Friday, November 18, 2011

Gail Bachorik Trunk Show

 Pine Belt Quilters were treated to a delightful trunk show by guest fiber artist Gail Bachorik at our November meeting. Gail lives in Milton, FL, where she creates her original designs.  Her favorite subjects are flowers but she also often includes fish, lizards, squirrels and butterflies in her realistic works.  She usually works from her own photos to arrive at her design. Sometimes she manipulates the pictures to create a more abstract piece. She meticulously gathers her fabric to achieve the exact colors she wants and might use up to fifty different fabrics and a hundred thread colors in a piece. She constructs her works by machine using raw-edge appliqué, thread-painting, and free-motion quilting.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Betty Tudor Trunk Show at Mobile

Pine Belt Quilter Betty Tudor was the guest of Azalea City Quilters Guild on November 8. Betty went to present a trunk show of her masterpiece quilts, and five other PBQ members went along to enjoy and help out. After seeing pictures on the PBQ blog about Betty's program earlier this year, the Mobile quilters invited her to bring her quilts to show their guild. Betty is known for her flawless applique and her hand quilting, but she is versatile in her techniques and subjects for her creations.
 Helping hold quilts is Ella Lucas (left of quilt) and Pat Faulkender (center); looking on is Lynn Gregor, Azalea City program chair. Betty says her favorite color is purple.
 Betty made a series of hexagon quilts using the English paper piecing method. She designed this quilt to show her house and grounds in hexagons.
 Ellen Hall, Ella Lucas, and Pat Faulkender are holding Christmas quilts.
Mobile quilters were interested in seeing the quilts up close and asking questions. Betty quilted all of the large applique quilts by hand while sitting up in bed at night, using a round wooden hoop . She began machine quilting some of her later small pieces.