Friday, March 25, 2011

Quilt Camp 2011, Part Two--Phillippa Naylor

The three other teachers at Quilting Adventures during the week I was there were Rose Hughes, Phillippa Naylor, and Kim Diehl.  All of these, like Carlson and Stein, were gifted and creative quilters and teachers.  Not only that, but all three (like fellow-teachers Carlson and Stein, too) were wonderful public speakers and each had a great sense of humor.  Because I have so many photos, this posting will feature Phillippa Naylor.

Phillippa is, first of all, a master machine quilter (having won awards at the International Quilt Festival in Houston for "Machine Artistry" and "Merit Machine Quilting") but also her designs are most unique.  It's difficult to describe her work precisely, so I'll quote from her website a statement of how she herself describes her own work:  "I consider myself to be a 'contemporary' quilter rather than an 'art' quilter, and by that I mean that my quilts are very much a modern interpretation of traditional quilts of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Inspiration often comes directly from a traditional quilt, the design being updated by the use bright hand dyed fabrics, by curving all the seams and then stitching the three layers of the quilt (the top, batting and backing) together, by machine, with free flowing patterns."

Phillippa is a beautiful woman who dresses like a model in clothes we all suspected were her own designs.  AND she gave a make-up lesson in the application of lipstick that lasts all day to her students! She could pass for a woman in her early 30s, but given the age of her son, we all figured she HAD to be in her 40s!

In addition to the awards mentioned, Naylor has won three other "big" prizes in Houston.  Her work is breath-taking, and you have to see it up close to appreciate it fully.  I'd urge you to go to her website to see more of her wonderful quilts and to check out the many awards that have been presented to her.  Below are some quilts she brought for us to see at Quilting Adventures:

This quilt illustrates the "skewed" nature of Naylor's quilt blocks.

One of Naylor's quilts

This shows the entire quilt from the close-up above.  AND you can see how
lovely Phillippa is and how stylishly she dresses!

Here Naylor is showing the "whole cloth" quilt for which she won a major award.
It is quilted extremely closely and intricately, and the thread she used on
this white quilt varied in pale colors.

No, this isn't a quilt!  This is a photo of a slide taken from Naylor's Power Point Presentation.
It shows one of the many unique Halloween costumes that she and her son have together concocted over the years!


  1. Phillipa really has a flair. I have caught her on-line demonstrating the whole cloth quilt. Her training really shows up; and I am sorry I have missed seeing her work when she has been in the Boston area. Neat that she and her give similar perfection to the Halloween costumes.

  2. Very enjoyable, Alice. I look forward to your other blogs about QA. Naylor's quilts are really exceptional and unique and her machine technique sounds astonishing.

  3. I wish I could have a little of this talent and accomplishment...I love the colors chosen for the quilts, Naylor sounds like an amazing person.