The Bias Tape Applique Challenge, sponsored by Panasonic at QuiltCon 2015 was a cool idea and some great quilts resulted, as you will see. QuiltCon, is you are just tuning in, is a now-to-be-annual conference sponsored by The Modern Quilt Guild.
We will have coverage coming up of the piecing, minimalist and negative space categories.
Yes, handwork and modern quilting do go hand in hand. Actually almost all quilting traditions and techniques can be seen in some way in the quilts at QuiltCon and other modern quilting exhibitions. Maybe it’s the aesthetic that defines the modern quilting “movement”?, and that in itself is also broad. But there is definitely something going on! And I like it.
The Handwork category was sponsored by Sulky. There was more than one quilt (and even in other categories) that were made as a call to create quilts using one of Sherri Lynn Wood’s improv scores from her new book The Improv Handbook for the Modern Quilter. To honor that we’ll start out with one of Sherri Lynn Wood’s quilts and will end, as usual, with the winners of the category.
Here are the quilts from the handwork category, QuiltCon 2015:
We will be continuing our coverage of the quilts from QuiltCon 2015, but first I have to share with you about this year’s Stitch Modern show for those in the area:
The East Bay Modern Quilters are proud to present Stitch Modern 2015, our 4th annual quilt show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. As a group, East Bay Modern focuses on modern design and personal expression through quilting. As a non-juried show, there are no hard rules – this is quilting our own way, whether it’s with the latest fabrics and traditional patterns, or free piecing with no pattern at all!
We hope you will join us! Click the links below to find out more about our exciting events.
March 27th – April 25th
Piedmont Center of the Arts
801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA.
Gallery Hours: 12pm-3pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. (The gallery will be closed on Easter, April 5th.)
March 27th: 6pm-9pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Opening Reception – Join the artists for an evening of fun, food, and celebration. There will be a book signing with Sherri Lynn Wood presenting her new book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Signed books by Roderick Kiracofe and Eli Leon will also be available.
April 12th: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Stitch Up – An afternoon of sewing in memory of Deanna Davis Come and celebrate the life and passion of our friend, Deanna, by helping to make quilts for her favorite charity, The Children’s Quilt Project. Fabric kits will be provided, just bring your sewing machine or bring your own fabric donation. People new to sewing are welcome!
April 16th: 7pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Lecture: Biased and Edgy: My Career in Quilts, a lecture by Joe Cunningham $10 collected at the door, doors open at 6:30pm
April 18th: 10am-4pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts
Workshop: Modern quilts with a message: Designing quilt blocks for today’s stories with Kathryn Clark. $85 (registration required)
April 19th: 12:30pm-5pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Family and Community Activity Day – includes quilting demos
Quilts clockwise from top left: Tara Faughnan, Joel Ignacio, Linda Hlady, Stacey Sharman, Terri Carpenter, Patricia Smith, Kristen Takakuwa
Invitation Design by Kim Andersson
Here we have the second installment of the improvisation category of quilts from QuiltCon 2015, including the award winners in this category. Scroll down!
One of my favorite categories, here are half of the quilts from the Improvisation category this year at QuiltCon 2015. The other half, including the prize winners will be up next post. Several of these quilts were also test quilts from Sherri Lynn Wood‘s new improvisational quilting book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. We’ll be giving you a preview of that also here on the Plaid Portico in a few posts. It’s really wonderful.
Please enjoy all the joy in these quilts!
Now we have quilts from the Modern Traditionalism category from the QuiltCon exhibition. We will follow in the coming weeks with all the categories, and then the special exhibits. I’ll be putting the prize winners for each category at the end in case you’re wondering! The rest of the quilts are in a random order.
These quilts are as described– modern but incorporating a traditional quilt block pattern. Entrants to the show could submit as many quilts as they wanted, and after they were selected, the quilts were put into categories by QuiltCon. What makes them “modern”? Always a good discussion. For this purpose QuiltCon describes modernizing as “applying design elements such as alternate grid work, asymmetry, color, scale.”
Next up after this, we will have all the quilts from the Improvisation category. While you’re waiting, feast on Modern Traditionalism: