Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The ASGLA Quilts

Spidermum Quilt
A big thank you to everyone who commented on the Laburnum shade.  (Gosh, you make us blush.)  I've got Joel working on a little video of the construction to completion phases of the shade and hopefully, we'll get something put together soon.  He sets up a time lapse camera, edits the footage  and the results are pretty neat.  I wish we could work that fast in reality! 
Lunette Quilt (Karen's)
Lunette Quilt (Carl's)

Parrot Quilt

We managed to get a fairly decent photo of the Laburnum on Sunday night.  What really helped was when Joel came home and took over the photography session.  He knows his camera inside and out better than we do.  With the two guys working together, things went much better.
Grape Quilt

By 2AM Sunday night we had the CD burned, labelled and packaged along with our quilt panel submission for next year.  On Monday morning  I was in the parking lot of the post office waiting for them to open up so the package could be sent as soon as possible to Gig Harbor, Washington.  It's on the way, now all we do is wait.  Voting starts in March (I think) and then if your photo is selected, you are notified by mail. 

I can only imagine how much work is must be to receive hundreds and hundreds of these photo submissions from all over the world and get them organized and ready for voting.  And after the voting, all the notifications to write and who knows what all goes into actually producing a calendar.  I'm sure I'd be stunned if I knew all the details involved in that massive undertaking.   I bet putting the quilts together with all of the submission panels is another gigantic job, but every year, we're amazed at how beautiful the finished product is.  I'd love to see them in person some day.

I am including a link to the Association of Stained Glass Lamp Artists website where you can view the calendars, the quilt panels, and the history of this wonderful organization.  And you can also purchase a calendar from them or join the membership.

Our good friend Larry from Conrad Art Glass and Gardens introduced us to the association, and we're so glad he did.  If you are not familiar with Larry's blog, please do go and treat yourself to his fine photography, beautiful stained glass works and last but not least, the exquisite garden he tends with his lovely wife, Sarah. 

Even if our lamp photos aren't included in the next calendar, our quilt panel will be since ASGLA puts every one they receive into the finished quilt.   I copied the following quilt panel photos from their site since these are the ones we contributed squares to, but if you want to see the complete collection, click on this link which will take you to the Quilt Page:

Association of Stained Glass Lamp Artists


Alison said...

Oh My Goodness! Those quilt panels are gorgeous! So it looks like you all follow the same pattern, but figure out the colors yourselves? Hey, I know where Gig Harbor is! It's about 20 minutes from my house, I go to their garden tour every year. It's a really beautiful little town. I'm glad you managed to get a good photo, with Joel's help.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I am a real fan of stained glass both old and new. These are just beautiful, Karen!


Bonnie K said...

I have never seen anything like those quilts. Amazing. They are so beautiful. It must feel great to be a part of something so big.

africanaussie said...

oh gosh they are just awesome. I am so glad that you have snow on the ground half of the year as it gives you the time for these beautiful creations!

El Gaucho said...

I need to echo comments others have made, I've never seen anything like those quilts, they look amazing!

Good luck in the contest, your entry looks fantastic and in my mind should be a winner, but as you said I can only imagine what the competition is like. I look forward to the post in a few months that announces that you've won a prize.

Rosemary said...

I have never seen this type of stain glass either. Exquisite!

Lona said...

Oh Wow! Now those are just gorgeous! What a challenging piece of artistry those are.

Jennifer said...

I am truly blown away, Karen. Amazing artistry has gone into the pieces in this post and the lamps in the last post.

HolleyGarden said...

Wow, Karen! I've never seen anything like these stained glass quilts! I looked back at your last post, and I am so glad you finally got just the right photo. Your laburnum lamp is just gorgeous! I can understand why you want to get the perfect photo to show off its beauty and detail.

Donna said...

Karen how absolutely gorgeous. I was looking at my stained glass lamps and my mind went right to you. I realized it had been a while since I had visited. And look what popped up, these gorgeous pieces. Good luck... but I don't think you need it as I am biased and think yours are already the best.

Lana said...

This is incredible! I love, love, love seeing all the stained glass posts! Very beautiful!