FLORA JOY'S LATEST ART QUILTS
(See other selected quilts in the fabric section of her www.storytellingworld.com web site.)
The first three quilts shown below are examples of Flora's "3-N-1 Quilt" concept.
Here is her book about this unusual technique:


To order the above book, return to the HOME PAGE and click on the word TRISPECTIVE.

The quilts shown below are miscellaneous examples of Flora's favorites. EnJOY!

3-N-1 Quilt: "Frame of Mind"


AWARDS:
VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD, 2014 International Quilt Show (IQA) in Houston
SECOND PLACE, 2014 International Quilt Show (IQA) in Houston
(Digital Image Category)
BEST OF SHOW, 2014 Blue Ridge Quilt Show
BEST OF SHOW, 2014 Mountain Messages Quilt Show
VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD, 2015 Paducah International American Quilt Show
VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD, 2015 Road to California Quilt Show
VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD, 2015 Lancaster International Quilt Show
VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD, 2015 Asheville Quilt Show
VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD, 2015 Smoky Mountain Quilt Show
SECOND PLACE, 2015 Asheville Quilt Show (Special Quilt Techniques Category)
THIRD PLACE, 2015 National Quilt Show (Little Rock)
HONORABLE MENTION, 2015 Smoky Mountain Quilt Show (Pictorial Category)
HONORABLE MENTION, 2015 Pacific International Quilt Festival (Wall Quilts)
FINALIST, 2016 American Quilt Show in Phoenix
FINALIST, 2016 American Quilt Show in Daytona
FEATURED at ALL 2017 American Quilt Show AUTHOR DISPLAYS
(Daytona, Lancaster, Spring Paducah, Grand Rapids, Fall Paducah, Des Moines)
Featured in the July, 2015, issue of AMERICAN QUILTER
Featured in the Winter 2015 issue of the IQA Journal
Showcased in the 2016 International Quilt Invitational Exhibit (Brigham City)
Showcased at the 2016 Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show
Featured in QUILTERS COMPANION (an Australian Quilt Magazine), Vol. 14, #4, pp 82-86.
Featured in SCHMETZ eMagazine, Inspired to SEW. See it here:

http://issuu.com/schmetzneedles/docs/its-dec2014?e=10258703/10240615

Click HERE* to see a much larger image of this wall quilt.
Click HERE* to see a detailed section of this wall quilt.

The larger and details images for ALL quilts in this web section will likely take about a minute or so to load, then they will soon shift to your screen size. Thanks for your patience.
Here is a YouTube video of this quilt taken at the Houston Show, posted by Quilter's Dream Batting:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=904468602904275
Here is another YouTube posted by THE QUILT SHOW (Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOxDK6VwchU
The following link is a video interview with Flora, filmed in Houston by Quilt Alliance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAKgZxv-ITg&list=UUKyh4zaCMV5l88iMTvl3iyw&index=3

QUILT DESCRIPTION: If you are facing this quilt directly, you will see Oprah. Step to the RIGHT to see Mother Teresa. Step to the LEFT to see Jackie Kennedy. There are only TWO FABRIC PIECES in this quilt top, and they are joined together with only ONE SEAM. Back story: One day while I was waiting in my car for a traffic light to change, I gazed at a large revolving billboard that changed about every ten seconds from ONE image, to ANOTHER image, to a THIRD image, then back to the beginning. That process intrigued me, and as I tried to sleep that night, a “quilt” that changed images began formulating in my mind. It took several years to work through HOW this concept could be transformed into a quilt—and then I had to try to master free-motion quilting, thread painting, and trapunto. [What FUN!] After several attempts with numerous samples, this quilt finally emerged.
Quilt size: 32" x 35" - PHOTOS BY JIM SLEDGE, ETSU PHOTOLAB.

 

3-N-1 Quilt: "Magical Toys"


AWARDS:
BEST OF SHOW, 2015 BRQG
VIEWERS' CHOICE, 2015 McKinney Center Quilt Display
FINALIST, 2015 International Quilt Show (Houston)
BEST WALL QUILT, 2016 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
Featured in the Special Exhibit/2016 Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey
FACULTY AWARD, 2016 MQX Quilt Festival
FIRST PLACE, 2016 Vermont Quilt Festival
THIRD PLACE, 2016 Asheville Quilt Show
SECOND PLACE, 2017 Road to California Quilt Show

FIRST PLACE, 2017 American Quilt Show, Daytona
THIRD PLACE, 2017 American Quilt Show, Lancaster
FINALIST, 2017 UQSM Show
Featured in the 27-2, 2017, issue of Australian Patchwork & Quilting

QUILT DESCRIPTION: This 3-N-1 quilt consists of three images of whimsical ceramic creations that were made by popular Ukranian artists Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev. (The images in this quilt are used with their permission.) Flora had great fun with this quilt because of the layered buttons, stacked Yo-Yos, three levels of hand-made piping, decorative stitching, triple-couched yarn, crystals, etc. Also included are four related curriculum questions for kiddies of all ages (that are stitched at the corners in appliqued circles).
Click HERE for a larger image of this quilt.
Quilt size: 38w" x 37h" - PHOTOS BY FLORA JOY.
Numerous details about how to make this quilt (and how to get this FABRIC) are in Flora's book, TRISPECTIVE. Return to the home page and click on the word TRISPECTIVE.


3-N-1 Quilt: "Sleep/Pray/Scream"

UNIQUE BACK OF THIS QUILT:


AWARDS:
THIRD PLACE (Themed Category), 2015 HMQS Quilt Show (Salt Lake City)
FINALIST, 2015 Northwest Quilting Expo
FINALIST, 2016 Road to California Quilt Show
VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD, 2016 Lancaster, International Quilt Show
VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD,
2016 Paducah, International American Quilt Show
BEST WALL QUILT, 2016 Syracuse, American Quilt Show
VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD, 2016 Syracuse, American Quilt Show
FINALIST, 2016 International Quilt Show, Houston
FINALIST, 2017 MQX Show
FINALIST, 2017 Shipshewana Quilt Festival

Click HERE: https://instagram.com/p/8Gw91vIkQj/?taken-by=billvolckening for a video of these "scene changers" (photographed by Bill Volckening)
Click HERE: https://www.facebook.com/AQSonline/videos/10154331680554396/ for an AQS video of this quilt while it was in the 2016 Paducah Show.

QUILT DESCRIPTION: This 3-N-1 quilt consists of three famous art images (a section of The Creation of Adam when FACING the front, Starry Night from the left, and The Scream from the right).
Click HERE for a larger image of this quilt.
Flora's added thoughts: Henry and I have been very fortunate to have traveled to a variety of interesting art galleries and historic art sites. We have seen and photographed the three famous pieces in this 3-N-1 quilt. When I first saw Starry Night, I wanted to “stitch” it immediately. The swirls, stars, and shadows of buildings and other structures just beckoned to be explored with thread. That’s why this image was one of the three chosen images for this wall quilt. Looking at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome was also a compelling experience (for The Creation of Adam), yet in a very different and reverent way—as was the viewing of The Scream at the National Gallery in Oslo. As we explored these galleries, the art FRAMES have also caught my attention. An intensive study of them resulted in the creation of an original “frame” (created in Photoshop) that I used to surround these selected art pieces. This unique quilt has an additional creative and original feature: WORKSHOPS ON THE BACK OF THE QUILT! See the image above. The quilt can be mailed to various guilds for a self-teaching experience!
Click HERE to see a larger image of this quilt back.
What FUN this project has been!
Quilt size: 43w" x 40.5h" - PHOTOS BY JIM SLEDGE, ETSU PHOTOLAB.
Numerous details about how to make this quilt (and how to get this FABRIC) are in Flora's book, TRISPECTIVE. Return to the home page and click on the word TRISPECTIVE.


Quilt: "Nieces in Stitches "


This book is available through Amazon.com,
and it includes complimentary embroidery designs for the eleven hexagons
and other helpful files. The above is a small image of the book's cover.

AWARDS:
BEST OF SHOW, 2016 Blue Ridge Quilt Guild
BEST MACHINE QUILTING, 2016 Blue Ridge Quilt Guild

BEST OF SHOW, 2016 Mountain Messages VIII
FINALIST, 2016 International Quilt Show, Houston
FINALIST, 2017 Road to California Quilt Show
FINALIST, 2017 American Quilt Show, Daytona
FACULTY AWARD, 2017 MQX Show
FINALIST, 2017 UQSM Show

QUILT DESCRIPTION:The faces of our eleven nieces are stitched with all-original “face” designs. The unusual stitching in the hexagon and border (around each face) creatively depicts something significant in that niece’s life. The 33 stitch designs of the faces, the face borders, and the silk dupioni outer designs are original continuous line creations (no jump stitches—with only three exceptions), completely done on my sit-down home sewing machine. This quilt entered the challenge sponsored by Tennessee Quilts, with the theme of The Architecture of the Mountains. As we think about this theme, the architecture of the mountains can actually influence the architecture of our own personal lives (and those of my nieces). For example, [Bottom, far right] Niece Becky (and her husband) love Roan Mountain so much that they decided to name their only child (a son) “Roan.” (Roan is now seven years old, and the entire family has hiked much of Roan Mountain. Becky’s husband has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail.) The stitching around Becky’s face mimics the rhododendron flower that showcases Roan Mountain each spring. Another niece [Middle, Left] is a musician who loves mountain songs; in fact, her favorite FUN song is “On Top of Old Smoky.” [Note: In the lower part of that hexagon has the creative STITCHING for that song’s first musical line.] These stories and related surrounding stitch explanation could be continued with the remaining nieces. (Email me if you are interested.)
This quilt was a monumental challenge for me in many ways. To complete this quilt, I had to tackle the following: (1) Experiment making a quilt with SILK DUPIONI (instead of the typical cotton); (2) Master several new RULERS that have been designed for quilting on a sit-down home sewing machine (What FUN they are!); (3) Learn how to stitch FACES in a manner that highly resembled the individual (with some Artista assistance), and (4) Design creative/unique continuous-line quilting patterns. The 33 stitch designs of the faces, the face borders, and the silk dupioni outer designs are original continuous line creations (only three of these have any jump stitches), completely done on my sit-down home sewing machine. I LEARNED LOTS AND LOTS!!
Click HERE for a VERY, VERY, VERY LARGE image of this quilt. The large size shows the DETAILS of the intricate stitching. It may take a couple minutes for this to load.

 

Quilt: "Night Trawlers"


AWARDS:
MERIT AWARD (Educational), 2016 Asheville Quilt Show
HONORABLE MENTION, 2016 Asheville Quilt Show

FINALIST, 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival
BEST USE OF EMBELLISHMENTS, 2017 MAQF Show
FINALIST, 2017 MQX Show
FINALIST, 2017 UQSM Show


QUILT DESCRIPTION: This just-minutes-ago-finished quilt is based on a painting by Robert Steven Connett (used with his written permission). The quilt’s purpose is to entice young students to further explore the science, language, and art curriculum. The 18 curriculum cards (disguised as FUN ACTIVITIES) hang below the quilt and can be removed for exploration and academic activities. In the process of making this quilt, I had GREAT FUN with a new type of trapunto and other embellishments (buttons, fishing poles, etc.)!.
Click HERE for a LARGE image of this quilt. The large size shows the DETAILS of the intricate stitching.

Quilt: "OverJOYed"


AWARDS:
FINALIST, 2016 Shipshewana Quilt Festival
FIRST PLACE, 2015 Smoky Mountain Quilt Show (Art Quilt Category)
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN EMBELLISHMENT, 2014 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival, Washington
SPECIAL AWARD WINNER, 2014 NQA Show (National Quilt Association) for EMBELLISHMENT
THIRD PLACE, 2014 NQA Show (National Quilt Association) Art/Innovative Category
FINALIST, 2013 International Quilt Show, Houston
FINALIST, 2013 Paducah International Quilt Show
FIRST PLACE (Art Quilt category), 2012 Asheville Quilt Show
SECOND PLACE (Non-traditional category), 2014 Mountain Quiltfest
MOST INNOVATIVE, 2012 Blue Ridge Quilt Show
JUDGES' CHOICE, 2012 Mountain Messages Quilt Show
BEST INTERPRETATION OF THEME, 2012 Blue Ridge Quilt Show
This quilt was showcased in the Fall, 2014, issue of Quilting Quarterly.
This quilt was showcased in the Spring, 2015, issue of Quilting Quarterly.
Click HERE to see a much larger image of this wall quilt.
Click HERE to see a detailed section of this wall quilt.

QUILT DESCRIPTION: This wall quilt has irregular edges and FIVE EXTRA LAYERS that may be LIFTED to reveal amazing hidden embroidery, photos, or a message. The emphasis is on “JOY”—our family surname. Kids have fun determining how many different ways to sequence the letters J-O-Y from the images on this quilt. [There are TONS!]
Quilt size: 54 ½" x 46" - PHOTOS BY PAUL BISHOP


 

Quilt: "Camouflage at Sea"
AWARDS:
FINALIST, 2016 Shipshewana Quilt Festival
SPECIAL AWARD IN INNOVATIVE DESIGN, 2015 Smoky Mountain Quilt Show
THIRD PLACE, 2015 Smoky Mountain Quilt Show (Wall Quilts)
FIRST PLACE (Division: Made for Children), 2014 Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show
SECOND PLACE (Naturescape Category), 2014 National Quilt Association
FINALIST, 2012 Lancaster International Quilt Show
FINALIST, 2013 Paducah International Quilt Show
FIRST PLACE, 2013 Asheville Quilt Show
BEST OF SHOW, 2011 Blue Ridge Quilt Show
This quilt was showcased in the Spring, 2015, issue of Quilting Quarterly.
Click HERE to see a much larger image of this wall quilt.
Click HERE to see a detailed section of this wall quilt.

QUILT DESCRIPTION: This hands-on wall quilt demonstrates how four “real” sea creatures camouflage themselves from their predators (reflecting scientific accuracy). Viewers may LIFT the “sea plants” [by pulling on the magnetized buttons] to reveal the camouflaged fish. “Texture-Magic” rock walls join at the seabed (embellished with beads and antique jewelry). Other selected fiber techniques include layered netting (for water images), manipulated prairie points, and machine-embroidered/textured stand-alone plants. The “movable” rock wall (right, bottom) hides the fourth sea creature. This quilt was inspired by the popular children's artist Eric Carle and his scientifically-accurate book entitled Mr. Seahorse. (An accompanying complimentary curriculum guide is available upon request.)
For details concerning what's UNDER each of the camouflage sections, see Barbara Burnham's blog
http://baltimoregardenquilts.blogspot.com/2012/03/last-week-at-american-quilters-society.html?spref=fb
reflecting her encounter with this quilt. (Thanks, Barbara!) NOTICE that there are FOUR BUTTONS sewn onto this quilt. Children can PULL on each of these buttons, and the sea plants will "open." Then the sea creatures that were HIDDEN by the plants will be in full view. [To see an up-close view of these four images, click HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.] Also, there are five earrings (that belonged to Flora's mom) hidden among the embellishments. Can YOU find them? (You may need to view the larger image.) If you have any questions about the construction or materials used in this project, feel free to contact Flora.
Quilt size: 57" x 37" - PHOTOS BY PAUL BISHOP



"The A-MAZE-ing State Game"

AWARDS:
FIRST PLACE, 2015 Northwest Quilting Expo (Intermediate-Sized Quilt Category)
SECOND PLACE, 2015 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival (Innovative Category)
THIRD PLACE, 2015 Smoky Mountain Quilt Show (Quilts for Kids)
THIRD PLACE, 2014 Asheville Quilt Show
FINALIST, 2015 National Quilt Show (Little Rock)
FINALIST, 2015 World Quilt Competition (Manchester)
FINALIST, 2016 American Quilt Show in Daytona
FINALIST, 2016 Paducah International American Quilt Show
FINALIST, 2017 Shipshewana Quilt Festival

ALL ORIGINAL FABRIC/CONCEPT/DESIGN. Your challenge:
Begin with your fingertip in Washington (state) and travel
through the stitched maze to Maine!
What items can you identify along the way?
Click HERE to see a much larger image of this wall quilt.
Click HERE to see a detailed section of this wall quilt.

*Note that it was impossible for the nine-point font used in the answer sections to be clearly SEEN in any of these images.
Click HERE for an accompanying complimentary packet of educational materials.**
**This packet provides information about how YOU can get a similar quilt for your home or classroom, and it gives printed lists of answers and instructions.

QUILT DESCRIPTION: This is a QUILT GAME for children of all ages—designed to entice them to learn more about America’s history and geography. They “travel” with their fingertips from Washington (state) to Maine. As they do, they try to identify as many state capitals, abbreviations, flowers, trees, birds, people, songs, mammals, places, historical and current events, etc., as they can. (All answers are printed upside down and many are also imaged in the border—thus, this learning activity is paperless and pencil-less.) This quilt is COMPLETELY ORIGINAL both in concept and fabric design. I began with a 45"x75" light blue rectangle and then added the 50 blank states. I extensively researched all states’ symbols and significant people/places. I selected and positioned a few images into each state and then superimposed a STITCHED MAZE that has 18,296 one-third-inch increments. Viewers who have a few extra minutes are invited to take their fingertip and begin this journey OR see how many of the state symbols they can guess correctly. (The MAZE ANSWER appears on the back of the quilt.) See if YOU can do this on the LARGER image provided! Have FUN!!
Quilt size: 40" x 71" - PHOTOS BY JIM SLEDGE, ETSU PHOTOLAB