Good Vibrations

2019 Good Vibrations, 44” x 46”

2019 Good Vibrations, 44” x 46”

The past month has been quite busy in the quilt department as I worked hard to complete several quilts for shows. The first one I want to share is called Good Vibrations and was made to submit to the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall.

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This piece started out as the center section which was made with leftovers from Rhythm of the Rails two years ago. I put together the leftovers in a medallion style and then it hung on the design wall for two years. Sometimes things just need to marinate I guess! Anyway, I realized the submission date was only a week out and wondered if I could make something in that time frame. Starting with partial top, even though it was only about 18’ square, was a little kick in the pants to get me going.

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I gathered likely fabrics and started cutting strips to no particular size, then started sewing them together. Then I cut and sewed, and cut and sewed, ad infinitum.

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Usually when I make a quilt I have plenty of time to consider possible names, but this one was going so quickly I had a hard time deciding on something. I do always feel like this type of improv makes me feel like it’s a musical rhythm. It’s also a bit jazzy as there are unexpected notes every now and then. I was posting about it on Instagram when I got a comment that the quilt was “vibratory” and that’s what clicked and made me think of Good Vibrations. I think it’s the perfect name because it really is all about the joy of creation.

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Improvisation is all about saying yes to the possibilities and this quilt represents the pure joy in that. Enjoy!

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QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit

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Just a note to say that I’m so excited to report that 70s Child will be included in the 2019 QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit. This is something I’ve been hoping for for a long time. I can’t find a website with the info on when and where yet, but I have heard that it’s going to France, Australia, South Africa and more! That’s really cool. I have never had one of my quilts go out of the country before. I’ll post more when I find out details.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2018 :: Part 2

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

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.  

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit

QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit

QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit

QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit

Made You Look exhibit by  ab-strakt-ed

Made You Look exhibit by ab-strakt-ed

Made You Look exhibit by  ab-strakt-ed

Made You Look exhibit by ab-strakt-ed

Made You Look exhibit by  ab-strakt-ed

Made You Look exhibit by ab-strakt-ed

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Words Unbound by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild

Words Unbound by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild

Words Unbound by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild

Words Unbound by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild

Words Unbound by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild

Words Unbound by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild

Words Unbound by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild

Words Unbound by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild

Words Unbound by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild

Words Unbound by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild

My favorite from the Stitchin' Post Employee Challenge

My favorite from the Stitchin' Post Employee Challenge

Kona Color of the Year Challenge

Kona Color of the Year Challenge

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Simply Moderne Magazine

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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!  

Quilt Week in Central Oregon

SOQS 2017

SOQS 2017

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.  

African Rhythms in the Storybook exhibit (silent auction fundraiser at the show)

African Rhythms in the Storybook exhibit (silent auction fundraiser at the show)

Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever in the Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild Periodic Table of the Elements exhibit (for sale).

Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever in the Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild Periodic Table of the Elements exhibit (for sale).

Autumn Meadow in the Central Oregon SAQA exhibit (NFS)

Autumn Meadow in the Central Oregon SAQA exhibit (NFS)

Aussie Medallion (for sale)

Aussie Medallion (for sale)

Dancing in the Streets (for sale)

Dancing in the Streets (for sale)

Walking the Dogs (for sale)

Walking the Dogs (for sale)

Wild Abandon (for sale)

Wild Abandon (for sale)

I'll be posting here about all the activities, but here's a few photos from last year's show to whet your appetite. 

Stitchin' Post 2017

Stitchin' Post 2017

Tamra Dumolt's Featured Quilter exhibit, 2017

Tamra Dumolt's Featured Quilter exhibit, 2017

Modern Quilt Guild exhibit, 2017

Modern Quilt Guild exhibit, 2017

Sue Spargo's exhibit, 2017

Sue Spargo's exhibit, 2017