This post is all about the modern quilts. There were a lot of fabulous modern quilts including those by the Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild, the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, the QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit, ab-strakt-ed, the Kona Color of the Year collection.
I've recently had two quilts featured in Simply Moderne Magazine. Waiting for Sanity was printed in Simply Moderne issue #12 in a gallery of quilts from the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival, Houston. Rhythm of the Rails was featured in Simply Moderne #13 (the current issue) in a gallery of quilts from QuiltCon. The funny thing is that I only came to know about both of these instances because my quilting friend Martha works at Barnes & Noble and keeps up on all the quilt magazines. What a treat!
Are you ready for Quilt Week? This is the biggest week of the year for quilters in Central Oregon and for thousands of visitors from all around the world leading up to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Saturday July 14. Activities happen all week, starting with the Quilt Walk Kickoff tomorrow, Sunday July 8; through a week of classes, lectures and events; and even past the show itself to Quilt Show Sunday on July 15. It's sure to be a fun week. I will be in Sisters for the show on Saturday and on Thursday to go to some artist receptions and meet friends. It should be lots of fun! Here's a link to the Show Guide.
I will have 7 quilts in the show this year, including several for sale. I have quilts in the Storybook special exhibit, the Central Oregon SAQA special exhibit, and the Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild special exhibit "Periodic Table of the Elements". There are also 4 in the general show that are for sale. If you see something that you like here I suggest you contact the show directly as they already have my quilts.
I'll be posting here about all the activities, but here's a few photos from last year's show to whet your appetite.
There were quite a lot of political and social justice quilts in the show. I don't have photos of all of them, but these really stood out to me. She Was Warned was a favorite and it really struck a cord with a lot of people because it won the People's Choice Award. This wonderful quilt has been hand quilted with the phrase Nevertheless, she persisted over and over again in the penmanship of 60 different American women. That's so cool!
A few posts ago I mentioned that the Youth category had some of the most exciting quilts in the show. All of the youth quilts in this post were created as part of the Social Justice Sewing Academy which is doing some amazing work in California to empower youth through textile art. It was these social justice quilts made by students that really struck a chord with me. America the Beautiful won First Place in the category. This quilt is so timely and sobering.
Born a Crime is a powerful piece created by a young black male student. This piece so eloquently depicts the feelings of the African American community.
This student was inspired by this quote by Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
This quilt is not only Juan's first quilt, it's his first sewing project ever. He was inspired by the gentrification happening in the SF Bay area. He says this will not be his last quilt. Of the many reasons to love the Social Justice Sewing Academy I think the most important is in getting young people to see textiles as a medium to explore their creativity and share their ideas.
This community quilt was created in art activist workshops with high school students. Pretty cool! I also love the design setting for the blocks.
Sadly, the inspiration for this quilt really doesn't need explanation. I'll just say that it was created with reverse applique to great effect. If you'd like to see more quilts from the SJSA click the link above and check out the quilt gallery.
This student has really hit the nail on the head with this one. It is hand pieced, hand appliqued, hand quilted and hand embroidered with machine quilted overall.
Feminist quilt was inspired by this quote from Hillary Clinton, "Women's rights are human rights and human right are women's rights." Sept 5, 1995. This was made for the Women's March in January 2017 and the maker wore it while marching that day. It was great to see it in person.
This is such a great minimalist quilt. I love the way the faded away part of the word has been quilted. She made this in response to the word feminist being use as an insult and worse. She says "we need to redirect the conversation back to what it means to be a Feminist- a proud human fighting for equality, opportunity and autonomy for all."
Jessica's statement says, "This work, and its message calls into question the role of Whiteness in our country and its relationship to who speaks and who listens, or who needs to speak and who needs to listen....Using reverse applique, the text cuts into the layer of white, like a skin revealing a blanket of red, a wound or bodily cut, addressing the physical trauma our country is enduring. The "blue" section of the flag is comprised exclusively of men's business shirts, incorporating notions of labor, collared workers (white and blue), classism and capitalism."
Well, that's it for the QuiltCon posts. I hope you've enjoyed them if you weren't able to attend the show. The last thing I wanted to mention is that I have updated the Threads of Resistance gallery showing my own political quilts if you haven't seen them yet.
One of the special exhibits I was really looking forward to was the AIDS Memorial Quilt: The Names Project. I had never seen any part of this in person before QuiltCon. This is a tiny fraction of the whole project. This is just 12 sections and the whole thing weighs 54 tons. One thing I never realized is how big the individual quilts are. The standard size is 3'x6', the size of a coffin.
This was incredibly moving and so full of love. Mary Fons curated this exhibit. With something so huge I have no idea how she was able to winnow it down to just 12 panels. Mary also did a lecture about this exhibit called The AIDS Quilt: Comfort, Compassion, & Change. If you ever have a chance to see her do a lecture it's well worth attending. She's so dynamic and even her serious lectures such as this one include humor and are very engaging. She talked about this history of the AIDS epidemic, the history of the quilt project and mourning quilts in general.