Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Quilt Festival: Innovative Aplique Quilts

Today I'm going to take you on a little stroll around the Innovative Appliqué section of Quilt Festival in Houston, TX.
First place went to Molly Hamilton-McNally for Reborn. This needle turn appliqué piece represents Molly's journey from darkness and depression to light and happiness through the art of quilting.

Reborn by Molly Hamilton-McNally @ Quilting Mod
Reborn by Molly Hamilton-McNally

Charming Chinz, a completely hand-done "welcome the family" for a very fortunate daughter-in-law, was awarded second place. Linda Roy is sure a mother-in-law to beat all. Any bachelors with a mother like that fill the top rungs of the eligible bachelor ladder.

Charming Chinz by Linda Roy @ Quilting Mod
Charming Chinz by Linda Roy

Gouldians in the Jade Vine gives the viewer a glimpse into Ruth's tropical Australian garden, with its jade vines and Gouldian finches. Techniques employed include hand appliqué, confetti piecing, embroidery, and machine quilting.
Gouldians in the Jade Vine by Ruth Bloomfield @ Quilting Mod
Gouldians in the Jade Vine by Ruth Bloomfield
If there were an award for best use of unprecedented materials, I could see Rodeo by Cathy Wiggins taking it home by a wide margin. Given that I just made up that category, it was awarded an Honorable Mention instead. Cathy long-armed layered deer hides and appliquéd hair-on cow hides by hand through hand-punched holes.
Rodeo by Cathy Wiggins @ Quilting Mod
Rodeo by Cathy Wiggins
What's the most unconventional material you've ever used in a quilt?
See you later for more Quilt Festival fun!
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Epic Diaper Bag

It's been said that quilty friends make the best friends. I'm inclined to agree.
I celebration of the upcoming birth of my third child (who has now been born), my dear friends Renee Hoffman of Quilts of a Feather and Sara Walker joined forces to make me a treasured baby gift.
Quilts, rather than bags, are more my forte, so I was very excited that they were so generous of their time and talents.
I love the luxurious Cotton + Steel prints and ample pocket allotment. It holds all my things. I was inspired to make a coordinating diaper changing pad. Unfortunately, throwing a project with iron-on vinyl in the drier is not a very good idea. Now it looks more like a raisin.
Enough about me (and my mishaps); let's talk about my impressive compadres. The quilting may be less apparent from the front, but Renee's workmanship is astounding.

I'd consider having another baby just for a bag like this. Oh wait, that's just the mommy brain acting up again.
Thank you so much Sara and Renee. You guys are awesome!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Quilt Market Continued

I'm back with more coverage from Quilt Market in Houston. Prepare for more pretties!
Jackie Mcfee's collection for Camelot Fabrics, With Love, has understated beauty within its muted corals and neutral hues.
 It's the epitome of class subtle and feminine softness.
When I say "Wildland" I'm usually referring to my household that includes three youngsters; but in this rare instance, that's not what I mean. Wildland is actually a cheery, Native American-inspired fabric collection by Miriam Bos for Birch Organics.

Emily Isabella's latest children's collection, Homestead, is based on agrigarian themes. It isn't gender specific, which makes it perfect for creating handmade gifts for yet-to- be born babes with parents who want to be surprised.
Quilting Treasures used the Festival of Stars Block of the Month by Pine Tree Country Quilts to showcase their Ombre Scroll fabrics, which will be released in March.
Now, let's talk about Luke. He unveiled his virgin fabric line for Moda, Dapper, at Market.

I shouldn't, but I'm going to go there. By "there" I mean jumping off the platform of political correctness, and into a pool of controversy. I completely understand if you want to grab you towel and take off, but come along if you want to take a swim. Here's a picture intermission for you to decide.

Does anyone else see irony behind a line of fabric that has been curated by someone who uses reclaimed materials from consignment stores to create their own work? Or is this akin to feed sack reproduction fabrics or Anna Maria's Luminous?
Is Luke beloved because he is a handsome young man, in spite of his desire to be treated with sameness and regularity, or is it based solely on his background education, innate talent, and unique aesthetic? Is being a minority in the field of quilting a benefit that makes one less likely to be scorned for using (gasp!) raw-edge appliqué and cast-off materials? Does it capture the favorable attention of fabric manufacturers, podcasters, long-arm companies, and editors? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

Perhaps Modern Quilting is filled with conundrums.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Giveaway Winners

Congrats to Joyce and Kathryn, who have both won Little House totes in my latest giveaway. Please e-mail your mailing addresses to aftonwarrick@hotmail.com.

I follow via Bloglovin. I love Anna Marie Horner's new collection. Thanks for the giveaway.
I follow you via bloglovin. I think Anna Maria Horner's fabrics are always winners. thanks for the show.

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Quilt Market: American Made Brand & Robert Kaufman

Let's get back to the latest and greatest from Quilt Market! This is where industry professionals find out about the swankiest products for their quilt shops, and it all takes place in Houston, right before the awesome quilt show referred to as Quilt Festival.
American Made Brand had a vibrant booth chock full of quilts.
American Made Brand at Quilt Market @ Quilting Mod
This one is Sassafras Lane's new paper-pieced block of the month, Empire Place.
American Made Brand at Quilt Market @ Quilting Mod
Robert Kaufman has some tempting new lines. Angela Walters introduced Fragmental. If you missed my post from her Schoolhouse Session, go ahead and check it out. The quilt shown is Fractured Fragments, a free download.
Fragmental by Angela Walters for Robert Kaufman at Quilt Market @ Quilting Mod
Carolyn Friedlander showed off her classic architectural style with Carkai. Can you tell she's a bit of an introvert, given the camouflage fashion?
Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman at Quilt Market @ Quilting Mod
Liesl Gibson unveiled her Woodland Clearing cotton lawn collection, due to stores early next year. The prints recreate her beautiful watercolor paintings.
Woodland Clearing by Liesl Gibson for Robert Kaufman at Quilt Market @ Quilting Mod
Elizabeth Hartman has a new line of fabric, Pacific, as well as some funky patterns including Legendary (right) and Fancy Forest (left).
Pacific by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman at Quilt Market @ Quilting Mod
Don't you just love them all? Conveniently, I have a giveaway that might help you get your hands on a little of each, even though some of the fabrics aren't even in stores yet!
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Quilt Market Schoolhouse & Giveaway

The day before Quilt Market officially opens, Schoolhouse takes place. Authors, fabric designers, and  others do a short spiel on their soon-to-debut products. The opening session featured Andover's Little House on the Prairie fabric lines: Scenics & Icons, Prairie Flowers, and Walnut Grove. For more detailed information, see the Market newsletter.
Because I adore my readers, I'm offering two chances to win a Little House Tote. If you aren't a follower yet, it's not too late. Check out your subscription options in the sidebar on the right. To get in the running, leave a comment below letting me know how you follow my blog and what you think of the new collections in this post. For an additional entry, share the giveaway on social media, and leave a link in the comments. I'll pick a winner on Nov. 17 using a random number generator.
I attended Angela Walter's session about her new fabric line, Fragmental. There are quite a few projects to go wit the collection, in an assortment of sizes. Below Angela is holding rock Candy.
The collection contains an ingenious panel that looks like you spent all day piecing.
Except you don't have to.
Here's Hailey's Stars...
and Faded Stripes...
in two color ways.
Anna Maria Horner showed off her new collection, Fibs & Fables. This collection is rooted in vintage fairy tale illustrations with a moody color palette chosen to convey the balance between tragedy and joyful resolutions. If you've been looking for the perfect print for Rapunzel's hair, here's the collection you've been waiting for!
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Quilt Market: Andover

Andover is coming out with some of my favorite prints this season. Lizzy House's newest collection, The Lovely Hunt, was inspired by medieval tapestries. Except no animals are harmed in her version. Prints from her out of print Oh, Pilgrim collection also make a reappearance.

 The Cross-Gartered Quilt shown below is a free pattern download.
Alison Glass was promoting an assortment of all-too-tempting patterns and fabric collections including Sun Print 2016, Abacus, Handcrafted Indigos, and Jersey Knits.

Does anybody else wish their budget would keep up with this gal's ability to design awesome fabrics?
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