Next up we have the complete Modern Quilt Guild’s exhibition as part of the annual exhibitions at Quilt Market and Quilt Festival 2015 in Houston. No explanation needed, so enjoy!
Sherri Lynn Wood‘s new book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters is not like any other quilting or sewing book. I like the tagline as much as the book: “A Guide to Creating, Quilting and Living Courageously”. There are no specific projects shown step-by -step, long a formula in sewing and quilting books. That would not work here as it would take the improv out of improv! Sherri Lynn Wood‘s unique solution to this dilemma is a combination of a meditation on improv quilting, and a guidebook to the world of improv, through the use of “scores”.
The “scores” are a way for readers to create their own unique quilts “from a set of parameters as a guide” that act as a starting point. It doesn’t constrain you from being unique and improvisational, just sets you on a path and you can go where you want. Never fear, she does cover techniques, both improvisation and patchwork as well as finishing techniques, and she also explores aspects and moods of color in detail. What is quilting without color?
This book is thoroughly original in its format, tone and content. A perfect union to the subject matter of creating original improv work. The photography by Sara Remington is scrumptious.
Over 250 quilters signed on to test quilt the ten scores for the book. In the end only 22 quilts made it into the book though all of the quilts undoubtedly informed the final version of the book. And we can show you some of the other quilts here. And I am sure more will be popping up in modern quilt shows around the country as I have seen many already in the exhibitions at QuiltCon and other regional shows. Here are just a few from the score “strings”. To see more from the strings score than I can show, here is a link to them on Daintytime.
You can also visit these sites to hear more about the different techniques shared in the book and see more of the inspiring creations to come out of Sherri’s workshops.
May 4: STC Craft – Score for Rhythmic Grid Gallery
May 4: Plaid Portico – Score for Strings Gallery
May 6: During Quiet Time – Test Quilter Amy Friend
May 8: Wise Craft Handmade – Score for Get Your Curve On Gallery
May 11: Studio Notes – Test Quilter Penny Gold
May 13: Quiltville – Score for Modern Block Improv Gallery
May 15: Peppermint Pinwheels – Test Quilter Stacey Sharman
May 18: Quirky Quilts – Test Quilter Kim McPeake
May 20: PoppyPrintCreates – Score for Patchwork Doodle Gallery
May 22: The Last Piece – Test Quilter Sara Fielke
May 25: Cauchy Complete – Score for Layered Curves Gallery
May 26: Diary of a Quilter – Score for Bias Strip Petals Gallery (you are >HERE<)
May 28: Getting Stitched on the Farm – Score for Improv Round Robin Gallery
May 29: Spoonflower – Score for Showing Up Gallery
May 30: Fresh Modern Quilts – Test Quilter Rossie Hutchinson
Time to show you Luna Lounge! We will resume our coverage of the QuiltCon Exhibitions later this week. Luna Lounge, my newest fabric collection with Andover Fabrics, is handsome and playful at the same time, but what I like best is that it is so usable, goes great with solids and almost any color. (I like it with LOTS of color!) I’m also pretty fond of the main border print. Here are the three color ways and then I’ll tell you how it came to be.
The inspiration came from some of the brush strokes in the Japanese calligraphy I studied for a decade. There is this one movement we used to call “chun”, and I would do pages of it to warm up. It resembled a crescent and it was fun to practice interlocking them. Well, playing with that shape on my iPad drawing with my finger, I decided to try and make a design out of it. The half way mark kind of represented where the energy changed in the brushstroke–going down, then lifting up. I came up with the main print first and then went from there. In the end I realized the whole thing was a bit lunar, so with the help of my “namers” we came up with “Luna Lounge”.
Here are the individual prints in the end:
The “triad stripe” came from the triangles left over from making the “fleur luna” below
AND, what is really fun is that the main print for Luna Lounge in blue can also be had for phone and iPad cases and skins of all flavors at DecalGirl. I always go for the bumper case myself, and decals for my charger so it doesn’t get mixed up with everyone else’s!
Fantastic exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles of antique Ohio Amish quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley collection. I’m going to let the beautiful quilts do the talking here, but first you must know that the exhibition is on until March 1st, 2015, and is comprised of over 40 bed, crib and doll sized quilts made between 1880 and 1940. Stunning. Absolutely stunning.
We will cover the quilts in the Antique Ohio Amish Quilts exhibition from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection in two postings and then will cover the accompanying exhibition, Amish: The Modern Muse, comprised of with modern quilts inspired by the Amish tradition.
What fun! Several of the Modern Quilt Guilds in the San Francisco Bay area were invited to participate in a curated special exhibition called Amish: the Modern Muse. It was to accompany the main exhibition, Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection at The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The Plaid Portico will be covering that exhibition in total in the next few weeks. Preview: AMAZING! And it goes until March 1st 2015 so if you are anywhere in the area, it is a must see.
And before I also cover Amish: the Modern Muse, I will show you the quilt I made and tell you a little about it. The challenge was to do a modern take on the Amish quilt traditions. I wanted to start with a traditional Amish quilt block and then, have it become more and more improv as the quilt went down. And I couldn’t resist some stripes at the bottom.
I used all Andover Fabrics Inc. textured solids. They have this nice weave to them that I thought would make it feel more like I was using traditional woven fabric. It’s slightly thicker than quilting cotton and has a softness after it’s washed. Sort of like a woven flannel. I was going to use traditional Amish colors, then I decided to go more random and scrappy and use colors I had left over from coordinating fabrics to my Pop Rox collection. In the end the colors reminded me of a circus so I named it Circus Improv.
I quilted it myself very simply and the only thing that made sense to me with this piecing was stitch-in-the-ditch. So voila, the 6th quilt I’ve made. There are plenty more in the works though. I am quite honored to be in the show with many really fantastic quilts which I am excited to show you, so stay tuned… And thank you for allowing me to share my humble quilting journey with you!
Sort of sad to finalize coverage of the exhibitions at PIQF 2014. The final quilts come from a number of categories, including the special exhibition on Maps, and Mountain Art Quilters. Have a few more exhibitors on the docket to cover over the next few months so stay tuned.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
What a scrumptious day at Alden Lane Nursery to see their annual “Quilting in The Garden” show. Beautiful quilts hanging all over their vast property amongst the flowers and trees, all blowing in the wind!
First some shots of the whole scene and then we’ll zero in on a few quilts (only a fraction unfortunately!). Photography a little challenging as one is looking up taking photos against a sunny sky, so we’ll show you what we can, and enjoy the dappled light. If you’re in the area, don’t miss this event next year!
Featured artists this year were local celebrities Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, and from Oregon, Jean Wells and the Quilt of Sisters. There were also quilts by local quilters, some with booths. There certainly were beautiful quilts everywhere. Kind of dreamy! Take a gander….
On my annual summer visit to western NY, my Dad had planned an outing for us to Palmyra to the “Alling Coverlet Museum“. I wasn’t actually sure what a coverlet was and my Dad’s descriptions didn’t help, but it sure was a fun thing to do given my passion for fabric, textiles and quilting. And in the category of “I never met a textile I didn’t like” he was right. These woven spreads had been a fixture from childhood and seeing a whole collection of them and the looms that made them was intriguing.
There is a rotating display of these coverlets here and it takes six years to go through them all, so there is always something new up. And the Pops bought me the museum book American Coverlets and Their Weavers by Clarita S. Anderson which is brilliant as it seems to have the best of the best of the six years of coverlets in there. Most of these coverlets were made between 1820 and 1880 and the books covers the origins of the weavers and it divided up by state–New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, the Virginas and Indiana. They also have a room of quilts and other textiles of course! (Doesn’t everybody?)
So glad to finally show you the “Baby Rox Grow” quilt! Ann Haley designed this oh-so cute-quilt, I pieced the top, Angie Woolman quilted it and we got it to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh just in time. I love Ann’s quilt pattern designs and she’s coming out with a line of them we’ll be sure to keep you updated on.
It’s a quick modern baby quilt that has a measuring tape ribbon included for clocking an ambitious baby’s growth. Ann Haley has experience writing quilt instructions for quilting books and magazines and has had several of her own projects published in magazines.
We’ve put together a kit to make this quilt at my Etsy store for $49.75, which includes the pattern, all the fabric for the quilt top and the binding, including the cotton measuring tape ribbon. Optional to get a coordinating Pop Rox fabric for the backing also.
I have included extra photos here to show off Angie Woolman‘ s quilting. Enjoy!
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.