Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Jane Comes to Fiber Fiesta

Each day this month, I am sharing my photos and observations from the Fiber Arts Fiesta which took place in Albuquerque, May 21-25, 2015.

Finding at least one Dear Jane quilt at any given quilt show seems to be a sure thing and it always makes me smile when I encounter one.  I'm not sure if it's proof of the enduring appeal of piecing and appliquéing the 225 patterns from the 1863 Jane Stickle quilt–which you know appeals to a sampler-lover like me–or the fact that as long as I keep seeing them, this quilt has not gone out of fashion and there is still time for me to make one of my own without appearing too woefully out of step with the quilting community.

At Fiber Fiesta, I found two "Janes." First, Dear Jane Meet Aunt Grace, by Jan Lehman-Shaw.

Dear Jane Meet Aunt Grace by Jan Lehman-Shaw

This is an adaptation of the Jane Stickle quilt made from 1930's reproduction fabrics.  It's hand appliquéd, machine pieced and hand-quilted.  It was the third place quilt in the category for large traditional quilts. 

Dear Jane Meet Aunt Grace by Jan Lehman-Shaw - DetailDear Jane Meet Aunt Grace by Jan Lehman-Shaw - Ribbon

The other "Jane" at the show was in the large innovative quilts category. It is Dear Jane-San, made by Sue Mohr.  This quilt is actually a tryptic of three quilts, side by side.  At first glance, it seemed to be a Baby Jane made from Asian Fabrics in an interesting layout . . .

Dear Jane-san by Sue Mohr

. . .  but, as I started looking at the individual blocks, I realized that the appliqué blocks weren't Dear Jane blocks at all, but Japanese crests. This quilt won the award for Best Hand Appliqué.  I agree, the appliqué is fabulous!

Dear Jane-san by Sue Mohr - Detail


Sewing Up A Storm said...

I really like the one with the Japanese crests. I love the way she used the triangular long pieced shapes.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Both are excellent but the Kimono shaped Asian crests version is spectacular.

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Sophie, I am so sad that I did not even think to contact you prior to the show! I was there, I would have LOVED to have met you! There is always the next show!

Thank you for sharing your awesome photos!! I know I saw all of the quilts but going through your pictures I am seeing quilts (including the one in this post which truly is spectacular) that I don't remember seeing.

Julierose said...

What gorgeous works of art--for they are both that. I, being in love with Japanese fabrics, of course think that Jane-San is spectacularly lovely...thanks so much for sharing...hugs, Julierose

Anonymous said...

I especially like the second one. Very Japanese looking! Thanks for sharing.

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