Artists' Choice

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Autumn Snow
By Linda Black

Price: 

$175

One of a series of fiber landscapes interpreting the view from my studio, the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.

Includes hand dyed cotton fabric, paint, felt, beading, machine and hand embroidery.

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Aftermath 
By Linda Black

NFS

Australia, like California and parts of the American West, is prone to severe bushfires.

On Saturday 7 February 2009, as many as 400 individual fires were recorded. This day, known as Black Saturday, is among Australia's all-time worst bushfire disasters. Being so far away increased my sense of isolation and helplessness.  This quilt helped me deal with the many emotions at the time.  

We live in an era when climates all around the world are becoming more extreme.  This disaster is rapidly becoming the norm, rather than the exception.

Quilt includes cotton and synthetic fabrics, felt, Tyvek, beading, yarn, machine quilting. 

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Wind - Cyclone Yazi
By Linda Black

NFS

Australia experienced their largest and most devastating cyclone on 3rd February 2011.  It reached Cat 5 before making landfall over the far North East coast. The property and agricultural devastation was severe.  Most of the sugar cane crop and 75% of the banana crop were destroyed. Fortunately, only one death was attributed to this storm.  

The storm moved inland to the centre of Australia, bringing record heavy rainfalls to normally arid lands, then continued to the southern coast, a distance of at least 2600 miles.  My hometown of Melbourne received over 7 inches of rain.

Includes Texture Magic, cotton, silk and synthetic threads, hand and machine felted.

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A Day at the Botanic Garden: Iris Study
By Arlene Blackburn

NFS

A wholecloth full image printing based on my own photograph.  The original image was manipulated in Photoshop and commercially printed. 

Machine-quilted

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Vincent's Irises: Visions of Beauty
By Meryl Ann Butler

NFS

My favorite Van Gogh paintings are his vases of irises, but I've always felt uneasy with his self-portraits, and the flashes of insanity I saw in his eyes. I have imagined that he was happier when he painted flowers. So I depicted Vincent's eye as he viewed the beauty of the irises.  ‘Hidden in plain sight’ in the iris of his eye are silhouette shapes of 13 iris flowers, reflecting the moments of joy in his creative process. 

The art quilt is created entirely of fabric and thread - no paint was used. This quilt was juried into the Cherrywood Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge and toured the U.S. and France.

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Miss Spot of Pyrfect View Farm
By Tina Freudenberger

NFS

Spot is our elderly kiko boer goat.  As of 2021 she is at least 15 years old and still going strong.

 

When we bought this farm we kept the goats and Spot was the herd matriarch.  As she aged, she was pushed out by younger goats, and we decided to let her live in the paddock with our 2 older horses.  She is the sweetest, brightest animal and truly a gem.  


I made this quilt based on my photo with mostly hand dyed fabrics and raw edge applique.

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Arches at Tuggles
By Gwen Goepel

Price: 

$750

This quilt was inspired by the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway arches and wildflowers are a few things that catch my eye while driving the parkway’s winding road!

 

Raw edge batik, commercial and artist dyed fabrics were used to create this gallery wrapped work.

High loft batting was added behind the rocks to create dimension and the piece is free motion machine quilted.

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Times Square Kaleidoscope
By Paula Golden

NFS

In honor of the 100th anniversary of a ball dropping to herald in a new year in Times Square, New York City, a new crystal globe was commissioned for 2008.  The design is created using a three mirrored kaleidoscope.  

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Let's Celebrate
By Judy Madigan

NFS

Todos Santos Huehuetenango is in the heartland of the Mam people.  Their annual festival celebration is feted Oct. 31- Nov.1, centered on All Saints Day on Nov. 1.  (Todos Santos translates to "all saints" in English). Guatemalan Indians teach their children an old story.  At bedtime children are told to take one doll from a small box for each worry and share their worry with that doll.

 

Overnight the doll will solve their worries.

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Skyler Ella
By Carol Monti

NFS

This portrait of our family dog, Skyler (July 2006 – April 2021), captures her beauty, both inside and out.  Half Boxer and half good dog, she was the most fun-loving, quirky dog I’ve ever known.  Whether it was chasing her precious pink racquetball, picking plums off the tree, or digging into the neighbor’s backyard to play with the kids, she could always be counted on to make us laugh.  


Made using raw edge applique and finished with free motion quilting.  

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Jabberwocky 
By Laura Post

NFS

Shortly after I began quilting, Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll had been haunting me to create a visual image in fabric. This is what my mind sees when I read the poem:

“Twas brilling, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Made using commercial batik and cotton fabrics, yards, bead and a variety of stitching techniques.

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Porch Time
By Kathy Sevebeck

NFS

When my husband and I planned our retirement home, we chose a lot with a wonderful view of the mountains around Blacksburg, Virginia. We built a house with a large front porch overlooking that view. When we retired, we adjusted to new schedules, new activities and to making time for each other. Every day at 5 pm, we would stop what we were doing and come and sit on our front porch to enjoy the view, talk about our day and enjoy our time together. We call this special time of day "Porch Time."

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THE LITTLE HÄWELMANN
By Karin Täuber

NFS

Late one night a small boy called Häwelmann (meaning restless child) is still wide awake. Using his nightgown as a sail he drives his trundle bed out of the house, through the sleeping town, and into the woods by the light of the moon. A mischievous child, he then drives right over the moon’s nose.  Fuming, the moon turns off his light. After being catapulted back to earth the boy spends another day full of adventure. Theodor Storm, a celebrated German poet wrote this story in 1849. 


Thread sketching, free motion machine applique, free motion machine quilting, 100% cotton and batik fabrics, a selection of Superior tread, Misty fuse, Quilters Dream Angel batting, Sulky Solvy, Pellon Stabilizer #40, and glitter paint.
Cotton and batik fabric, Superior thread, Quilters Dream Angle batting, Thread sketching, free-motion machine applique

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PINK CLEMATIS  
By Karin Täuber    

NFS

One-patch quilts are constructed with a single, repeated shape. The original image was enlarged and the design was drawn on draft paper. The design was then pixelated into equilateral triangles. Triangles in areas with more design detail were further divided in diamond/trapezoid/triangle combinations or into smaller equilateral triangles. Clever fabric placement was needed to show the light and dark areas of the design. At least 50 % of the quilts surface must be constructed with a one-patch pattern.


Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting (80% cotton, 20% Poly) Tsukineko Fabrico Marker; silk thread. Free motion quilting

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Once Upon a Foggy Dye
By Karin Täuber    

NFS

Just before the sun burns off the early morning fog, light and shadows start to fluctuate. 
Dew drops sparkle on grass and leaves and one can imagine a world filled with magic; occupied with pixies, fairies, and maybe even dragons.

Eco and rust dyed fabrics, free-motion machine quilting
 

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The Dream Catcher
By Karin Täuber    

NFS

A Dream Catcher is a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams. Dream catchers were originally made by American Indians. Good dreams pass through and gently slide down the feathers to comfort the sleeper below

Hobbs Heirloom 100% cotton batting, commercial and batik fabrics, Superior thread, feathers, grape vine branch, Buffalo bone beads, silk cocoon, yarn
 

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Rio Tinto 
By Karin Täuber    

Price: 

$1500

The Río Tinto is a river in southwestern Spain that originates in the Sierra Morena mountains of Andalusia. Beginning in ancient times, sites along the river have been mined for copper, silver, gold, and other minerals. Possibly as a result of this mining, Río Tinto is very acidic with a pH of 2; its deep reddish hue is due to iron dissolved in the water. Acid mine drainage causes high metal concentrations in the river, leading to severe environmental problems. When the bright sun hits the rock along the riverbed just right, it seems to be almost white, whereas the shadow on the river appears black, leaving a narrow red band in between.

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Sequoia Ladybugs
By Karin Täuber    

NFS

Congregating by the thousands, ladybug beetles overwinter in tight aggregates under fallen leaves or bark in many forested areas - Sequoia National Park among them. “Isabella”, the large ladybug ready to take flight looks a bit nervous as she’s the first one to leave.


Machine and hand applique, free-motion machine quilting, 3-D branches are stuffed fabric tubes decorated with wool yarn, fabric for bark was stretched and twisted diagonally to create tucks and folds.


Batik and commercial cotton fabrics, Superior Thread, permanent ink pencils, fusible stabilizer

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Semper Augustus - Tulipomania
By Karin Täuber    

Price: 

$1800

The background’s shading from gray to green and then a sunny yellow made it perfect for a field of tulips. Many believe that ‘Semper Augustus’ is the holy grail of all bulbs. Made famous during the Tulip-mania period of 1637-1637, they were considered to be the most beautiful of all. The extraordinary beauty comes from a viral infection of the bulb. Like a fabric stashed away, you never know what beauty lies within.

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Am alten Basseng = At the old Pond
By Karin Täuber    

NFS

“Basseng” comes from the Norwegian word “water trough”. The old Basseng was built by my great-grandparents and still stands in my parent’s garden. 


This quilt with its odd shape is meant to cover a music instrument – a zither – in the carrying case.


Beading, free motion quilting, tulle, thread painting, bamboo batting

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Leda and the Swan 
By Karin Täuber    

NFS

"Leda and the Swan" is a copper water feature that my grandfather Gottfried Jakob Ziegler brought back to his home in Unterhaching, Germany from France during World War II. 
"Leda and the Swan" is a motif from Greek mythology, in which Zeus came to Leda in the form of a swan and seduced her. In some versions, Leda laid two eggs from which Zeus' children hatched.

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Where I Grew Up  
By Karin Täuber    

NFS

Every journey starts somewhere; my first steps were taken here! Built by my great-grandparents, “The Old House” sits next to the old Water Tower in the small village Unterhaching, a few miles outside of Munich, Germany. The house and tower still stand proudly, but now my small nephew’s laughter fill the rooms 
Beads for flowers, variegated threads, and an antique button as weather vane were used as embellishments. 


Fabrics for the roof tiles were tea and coffee dyed to obtain darker shades. The birch tree on the right hand side is done with hand appliqué (including the cancer growth on the bottom branch) and machine embroidery.

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"Flying of Cranes"
By Karin Täuber    

Price: 

$1500

The quilt is inspired by a New Years Haiku.

     flying of cranes
     as high as the clouds
     first sunrise

                                   By Chiyo-ni
                                  1703 – 1775
                                  Woman Haiku Master

Gold thread embroidery, sashiko quilting, hand quilting, machine quilting