New HQ Gallery Collection, Do You See What I See? by Handi Quilter National Educators
Pareidolia – noun – the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features. That’s the definition according to dictionary.com. The Handi Quilter National Educators were issued a fun pareidolia quilting challenge. We were given a piece of ice-dyed fabric created by the fabulous hand dyer, Debra Linker. Our goal was to bring out what we “saw” in the pattern and colors of the fabric using quilting. That is how the new collection of quilts, Do You See What I See?, hanging in the Handi Quilter Gallery, came to be. Kind of a fiber arts Rorschach inkblot test.
The HQ gallery displays collections of quilts from various quilt artists throughout the year. You are welcome to come view the quilts if you are going to be in the Salt Lake City area. I am going to share them with you here, so you can see from the comfort of your favorite chair.
Ray D Ology by Mary Beth Krapil
As soon as I saw my fabric I saw a ring of skulls. I had so much fun drawing the friendly skeletons and other designs, digitizing my drawings with Pro-Stitcher Designer, and stitching with my HQ Infinity. When stitching the background rays I really got a workout using the Crop feature in Pro-Stitcher, and it performed beautifully!
For the center design I chose to quilt a stylized version of the radiation symbol.
Aliens Around by Waynna Kershner
Waynna from Pennsylvania saw Aliens! Her quilting is amazing.
Bug Out by Patty Kerns
Patty from Virginia saw bugs.
And she quilted some fabulous background designs.
Hidden Scourge by Adam Rateliff
Adam from Ohio saw fire breathing dragons.
He really made great use of his thread! and did some awesomely detailed quilting.
I The Beeholder by Denise Dowdrick
I think the colors in this fabric informed Denise from Utah as to what she saw.
Her bee is very detailed and the honeycomb background quilting brings it all home.
Laugh Kookaburra Laugh by Gina Siembieda
I can’t help but smile when I see Gina from California’s quilt with the googly eyes. Can you see those bird heads? The center must be filled with the best Kookaburro bird seed.
Monkey See Monkey Do by Judy Hays
Gorgeous quilting by Judy of Colorado and wait til you see her cute monkeys.
Night Owls by Julie Elliott
Julie from Colorado saw owls in the night.
Her center quilting design is pretty spectacular!
Pack by Megan Best
Megan from Washington State saw wolves. I had to really concentrate to see them in the fabric but once I saw her quilting, WoW! there they were.
Peacocks Primping their Plumes by Linda Gosselin
Try saying that 5 times fast! Linda from Massachusetts captured those feather plumes perfectly.
Regeneration Station by Lana Russel
Lana from Indiana saw some aliens powering up, hopefully for the long ride home.
Sweet Seraphim by Barb Tatera
Barb from Arizona got a little heavenly inspiration for her amazing quilting.
The Mothman by Martha Higdon
Martha from Indiana picked out some moths eating her fabric.
Hope you enjoyed this gallery tour. Did you see what we saw?