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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Road to California Quilt Show

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It’s always a thrill when a quilt comes back from a show with a ribbon. This time I did know about it ahead of time because a friend sent me a picture from the show, but otherwise it would have been a complete surprise. Rhythm of the Rails has had quite a time at the shows since last year. It’s been to QuiltCon Pasadena, AQS Fall Paducah, Pacific International Quilt Festival and now Road to California. It’s won a Judge’s Choice and an Honorable Mention. I may send it on to one or two other shows because there’s still time, but for now I’m very pleased! This is the first time I’ve entered R2CA and I have never been to the show, but I hear it’s a really nice one. I have had to cut down on my quilting travel a bit so I won’t be at QuiltCon in Nashville either, but I do have a quilt heading there: 70s Child. We’ll see how it does. In the meantime this quilt has pride of place right by the front door and I even hung the ribbon with it, just for a little while.

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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!  

70s Child

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70s Child, 39" x 51"

70s Child is a recent finish that I only started a couple of months ago.  I wanted to do a quilt based on improv curves.  These blocks were cut free hand with a rotary cutter and machine pieced.  I have done curves before, but never so many in one quilt.  It turns out I really hate doing them.  It's one reason the blocks sat for a bit before I got back to them.  I first made the small (approx 5") blocks, then made the four larger triple curve blocks in the upper right.  I set them aside to finish some other things, but every time I thought about getting them out I was turned off because I hated the process so much.  In the end I realized the design had potential and I should really just suck it up and finish it.  I made some more larger curved blocks (about 6"), then the rectangular blocks, and lastly the three largest ones at the bottom.  

I just found out that 70s Child was accepted into the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at IQF Houston this year, so that will be it's first outing as I need to mail it off soon.  I don't know why they need them so soon when the show's not until November, but there you go.

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It took me a little while to arrange them and start to put it together.  When the top was finished I machine quilted with dense straight lines (1/4" apart) which is my go to for abstract modern quilts.  It's not terribly original, but it's my thing.  I'm done trying to come up with some fabulous free motion design.  I really don't enjoy that and in the end I feel it can be limiting.  In this case, the quilting adds lovely texture, but no (or minimal) character.  I am not really interested in having someone else quilt it for an exorbitant price unless I am dealing with something too large for me.

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I finished it with a binding pieced from scraps and I really like the result.  By the way, the color palette started with the mustard yellow.  I added the reds, pinks and gray and then needed something else and turquoise just seemed to pop.  It started to remind me of the 70s while I was working on it.  Partly it was due to the mustard yellow/harvest gold color and partly due to the shapes.  Plus, I'm a 70s Child myself as I turned 6 in 1970.  So, don't expect any more improv curves from me, except perhaps in small doses.  

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