Quilt Alliance: Playing Favorites 2016 Quilt Contest

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The nonprofit Quilt Alliance presents a contest, exhibition, and auction of small wall quilts every year. Handi Quilter is a contest sponsor and is currently hosting the exhibition in our gallery.

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The 2016 contest was for all quilters, who were encouraged to submit regardless of their style (traditional, modern, art) or technique (longarm, hand quilting, applique, pieced). This year’s theme is “Playing Favorites” and entrants were also encouraged to work deep inside their comfort zone and their happy place. The rules were simple: make a 16” by 16” wall quilt showcasing their very favorite pattern or technique. The results are amazing, and one lucky quilter was the winner of her choice of an HQ Sweet Sixteen or HQ Simply Sixteen. And that lucky quilter was Margaret Cibulsky of Port Washington, NY, for her piece, “My Garden.”

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Margaret said this about her quilt: “The whole style of this quilt was an experiment. While my favorite way to make a quilt is improvisational piecing, I had never used this technique with the intention of using my work as the background for a natural scene. Another first was the free-cut blooms which I attached with raw-edge applique and then using some fancy stitches on my machine to create greenery. All in all, this little quilt is one of my favorites!”
The judges indicated that “We were all in agreement about the appropriateness of My Garden for this prize. The maker is clearly not stuck in any particular genre. Cone flowers and daisies bloom atop a somewhat “improvisational” background of random-size squares and rectangles, mostly—but not entirely—solids. The free-form flowers, though not ultra-realistic, are easily recognizable and nicely balanced. We love the lacy, embroidered stems and purple flowers that make up the lower third of the piece. Congratulations on a job well done!”

 

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This quilt, Hypnotic Love, is by Maria Gonzalez Rico from Spain. She used optical effects to create a feeling of movement to draw your attention into the quilt. Maria’s quilt used raw-edge applique with great success, which is probably why it garnered the third-place prize.

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Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill created this paper-pieced quilt featuring a hot-air balloon. Judge Mark Lipinski chose it for his judge’s choice award, saying “I found the overall impact of the work fresh and clean. The shapes within the balloon widen and grow, from slivers of lime green (representing the balloon’s flame) through various blues and finally to deep red- and blue-toned purples, giving the small quilt both heft and dimension. I thought the artist’s fabric choices thoughtful and effective—primarily solid colors with just the slightest bit of minimalistic patterned fabric tossed into the mix. The quilting is simple but efficient, made up of clean and clear straight lines that accent the shapes within the balloon, contrasted with the slightly wavy lines quilted in the background.”

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Mary Whitaker used her favorite techniques of wool applique and stitch embellishment to create Skull Study 2. She added “The touch of the wool, threads, and embellishments while ‘painting’ with wool allow me to play and truly feed my soul with each project. I chose to play with the sugar skull for the embellishment opportunities and their part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration which is also my birthday!”

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My personal favorite was Manhattan Mayhem by Michelle Banton. Her quilt also received an Honorable Mention. She definitely captured the hustle and bustle of New York City as she created a skyline of skyscrapers by drawing inspiration from a traditional Dresden Plate design. She added leather accents to her cotton quilt. Michelle drew on her experiences in NYC in creating this quilt: “I love seeing the colors, the people, the architecture, the smells and tastes – but I wouldn’t want to live there. Too much mayhem on a daily basis for me. In my quilting I’ve been having fun with the Dresden Plate and doing all sorts of variations.

Congratulations to all who submitted quilts in this years’ Quilt Alliance challenge. Following the exhibition at Handi Quilter and later at Quilters Take Manhattan, the quilts will be auctioned off to benefit the Quilt Alliance. To see all of the submitted quilts, visit Quilt Alliance at www.quiltalliance.org.

2017-07-24T13:53:26-06:00August 10th, 2016|Categories: Gallery|0 Comments

In the Handi Quilter Gallery: Luke Haynes

 

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Just look at what we get to enjoy each day as we walk in the Handi Quilter front door! Yes those are some of quilt artist Luke Haynes’ Clothing Portrait and larger-than-life-size self-portrait quilts.

Luke is an architect turned quilter. He comes from a strong art and design background that informs his quilt work in a different way than is generally associated with quilting. He makes quilts to discuss utility in aesthetics and because, as he says “I like the tactile craft of constructing works out of fabric”. As you can see from these quilts, he can work with disparate pieces of fabric and create a cohesive final product that is greater than the sum of its parts.

We are also honored to have several of his Log Cabins of Donald Judd quilts. This series will eventually comprise 50 quilts, each a 90-inch by 90-inch log cabin variation.

 

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Luke says about this endeavor: “The basic idea is that I want to make the 50 quilts iterations of the log cabin. All different variations with the same language, all red centers with white and black fabric. All the fabric will be used textiles so the patterns and language of the details will be dictated by the range of ‘black’ or ‘white’ or ‘red’ that I have access to in the form of used garment/textiles. But will all read as graphic compositions in black and white.”

 

 

img1121-w700 img1120-w700Luke’s quilting philosophy embraces exploring ways of using fabric as a medium for both functional quilts as well as wall hangings. The cloth becomes the medium that he uses to create images and scenes rather than conceal and contain.He is interested in the choices quilters make to express themselves to the world. He believes that they create an environment around themselves to inform others how they desire to be perceived.
Luke’s work is shown across the country, and exists primarily within the world of fine arts, showing in galleries and museums. He is taking quilting to the masses of literate artisans that may yet not know the ripe qualities of the medium.

Luke lives in Seattle Washington. You can see his work andlearn about upcoming exhibitions of his quilts at LUKEHaynes.com

2017-07-24T13:53:27-06:00July 15th, 2016|Categories: Gallery|0 Comments

HQ’s Headquarters Building Has a New Look

 

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We have been in our larger office space for nearly two years. In preparation for Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City last month, we decided to add some eye candy to our building. You can see the “before” photo above.

And here’s what it looks like now! Perhaps you’ll recognize some of the quilters we’ve featured in our magazine ads.

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Here are some close-up pics of the banners:

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2017-07-24T13:53:27-06:00June 21st, 2016|Categories: Gallery, News & Events|0 Comments

Recap of the 2016 HMQS Show

 

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The Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS) is underway in Salt Lake City and the quilting awards have been announced. Handi Quilter sponsors the Main Stage (where the awards take place), as well as the Best of Show quilt award. We were also happy that there were several other Handi Quilter connections throughout the awards ceremony.

The first award was Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to the newest HQ ambassador Laurie Tigner for being named Teacher of the Year.

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Laurie also won quilting awards in a couple of the quilting categories, so it was a big day for Laurie.

Last year’s Teacher of the Year was Suzanne Hyland, also an HQ ambassador. This year HMQS featured a special exhibit of Suzanne’s fabulous quilts. Here are a few to enjoy:

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We also want to congratulate Margaret Solomon Gunn for her first place award in the Traditional Whole Cloth category. Margaret quilts with an HQ Fusion.

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And of course Handi Quilter was honored to present the Best of Show award to Nancy Prince for her quilt “On This Winter Day”.

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Handi Quilter also sponsors the Youth quilt category. It is so wonderful to see quilts pieced and machine quilted by young quilters.

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We also want to congratulate two Handi Quilter employees who received quilting awards: Marie Eldredge and Connie Eagle.

Connie received a judge’s choice award for her Quilt of Valor challenge quilt. Awesome job Connie!

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And we love Marie Eldredge’s distinct quilting style that always brings oohs and ahhs. Marie received a teacher’s choice award for this amazing quilt:

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Congratulations to all of the quilters who received awards at this year’s HMQS show!

2017-07-24T13:53:27-06:00May 6th, 2016|Categories: Gallery, Quilting Fun|0 Comments