Sunday, June 29, 2014

Friendly Complements Quilt @ QuiltWorks July 2014

Friendly Complements
61" x 61"
Blocks by Marion Shimoda and Kathy
Constructed and Quilted by Marion Shimoda
Friendly Complements will be in the July 2014 "Let's Laugh" quilt exhibit at QuiltWorks in Bend, Oregon.  This quilt is the result of a collaboration with my friend Kathy.

The blocks for this quilt were made by me and Kathy.  Each month for eight months we started out with two fat quarters of fabric, one selected by me and the other by Kathy, to use in constructing two blocks.  We stretched our imaginations and honed our piecing, applique and embellishing skills on the monthly blocks.  At the end of each month we'd keep one of our own blocks and exchange the other.  Each exchange was a sweet surprise!  

With sixteen blocks, after eight months, we worked on constructing our quilts.  I used Valori Wells Jenaveve Cotton Linen fabric, wool and wirework to complete my quilt.  The finished quilts hung side by side at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in 2011.  It was fun to see the two together, reflecting our different, complementary styles.

Friendly Complements now hangs in my home's living room and continues to delight me and make me smile.

 Closer views of each set of four blocks.
 Some of my favorite blocks
Fish by Kathy
Japanese Girl by Kathy
Hand appliqued and hand embroidered, three dimensional flowers with beaded centers.
Vase of Flowers by Kathy
Dots by Marion

1 comment:

  1. It's such a gorgeous, happy quilt. I'm so glad to see it up close at Quiltworks last week. Thanks for the inspiration :D