Unconventional & Unexpected by Roderick Kiracofe

An advance copy of Roderick Kiracofe‘s new book is in my hands, and wow!  It is another must-have.  Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000, a substantial book at 225 pages, is full of photos of 150 “eccentric, maverick and extraordinary quilts made predominantly by anonymous quilters”.  Ok, I clearly should not have read the inside cover before doing this review because it just says it all so perfectly. These quilts “represent a twentieth century quilt movement that remains mostly undocumented–until now…..these..represent a freer, more casual, soulful yet bold aesthetic..”.

Roderick Kiracofe COLLECTS quilts. Yes, I continue to be jealous of this.  Collecting fabric is great, but collecting whole quilts, ..yum!  The introduction is its own soulful rendition of Roderick’s journey to quilt collector and quilt authority.  There are incredible essays by quilters, quilt historians and curators that form the structure of the chapters, all sharing in the joy and importance of this collection in different ways.

I am interested in modern quilting, whatever that is. If one is given to speculate about the origins of the current modern quilt movement, with established quilters saying that it is nothing new, then this book sheds some light on the subject. For me, it is an exploration, through actual quilts, of the influences that decidedly are part of what we call modern quilting today.

These are mostly everyday quilts, created for warmth and utility. But what results are quilts that are outside of the box, improvisational, expressing the artistry of the maker. Each makes an indelible mark. Looked at not through current trends, but through a historical lens and a curator’s eye, these mostly anonymous, unique, one-of-a-kind quilts share so much love and history.

Reading this book or just leafing through the pictures is a journey of discovery itself. Thank you for sharing Roderick Kiracofe. This book is an important work. Highly recommend. Surpassed my expectations.

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe (without the slip cover)

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Duo of Jacquie Gering Workshops

How lucky am I that I got to do two Jacquie Gering workshops in a weekend. VERY, let me tell you!  They were organized by the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild (thank you!) and took place in the Quiltworks space (excellent–nice big design walls) Afterwards this blog went on a bit of a vacation as did I, and then we both decided to take more of the summer off to complete other things, but it’s about time now to get back so here we are.

First off, if you get a chance to take a workshop with Jacquie Gering, please do!  It’s not just working on a project. Her workshops are packed with fantastic techniques and tips and she really works the room helping everyone out with their project, with both technical and aesthetic concerns. And she carries on which charisma and aplomb. There is a reason she’s made such a name for herself. She’s got “it”.

I took both the “Stitch N Flip” and the “Building Bridges” workshops and no, I cannot show you the quilts I did in the workshops…yet.  I promise I will finish them, but you will have to wait. MUCH more interesting though, I have some pics of Jacquie’s block samples and quilts from the workshop to give you a taste.

If she won’t be coming out your way or you can’t wait and you don’t already have it, her and Katie Pedersen‘s book, Quilting Modern, covers a lot of these techniques.  You will laugh in her workshops, and you will chuckle at some of the notes in the book. If you are interested at all in modern quilting, this is an absolute must have.

Jacquie Gering

Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

from Jacquie Gering Stitch N Flip workshop

by Jacquie Gering

Stitch N Flip technique by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

Stitch N Flip technique by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

Blind Co-Pilot technique quilt by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

Stitch N Flip Blocks by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

A little preview of my efforts.  I’ll make something out of it soon I promise!

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Day 2! Building Bridges Workshop.

 Jacquie Gering

Jacquie Gering

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by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

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by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

A version of her Shattered Quilt by Jacquie Gering

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by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

The start of my Day 2 quilt…stay tuned…
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The improv Costa Quilt is done!

Well, this one has been in the works for quite a while. Technical difficulties, a sewing machine repair and also a new purchase coupled with interruptions with quilts that needed to be done for market put this wedding present way behind schedule, but happy to have finished it.  Included, and actually a starting point for the quilt, were the groom’s late mother’s fabrics chosen by the bride. I then bought more fabric that would go with the original strips and in the same palette.  Going for a tropical retro bohemian modern vibe. (?!)

A fairly busy improv piece I added solids on both the inside and then larger swatches on the outside, but I didn’t want to trap it inside a conventional border, so made the border also improv and asymmetrical and the quilting also asymmetrical.  Sometimes not sure if it’s all just a hot mess, or my take on a modern crazy quilt, but it was a labor of love and I just consider it a huge gift to be able to do this using my dear friend’s fabrics to make something for her lovelies for their wedding.

So here are some shots of the final product and in progress.

The Costa quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa quilt by Carol Van Zandt

strips for the Costa Quilt

strips for the Costa Quilt

The Costa Quilt in progress

The Costa Quilt in progress

The Costa Quilt in progress

The Costa Quilt in progress

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt 

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Quilt Market 2014 Projects

I didn’t get to go to Quilt Market this spring and I also didn’t exhibit at Surtex which is what I am usually doing during spring Quilt market.  It was a bit odd not being at either one but it couldn’t be avoided. I did however get some pics people sent or posted of the Pop Rox display in the Andover booth (thank you Daryl Cohen!) They did a great display!

I think we’ve covered many of the projects you see here, but we’ll highlight a few more, and truth be told, there are a few I don’t know anything about!  Later I am sure…

Pop Rox display in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2014

Pop Rox display in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2014

Pop Rox display in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2014

Pop Rox display in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2014

Pop Rox display in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2014

Pop Rox display in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2014.  

Pop Rox display in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2014

Pop Rox display in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2014.  Here I spy the Original scrap-Bag by Jamie Kalvestran in t he back and and the Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns in the front

We haven’t talked about that quilt on the top right on the blog yet. It is SUCH a cool quilt and was on the original sell sheets for the line and sold a ton of patterns. It’s the Cadence Quilt by Pink Hippo.  Designed by Vetmari for Pink Hippo, its dramatic, simple and modern.

Cadence Quilt by Vetmari for Pink Hippo

Cadence Quilt by Vetmari for Pink Hippo

Cadence Quilt by Vetmari for Pink Hippo

Cadence Quilt by Vetmari for Pink Hippo

Then in the middle we have the popular Pop Rox dress, a version of The Caroline Party Dress by Welcome to The Mouse House, next to the Geo dress/tunic by Olive Ann Designs. So cute, and that bag with it was created separately by Blackberry Quilts.  I think its a riot that they go together so well. Following are couple more close-up photos of the bag by Blackberry Quilts along with a cute as a button little backpack Stef from Blackberry Quilts made using the Pop Rox main border print.

Pop Rox display in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2014

Pop Rox display in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2014

Bag by Blackberry Quilts

Bag by Blackberry Quilts

Bag by Blackberry Quilts

Bag by Blackberry Quilts

Backpack by Blackberry Quilts

Backpack by Blackberry Quilts

That’s all for now!

The “Shattered Quilt” Needle in a Hayes Stack

Love this quilt!  Called Shattered, Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack designed this new pattern using Pop Rox and I couldn’t be more impressed!  Tiffany and I met at Fall Quilt Market and talked about working on a project together. I was so happy to get my hands on this quilt for a day last week to take a good close look after it was displayed at spring Quilt Market.  The design is so strong and works so well with Pop Rox. It’s different, and I think pretty versatile for lots of different kinds of fabric. AND the quilting is amazing, done by Darla Hall. 

And after the pics of “Shattered” I picked some of Tiffany’s other patterns to show you.  She is a designer, quilter, lecturer and teacher, and she works with several fabric companies designing patterns using their fabric lines. Tiffany also did a nice blog post about her projects at spring Market here.  Just click on any picture to be taken right to the pattern!

"Shattered" by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics, Inc.

“Shattered” by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics, Inc.

"Shattered" by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics, Inc.

“Shattered” by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics, Inc.

"Shattered" by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics, Inc.

“Shattered” by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics, Inc.

"Shattered" by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics, Inc.

“Shattered” by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics, Inc.

"Shattered" by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics, Inc.

“Shattered” by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover Fabrics, Inc.

More of Tiffany’s patterns here:

"Fans for Edith"by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack 66 x 86

“Fans for Edith”by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack 66 x 86

"Gaboodles" by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Water Garden and Textured Solids by Andover Fabrics 52x52

“Gaboodles” by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack using Water Garden and Textured Solids by Andover Fabrics 52×52

AND she has a block of the month. Here is Asteria, and she also has designed a tool to go with this quilt and help with the blocks, called “The Goddess Tool” (I want one, even just for the name!)

Asteria-Greek Goddess of the Stars, Block of the Month by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack

Asteria-Greek Goddess of the Stars, Block of the Month by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack

 

Sew Sundays Baby Quilt

Well I have finished a small and supposedly simple baby quilt for some friends and a very special little one. I designed it in Adobe Illustrator as a sort of plaid using the Pop Rox fabrics with white to keep it modern and clean.  Why it wasn’t simple was because I was sewing it and quilting it all myself and am still finding my way. And this is my first non-improv piece (which made me want to do a crazy improv next) But in the end I let all the little errors fall as they may and it’s still a cute little quilt.

And it’s pretty easy to make one like this using any fabrics you want.  It’s 44×44 so you can use a backing selvedge to selvedge (I was dying to use the Pop Rox main border print so this quilt was an excuse to do that!).  And I used either 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 inches for each column on each side. Hmmm, let me see what order it was in.  The horizontal was 7,5,2,3,4,6,8,9 and the vertical was…6,5,2,3,4,7,8,9.  But you can do whatever you want. This would also be really fun using all prints or using different colors of solids.

Pop Rox plaid baby quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Rox plaid baby quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Rox plaid baby quilt  by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Rox plaid baby quilt by Carol Van Zandt

 

back of Pop Rox plaid baby quilt  by Carol Van Zandt

back of Pop Rox plaid baby quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Rox plaid baby quilt  by Carol Van Zandt

Pop Rox plaid baby quilt by Carol Van Zandt

What was really fun about this is that I got to use the whole collection on the white color way…er I actually didn’t use the pink/melon zig-zag, but it was originally going to be the border, but then I found out the baby in question was a boy…so I went all traditional and did blue. But you know I know his dad wears pink so I should have been braver.

Pop Rox by Carol Van zandt

Pop Rox by Carol Van zandt

Meditation on Peonies

A little break here from fabric, sewing, quilting and the cool creative businesses and people behind them.  Time for…peonies!  Random? Not sure.  All I know is that there are peonies in the stores these days and the light was just hitting the ones we bought in an amazing way yesterday evening, so I took an instagram shot and exclaimed to the Jack-man that he should get his camera.  He’s a sucker for the right lighting and he was all over it, photography being one of his passions.   After he edited them and showed them to me I was just beside myself and I simply have to share. I’m not even going to select a few–you can see them all.

So good morning, good day, good evening, be inspired!

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