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Bedford’s DeAngelino earns
blue ribbon from state contest

Creative process
keeps her interested in quilting

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

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 new project.
“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 mind’s eye depicts is a gift she has shared with others many times over the years as a quilter and barn quilt artist.

Brandy DeAngelino

Photos provided

Brandy DeAngelino
displays her award-
winning mini-quilt,
“Birds in the Air.”

Brandy Quilt

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 don’t 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. She’s 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 don’t 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, Etc.
Marshall said DeAngelino’s 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 she’s very patient and she definitely has an eye for color.”
Artful Gifts, Etc. carries DeAngelino’s 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.
DeAngelino’s 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 Marshall’s 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 does.”
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 herself.”
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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