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QuiltCon wrap up and giveaway

February 27, 2013



Be sure to pop over to my main blog for my final post from QuiltCon, and a chance to win my QuiltCon giveaway!

Quiltcon Workshops

February 24, 2013

I’m still giddy! I just spent the  day at a Denyse Schmidt workshop on improvisational piecing. See those bags? Full of scraps … pick one without looking, and add it to your block. Only 1 rule – you can’t put anything back. Don’t like the color? or pattern? or size? Too bad … you’ve got to go with the flow. Trim and repeat until you’ve run out of time. What a wonderfully freeing and fun way to play with color and pattern.

These are the blocks the class made in the morning. In the afternoon we did more of the same, but this time we were allowed to use a favourite fabric that we brought from home. We also picked (blind) a solid that we were allowed to use as we wished in our block construction.

This is my result for the afternoon – I used the Pat Bravo floral from home and got a burgundy shot cotton as my solid. I was able to finish 6 blocks. I found it to be a very liberating and organic way to build a block. I’m determined to play with this more at home.

The other workshop I was able to attend at Quiltcon was a color workshop with Weeks Ringle (from Modern Quilt Studio). Weeks and her husband Bill started making modern quilts together in the 1990’s. In the workshop Weeks explained value, hue and saturation. She has do some color exercises based on paintings from the old masters, and then a fabric “smack-down” with a partner. She also had a number of  their meticulously planned and executed quilts and explained the color choices behind them.

Two completely different approaches to colour and quilt design … one analytical and structured (Weeks Ringle), the other organic and improvisational (Denyse Shmidt). I learned a lot from both of these very talented quiltmakers!

More pictures from Quiltcon

February 24, 2013

A few more amazing quilts to share …

Sing It Out Loud; Made and quilted by Karen Anderson-Abraham; Santa Barbara, California

Starburst; Made and quilted by Nicole Neblett; Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I Don’t Wear Blue; Made and quilted by Cinzia Allocca; Pierrefonds, Quebec

In Defence of Handmade; Made by Thomas Knauer, quilted by Lisa Sipes; Utica, New York

Flying Geese and Swans; Made and quilted by Lotje Meijknecht; Leiden, Zuid Holland, Netherlands

Unraveled; Made and quilted by Kati Spencer; Taylorsville, Utah

Untitled (Judge’s Choice); Made and (hand) quilted by Lindsay Stead; Toronto, Ontario

Double Edged Love (Best in Show); Made by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, quilted by Lisa Sipes; New York, New York

Pictures from Quiltcon

February 22, 2013

Just a few of the many beautiful quilts I saw today …

Adrift; Made by Tina Michalik, Quilted by Susan Spencer; Santa Cruz, California

Cool Blue Kona Modern; Made and quilted by Terry Aske; New Westminster, British Columbia

4 Birds; Made and quilted by Trisch Price; Overland Park, Kansas

Lines in Freedom; Made and quilted by Daria Blandina; Mira, Venezia, Italy

Add It Up; Made and quilted by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson; Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington

Log Pyramids; Made and quilted by Liz Harvatine; Toluca Lake, California

Fresh Plus; Made and quilted by Kathy York; Austin, Texas

Red Concentrate; Made and quilted by Lavialle Campbell; Studio City, California



February 18, 2013

Are you familiar with the work of Alissa Haight Carleton? Her quilts have a very recognizable modern aesthetic, and I was keen to try at least one of the quilts in her book Modern Minimal which came out last year.

I chose Boxes, one of several modern baby quilts in the book. I thought it would be ideal to showcase the organic sheep from Cloud 9. I used Kona Ash as the field color, and Kona Steel to sash the sheep. The other boxes are White sashed with Chartreuse (a perfect place to use my favorite green!) This is a very simple quilt to put together, as there are a relatively small number of pieces to work with. But the simplicity of the top presented me with some difficulty on how to proceed with the quilting.  I usually send my quilts out for edge-to-edge machine quilting, but thought this top needed something a little bit different.

And then I had a serendipitous exchange with one of my customers. Teresa mentioned that she had taken some FMQ classes with Angela Walters, and I knew I wanted to see what she could do. So I shipped my quilt top off with instructions to do “whatever you think will look best”.

It’s always fun to get a quilt back from the long-armer, even when I have a pretty good idea of what it’s going to look like. This time I had no idea what to expect, and it was especially exciting to open the package that got shipped back.

I was not disappointed. Look at those spirals! And the little squares around the boxes! Each box was custom quilted with a slightly different curve across its width. The sashing around the boxes was left unquilted so they stand out a bit. It’s densely quilted overall, and would stand up well as a playmat.

For the back I used a bit of the sheep and the Steel, along with more Ash. Thanks Teresa for the beautiful work!! If you want to contact Teresa, leave me a comment and I can send you her email address.

The book has 5 sections, each with 4 quilts. White Negative Space, Colorful Negative Space, Improvisational Piecing, Monochromatic Quilts and Baby Quilts. The cutting and piecing instructions for the quilt I made were clear and accurate. There are many more quilts in this book that I would like to try (if only I had the time!) If you’ve been looking for a way to ease into modern quilting, it would make a great addition to your library.

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