Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century

Happy New Year!  Today I am very happy to be a stop on the blog tour for the new book published by the Modern Quilt Guild, Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century.  This book is like a fantastic trip to QuiltCon, except you don't have to leave your house.  It includes some of the best modern quilts from the past decade.  You can order the book at the link above.  I have two quilts in the book (pages 93 and 170) and couldn't be more thrilled to be included with so many fellow quilters who I admire.  To see the other stops in the blog tour click here.

The Spectrum of the Ordinary

The Spectrum of the Ordinary

The Spectrum of the Ordinary was first shown at Pacific International Quilt Festival 2015, then QuiltCon 2016, and was featured in an article in Simply Moderne Magazine Issue 5.  You can read about the making of the quilt here.  You'll also find mentions of it here and here.  

Waiting for Sanity

Waiting for Sanity

Waiting for Sanity was a Judge's Choice winner at QuiltCon 2017, exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and the International Quilt Festival Modern Quilt Guild Showcase in 2017, and was featured in an article in Fons and Porter's Modern Patchwork in the Sept/Oct 2017 issue.  I am so happy that it not only is included in the new book, but will also be touring with the Modern Quilts exhibit this year.  You can find the touring calendar here

Read about the beginnings of this quilt here.  It started in a workshop with Gwen Marston.  And here's how it ended up.  Here's the post about getting the Judge's Choice.  Here's the post about the Modern Traditionalism category at QuiltCon.  It is truly amazing to me that this quilt has had such a wonderful year.  This exposure would never have happened without the support and encouragement of the Modern Quilt Guild, so I'm very thankful to be a member.

Reflecting on 2017

Instagram 2017 Best Nine

Instagram 2017 Best Nine

The past month has been so busy, that it's only now in the last hours of 2017 that I am able to reflect upon the past year.  I didn't make quite as many quilts as usual, because I've done a lot of other types of art- watercolor, acrylics, stitching, etc.  However, when I went through the quilt photos of the year I discovered more than I thought would be there.  There are likely a few others I've missed.

Many of these were made for various challenges that I did.  The last few were directly related to American politics this year.  These first two are quilts that I finished recently and haven't even done a proper introduction of.  I plan to do posts about them soon, so look for that.  For the others, I've added links to previous blog posts about them where applicable.  

Usually by now I've got a general idea of where I plan to go creatively in the new year.  This time I feel unsure about where I want to focus in 2018.  Every year I look forward to the down time that comes with winter and I hope I'll have time this January and February to consider my options.  I think that once again there will be fewer quilts.  I still struggle with finding places to store them.  I have whittled my stash down a bit this year and will keep doing that, but some of it will probably go to donation quilts or quilts for sale.  I have a few challenges that I plan to do, but fewer than this year.  We'll see how it all turns out in about 365 days!  For comparison here's last year's compilation.  

Thank you for supporting me, reading the blog, and purchasing from my shop.  I am grateful for each and every one of you.  Happy New Year!

Rhythm of the Rails

Rhythm of the Rails

Arches and Tunnels

Arches and Tunnels

Rhythm of the Rails and Every Last Piece have not been really talked about on the blog yet, but there are some in progress shots here and here.  Every Last Piece will likely be offered for sale at some point, please contact me if you are interested.  Arches and Tunnels got an in progress post here, but the full discussion will come in the new year.

Every Last Piece

Every Last Piece

Nested Star-Crossed Strings

Nested Star-Crossed Strings

Shards of Glass

Shards of Glass

Black and white quilts aren't something I'm known for, but I had a Facebook customer ask for a quilt similar to an older one that she had bought for a friend.  She wished she had kept it for herself.  I made the second version of Nested Star-Crossed Strings and then made Shards of Glass from the leftovers.  You can read more here and here.

Cadmium, Titanium and Cobalt Forever

Cadmium, Titanium and Cobalt Forever

Community Quilt

Community Quilt

I love making red, white, and blue quilts.  Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever was inspired by my quilt guild's challenge called "Periodic Table".  You can read about that one here.  I made a couple of community quilts this year, but I liked this one best.  You can read a bit about it here.

All Things Being Equal

All Things Being Equal

Modern Halloween

Modern Halloween

All Things Being Equal was donated to the SAQA Benefit Auction.  Read all about it here.  Modern Halloween was made with leftovers from a Halloween quilt I made for myself.  I still haven't finished the binding on that one, but this one is in the shop and can be found here.

Dancing in the Streets

Dancing in the Streets

I Like Pie

I Like Pie

Dancing in the Streets was made for another quilt guild challenge.  This one was simply called "Log Cabins". I did my favorite variation.  You can read all about it here.  I Like Pie is my quilt for the Undercover Quilters exhibit inspired by Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Ryan Stradal.  You can read about that one here.

Oglethorpe Square

Oglethorpe Square

Once Upon a Quilt

Once Upon a Quilt

Oglethorpe Square crosses a boundary between the Modern Quilt Guild and SAQA.  It was inspired by this year's trip to QuiltCon in Savannah, Georgia, but was made for the SAQA Central Oregon challenge called "Pathways".  You can read about it here.  Once Upon a Quilt was made as a fundraiser for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  You can read about it herehere, and here.

Only One Earth

Only One Earth

Civic Duty

Civic Duty

2017 was the year of the political quilt for me.  I spent the first few months of the year making these quilts as responses to the 2016 election.  It was a tough time.  They are all hand stitched while I listened and watched in horror as a new administration was brought in, one that promised to destroy all the good things in our country.  Many of my fears came to pass.  Some are still to be decided.  I never thought I'd be much of a political artist, but the strong feelings brought out the activist in me.  

You can read about Only One Earth, #hashtagsofourtime, and She Persisted here.  Civic Duty was made as a donation to the Quilter's Alliance Voices Contest.  Only One Earth and #hashtagsofourtime have not been shown in public yet.  She Persisted was shown in the QuiltWorks gallery this fall and got some good comments.  You can read about these quilts herehere, and here.

#hashtagsofourtime

#hashtagsofourtime

She Persisted

She Persisted

2017 Holiday Tails Art Fair

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Hello Friends! 

I am working like crazy to get ready for the Holiday Tails Art Fair this weekend.  I finished up these ornaments above and below.  Some of them will be for sale at the fair. I want to keep a few, but it's hard to decide which ones to keep!   The Folk Art Friends ornaments above were an alternate colorway I put together to show the variety of colors and stitch you can use.  These were printed with brown ink on ivory linen.  The ornaments below were created with free hand embroidery on wool.  The free form embroidery is tricky and I kept wishing I had lines for guidance, but I like how they turned out.  I now admire even more the work by some of the embroiderers I follow on Instagram (especially Adam Pritchett).

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In other news, I have been learning some new bookbinding stitches over the past month or so.  These are really fun to make.  The first two photos show some of the postcards books I made. I used modern art and quilt postcards from my stash.  

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The newest type of stitch I've learned is called the buttonhole stitch.  This stitch is created with a delightful little cutout in the spine of the book.  These are truly lovely, special journals.  All of my journals have been created with acid free artist's paper.  Some have drawing paper, some have heavier paper suitable for wet media.  Some have a variety of paper for those who might want to experiment.  All of the journals come with a handwritten label indicating which paper is which in case you find something you want to get more of.  These are all for sale in the shop for the next few days.  I'll close the shop starting on Friday for the weekend when I do the art fair and unsold items will be re-listed on Monday December 11.

PS- I managed to finish the quilt from the previous post and submitted it along with two others for QuiltCon.  I'll post about them when I get a chance after the art fair.

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Quilt Alliance Voices Auction

The Quilt Alliance contest auction is going on right now.  My quilt "Civic Duty" is in the first group of quilts for which the auction ends Monday morning.  Check out all the fabulous quilts here and please bid if anything strikes your fancy!  You can read about the making of my quilt here.

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