Happy Friday, everyone! This has been a short week for me in the office as I just returned from Los Angeles where I was taking care of some family business. But while I was there I managed to work in a short visit to QuiltCon West 2016 put on by the Modern Quilt Guild, and I want to share some of the things that caught my eye (click photos to enlarge). To see a full list of the competition winners, click here.
David Bowie quilt by Holly Hickman
This David Bowie tribute quilt by Holly Hickman (Instagram @thisiswhatido) was made after he died on January 10, which is pretty astounding. It was not in the quilt exhibit but was part of Moda’s booth showcasing its Grunge Basics collection.
Robert Kaufman Fabrics’ booth at QuiltCon 2016
The Robert Kaufman Fabrics booth “highlighted” the Kona Cotton Solids 2016 Color of the Year, a particularly modern shade of yellow called Highlight. This is a special edition color available for a limited time, so if you like it, go get it!
My Brother’s Jeans by Melissa Averinos, Best of Show at QuiltCon West 2016
Melissa Averinos won best of show for My Brother’s Jeans, which she made using pieces of her brother Michael’s jeans that she kept after his suicide in 2009.
detail of No Value Does Not Equal Free by Molli Sparkles and Jane Davidson
No Value Does Not Equal Free, designed and pieced by Molli Sparkles and quilted by Jane Davidson, received Best Machine Quilting, Framed [longarmed]. The piecing is actually a scrappy trip around the world pattern, and the title comes from Sparkles’ estimation of how much the quilt is worth ($2,252.40 AUD).
Floor Plan by Pam Rocco
This was a fun quilt to spy — Pam Rocco wrote about how she designed Floor Plan in her regular QN column “Words to Quilt By” for our April/May 2014 issue, and I worked with her on writing the free pattern for it that’s available on our website. I lived with that quilt hung on the wall of my cubicle for a few days, so it was like seeing an old friend. Congrats, Pam!
Hillary Quilton by Diana Vandayer
For Hillary Quilton, Diana Vandayer used Hillary Clinton fabric she bought in Thailand about nine years ago and made traditional blocks that had the words girl, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and lady as well as references to places such as New York and Arkansas in their titles to document this period in American political history.
The One for Eric by Chawne Kimber
The One for Eric by Chawne Kimber, which received first place in the Improvisation category, was another quilt inspired by current social and political events; this, for me, exemplified the notion of a “modern” quilt. Both it and Hillary Quilton, as well as My Brother’s Jeans, were mentioned in a very good article published last week in the Los Angeles Times.
special exhibit of quilts by Molly Upton at QuiltCon West 2016
In addition to a special exhibit of quilts by keynote speaker Gwen Marston, there was a display of quilts by Molly Upton (1953-1977).
Watchtower (1975) by Molly Upton
detail of Watchtower
Following are some of the many other quilts I found interesting.
Kill It with Fire by Libs Elliott, quilted by Rachael Dorr
Graphics 1 by Kerri Green
Young Prince (Charming) by Stacie Dolin
Considering the subject matter of Young Prince (Charming) – rock legend Prince — I know the choice of purple thread was intentional.
Central Pivot by Kim Eichler-Messmer
The design of Central Pivot was inspired by irrigation systems common in the U.S. as seen when flying overhead.
detail of Central Pivot
Enthusiasm by Rossie Hutchison and others
Enthusiasm was pieced improvisationally in one session by Rossie Hutchison, Jenna Brand, Lynn Harris, Emily Schildhouse and Dorie Schwarz, and quilted by Harris.
This Quilt Is Our Quilt by the Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild
And of course, another big part of the fun of attending quilt shows is seeing people you know, or at least recognize.
I’m pretty sure that’s Anna Maria Horner giving a demonstration.
Here I am with Crystal Nilpirom in the Windham Fabrics booth.
Catching up with Mary Fons at the end of a long day for us both.
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