In Flanders Fields by Catherine Millar, United Kingdom
Catherine states,"2014 is the centenary (100th anniversary) of the outbreak of the First World War. I was inspired by the last lines of a poem by John Macrae (who died of war-related illness in 1918), 'If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders Fields.' " The poet was speaking of the red poppies which grew among the graveyards of soldiers in the Flanders area of Belgium.
The red poppies are a symbol for Remembrance Day which is celebrated each November 11 in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Nations, as a tribute to members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.
Close-up,In Flanders Fields by Catherine Millar
Catherine adds, "The symbolic poppy is made in circular bargello pattern on a background of patchwork fields, some growing crops, some mud as in the battlefields." Catherine has created a heartfelt and radiant tribute in the form of a giant poppy, done in varied shades of red, orange, and rose.
ISabella by Rahel Elran, Israel
Rahel notes that ISabella (with first two letters deliberately capitalized) is machine pieced and machine quilted. It appears to be a modern, abstract art quilt of human face, in the style of painter Pablo Picasso. If you look closely for awhile, you'll be able to find ISabella's hair, eyes, nose, mouth, and perhaps her eyebrows.
Close-up, ISabella by Rahel Elran
We nicknamed this fun quilt "the red lips quilt", because ISabella's mouth is so prominent. Note the straight lines of quilting which provide structured contrast to the random curves and circles of this whimsical, lighthearted design.
Ena's Pink Waratahs by Denise Griffiths , Australia
Denise writes, "My inspiration comes from Australian native flowers and my beautiful Mum, as this is the last quilt she has seen before she went blind. I use a technique I call "Baglique", a very easy way to applique without having to turn edges... I use a mixture of hand dyed and commercial fabrics and shade the piece with Neocolor II watercolor pastels."
These giant flowers are so overwhelmingly cheerful, that they would brighten up even the darkest winter day. The beautiful pink and rose tones are a great complement to the medium and dark green stems.
Close-up, Ena's Pink Waratahs by Denise Griffiths, Australia
Denise's original design is hand and machine appliqued, machine pieced, and machine quilted. We admired the pretty embroidered embellishment on the leaves and blossoms.
Sunset Over Africa, 69 x 79", by May-Gene Terblanche , South Africa
This quilt reminds us of a safari across the plains of Africa, with its artistic animals and its resplendent earth tones. May-Gene says, "The design was inspired by "Storm Over Africa" by Jenny Williamson from her book Quilt Africa, co-authored by Pat Parker. The quilt center was constructed from half-square triangles, with a machine appliqued border of African wild animal silhouettes. "Sunset Over Africa" was made.... to be auctioned off at a fund-raising event with a "Proudly South African" theme. My husband bought the quilt, he loved it so much!"
Diminishing Creatures by Hiroko Soeta, Japan
Hiroko explains, "I made this quilt to express my gratitude to my father-in-law, who was gentle, yet strong as a tiger. It is machine pieced and appliqued, hand quilted, embroidered, and painted." This is a strikingly interesting quilt, with a vibrant background.
Close up, Diminishing Creatures by Hiroko Soeta
Hiroko has created wonderfully realistic expressions on the faces of the tigers. She has embellished their faces with whiskers made from clear monofilament, which enhances their life-like countenances.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.