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Vote Now: Creative Expression Quilts


It’s voting time for this week’s Creative Expression quilt contest. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and a pencil to make note of your faves. You can vote for FOUR favourites this weekend.

Our sponsor this week is Jojo’s Quilt Shoppe. Joelle has donated four patterns from Fig Tree Quilts to this week’s winner. Plus be sure to check out their low prices and sign up for their newsletter for a bonus coupon too.

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday – Monday, May 28th at 8 a.m. (EDT)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt (from home if you send it to coworkers)
  • Winner announced Monday afternoon/evening

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos and stories below… there are several, so you’ll need to scroll down to see them all. You can also click the link to the slider version to review the quilts in the large format and then return to this page to vote.
  • Underneath the photos, scroll down, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button** beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. You can select up to FOUR quilts this week.
  • Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the names of the quilts. Press the vote button.

** Note: If you don’t see the square buttons to vote, but instead see the voting results, that means someone on your IP Address already voted, or that the voting period has ended, or that you need to refresh the page to see the voting options. Shared IP Addresses are very common in home or work networks.

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 28
  • Total countries: 6
  • Total provinces: 2
  • Total states: 14

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

A strange game A strange game
By: Frauke aka quilthexle,
Blog: quilthexle

“A strange game” is based on the movie WARGAMES. Remember the computer Joshua and his game of “TicTacToe”? In the end, the computer comes to a very wise conclusion – this sentence is pictured in my quilt. Hand- and machinestitched, painted, sewn and quilted by machine. I LOVED working on this quilt!

Quilt size: width: 41" height: 41"

A Tisket, A Tasket, Oops!  I Spilled My Basket! A Tisket, A Tasket, Oops! I Spilled My Basket!
By: Carole Henell,
New Jersey, USA
Blog: Tuffimom’s Quilts

This quilt was created for a guild challenge requiring a basket on the quilt. My basket, filled with orphan blocks, was spilled and blocks were scattered. Am happy to report this quilt received a ribbon.

Quilt size: width: 29" height: 30"

African Woman African Woman
By: Daryl Perry,
New Mexico, USA
Blog: Patchouli Moon Studio

I took a workshop a while ago where we made an African woman figure. I added the pot shape she is holding on her head & came up with the idea to give her some hair. I braided yarn & attached it to the quilt & knit a headband, added some of my old hoop earrings, some sequins & beads on the quilt too.

Quilt size: width: 21" height: 34"

Arise Fair Sun Arise Fair Sun
By: WaggonsWest,
Missouri, USA
Blog: T’was Brillig And

Drama is creative expression. This was made as a swap angel quilt. As soon as I read the wish list (Shakespeare and Crazy quilts), I could see this quilt in my head. I was very excited to be able to make a quilt for such a neat person.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 20"

Auction Art Quilt Auction Art Quilt
By: Christine Newpower,
California, USA

Created for school auction:24-9 1/2″ sq white blocks hand painted by daughter’s 1st grade class; applique stitched to large red sqs w indiv batt blocks; lg blks raw edge; cotton batting, red backing, channel stitched,, solid red binding, hanging sash at top. Done in 2wks & highest selling item!

Quilt size: width: 54" height: 83"

Blauw ferfje Blauw ferfje
By: Jelly,
Blog: Jelly’s quiltwurk

I used my own dyed fabric. I used painsticks for the wite square and I made the triangles with painted fuseble web. Before I started to make this quilt I hade to die the blue fabric.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 24"

Blooming Delight Blooming Delight
By: Cheryl Hartzog,
Florida, USA
Blog: Quilts and Art By Cheryl

A free hand free motion art quilt that I have always wanted to do .
I drew a few flowers and then just went from there with all the tiny bubbles,feather stitching and extra flowers .
It was fun to make and I plan to make more.

Quilt size: width: 32" height: 30"

Blooming Poppy Yo Yo's Blooming Poppy Yo Yo’s
By: KimsCraftyApple,
Wisconsin, USA
Blog: Kim’s Crafty Apple

Over 300 hand sewn yo-yo’s in different sizes adorn this heirloom quality lap quilt. It’s a piece of art that will keep you warm at the same time!

Quilt size: width: 66" height: 72"

Castle of Mayen Castle of Mayen
By: WeGe-Quilts,
Blog: WeGe-Quilts

This Quilt i made in 2010 for my shop. I live behind this castle in Mayen.

Quilt size: width: 22" height: 26"

Cat Shakespurr Cat Shakespurr
By: Karen Beuchert,
New Mexico, USA

This is a wedding present for my nephew. He and his bride both love cats, he is an actor and she is an English Lit Professor specializing in Shakespeare. The quote in the center is from Hamlet. You see Hamlet, Ophelia, Romeo & Juliet as well as ghost quilting of Comedy & Tragedy.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 36"

Flowers On The Trellis Flowers On The Trellis
By: Terry Straubel,
Michigan, USA

Just felt like doing something, and had never made flowers before.

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 30"

Gecko Fabulous Gecko Fabulous
By: Rhianon Taylor,
United Kingdom
Blog: The Nifty Stitcher

Made mostly with batiks, this wall hanging was designed by myself. The geckos are 3 D and are machine embroidered with hand beading. The leaves are also 3D.

Quilt size: width: 22" height: 24"

Goldilock Was Framed! Goldilock Was Framed!
By: Connie Haynes,
Massachusetts, USA

This is my take on the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks had nothing to do with it! She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Baby bear and his friends trashed the house while mama and papa were at work.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 25"

Grandchildren Photo Quilt Grandchildren Photo Quilt
By: Linda Eatherton,
Missouri, USA

Charm squares were sewn together to make this quilt. I had fun adding photos of our four grandchildren and lots of embellishments! This handquilted quilt is hanging on the family room wall where we can see it every day.

Quilt size: width: 31" height: 40"

Hey Jake!  Where are ya going? Hey Jake! Where are ya going?
By: Sue Laughton,
California, USA
Blog: zzyzx & sue

I made this quilt for a guild challenge. I had to use another member’s quilt for my inspiration, and my mojo had deserted me. Then I talked to Jake Finch (of Generation Q Magazine) & showed her a photo of the other quilt. When she said “It needs a UFO”, I had just what I needed!

Quilt size: width: 20.5" height: 26.5"

lake trout in the weeds lake trout in the weeds
By: landscapelady,
Vermont, USA
Blog: landscapelady

I won a pack of bali pops and wanted to do something different with them so I made some lake weeds and of course had to then make a lake fish of some kind to go with it.

Quilt size: width: 21" height: 15"

Mabou Mines Mabou Mines
By: Sheila,
Nova Scotia, Canada
Blog: Sheila’s quilt world

This is a fractured landscape created as the result of a workshop I took at a retreat , the teacher was Deb Plestid a very talented artist. It was very challenging but also a great learning experience .

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 11"

Magnolia Magnolia
By: Jimmie Turnage,
Georgia, USA
Blog: Jimmies quilting adventures

I volunteer for the Mississippi Society of Georgia. For the Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park picnic this year, I made a quilt with the state flower – a magnolia – as the center piece. The quilt will be raffled to raise funds for a college scholarship enabling GA senior to attend a MS institution.

Quilt size: width: 65" height: 107"

Midnight in the Garden of Ferraro Roche' Midnight in the Garden of Ferraro Roche’
By: Lindy,
Washington, USA
Blog: Art From the Heart

I read, read, read online and felt challenged to do something with a candy wrapper idea. I HAD to eat an entire box of chocolates, sacrifice, to get enough foil, paper holders & plastic tray to make the ‘garden’. Delicious! Eyelash yarn binding, quilted foil, batt & backing. Tadah!

Quilt size: width: 8.5" height: 11"

Mind Tricks Mind Tricks
By: Melissa,
Washington, USA
Blog: Sew BitterSweet Designs

I made this for Kristy from Hopeful Threads, she has inspired me in so many ways and this quilt was may way of thanking her for all that she has done for our community. I was going for playfulness with the chevron quilting and the faux flying geese.

Quilt size: width: 22" height: 22"

Night Owl Night Owl
By: Karen Stenback,
California, USA
Blog: Karen Stenback, Health Coach to Quilters

I made this wall hanging in a workshop taught by Margarette Tate. The quilt is thread-painted, machine appliqued and quilted, and hand beaded by me.

Quilt size: width: 26" height: 34"

Passport to Freedom Passport to Freedom
By: Suzanne Havlicek,
Illinois, USA
Blog: suzyhomemaker

This wall quilt was inspired by my husband’s reflections of escaping from border patrol duty from Czech army into Austria at age 18 in 1971, working for his passport, plane ticket and $50 to come to the freedom of America and settling in Chicago area…Dekalb /Cortland Illinois area to be specific.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 40"

Queen of Diamonds Queen of Diamonds
By: Amy in UK,
United Kingdom
Blog: [Amy’s] Crafty Shenanigans

This mini quilt was made as part of a competition to interpret a playing card from a deck of cards. With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next weekend, I thought the Queen of Diamonds was a great card to pick! Applique, hand stitching and invisble thread were all used to create this fun mini!

Quilt size: width: 11" height: 13"

Rose Rose
By: Lappeguri,
Blog: lappeguri

This is my summer handbag. The city i live in is the Norwegian rose city:-) The rose is embrodierd.

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 18"

Sea Squirts Sea Squirts
By: Joan Kniffen,
Colorado, USA

Under the ocean scene.

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 24"

Spring! Spring!
By: Kit Lang,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Kit Lang Fiber Art

I wanted to do a piece that was all about spring – that showed a baby bird having a wind bath, while the new leaves shivered happily in the spring breeze.

I think I expressed all of that in this piece and am really pleased with it.

Quilt size: width: 32" height: 15"

Sunflower Illustions Sunflower Illustions
By: Kathleen Ackerson,
Virginia, USA
Blog: Quilted Solutions

I wanted a quilt to use on my new table topper. I like doing the “illusion” technique of machine embroidery and quilting to “mimic” the printed fabrics in the main panel. This is the second quilt I have done in this style. Fast, fun, totally satisfying

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 12"

The Masque The Masque
By: Jayardi,
Wisconsin, USA

This had been on my “To Do List” for quite some time. When I saw my niece’s collection years ago, I really wanted to make one for her. A friend on the HGTV Message Board hosted a challenge recently which gave me the push I needed to get it done.

Quilt size: width: 25" height: 25"

Creative Expression

  • Gecko Fabulous (50%, 120 Votes)
  • Mind Tricks (18%, 43 Votes)
  • Sea Squirts (17%, 40 Votes)
  • Spring! (17%, 40 Votes)
  • A Tisket, A Tasket, Oops! I Spilled My Basket! (16%, 38 Votes)
  • Blauw ferfje (15%, 35 Votes)
  • A strange game (10%, 23 Votes)
  • The Masque (10%, 23 Votes)
  • Blooming Poppy Yo Yo's (10%, 23 Votes)
  • Mabou Mines (9%, 21 Votes)
  • Passport to Freedom (8%, 19 Votes)
  • Castle of Mayen (7%, 17 Votes)
  • Arise Fair Sun (7%, 17 Votes)
  • Sunflower Illustions (7%, 16 Votes)
  • Magnolia (5%, 12 Votes)
  • Hey Jake! Where are ya going? (5%, 12 Votes)
  • Midnight in the Garden of Ferraro Roche' (5%, 12 Votes)
  • Night Owl (5%, 12 Votes)
  • lake trout in the weeds (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Blooming Delight (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Grandchildren Photo Quilt (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Cat Shakespurr (3%, 8 Votes)
  • African Woman (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Goldilock Was Framed! (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Flowers On The Trellis (3%, 6 Votes)
  • Auction Art Quilt (3%, 6 Votes)
  • Rose (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Queen of Diamonds (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 239

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Next Week’s Quilt Contest

The theme for next week’s contest is Flower Gardens. Your quilt can depict flowers or be made using flowered fabrics. Any quilting style is acceptable. You can submit quilts, wall hangings, pillows, etc. as long as the item you enter is completely finished (i.e. bound and quilted). Get your cameras out!

To enter the weekly contest, read the rules and guidelines, then submit your quilt photo by next Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT). Voting will start shortly thereafter and last until the following Monday, June 4, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).

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  1. […] to everyone who entered last week’s Creative Expression quilt contest. I loved seeing all the amazing quilts. Jojo’s Quilt & Gift Shoppe donated […]

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