Friday, March 6, 2015

Quilt Con - Favorites

I'd like to show you around a few of my favorites from the Quilt Con show. I immediately took a fancy to What's the Frequency, Love? by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill. The concept of representing a frequency was pure ingenious, but it's the technical skill employed in making this small quilt is impeccable too. Each pieced line must have been 1/4" or less, and all of the matchstick quilting matched the fabric colors. The workmanship is insane!
What's the Frequency, Love? by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill @ Quilting Mod
What's the Frequency, Love? by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
Here are the small quilt winners of 1st to 3rd place, hung from left to right respectively.
CPU by Katherine Jones was my favorite in the Bias Tape Challenge. It appeals to both my computer-geeky side and my neon-loving, child of the 80's side.
CPU by Katherine Jones @ Quilting Mod
CPU by Katherine Jones
How about a closer look at the machine appliqué and big stitch quilting?
CPU by Katherine Jones @ Quilting Mod
CPU by Katherine Jones
I can't help but appreciate the great graphic design, limited color palette, and complimentary quilting on the MQG raffle quilt.
I love Kathy York's i Quilt, which was awarded Best of Show.
i Quilt by Kathy York @ Quilting Mod
i Quilt by Kathy York
i Quilt by Kathy York @ Quilting Mod
i Quilt by Kathy York
It's also a two-fer.
i Quilt by Kathy York @ Quilting Mod
i Quilt by Kathy York
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Quilt Con: Trends Part III

Welcome back to my three-part series on the trends of Quilt Con. If you missed my pervious posts, check them out here and here.


Put a Ring on It

Gemstones were prevalent, which is fine by me. This may be just the excuse I need to snatch up some Cotton + Steel Moonlit Gems.
Facets by Liz Harvatine

Architexture

If urban landscape is your thing, you're in luck. Architecture has had a sizable impact on modern quilt design.
Building Bridges by Jacquie Gering
Barn Remnant by Kim Eichler-Messmer

Irregularities

Be forewarned, I'm about to make a bold observation that is merely my perception and a generalization at that. I completely understand if you hold a completely differing opinion. Traditional quilt shows typically praise the merits of near-perfection, pristine points, meticulous detail, and the ability to accomplish the seemingly impossible through countless hours of painstaking effort coupled with years of experience over all other aspects; modern quilts are valued more for their ability to evoke a response through a dramatic original design.I have heard this emphasis on design reiterated by others in the blogosphere. Christa of Christa Quilts said, "I enjoyed viewing so many original compositions and appreciate that there was such an emphasis on aesthetics and design." Lee shared her perspective on her blog Freshly Pieced, "In my own opinion, design is the single most important element of a modern quilt, and it seemed clear that the show organizers held that opinion as well." Janie Vangool, editor of Uppercase magazine, was one of the three judges at Quilt Con. She had many insightful suggestions in her recap, but she did note the importance of craftsmanship by writing, "An extremely high level of craftmanship and technique is possible--and breathtaking to see--but perhaps was more rare than I was anticipating considering we were viewing quilts to be judged."
I'm not going to serve in the role of quilt police to point out specific examples in anyone's work. My opinion with regard to others' quilts is that if it doesn't bother you, it doesn't bother me. Everyone has differing levels of obsessive compulsion and technical experience. However, I would venture to say that offenses such as not tying off and burying your quilting threads, truncated points, slightly mismatched seams, less-dense machine quilting, or a few misplaced half square triangles will not put you out of the running for being juried into a modern-minded exhibition of quilts.


Rainbow Brightness

Modern quilters don't seem to be terribly apprehensive so it's no wonder that they love using bold, saturated colors -- all of them!
Huckleberry by Rebecca Bryan

Gaggle of Geese by Janice Ryan

This concludes my series on the trends of Quilt Con. Would you agree with my assertions, or have you observed otherwise? What commonalities of the Quilt Con quilts did you notice?
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Quilt Con: Trends Part II

I'm back with more observations from Quilt Con. If you missed my first set of trends, feel free to check them out too.

Circles or Quarter Circles

Drunkard's Path blocks of all arrangements seemed to be everywhere. While this compositional unit has been around since the 1800's, I have noticed a recent resurgence. It's difficult to derive how this came about, but some possible instigators are Leanne Charley, Amanda Hohnstreiter,
Angela Pingel who wrote A Quilter's MixologyJen Carlton Bailey, Latifah Saffir, and Cheryl Arkison.
Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter

Breathe by Leanne Chahley

Pixel Prowess

Pixels came on the scene a bit ago, but they are still going strong. If you want to try this yourself, I recommend watching the free Craftsy class and checking out my previous post on the subject.
Pixel Pusher II by Caro Sheridan

Little Brother by Stacey Murton

Put a Word on It

Literally making a statement is another trend that has maintained popularity. Messages ranged from emotionally-charged statements like "I AM A WOMAN WHOSE CHILD IS DEAD" (Self-Portrait: Year Two (Beneath the Surface) by Penny Gold) to song lyrics such as "TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?"
Blackbird Fly by Krista Hennebury

I'm going to make a trilogy of my observations, so please come back tomorrow to see the rest.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quilt Con: Trends Part I

In my explorations of the quilts at Quilt Con, I set out to discover what made the quilts juried into the show stand out amongst the thirteen-hundred entries submitted, and be selected to represent modern quilting. I did notice a few trends.

Free Motion

Some of the quilts at Quilt Con featured some really impressive quilting. I loved the combination of straight lines and pebbles in this charity quilt.
Down by the Edinburgh MQG in Scotland, Quilted by Tatanya
The use of free-motion shadow designs in this piece is jaw-dropping. What an incredibly generous gift this MQG quilt will be!
Here's another. I'm sorry there weren't any attributions on the display of charity quilts. Please comment if you know who is responsible for these incredible creations.

The show also boasted some exceptional free-motion skill. The secondary designs created on Moving Target add another layer of artistry.
Moving Target by Christine Perrigo
How about a scoot back to see the full effect? The transparency of this Bias Tape Challenge quilt makes it even more mesmerizing.

Moving Target by Christine Perrigo

As Seen On...

Many of the quilts at Quilt Con gave me a sense of deja vu, as I remembered them from recently-released publications or blog posts. Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced who co-authored Vintage Quilt Revival, Christa Watson of Christa Quilts, and Amy Garro of 13 Spools who wrote Paper Pieced Modern were well-represented, among others.
Chandelier by Lee Heinrich
Freeflow by Lee Heinrich
Wavelength by Lee Heinrich
March: Modern X by Christa Watson
Icy Waters by Amy Garro

Ceiling Tiles by Amy Garro
Moccasin by Anne Marie Chany of Gen X Quilters
Moccasin by Anne Marie Chany of Gen X Quilters

Straight-Line and Matchstick Quilting

I would go so far as to say the majority of quilts at Quilt Con employed some form of straight line quilting, be it matchstick, big-stitch hand quilting, or parallel lines.
Ascend by Nicole Neblett

Ceiling Tiles by Amy Garro
Building Bridges by Jacquie Gering

If you attended Quilt Con or have followed the action online, have you noticed these characteristics, or are there others that stood out to you? I'll be back tomorrow with the continuation of my observations, so I hope you'll come back soon!
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Odds & Ends

My menagerie has a new addition, Mr. Hippo. (Clever and original name, right?) He was designed by Juliet at The Tartankiwi, and will be released shortly.
Hippo by Juliet @ The Tartankiwi @ Quilting Mod
Why did I need a hippo? If you remember Mr.Elephant, you might realize that he's been a little lonely pinned up to the wall, all by his lonesome, ever since October. I hope that if he has a friend, others might join him, and someday there may be a whole zoo of animals pieced together into a quilt.
Elephant by Juliet @ The Tartankiwi @ Quilting Mod
I used the same batiks to bring some continuity to the two. Yes, I realize batiks aren't viewed as the most modern material, but they are pretty, and I got a little bit carried away at an inventory reduction sale so it's time to consume.
Unrelated to my growing animal population, I've sent away one Super-Sized Scrappy Tiles Block. At 24" square, it's a big one! Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs asked for a scrappy, monochromatic look in her favorite color, blue.
Super-Sized Scrappy Tiles Block by Meadow Mist Designs @ Quilting Mod
I've received my quilt top back from the Modern Quilting Facebook Group Round Robin. I love all the fun details everyone added.
Modern Quilting Facebook Group Round Robin @ Quilting Mod
I'll be back soon with some insights from Quilt Con, so don't be a stranger!
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