shows.

Lampwork glass beads at Bead and Button Show
Handcrafted sets of lampwork glass beads

The show features hundreds of vendors selling millions of beads.

Stone beads at Bead and Button Show
Stone beads

Beads of metal, glass, amber, stone, and just about every other material you can make a bead from can be found at the show.

Bead and Button Show silver metal beads
Silver colored metal beads
There is an incredible variety of bead shapes, colors and size.

Sharon Peters handmade glass beads
Handmade glass beads by Sharon Peters

The selection could be overwhelming, but I am up to the challenge.

Ammonite beads Bead and Button Show
Ammonite beads
There are exhibits of beadwork and beads by leading artists, amateur and professional.


Bead and Button Show wisteria necklace
Wisteria necklace

The exhibits include necklaces...

Beaded butterfly at the Bead and Button Show
Butterfly detail in beaded creation


... jewelry, and fantasy creations as well as individual beads.

Beaded butterfly at the Bead and Button Show
Beaded collage
There are bargains from $1 a strand to individual beads over $100, so I pace myself each year, and try to help the economy out.

Bead and Button Show Milwaukee
Bargain hunting at the Bead and Button Show

The Bead and Button show is billed at the largest consumer bead show in the world, and I love it that the show is here in my city each year.


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I am linking to these parties:
Faith Grace: Pearls and Lace Thur 138 (Entry 21)
Domesblissity: Thriving on Thur 70 (Entry 113) 
Katherine: Thurs Favorite Things 91 (Entry 258) 
House of Hepworths: Hooking Up 151 (Entry 293) 
Glimpse inside: Catch a Glimpse 134 (Entry 165) 
From my Porch: Treasure Hunt Thur (Entry 61) 
Shabby Chic: Transformation Thur 207, (Entry 394) *
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 122 (Entry 32)
Thrifty Grove: Thrifty Things Fri 12 (Entry 37)
Natasha in Oz: Say G'day Sat 71 (Entry 32)
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 127 (Entry 11)
Under the Table: Sunday Showcase 198 (Entry 157)
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 105 (Entry 6)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday (Entry 35) *
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 167 (Entry 12)
Rain on a Tin Roof: Give Me the Goods 12 (Entry 234) 
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 168 (Entry 90)
Uncommon Slice: Tues Treasures 58  (Entry 106) 
Cedarhill Ranch: The Sun Scoop 70 (Entry 126)
Knick of Time: Knick of Time Tue 90 (Entry 20)
Feeding Big: In and Out of the Kitchen 13 (Entry 101)
Lavender Garden: Cottage Style 48 (Entry 21)
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 122 (Entry 42) *
Trendy Tree: Creative Share Wed (Entry )

Handy: Wicked Awesome Wed 114 (Entry 1)  
Family Home: Wow us Wed 12 (Entry 27)
Carolyn: The Inspiration Board 106 (Entry 144)
Hickorytrail: Efforts and Assets 6 (Entry 56) 
Ivy and Elephants: Whats it Wed 78 (Entry 4) 
Someday Crafts: Whatever Goes Wed 174 (Entry 56)

Southern Lovely: Show Share 96 (Entry 21)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 55 (Entry )
Girlish Whims: Your Whims Wed 115 (Entry 141) 
No Minimalist Here: Open House (Entry )
Diamond: Time to Shine 27 (Entry )

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