Nature's Best Quilt Contest
Contestants - Small Quilts and Projects
Presented below are the participants for the Nature's Best Quilt Contest - Small Quilts and Projects. They are sorted by quilt name.
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|3 D Flower|
By: Jackie, Ontario, Canada
Blog: Jackie's Jumble of Life
This is a 3D flower made with hand dyed fabrics. It may be difficult to see but the petals actually are off the background, literally 3D. The centre is beaded heavily.
|A Day with Darwin|
By: Sue Anderson, Washington, USA
Blog: Confluence of Thoughts
I made this photo quilt as a present for my husband and his trip to the Galapagos Islands. It hangs in our home and is a wonderful reminder for him of a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
By: Doodlebug Gail, Ontario, Canada
Blog: Quite Quilted
I made this quilt for a Guild Challenge sponsored by Northcott Fabrics. I was born and grew up in South Africa which is why I chose to incorporate African Animals - each animal is paper pieced an is no bigger than 3 x 4".
By: Americana Quilt Frames, Utah, USA
Blog: James Keeler
I needed a quilt for a package I was designing for one of my quilt frame products. I have never quilted before, but designed it and went to work. It a wall hanging 44"x10". It is made of nearly one hundred pieces of fabric, some as small as 1/4 of an inch. I really enjoyed doing the quilt.
|Another Leaf Fell|
By: Another Leaf Fell, Washington, USA
Blog: Delaine Gately Quilt Lady
The quilt is in memory quilt. The fish are three dear friends who died far too soon the leaf is green because it fell too soon. the leopard lurks to signify that danger is always present. There is a poem that goes with the quilt, the poem came first the quilt came second. silks,tulle,beads all orig
By: oma511, Australia
I made this small wall hanging at a workshop. I had a lot of fun learning new techniques on how to couch and made 3D insects, frogs and plants.
|Autumn in the Forest|
By: Doris Dove, United Kingdom
My quilt was made for a small group challenge on the theme of "Forest". Small pictures of forest fungi are printed on some of the small sqares.
By: Iceni, United Kingdom
Hand Embroidery Butterfly Photo Album Cover - Own design.
|Carolina Woodland Spring|
By: Jeanne McBrayer, North Carolina, USA
Blog: All Things Quilty
I designed this quilt, using actual dogwood tree flowers to make patterns. Some of the green patchwork fabrics are hand-dyed or hand-painted, and include silks. Techniques include cutaway trapunto, color trapunto, tinting with inks and colored pencils, beading, and crystals.
By: Quiltsue, United Kingdom
Blog: Quilt Times
My quilt group had a challenge about 3 years ago - make a small quilt on the theme of spring, without using green or yellow - this was my design.
By: Rosalind Pollock, United Kingdom
Blog: Down By The River
The quilt was inspired by a photo that I took of coneflowers in my garden.
By: ngkubat, Indiana, USA
Blog: Polish Quilter
I chose the colors for this quilt based on the black fabric used to make the dancing stars. This quilt is heavily quilted and hangs in my breakfast nook. I espcially love the rainbow border and pieced binding. I hope you do too!
|Dawn on Carolina|
By: CynLynn23, North Carolina, USA
My friend Norma gave me a great photo. I loved the motion of the waves, the sky, and the reflection of the sun off the wet sand at the water's edge. The challenge of rendering this scene in fabric called me. I searched for weeks for fabrics to bring it to life. It's all done with fabric and notions.
|Dogwoods in the Smokeys|
By: Jay Dodds, Texas, USA
Blog: Creative Crone
I took a class at Arrowmont in the Smoky Mts. on discharge dyeing on rayon and silk. The background of this quilt was one result. The black trees and the color are part of the dyeing..I added some more trees to extend into my quilted border. Quilt size: approx. 24" x 30"
|Eat Your Veggies!|
By: Marianne K., Florida, USA
Blog: D Is For Dovey
I've always enjoyed gardening whether it be flowers or vegatables so when I saw a pattern in Quiltmaker Magazine I knew I had to make it. I love the results, so earthy and rich looking! It measures 29 by 23 inches.
By: GwenH, Saskatchewan, Canada
Blog: My Quilting Journey
This pattern was designed by Christine Baker from Canada, and the first time I saw it I had to have it, I had some of the fabrics in my stash, and some I found while we were on summer holidays. This is one of my favorite quilt's and I can't wait to hang it up every fall. It measures 27" x 35"
By: Denise ~ Justquiltin, Wisconsin, USA
Blog: Justquiltin with Denise Russart
Fall Bounty is an original design I drew in EQ and the pattern was used as a fall project for an online group I belong to, The Quilting Post.
By: Tonya, North Carolina, USA
Blog: Tonya's Sewing Room
I made this for my husband's grandma that lives in California. I've been making her items that are season themed. Notice the dead grass, as this time of year the grass is often brown in California.
By: Anne Maundrell, Brunei Darussalam
Blog: Anne's Creative Threads
Most of the quilts I make are inspired by nature and especially the tropical rain forest that we have here in Borneo (at least what’s left of it). This quilt is one I made several years ago inspired by a photo I took when walking in the jungle and features a ‘forest giant’ in its solitary splendor.
By: Holly Elam, Alabama, USA
My grandmother asked me to make a quilt for my cousin. His dad is in the Navy. The frogs and sail boats represent my uncle. The sail boats are appliqued using a pattern I made. I used blue Ric Rac for the waves. It also represents our love for the ocean.
By: Melanie Testa, New York, USA
I keep scraps to try things out on in my dye studio and the main fabric was one of those 'rags'. I drew the birds from life into a journal and transfered them to the whole cloth quilt top using tracing paper and machine drawn line. Embroidery and beading finished the piece off nicely.
By: Ekaterina Kruglova, Russian Federation
I like hand sewing. And this children's quilt is sewed certenly on hand! It was a long time and this work went on travels with me over Russia and Europe.
By: Kimberly Roberts, Bahamas
Layers of handdyed and batiked fabrics make up this quilt which is inspired by the beautiful flora and fauna of this country.
|I love my garden|
By: Betsy, Florida, USA
Wall hanging. Center is made with a garden embroidery motif and the outside border is a garden trellis pattern depicting different flowers in each block.
|I See the Moon and The Moon Sees Me|
By: Amber Lippold, Michigan, USA
This quilt was based on a picture taken during a vacation to the boundary waters in Minnesota. Quilted Photo Xpress from Mosaic Quilts was used to create the pattern from the photograph. The quilt is raw edge machine appliquéd and machine quilted.
|Inner Beauty II|
By: Rose & Ed Kirwan, Illinois, USA
My (Rose's) sister's birthday is in August and the gladiola is the birth flower for that month. I designed the flower, pieced it together and did the quilting. My husband did the coloring of the petals with Shiva Paintsticks. This is the second version, which I donated to AAQI for auction.
By: Lynn Taylor, Massachusetts, USA
This is the mini quilt that I made for the Good Ol Summertime Swap. Ladybugs remind me of summertime so this was a perfect time for me to create this quilt.
By: Lin Harvey, Pennsylvania, USA
Blog: Uniquely Yours Creations
Lancaster Rosebuds is a Carol Blevins
By: Sharon Vrooman, New York, USA
Designed this quilt for a quild show with a "Mexican" theme, and at the time was helping with designing coin patterned quilts. Thus the two became combined. Poppies were my great grandmother's favorite flower. This piece is dedicated to Lena's memory.
|Lily Garden, Year One|
By: Michelle Wescott, New York, USA
Blog: While the Cat's Away
As a brand new trucker's spouse, I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands and decided to learn how to garden. One of my favorite spots is my new lily garden. This quilt commemorates my first year as a gardener and, as it is for the Summertime swap, shares that new passion with my swap mate.
|Looking through the window|
By: Laura, North Carolina, USA
I just started quilting in Feb. of this year. I took a class to learn how to quilt. The shop offered this as a class, so I took it. No other story other then I was trying something new....and making a great Christmas present. :)
|Maple Leaf Trio|
By: Kathy Howard, Vermont, USA
This runner was made for my sister as a Christmas gift. She gave me the print background fabric so it would match her table cloth. Photo by Jane Walker
By: A. Carole Grant, British Columbia, Canada
This is an Instant Art Quilt I made in a class with Ellen Lindner of Adventure Quilter. I used my own hand dyed fabric and rather than use other fabric accents, I thread-painted the trees. I also wanted an irregular border.
|Mt Wellington Tasmania|
By: Sally Westcott, Australia
Blog: Sally' Stuff
11" x 11", Appliqué, Hand Painted and hand quilted. Made in 10 days in 2004 for Southern Cross Quilters Retreat Challenge.
|Mum's the Word|
By: Aleeda Crawley, New Jersey, USA
Quilt designed by Nancy Lee Chong. I wanted maximum contrast and the challenge required use of purple, I looked for a color that would 'shine' against the purple. Batiks used have a mum motif. To top it off, I used Superior Threads Highlights thread in a day glow green. It makes the flower POP!
By: Denise French, Ontario, Canada
I made my wallhanging as a challenge, starting with only the tree drawn by Sue Spargo.
By: Stephanie Hughes, Maryland, USA
Blog: Stephanie Hughes Quilts
October brings a beautiful painting of leaves to the country side. Maryland has booth the mountains and the beaches, the best of both worlds. This is a wall hanging. Enjoy!
By: Lorraine Strohkirch, Tennessee, USA
Blog: My Creative Place
I wanted to do something for the Autism site but had no idea of what to make. In the absent of 9 months not doing any art quilts for almost 9 months..I found this fabric and my thoughts were crazy..Than here is Orange Bloomers. It was fun to get into art quilting again. hugs, Lorraine Strohkirch
|Pathway Through My Garden|
By: Ellen B, Michigan, USA
I purchased the panel and couldn't decide how I wanted to use it. At 2 am, in early 2008 I came upon the solution.
By: Ira Rosenshtein, Israel
I love the embroidery in quilts. This is needle turn applique and hand embroidery. This quilt was tied and each stitch was hidden behind a bead.This is my own design, 8.5"x15".
By: brquilter, Tennessee, USA
Blog: Sew Help Me Quilts--Life in 3D
My rendition of my mother, Marjorie Post's, pattern. Several years ago, my mother was creating beautiful colored pencil paintings of flowers and other natural subjects. I encouraged her to make quilts from her paintings and this is the first pattern she designed. Naturally, I had to make a version.
|Pringle Bay Baboons|
By: Ronelle Serfontein, South Africa
My brother and his wife stay in Pringle Bay, an hour outside of Cape Town. There are different troops of baboons living in the mountains around Pringle Bay. While visiting I took pictures of the baboons playing in the trees outside their house. That was my inspiration for this quilt.
By: Opal Cocke, Washington, USA
Raven is a response to a prompt to complete a project not yet done. Raven had been in my head for months, and now she is complete. I used pieced and raw edged strips of black fabric to make her feathers. She is machine quilted on a pieced background. My Raven is clever at putting together puzzles.
By: Quilt Rat, Ontario, Canada
Blog: The Quilt rat
All but 3 of the leaves on this quilt are actual maple leaves that had been preserved and then extensively thread painted, while others are under a layer of tulle. The background fabric is hand painted, the tree is 3D. The 3 "fabric" leaves have text on them that speaks of my Canada. Original design
By: Fernande Michels, Luxembourg
a beautiful little waterfall in a region in Luxemburg called "little Switzerland"
By: Angela Huddart, United Kingdom
Blog: Angela's Textile Art
This was the quilt I made for the 'In The Good 'Ol Summertime' Swap.
By: Gail Enno, Australia
The background fabric I hand dyed and it reminded me of a stormy sky. The waves are fussy cut from commercial fabric. The pelican is from a photo taken on holiday and is colored with pencil and then set with a fabric medium. The whole quilt is covered with netting and then machine quilted.
By: Lynn, California, USA
Blog: Grammy's Quilting
An attempt at needle turned applique. The pattern is one block from Aunt Millie's Garden by Piece 'o Cake.
By: Bea, Germany
Blog: Capricorn Quilts
I love the combination of traditional and modern elements in quilts. So the back is traditional pieced and the sunflowers mid is made with tyvek, lutradur, fabric and Valdani yarn. The petals are 3 dimensional sewed. Sunflowers are beauties!
By: Hendrik, Germany
This is Swimmy the little black fish from the child's book. The story is my favorite. I was 5 years old - well near 6 - I sewed this quilt with a bit help from my mom. We stamped all the fishes and worked in small parts. The quilt is 35 to 35 inch and I´m a boy!
|The Butterflies teaching desmond to fly.|
By: Sewinggranny, United Kingdom
Blog: Sewing Granny
24"Sq. A challenge to use a small piece of floral fabric.
By: Jenny Perry, British Columbia, Canada
I live on a lake in British Columbia and from my windows I can see a tree that constantly fascinates me in any season, at any time of the day. The Tree is a thread painted interpretation of this tree.
|The world in my hands|
By: Gerry, Netherlands
I used the Marilyn Doheny 9 degree Circle Wedge Ruler for making this quilt. It is sewn by machine and quilted by hand.
By: Jackie Dundon, Pennsylvania, USA
I cut this quilt out on my new Accuquilt Go cutter and sewed it and quilted it using my Bernina 830. It was quilted in an embroidery hoop using the embroidery module
|Visit in my Garden|
By: Jonas, Germany
I was 6 yo I sewed this quilt with a bit help from my mom. I'm a boy - YES! And I love sewing. The center is a stitchery from a little girl from Afghanistan. The colourful fabrics show all the flowers and butterflies in my garden. Some yoyos and buttons are embellished.
|Wind Blown Leaves|
By: Emily H., Arizona, USA
This quilt was designed for a class I taught. I love the fall colors and how they feel. Living in Arizona we don't get a fall season. This quilt is great to cuddle with during fall and remind me that somewhere someone is enjoying real falling leaves. Check out my blog for more pictures.