blue ribbon from state contest
keeps her interested in quilting
Helen E. McKinney
BEDFORD, Ky. (August 2012) Brandy DeAngelino
of Bedford, Ky., has created quilts of all sizes, shapes and colors.
For her, it is the creative process that piques her interest in each
Figuring out the design, picking the colors and fabric, and putting
it altogether, intrigues her when it comes to quilt making, she
said. Being able to stitch what her minds eye depicts is a gift
she has shared with others many times over the years as a quilter and
barn quilt artist.
displays her award-
Birds in the Air.
She likes sharing her talent with others who also possess
a passion for quilting. When first wanting to learn to quilt, she joined
the Trimble County Homemakers Association a decade ago and is currently
president of this organization.
Her membership with the group has paid off in terms of experience gained
and opportunities afforded her. DeAngelino took home a blue ribbon in
May from the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association State Cultural
Arts competition in the Miniature Quilts Division. The competition was
held in Lexington, Ky., on May 14-17.
DeAngelino entered a quilt known as Birds in the Air. It was no larger
than 12x14 inches and was displayed on a wrought iron stand.
She thinks part of the reason the quilt snagged a blue ribbon is because
of the tiny pieces of material that were used to make it. Color design
also played a big part in her selection as a blue ribbon winner, as
she used four to five different shades of purple in the miniature quilt
The piece was based on a pattern for a full-size quilt,
she said. Her composition is a miniature version of a pattern rendition
of Birds in the Air by Eleanor Burns, and based on the traditional triangle
block. Burns is well-known in the quilting world for developing a method
to create eight blocks at a time, using the Two Block method of quilting.
One advantage to stitching miniature quilts is that they obviously dont
require as much fabric as larger full-size quilts, DeAngelino said.
After making so many big quilts, miniature quilts are a challenge
to me, she said.
DeAngelino has matted and framed many of her miniature quilts and had
quite a bit of success selling them at the Apple Tree Studio in Bedford
and Artful Gifts, Etc. in Carrollton, Ky. Shes also had good response
selling them at the annual Apple Festival in Bedford.
Once they are matted and framed, they are really popular,
said DeAngelino. Many people dont have room for a large
quilt in their house. These miniature quilts can be hung like pictures.
Many times people think her work is a painting. You have to see
it to believe it, said Dinah Marshall, owner of Artful Gifts,
Marshall said DeAngelinos work is one-of-a-kind. She designs
a lot of her patterns.
There are a variety of ways she does things. You can tell shes
very patient and she definitely has an eye for color.
Artful Gifts, Etc. carries DeAngelinos work on consignment, along
with the work of other local artists. Marshall said she tries to carry
mostly Kentucky artists. The business is located next to the Carroll
County Chamber of Commerce in Carrollton.
DeAngelinos creative works fit in well with the hand-made décor
of Artful Gifts, Etc., which includes woodturned items, wrought-iron
work, throws, lanterns, porcelain bird feeders and pen and ink drawings.
Marshall first became acquainted with DeAngelino and her work while
Marshalls mother was a member of the Trimble Thimbles, a quilting
club of which DeAngelino is also a member. DeAngelino puts a lot
of thought into the colors and how she groups things, said Marshall.
There is a lot of imagery. You can tell she loves doing what she
DeAngelino must have picked up her talent naturally, because she said
her own mother was an excellent seamstress. But by the time
DeAngelino took an interest in quilting in 1996, her mother was well
advanced in age and told her she would have to learn to do it
She read many books on quilting and when she moved to Trimble County,
Ky., from San Diego, she visited the Trimble County Extension Office
to see what kind of classes she could take. DeAngelino became involved
with a local quilting group and has been creating quilts ever since.
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