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 it’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

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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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!  

Home from QuiltCon

Rhythm of the Rails

Rhythm of the Rails

My quilts just arrived home from QuiltCon so I thought I'd share the judge's comments which I always find interesting.  My comments follow.

Rhythm of the Rails was in the Improvisational Category.  

  1. very cohesive overall
  2. quilter's voice shines through pattern
  3. colors are chosen well

I really like comment #2 for Rhythm of the Rails (more photos here) because I think that's true.  This one really feels like me.  It's also nice to know they thought the design was cohesive and that the colors are chosen well.  As far as the colors, they were pretty intuitive for me.  I didn't plan anything out or create a palette before starting.  I started with some scraps and picked out cut yardage to go, but I also had other colors I didn't end up using.  In this design, there was a very particular tomato red (one of my favorites) that I was running out of and just couldn't find the right substitute for.  My friend Jan gave me a piece that she had in the just the right color and I think it makes the quilt.  You might have another idea of what color makes the quilt.  Jan actually told me she thought it was the mustard color that did it.

    Arches and Tunnels

    Arches and Tunnels

    Arches and Tunnels was in the Small Quilt Category.

    1. quilting supports the theme
    2. color palette is cohesive
    3. variation in sizes of arches and tunnels energizes design

    My favorite comment for Arches and Tunnels is #3 (more photos here).  It was my intention from the beginning to make the sizes vary.  None of this was cut from templates so that was pretty easy to do.  I used a fold and cut technique, but it was all cut freehand.  I also like that they thought the quilting supported the theme. I was actually unsure of that.  The color palette on this one is cohesive, but also awfully bold.  If I had started this one today I think I would have toned it down a bit.  

    QuiltCon was really just a two day affair for me this year as I left early to spend the weekend in San Diego with my daughter.  It was a good time though and I went to some amazing lectures.  I will have a couple of posts about the show coming up in the next few days.

    PS- Here's another post about judge's comments in case you're interested.

    Rhythm of the Rails

    Rhythm of the Rails (39" x 43")

    Rhythm of the Rails (39" x 43")

    Rhythm of the Rails is the third and final quilt that I submitted to QuiltCon this year.  It made the cut which made me very happy!  I really love this one.  Rhythm of the Rails was started in a class with Maria Shell.  During class the vertical arrangement started to remind me of railroad tracks.  This quilt represents the pure joy of playing with solid colors.  I can almost hear the rhythm in my head.

    Speaking of QuiltCon, I'll be there on Thursday, Friday and the first part of Saturday.  I have several lectures to go to, but I'm not taking classes.  I will also be taking my sketchbook out with me to sketch around town.  On Saturday I'm heading to San Diego to see my daughter and have a little R&R.  I'm looking forward to it!

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