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Posts Tagged ‘Best Use of Color Quilt’

So You Want To Make A Winning Quilt- Best Use of Color

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Melissa Sobotka was awarded $1,000 by Sponsor, Carriage Country Quilts, for Santorini Sunset, in the category, Best Use of Color, at Road to California 2018.Best Use of Color Quilt  Winning Quilt  Quilt Show

Melissa Sobotka is a familiar winner at Road to California. She won Best of Show in 2016 for her amazing art quilt, Silk Road Sampler.Best of Show Quilt  Winning Quilt  Quilt Show Melissa became a quilter by accident. She was making some banners for her church when a friend suggested to Melissa that if she put some batting in the banners and added some stitching, the banners would become “art quilts.” At the time, Melissa had no clue what an art quilt was. She did some research and was fascinated by the art form so she got some scraps of fabric and taught herself.Best Use of Color Quilt  Winning Quilt  Quilt Show Santorini Sunset was inspired by a trip Melissa took to Greece. She went specifically to Santorini to capture a photo at sunset. Melissa found the town to be “so picturesque.” She wanted to give a different perspective to Santorini so she changed  her original image to be abstract. The quilt was “the most difficult quilt” Melissa has made. That is why it took almost 5 months to complete. Why was it such a challenge? “In abstract there is a lot left to the imagination or implied.  Sewing definitive lines of shapes that have a blurred boundaries becomes a challenge when quilting.” Melissa had entered Santorini Sunset in another quilt show before Road 2018. In her words, the quilt “seemed to be the wallflower at the party; no one noticed it.” So she was both in “shock” and “delighted” that it was recognized for Best Use of Color at Road to California. Melissa intends to use her prize money with her project of building a new studio. What can we expect from Melissa in the future? “I’m chomping at the bit waiting for the studio to be complete so I can get back to work.  I have so many ideas ready to go.  I see continuing with the process I have used but also experimenting with new ideas and techniques.  Always learning and growing as an artist is my goal.” To learn more about Melissa and her work, please visit her website.        ]]>

Road 2017 Best Use of Color Winning Quilt

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Blue Anemone. One week to create the pattern, then one month to hand paint the whole cloth design and finally 4 1/2  months to quilt and finish. The quilting was done on her Innova Stationary Longarm and Janome Horizon 8200 Sewing machine. The biggest challenge of this quilt for Andrea was creating the subtle nuances of the color changes with the lights and shadows within the flower. What inspired Andrea’s winning design? “I always loved the deep colors of blue anemone poppies and I knew that one day I would create one in fabric. I was visiting my mom in Oregon and one day we went to one of her favorite nurseries. They had some of the most beautiful red, orange and blue anemones growing. This quilt is based on one of those photographs.” Andrea has been sewing since she was a child and had created a number of other needle crafts projects over the years. Her quilting journey began when she moved to Texas and joined a stitching group as a way to meet people with similar interests. One of the women in the group was a quilter and she convinced everyone to make a round robin style picnic quilt.  After that project, Andrea wanted to make an applique quilt. She taught herself the technique from an applique book. When she finished that quilt,  Andrea felt she had officially “caught the quilting bug” and has been creating in fabric ever since. Blue Anemone was awarded $1,500.00 for Best Use of Color by sponsor, Carriage Country Quilts. With her prize money, Andrea took her husband out to dinner, bought some fabric and put the rest in the bank. Andrea hopes to continue her journey to create realistic botanical imagery with fabric, thread and paint. She says that “with each quilt I make, I try to challenge myself to hone my artistic voice.” Andrea also looks forward to teaching her techniques at quilt shows, retreat style workshops, and at local quilt guilds. To learn more about Andrea, you can follow her on her personal and business Facebook Pages.]]>