Upcoming Shows

Rhythm of the Rails

Rhythm of the Rails

Good news to report! These two quilts will be included in a couple of upcoming shows. Rhythm of the Rails will be at World Quilt New England, August 15-17 in Springfield, Massachusetts. That will likely be itโ€™s last outing.

Good Vibrations has been juried into the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, October 31- November 3.

PS- Do you see how these two quilts are related?

Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

QuiltCon 2017 :: Minimalist Design & Modern Traditionalism

Emanuel: At the Intersection of Hate and Guns by Thomas Knauer ( @thomasknuaer ) (detail below)

Emanuel: At the Intersection of Hate and Guns by Thomas Knauer (@thomasknuaer) (detail below)

I am almost embarrassed to just pop back in and start where I left off 2 months ago.  Wow- I never intended to have such a long delay.  In any case, I've been busy with general life and high intensive quilts with lots of hand work.  It's been hard to imagine spending a couple of hours at the computer to do a blog post.  What makes it even worse is that I actually had this one as a draft with the photos ready to go.  Oh well, here goes!

Minimalist Design

The quilt above with the detail shot below is a stark reminder of the hateful gun violence that we see all too often.  This is quilted with a map of the area surrounding Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, SC.  The detail below shows the church and nine crosses for each person killed that day.

Dipped Dimension by Kathleen Probst ( @mod_in_your_eye )

Dipped Dimension by Kathleen Probst (@mod_in_your_eye)

These two free form abstract shape quilts are really interesting.  The eye catching colors above feel like they tell a story.  The quilt below is more calming and simple.  I love them both!

Quartered A (1/x) by Stephanie Ruyle ( @spontaneousthreads )

Quartered A (1/x) by Stephanie Ruyle (@spontaneousthreads)

Migration Quilt by Kristi Schroeder ( @initialkstudio )

Migration Quilt by Kristi Schroeder (@initialkstudio)

These two quilts almost appear to be cousins to me.  Even the titles seem to be related.  Migration = Relocation.

Relocation by Season Evans ( @s.d.evans )

Relocation by Season Evans (@s.d.evans)

Gradient in Denim by Mathew Boudreaux ( @misterdomestic ) (detail below)

Gradient in Denim by Mathew Boudreaux (@misterdomestic) (detail below)

This is such a gorgeous quilt.  The weaving makes this a double sided quilt.  I kept coming back to it again and again.

Modern Stripes by Felicity Ronaghan ( @felicityquilts )

Modern Stripes by Felicity Ronaghan (@felicityquilts)

Simple colorplay is always interesting to me.  I love the bold nature of this quilt.

Skewed Symmetry Quilt by Katie Pedersen ( @sewkatiedid ) (detail below)

Skewed Symmetry Quilt by Katie Pedersen (@sewkatiedid) (detail below)

Oh my gosh, I just love this quilt!  I might have been my favorite in the show (but perhaps I've said that before?).  I can't get enough of the improv design and alternating background.

Modern Traditionalism

Autumn Hours by Daisy Aschehoug ( @warmfolk )

Autumn Hours by Daisy Aschehoug (@warmfolk)

Daisy's quilt won 3rd Place in Modern Traditionalism.  I love the colors and the play on the traditional hourglass design.  Guess what!  I just got to meet Daisy in person and it wasn't at QuiltCon.  It was at the SAQA conference in Lincoln, NE.  She's a delightful person and an amazing quilter.  I can't wait to see more of her work in the future.

Arches by Leah Pahlmeyer 

Arches by Leah Pahlmeyer 

Arches is inspired by the Alhambra in Spain.  Again, I love the colorplay here.  

Come Closer by Jessie Stampfli

Come Closer by Jessie Stampfli

Come Closer is inspired by a sunset bouncing off a modern high rise window.  

Imp by Leanne Chahley ( @shecanquilt ) (detail below)

Imp by Leanne Chahley (@shecanquilt) (detail below)

I had seen this quilt on Instagram and was delighted to see it in person.  The machine quilting is especially fantastic.  It is in essence what I would call a liberated quilt.  It reminds me very much of a the liberated medallions of Gwen Marston.  

Walking the Dogs by me!

Walking the Dogs by me!

I had two quilts in the Modern Traditionalism category.  Waiting for Sanity is now in an MQG exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles until July 16 if you happen to be in the area and want to see it up close.

Waiting for Sanity by me! Judge's Choice Award 

Waiting for Sanity by me! Judge's Choice Award 

Judge's Choice for Waiting for Sanity

I'm back from Savannah and getting back into things here at home.  Today I'm just popping in to report that Waiting for Sanity won a Judge's Choice award from Judge Kristy Daum!  That was such a wonderful surprise.  This quilt was inspired by the free range triangle quilts of Gwen Marston and was started in a class with her last year,  So, again, I am indebted to Gwen for the inspiration.

Here are links to two previous blog posts about this quilt:  

If you want to see all the winners, check out this post by the Modern Quilt Guild.  Any time I go to a show there are always fabulous quilts that I don't remember seeing, so it's great that we can go back and look at posts after the fact.  I'll be posting my photos and impressions from the show over the next week so stay tuned for that.

Auld Lang Syne 2016

For the Watchers and Dreamers

For the Watchers and Dreamers

So, I got an idea that I would do one of those compilation posts that many bloggers do at the end of the year.  It's pretty amazing to see all the creativity in one place.  There are also many items I didn't include here- community quilts, fabric postcards, small artworks, ornaments, etc.  These are many of my favorite quilts and paintings of the year.  It's been a lot of fun.  I don't know what the new year will bring art-wise, but I'm sure it will be a good one creatively.  

Walking the Dogs

Walking the Dogs

Waiting for Sanity

Waiting for Sanity

Rock the Block

Rock the Block

Wild Abandon

Wild Abandon

The H Quilt

The H Quilt

Wild Geese over Australia

Wild Geese over Australia

Here and Now

Here and Now

Magic at Dusk

Magic at Dusk

Spirit Tree

Spirit Tree

Royal Raven

Royal Raven

Sun Cat

Sun Cat

Moon Cat

Moon Cat

Rainy Day Blues

Rainy Day Blues

Doodle Dog

Doodle Dog

Halloween Chevron I

Halloween Chevron I

Halloween Chevron II

Halloween Chevron II

Happy

Happy

The Heart of Lightness

The Heart of Lightness

Nautical

Nautical

Patchwork Landscape

Patchwork Landscape

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

The Library

The Library

This Way Please

This Way Please

Tripod

Tripod

Community Quilt

Community Quilt

Community Quilt

Community Quilt

Community Quilt

Community Quilt

Fancy Birds

Fancy Birds

Friends in the Garden

Friends in the Garden

Tiger Cat and Friends

Tiger Cat and Friends

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

In the Garden

In the Garden

Blue Dog and Friends

Blue Dog and Friends

Purple Cat and Friends

Purple Cat and Friends

Quilt for Pulse

Quilt for Pulse

Birds and Berries

Birds and Berries

White Dog and Friends

White Dog and Friends

Who's That?

Who's That?

Brown Dog and Friends

Brown Dog and Friends

Christmas Kitty

Christmas Kitty

Blue Pitcher

Blue Pitcher

Forest Friends

Forest Friends

Brown Horse and Friends

Brown Horse and Friends

QuiltFest Goes Mod!

For the Watchers and Dreamers 41" x 41"

For the Watchers and Dreamers 41" x 41"

It was so beautiful this evening that I took a lovely walk and checked the mail afterwards.  In the mail was the news that these two quilts will be heading to QuiltFest Goes Mod at QuiltFest Oasis Palm Springs and Pacific International Quilt Festival!  Hurray!

The other day I noticed that the notification date was coming up, but then I forgot about it. I think I assumed it would come by email.  So that was a nice surprise and a great way to start the weekend.  Hope you are having a lovely weekend where ever you are!

Tranquility 51" x 54"

Tranquility 51" x 54"