Are you attending QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, Texas, this weekend? If so, count yourself lucky. Tickets to the second large conference produced by the Modern Quilt Guild were a hot commodity before they even went on sale, and our Facebook and Instagram feeds have been “blowing up” (as the kids say) with #QuiltCon-tagged images and updates.
Winners in the juried competition were announced Thursday morning, and the top three prizes shown below demonstrate both how modern quilters define their aesthetic and techniques as well as how the movement continues to evolve. [Click on images to enlarge them.]
Best of Show went to Kathy York of Austin for iQuilt.
Best Machine Quilting was awarded to Katie Pedersen of Seattle, Washington, for Diving Geese.
The Coats Award of Quilting Excellence went to Marla Varner of Sequim, Washington, for Coral Reef.
Congrats to all who showed their quilts at QuiltCon! We look forward to seeing more from the show and the people behind it.
Even though none of us got to attend QuiltCon in person, we feel as if we’re there in spirit via collector Bill Volckening, whose collection of super-groovy quilts from the 1970s is one of the special exhibits. Bill wrote an article for our current February/March 2015 issue about the collection (click here to learn more) and is also doing a live web seminar called “Modern Materials: Quilts of the 1970s” on February 27.
“When I first saw 1970s quilts, I was completely infatuated with the strong colors, but there was something more,” Bill said. “The quilts were remarkable cultural artifacts representing a great quiltmaking revival in America. I think you will discover the quilts of the 1970s to be relevant as they are vibrant.” Join him* to learn more about this increasingly popular area of quilt collecting (before they become scarce and the prices go up!). Click here to learn more about the web seminar.
*If you can’t attend the online event on February 27, you can still register for the web seminar and access it afterward on-demand and at your convenience.