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Nature's Best Quilt Contest

Contestants - Small Quilts and Projects

Nature's Best Quilt Contest

Presented below are the participants for the Nature's Best Quilt Contest - Small Quilts and Projects. They are sorted by quilt name.

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.

3 D Flower
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.

A Day with Darwin
African Fever
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".

African Fever
Americana
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.

Americana
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

Another Leaf Fell
Aussie Rainforrest
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.

Aussie Rainforrest
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.

Autumn in the Forest
Beautiful Butterfly
By: Iceni, United Kingdom

Hand Embroidery Butterfly Photo Album Cover - Own design.
Trapunto Shadow Quilting 12x10 inches.
Calico base overlaid with 2 sheers.
filled with hand dyed fleece/silk tops/silk wasters. Couched black silk into veins. Random Embellishments.

I enjoyed my 1st attempt at Trapunto quilting.

Beautiful Butterfly
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.

Carolina Woodland Spring
Cherry Blossom
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.

It measures approx 24" square. The blossoms are gathered organza ribbons and the centres are sequins. This was my own design.

Cherry Blossom
Coneflowers
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.

It was made by a variety of techniques including painting, applique, beading, faux trapunto and free machine embroidery and then quilted.
It is approximately a metre square.

Coneflowers
Dancing Stars
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!

Dancing Stars
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.

Dawn on Carolina
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"

Dogwoods in the Smokeys
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.

Eat Your Veggies!
Everlasting Harvest
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"

Everlasting Harvest
Fall Bounty
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.

Fall Bounty
Falling Leaves
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.

Falling Leaves
Forest Giant
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.

Forest Giant
Frogman's Adventures
By: Holly Elam, Alabama, USA
Blog: FabricMom

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.

Frogman's Adventures
Happiness
By: Melanie Testa, New York, USA
Blog: every-single-day!

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.

Happiness
Hawaii's Dreams
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.

Hawaii's Dreams
Hummingbird Garden
By: Kimberly Roberts, Bahamas
Blog: BahamaDawn

Layers of handdyed and batiked fabrics make up this quilt which is inspired by the beautiful flora and fauna of this country.

Hummingbird Garden
I love my garden
By: Betsy, Florida, USA
Blog: quiltingfiesta

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 love my garden
I See the Moon and The Moon Sees Me
By: Amber Lippold, Michigan, USA
Blog: MyWebQuilter.com

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.

I See the Moon and The Moon Sees Me
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.

Inner Beauty II
Ladybug tree
By: Lynn Taylor, Massachusetts, USA
Blog: aplusquiltshop

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.

Ladybug tree
Lancaster Rosebuds
By: Lin Harvey, Pennsylvania, USA
Blog: Uniquely Yours Creations

Lancaster Rosebuds is a Carol Blevins
original design.
It is a Stained Glass Wall Quilt using fusible
pre-made bias tape applied with a twin needle.
It measures 18x18 and is heavily free motion
quilted with decorative threads. I think it is
an elegant yet simple design.

Lancaster Rosebuds
Lena's Poppies
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.

Lena's Poppies
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.

Lily Garden, Year One
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. :)

Looking through the window
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

Maple Leaf Trio
Moonlight Serande
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.
It is a wall-hanging.

Moonlight Serande
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.

The view of Mt Wellington from my back yard.

Mt Wellington Tasmania
Mum's the Word
By: Aleeda Crawley, New Jersey, USA
Blog: Fiberquest

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!

Mum's the Word
My Backyard
By: Denise French, Ontario, Canada

I made my wallhanging as a challenge, starting with only the tree drawn by Sue Spargo.

I added the birdhouse, morning glories and the hummingbird. Then thought to add the other birds and their feeders. I added my dog Suede barking at the squirrel which woke up the raccoon in the tree. 23"x26"

My Backyard
October leaves
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!

October leaves
Orange Bloomers
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

Orange Bloomers
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.

Pathway Through My Garden
Pomegranate Quilt
By: Ira Rosenshtein, Israel
Blog: OldCrazyStitcher

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".

Pomegranate Quilt
Poppies
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.

Poppies
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.

Pringle Bay Baboons
Raven
By: Opal Cocke, Washington, USA
Blog: here2thereart.com

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.

Raven
Reality Show
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

Reality Show
Schiessentümpel
By: Fernande Michels, Luxembourg
Blog: Luxquilt

a beautiful little waterfall in a region in Luxemburg called "little Switzerland"

Schiessentümpel
Sea Watching
By: Angela Huddart, United Kingdom
Blog: Angela's Textile Art

This was the quilt I made for the 'In The Good 'Ol Summertime' Swap.
Onto a piece of organza I printed a photograph of seagulls flying over the sea and laid that onto a background of sky and sea. I then appliquéd a little Victorian boy holding his yacht standing by the edge of the sea watching...

Sea Watching
Storm Bird
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.

Storm Bird
Summer Posies
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.

Summer Posies
Sunflower
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!

Sunflower
Swimmy
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!

Swimmy
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.

Desmond is a baby dragon who had been unwell, Mummy sent for the doc and he put cream on the sore bumps on Desmonds back. Next morning his back felt funny and his Mummy told him to look in the mirror - he had wings!

The Butterflies teaching desmond to fly.
The Tree
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 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.
I named it "The world in my hands".

The world in my hands
Tropical Paradise
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

Tropical Paradise
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.

Visit in my Garden
Wind Blown Leaves
By: Emily H., Arizona, USA
Blog: MadeByHaigh

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.

Wind Blown Leaves

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