Sunday, May 10, 2015

Carquinez Strait Stitchers Quilt Show

My Mom and I finally had some quilts in our hometown quilt show: The Carquinez Strait Stitchers "Spring On The Straits", 2-3 May 2015, at the Benicia Clocktower! Each quilt was shown with a brief story attached.

1- My Mom entered her "Home Sweet Home": "A project, out of McCall's magazine, by the Martinez Senior Center Quilting Group. Each of us chose our own fabrics, which made such different looking quilts, but all from the same pattern."
"Home Sweet Home", bed quilt, by Anita Jessop. Quilted by Anna MacAllen.
2- My Mom also entered her "Fractured Stars": "A friend of mine, a beginning quilter, chose this pattern for us to make together. It ended up not perfect, but was fun to do with a friend."
"Fractured Stars", wall hanging, by Anita Jessop. Quilted by B&B Quilting.
3- Together, my Mom and I entered our "Birds All Around": "This is a shared project: Started by Anita as a Christmas present for her daughter, Holly ... and finished by Holly, when she discovered it in the UFOs(!)".
"Birds All Around", large bed quilt, by Anita & Holly Jessop. Quilted by B&B Quilting.
4- I entered my "Raggedy Ann Friends": "I made this in the January 2014 Carquinez Strait Stitchers "Lil' Twister" class, with fabrics entirely from our stash."
"Raggedy Ann Friends", wall hanging, by Holly Jessop. Quilted by Holly Jessop.
5- I started making T-shirt quilts this year, and entered my "Graduate School Memories" quilt: "I went to graduate school in ecology & evolution at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, specializing in sea urchins and marine biology. I decided to convert my T-shirts from that time into a memory quilt."
"Graduate School Memories", lap quilt, by Holly Jessop. Quilted by B&B Quilting.
6- I started this "Pueo & Friends" quilt last year ... but was afraid to quilt it after the applique was done. So, I entered it in the show, which forced me to finally finish the free-motion quilting! I tried a new technique, using a fine netting over the entire quilt. I liked the shading effect from the netting, which made the quilt more like a night scene: "Pueo is the short-eared owl endemic to Hawai'i. Pueo is an 'amakua (spirit animal) for many Native Hawaiians, and a sighting can be interpreted as an omen. Pueo have made appearances in my life in Hawai'i at a number of important times. Pueo's friends are the Hawaiian endemic "happy face" spider, Nananana makaki'i (a pin in the lower left), and the Hawaiian endemic bat (flying near the moon), 'Ope 'ape'a."
"Pueo & Friends", wall hanging, by Holly Jessop. Quilted by Holly Jessop.
7- Our last quilt in the show, "Nene Story", was probably started first, when I still lived in Hawai'i: "My Mom and I took our first paper piecing class in Hilo, Hawai'i, in 2008, and made these blocks of Nene (the Hawaiian endemic goose). This year I put them into a quilt that tells part of the geologic and biologic story of the Hawaiian Islands. These islands arose from a mountain of lava in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, were gradually colonized by plants and animals, and eventually evolved endemic diversity."
"Nene Story", wall hanging, by Holly & Anita Jessop. Quilted by Holly Jessop. Embellished with shells, and glass leaf beads as a lei on the center Nene.


  1. All the quilts are wonderful! The art quilts are fabulous! Its great getting a taste of Hawaii, too. I also like the squares that you used for your teeshirt quilt. And I really like the Raggedy Ann. Taking the twister heart, making it simple--red and white, but then adding that fabric border really elevated the whole thing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm way behind on my blog reading but wanted to say that your Pueo quilt is wonderful, both the quilt and the story behind it.

  3. Wow ! Very nice quilts,,,i also like designs and colors,,Thanks for sharing..
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