The Western North Carolina Quilters Guild
2014 Garden of Quilts

Contemporary Quilts

Contemporary Quilts: made or adapted from a professional design (book, magazine, class, etc.); makes use of current trends in design, fabrics, and/or techniques.

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500: Contemporary Quilts, Appliqué, Quilted by Maker

It's Always Now - first place

First Place

It's Always Now
by Claire M. Rouse

A hand appliqued originally designed Tree of Life is positioned against a machine pieced convergence background.

It's Always Now detail
Road Runner (Beep-Beep) Morning Run - second place

Second Place

Road Runner (Beep-Beep) Morning Run
by Ruth Eaton

When I found out we had to use our first initial (R) for the theme of the quilt, it had to be a Road Runner. This one was inspired by a road runner sculpture that I saw in an art gallery window in Sedona, AZ.

Road Runner detail
Up North - third palce

Third Place

Up North
by Carole Reimold

I love doing landscapes. This is the first embroidery applique that I tried. What fun!

Up North detail 1 Up North detail 2
 - honorable mention

Honorable Mention

Ode to Joy
by Natalie Rockley

“Ode to Joy” is a Rhapsody quilt based on a summer 2013 Block of the Month internet class with Ricky Tims. Background pieces were cut and appliquéd prior to piecing.

Ode to Joy detail
Funk Town Asheville, NC - honorable mention

Honorable Mention

Funk Town Asheville, NC
by Bonnie Cunningham

This was my challenge quilt for 2013. This was my first attempt at machine appliqué. I had a great teacher in Patty Votruba who spent lots of time helping make this quilt. Adding all of the embellishments was fun. This quilt makes me smile and so it hangs in my bathroom so I see it every day.

Funk Town Asheville, NC detail

600: Contemporary Quilts, Pieced, Quilted by Maker

Celebrating Kelly with Hopes and Wishes - first place

First Place

Celebrating Kelly with Hopes and Wishes
by Carol Preston

Made for my friend, Kelly, to celebrate her 50th birthday. Using her favorite green, I created asymmetric borders, the five “hopes & wishes” blocks to represent 50 years, and the nine patch centers to symbolize many years to come. Thanks to Lucille Chaveas for advice on this quilt.

Celebrating Kelly detail
L'Orancio Rosa Veneziano - second place

Second Place

L'Orancio Rosa Veneziano
by Sharon L. Johnson

Paper-pieced and based on the Venice Rose mosaic in Norah McMeeking’s book, “Bella Bella Quilts,” I reduced the diameter from 64” to 20” and the petals from 20 to 16.

L'Orancio Rosa Veneziano detail
Purple Passion - third place

Third Place

Purple Passion
by Mary Cosgrove

I like purple. Also it was just enough purple to make this throw. I looked for a pattern in my stash that would work with the amount of fabric I had on hand.

Purple Passion detail
Kaleidoscope Garden - honorable mention

Honorable Mention

Kaleidoscope Garden
by Sheila Solen

This quilt is a one-block-wonder using only one fabric for all the blocks. It is enhanced with a bouquet of flowers appliquéd from the same fabric on top.

Kaleidoscope Garden detail 1 Kaleidoscope Garden detail 2

700: Contemporary Quilts with Commissioned Quilting

Succulents - first place

First Place

by Kim Juran
Quilted by Rachel Reese

This quilt is a result of a week-long workshop with Caryl Bryer Flalert on

Succulents detail
Monsters for Charlotte - second place

Second Place

Monsters for Charlotte
by Jean Jones
Quilted by Noreen Goard

I love appliqué and the quirky characters in this pattern, started for my granddaughter and held off giving it to her until she was a brave eight year old.

Monsters for Charlotte detail
Senoritas Dance to the Argentine Tango - third place

Third Place

Senoritas Dance to the Argentine Tango
by Melba Rilott
Quilted by Shawn Hooten

My variety of hankies were perfect for this wallhanging. It holds memories of my trips to Buenos Aires, Argentina, seeing the many tango dancers. Hand appliquéd with Brazilian embroidery.

Senoritas Dance detail 1 Senoritas Dance detail 2
Early Addiction - honorable mention

Honorable Mention

Early Addiction
by Evelyn Uhrlass
Quilted by Brian Fackler

This quilt was one of my first using the paper piecing method, resulting in my newest "addiction".

Early Addiction detail

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July 5, 2014