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This beautiful large quilt won 2nd place in the "Bed or Wallquilt Longarm/Midarm Quilted" category at Quilt Canada last week.
This is just a section of the quilt, but it shows much of the amazing detail. Artist Gerri Smit gives us a roadmap to creativity in her artist statement that was hanging with the quilt:
"The idea for this came together pretty much all at the same time. First a series of technique demonstrations, Sarah Vedeler's Sedona Star pattern (used with permission), the colors from a TV commercial for New Orleans and a Mardi Gras mask purchased in Italy. I digitized the mask and used it on my longarm. Two layers of batting (one wool and a silk/bamboo/cotton blend) give it a trapunto look. It is paper pieced, embroidered, appliqued."
What is really great about this artist statement is that it helps you to understand what you are looking at in this quilt. We quilters love to go and examine award-winning quilts up close, so we can borrow a technique or detail, and create our own unique version made up of many diverse ideas.
I am editing the photos from Quilt Canada now, and will post them on my photo page in a couple days. You can take a peek there in the meantime, and see the costume photos I took at this last weekend's Comic Con in Denver.
You can also have a look at the winning quilts from the National Juried Show at Quilt Canada.