Monday, May 20, 2013

Odessa Quilt Show Continued - Featured Quilter: Linda Dills

Goodness, where does the time go? I want to continue showing you some of my favorite things from the Odessa Quilt Show.

Here's our sweet and wonderful featured quilter, Linda Dills, of Marysville, Washington. 

 Featured Quilter - LINDA DILLS- BIOGRAPHY  

My mother and paternal grandmother were quilters, so there have been hand-made quilts on my beds my whole life.  As a child, I enjoyed looking at those quilts and picking out the fabrics that had been scraps from dresses my mother had made for me.  I helped tie quilts at a very young age.  At about 10 years of age, I learned hand embroidery.   

"A Walk in the Meadow"
Linda is passionate about Thread Painting. 

I started making clothing in high school.  I made my first quilt in 1973.  It was a raw edge applique made out of polyester knit.  I didn’t take time for quilting except making baby quilts for gifts for about 15 years.  In 1988 I discovered free motion thread painting and a group called The Machine Embroiderers of Oregon and Washington.  Over the next 12 years, I took classes in free motion thread painting but working and family took most of my time.

"Free Spirit"
She's also passionate about horses (an artist after my own heart).

 In 2001 I joined the Busy Bee Quilting Guild of Snohomish.  I enjoy helping with their quilt shows, Making charity quilts and working on their raffle quilts.  I was chairman of their doll quilt committee for 3 years.

Some horses love to trot. This one is obviously enjoying himself.

 Linda Dills - My Inspiration……

I entered my first quilt show in 2002 and have been entering local guild shows in both eastern and western Washington ever since. My favorites are realistic pictorial quilts.  The first took over 5 years and the idea for it came from a ceramic lamp.  

"Frog in a Swamp"

Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to take classes from Charlotte Warr Anderson and Ruth McDowell as well as having taken many classes at local quilt shops and guilds. I am also a long arm quilter.  Some of my other hobbies include reading, traveling and going to the beach for quilting retreats with my friends.  The best part about getting so involved in the quilting world has been the friends I have made.

"Just Spikey"      &       "Convergence"

Stained glass pattern books, enlarged cross stitch patterns, and enlarged fabric design elements have been great sources for my thread painting and quilt designs (My greatest tool is my HP printer that will enlarge designs 400%!). I have made appliqued birds using petals from silk flowers.  The ideas are endless.  

"Where in the World"     &      "The Chase"

 I like doing different techniques and, most times, once is enough.  Then it is on to something new and different.  I have dyed and painted fabric.  I have also used colored pencils, crayons, inks and Schiva oil sticks.  There is no quilt police so it is not illegal to try what other people have said won’t work.  Sometimes the other people are right, but just experiment.  You never know what you might create.

"Dreams Kitten Style"
How many times have Bodecia and Norman adopted this "cattitude"?

A Scene from the Sea"
 I love the message in the bottle in the lower right. I wish you could see it!

Plain, simple and lovely. Her details are a feast.

 "Cat Acatamey"
She has captured everything about cats.

 "Lazy Days"
Very beautiful.....

"My Desert Blooms at Night"
Everything you every would want in a desert at night.

Linda Dills - Quilts on Display at Odessa 2013
(I haven't shown them all here in pictures. Just some of the ones that caught my eye. All were wonderful)

Bargello Heart
Dragon Star
Cat Acatamey
A Scene from the Sea
Leaf Table runner
One - D and Eight - B's
The Hunt
My Desert Blooms at Night
Roundabout #2
Quiet Time
The Chase
Landscape Plus
Spring and Fall (reversible)
Dreams Kitten Style
My Pond
Lazy Days
Butterfly Kiss
Roundabout #1
Where in the World?
Free Spirit
Water Lily
A Walk in the Meadow
Just Move the Dog
The Old Grist Mill
Rainy Day
Yellow Hibiscus
Just Spikey
Hearts and Roses
Night Glide (reversible)
Just Frogs
My Giant Dahlia
A Pot Holder - It's Not
Winter Chickadees

Frog in a Swamp

....more to come....

Thursday, May 9, 2013

We have a winner!

Sorry to be so late with this but I had to be away and forgot I was supposed to be tending to blog business.  So, I've had my partner, Erin, draw a name from the hat and the winner is:


!!!!!Apple Blossom!!!!

I'll send you an email and you can choose the pattern you want.

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and entering!

Tomorrow.....I'm making some cheese and blogging the favorites of mine from the quilt show!  See you then!