Pam Cantley, first place, Applique Affair
Pine Needle Quilt Show recognizes outstanding fiber artists
By: Barbara Brescia
The Pine Needle Quilt Guild show, Art-Quilted, held in Big Canoe on October 12 and 13 was a resounding success. Over 300 viewers admired the fiber creations of 30 talented artists. Fifty-seven quilts, wall hangings and wearables were displayed at the Big Canoe Swim Club with voting open to viewers to select their favorite creation.
Pam Cantley’s Applique Affair won first place. Using a pattern from Edyta Sidtar, Cantley hand appliqued her quilt using the back basting technique. The quilt, a mix of batik and traditional fabrics uses black as a unifying color and took over two years to complete.
Suzanne Wilson’s Happy! won second place. Wilson created her Millefiori quilt using the English Paper Piecing method. The tiny, individual pieces were sewn together by hand then the resulting piece was machine quilted. Millefiori, meaning thousand flowers in Italian, is a Venetian glass production method which results in the object looking like it was imbedded with thousands of miniature flowers. Wilson said she loved the challenge and style the Millefiori pattern presented.
Karlene Spencer’s Amazon Stars won third place. For Spencer to create this beauty she used a Judy Niemeyer pattern, a trip to Montana for a Niemeyer class and hundreds of hours of patient paper piecing. Spencer said she loves paper piecing but will never again tackle a project like this!
Gretchen Hudock, also a third-place winner, created a landscape wall hanging depicting the Ohlbrich Gardens near Madison, Wisconsin. Landscape quilts recreate scenes from pictures or from memory using small rough-cut pieces of fabrics to represent colors, shapes, or images.
Fellow Big Canoe quilters and fabric artists congratulate these winners!
Pine Needle Quilt Guild has approximately 50 members whose quilting experience ranges from beginner to expert. They meet at 1p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in McCormick Hall at the Big Canoe Chapel. The Guild is always looking for new members who want to learn more about quilting or share their love of fabric art. All are welcome!
Suzanne Wilson, second place, Happy!
Karlene Spencer, third place, Amazon Stars