Country Colours
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Country Colours
10"x58" Total length: 174"

Frieda Oxenham
Scotland

The hangings were also made for the Loch Lomond Quilt Show here in Scotland in May who had a competition with the theme Turkey Red. I started wondering whether other countries apart from Turkey had inspired the name of colours. I did some research and discovered Indian Yellow and Egyption Blue and decided each colour should have its own hanging, making each hanging monochromatic. To go with the title Country Colours I used flowere patterned black/white fabrics to give each hanging the appearance of a landscape. The landscape theme was further assisted by putting the strips together using a Fibonacci sequence. Hangings are machine pieced, hand and machine quilted, hand embroidered, foiled and hand beaded.



27 Houses high
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27 Houses high
9"x59"

Frances Caple
Isle of Lewis

I was travelling home one day on the bus over Barvas moor and thought how it would look when lined with giant wind turbines, the wind turbines proposed for the isle of Lewis are apparently the highest in Europe at 135 metres, I was pondering how high is 135 metres, my house must be about 5 metres, that's 27 of my house on top of each other!!!!!!!!! and that was when I decided to commit to the Straight and Narrow challenge.



Goosebumps
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Goosebumps
8"x48"

Gail J. Dwyer
Winthop, Massachusetts, USA

This started out to be one border of another quilt that I changed my mind on....I drafted the paper piecing and side designs. Also has gold lame, gold netting, and lots of beads, and free motion quilting.



The Growing Season
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The Growing Season
18"x93"

Gerrie Congdon
Santa Rose, California, USA

I made it as a banner for my church during the green season or ordinary times season. I did a fused gradation of green silks cut into squares. The crosses in many colors represent the inclusiveness and diversity of our parish.



Strait is the gait and narrow is the way
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Strait is the gait and narrow is the way
12"x60"

Ginny Greaves
Oxford, Alabama, USA

After The Straight and Narrow challenge was announced, there was a lot of discussion about what meaning those two words have in our culture. Two members noted biblical passages that made an image begin to form in my mind. The first one is obvious: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24)
The other one provided the title for the piece: "Strait is the gait and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life" ( Matthew 7:14)



Bubbles
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Bubbles
9"x47"

Helen Cowans
Northumberland, United Kingdom

A work inspired by cells and their similarity to bubbles. The size of the quilt dictated the composition. Blue colours inspired by bubbles and water and the complementary colour orange was chosen for a dramatic impact. Materials include hand dyed calico as a base, layered with felt, calico, sizoflor, tyvek and chiffon. The tyvek was painted and heated to bubble it. The fabrics were embroidered and heat zapped to burn back the layers. Reverse appliqué to reveal the bubbles which are made from layered silk and organza's cut back and distressed. Beaded and embellished with stones.



Moebius
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Moebius
5"x192"

Helen Howes
Raveningham, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Much of my work is long and thin, and I find the shape pleasing. One of my students, on being shown this piece, asked "Why" - I answered "Because I Can". The Moebius format (one face and one edge) was irresistible on a piece like this...



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I see the moon
6"x30"

Jamie Fingal
Orange, California, USA



Spring's coming
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Spring's coming
6"x28"

Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Nebraska, USA

I pieced and quilted as I went to achieve the wrinkled, gnarled look of the tree trunk and a bit added in the ground. Various fabrics show the melting of snow which creates mud in spots and leaving snow in other more shaded areas. White seed beads were used for snow around the tree roots and brown seed beads were used to show some mud glistening in the light. Beads were also used to show some of the first flowers of spring poking through the ground despite the fact that snow is still present.



Tennie Balls
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Tennie Balls
11"x51"

Janet A. Thompson
Lawrenceville, GA, USA



Follow me
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Follow me
7"x49"

Janice Simpson
MI, USA

Seven striped blocks turning each block...
Four striped cats going around... Follow Me...
One striped ball of yarn twisting and turning... Follow me...



Eucharist
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Eucharist
12"x60"

Jeannie Marsh
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The concept of Straight and Narrow, for me, lent itself to a liturgical banner celebrating the Eucharist (Holy Communion). The themes of wine and bread shown in the quilt through the resist-stamped and appliqued images of grapes and wheat are very symbolic in the Christian faith. The grapevine with dimensional leaves is also a significant faith image. On a personal note, this quilt represents not only my journey toward ordination but a reflection of my spirituality through the ArtQuilt medium.



Speckled Band
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Speckled Band
2,5"x44"

Julia Altshuler
Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA

Colors, shapes, sizes and lines that I liked.



Gravity's Rainbow
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Gravity's Rainbow
10"x60"

Julie Zaccone Stiller
Boulder Creek, California, USA

The bends of the rainbow as the colors mix, as they follow the narrow but not straight pathway from the sky to the earth.



Straight & Narrow Gone Astray
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Straight & Narrow Gone Astray
8"x40"

Karyn Lynam Cook
Welch, Minnesota, USA

As I randomly arranged the colored pieces, I couldn't help but think of "Straight & Narrow" and the different meanings it holds for people. I began to see the colored fabrics as people, each heading down their own "Straight & Narrow" path. Each colored piece of fabric is quilted with a line of stitching running through it and continuing in each direction to the edge of the quilt, representing the path. As I quilted the piece, I saw how some people may be so focused on getting to their goal, that while they may cross the path of others, there are still many other people they may never have the opportunity to meet.

Night Creatures
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Night Creatures
11"x59"

Kathy Harben
Hayesville, NC, USA

Things that go bump in the night scare the fire out of me. When I started discharging the black cotton and velvet, it was like your worst nightmare. The creatures kept calling to me to be in a quilt. When the Straight and Narrow Challenge was posted, I thought that it would be a good showcase for the creatures. Night Creatures is an original design work. It is discharged cotton and velvet which has been machine pieced and free-motion quilted.

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