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Superior Stars: Mary Hildebrand

Posted: 10 July 2015 at 6 a.m.

Mary Hildebrand

What do you do to challenge yourself on quilts?  Mary Hildebrand shares with us three of her incredible, challenging quilts.

Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese Tea Garden was inspired by vintage photographs and childhood memories of visiting the Tea Garden.  Mary collaborated with Annette Kennedy to finish this quilt.  When she first started, Mary had no idea the thread work would become so intricate.  Tea Garden won a 2nd Place award at Road to California and an Honorable Mention at Quilt Festival in Houston.

Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon was made for her husband who is fond of the 1800's wood cut which inspired the quilt.  It is done in raw edge fused applique with satin stitching in black to mimic the inked lines.  

Life on the Mesa

Life on the Mesa is a miniature quilt inspired by a photo by Alex Proimos (and used with his permission).  It won a first place ribbon at Houston.  This quilt is raw edge applique over a black background.  None of the pieces overlap so the black background peeks through.

Mary’s one piece of advice for quilters is: take advantage of every workshop or seminar you can manage (especially Thread Therapy), because so much can be learned from a variety of quilting teachers.

Images care of Mary Hildebrand

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  • 3. Michele (11 July 2015 at 12:07 p.m.)

    Absolutely stunning!! I also thought it was a photograph!
  • 2. E O'Shea (10 July 2015 at 12:50 p.m.)

    absolutely amazing
  • 1. Laurie (10 July 2015 at 9:45 a.m.)

    Oh my goodness. This popped up in my newsfeed and I thought it was a photograph because I'm from San Antonio and went there every summer ever since I was a little girl. This is beautiful! Laurie

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