Friday, April 24, 2015

MQX East 2015 - Part 1

As promised, though a few days later than I had originally planned, I'm sharing my pictures I took of the quilts seen at MQX East this year.  The work this year was just spectacular.  I hope to one day be lucky enough to have a quilt hanging at this show.

As I've learned and gained experience as a quilter, more and more I'm gaining insights into how these gorgeous quilts are created.  I may never be as good as some of these quilters, but I certainly have something to aim towards.  While I didn't take pictures of every single quilt at this show, I did take plenty so I've had to break it down into 4 posts.  This is part 1.  Enjoy!

Why not start off with a truly stunning masterpiece.  This is "Celestial Sedona", pieced and quilted by Norma Ippolito of Chester, VT.  As you can see, it won not 1 but 2 ribbons - First Place Emerging Entrants and Embroidery At It's Best.
For many of the quilts, I was able to capture some of the fabulous details to share with you.
 She said that it was a 2012 Quilt Show BOM and it took her 3 years to complete.
Wow.  Just wow!
This "Flea Market Quilt" was pieced by Darlene Roger of Canada and it was quilted by Diane Carson.  It won a ribbon for Best Scrap Quilt. I love the outer border design.
"Geometry" was a winner of 2nd Place for Emerging Entrants.  It was pieced and quilted by Caroline Thompson of Haverhill, MA.
I like the use of the multitudes of thread colors. It is very effective on this quilt.
This quilt by Debbie Siccardi of Chester, NY is titled "Dreaming of Alaskan Glaciers. 
This striking design was created by Suzanne Munroe of Barrington, RI and is named "Soul Shine"
I love Red quilts with a small bit of White so this "Christmas Snowflakes" by Kelly Neeley of Portsmouth, RI caught my eye.  I'm finally making plans to make my own Red and White quilt.
Many people have made the City Sampler blocks from Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks and it was great to finally see one in person.  I've been pondering starting one of my own and seeing this gave me the little push that I needed. This one is titled "A Rainbow of Colors" and was made by Sherre MacClellan of Freehold, NJ.
Before I even looked at the card to see who made this quilt, I gasped in awe of the fabulous work.  What a thrill it was to read that it was made by my friend Sue Bishop of Queensbury, NY.  Sue was my roommate last year at MQX so I felt like I already "knew" her granddaughter McKenna who is depicted in this quilt.
The quilting is exquisite and truly looks like real hair until you get up close to it.
"The Paisley Peacock" by Bethanne Nemish won the 1st place ribbon for Wholecloth Large.
The details in this quilt are amazing and the pictures don't do it justice.
Just look at this fabulous border. 
This quilt is another double ribbon winner.  It is Margaret Solomon-Gunn's "Bouquet Royale" and it won First Place Custom Heirloom Show and Best Machine Quilting Stand Up (a machine on a frame for those unaware).
Margaret always does such intense intricate quilting and her hard work does turn out beautifully.
The fact that the ribbons are free flowing softens the edges of the center design well.
And last for today but certainly not least, this is one of my favorites from the show and it won Cindy Erickson's Judge's Award. This "9-Patch Windmill" with it's totally irregular shape is eye catching and the use of a rainbow color scheme is of course one that appeals to me a great deal. 
Pieced and quilted by Birgit Schueller of Germany, it truly is breathtaking.
I hope you've enjoyed this view into the absolutely stunning quilts at this year's MQX East.  There is much more to share over the coming week.

4 of you added your own colorful comments:

  1. Thank you for posting a photo of my quilt "Soul Shine" from MQX! I was not able to go, so its so fun to bump into photos and nice comments! This was the first show I have entered, and its been a great experience.
    Thanks again,
    Suzanne Munroe

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  2. just gorgeous quilts! not surprised you like the rainbow Tula one :)

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  3. Always great to see works of art! This for sharing.

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  4. Thanks for showing these. Some of them are amazing, specially when I think of the hours of work that went into them.

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