Sunday, April 28, 2013

Paducah Quilts Post #3

Home from Paducah, but still sharing many of the photos I took. Today's photos show quilts that use subtle – or not so subtle – strip piecing for the background with appliqué over the newly pieced ground. All of the quilts in the show were spectacular and a book is already published showing all the quilts (with outstanding professional photography). Order the book from:

Turtle Bay (79" x 93") by Claudia Pfeil of Krefield, Germany. This quilt captures the beauty of the sea where turtles live in a calm, soothing, silence. Claudia longarm quilted her original design.

Claudia used curved strips for the background of her quilt representing the gentle waves of the turtle's undersea environment. JA

Blue Jay (44" x 56") by Sonia Grasvik of Seattle, WA. A perfect blue jay feather appeared beneath Sonia's mailbox after her sister died. She viewed it as a "Hello, I'm fine" message from her dear sissie. This original design was quilted on Sonia's home sewing machine.

Sonia used many blue fabrics and some soft cream fabrics to make the background for her quilt. More strips slightly gent or curved make the appliqué feathers on the quilt. JA

Ruby Sue Sows her Seeds In The Sea (40" x 64") by Marie O'Kelley, Seattle WA. This red crab from Christmas Island dances in celebration of the next generation as she casts her eggs into the sea. This original quilt was appliquéd, piece and quilted on a home sewing machine.

Marie strip pieced the underwater portion of her quilt to mimic the undulating waters of the sea. JA


  1. I was so sorry I couldn't get to Paducah myself, so I am particularly grateful to you for taking the time to share these pics. But sorry I won't be quilting with you next weekend at Camp Mikell. Charlotta

  2. Fantastic.They look very tricky to do.