Modern Quilt Guild Exhibition at Quilt Market 2015

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!

Embers by Stephanie Ruyle

Embers by Stephanie Ruyle

Embers by Stephanie Ruyle

Embers by Stephanie Ruyle

DMMQG Twisted Sisters Quilt by Stephanie Ruyle and the guild

DMMQG Twisted Sisters Quilt by Stephanie Ruyle and the guild

DMMQG Twisted Sisters Quilt by Stephanie Ruyle and the guild

DMMQG Twisted Sisters Quilt by Stephanie Ruyle and the guild

Puddling by Amy Friend

Puddling by Amy Friend

Puddling by Amy Friend

Puddling by Amy Friend

Echoes by Leanne Chahley

Echoes by Leanne Chahley

Echoes by Leanne Chahley

Echoes by Leanne Chahley

Life in the ER Quilt by Hillary Goodwin, quilted by Emily Sessions

Life in the ER Quilt by Hillary Goodwin, quilted by Emily Sessions

Life in the ER Quilt by Hillary Goodwin, quilted by Emily Sessions

Life in the ER Quilt by Hillary Goodwin, quilted by Emily Sessions

Kintsugi I (Medallion) by Alexis Deise

Kintsugi I (Medallion) by Alexis Deise

Kintsugi I (Medallion) by Alexis Deise

Kintsugi I (Medallion) by Alexis Deise

Corsage by Stacey Day

Corsage by Stacey Day

Corsage by Stacey Day

Corsage by Stacey Day

Rain by Christa Watson

Rain by Christa Watson

Rain by Christa Watson

Rain by Christa Watson

5/325 by Hillary Goodwin

5/325 by Hillary Goodwin

5/325 by Hillary Goodwin

5/325 by Hillary Goodwin

Bullseye by Vicki Ruebel

Bullseye by Vicki Ruebel

Bullseye by Vicki Ruebel

Bullseye by Vicki Ruebel

Diamonds in the Rough by Tina Guthmann

Diamonds in the Rough by Tina Guthmann

Diamonds in the Rough by Tina Guthmann

Diamonds in the Rough by Tina Guthmann

Huckleberry by Rebecca Bryan

Huckleberry by Rebecca Bryan

Huckleberry by Rebecca Bryan

Huckleberry by Rebecca Bryan

Random Perfection by Wanda Dotson

Random Perfection by Wanda Dotson

Random Perfection by Wanda Dotson

Random Perfection by Wanda Dotson

Pineapple Variation by Alexis Deise

Pineapple Variation by Alexis Deise

Pineapple Variation by Alexis Deise

Pineapple Variation by Alexis Deise

Line Study #1 by Andrew Steinbrecher

Line Study #1 by Andrew Steinbrecher

Line Study #1 by Andrew Steinbrecher

Line Study #1 by Andrew Steinbrecher

Paper Cranes by Sylvia Schaefer

Paper Cranes by Sylvia Schaefer

Paper Cranes by Sylvia Schaefer

Paper Cranes by Sylvia Schaefer

Pointed Statement by Amy Friend

Pointed Statement by Amy Friend

Pointed Statement by Amy Friend

Pointed Statement by Amy Friend

Pixels by Ashley Nickels

Pixels by Ashley Nickels

Pixels by Ashley Nickels

Pixels by Ashley Nickels

Wavelength by Rebecca Bryan

Wavelength by Rebecca Bryan

Wavelength by Rebecca Bryan

Wavelength by Rebecca Bryan

Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad

Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad

Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad

Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad

When Oceans Rise by Amanda Hohnstreiter

When Oceans Rise by Amanda Hohnstreiter

When Oceans Rise by Amanda Hohnstreiter

When Oceans Rise by Amanda Hohnstreiter

Trimmings 2015-The Cog by Amy Gunson

Trimmings 2015-The Cog by Amy Gunson

Trimmings 2015-The Cog by Amy Gunson

Trimmings 2015-The Cog by Amy Gunson

Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher

Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher

Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher

Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher

Modern Amish II by Mickey Beebe, quilted by Tony McAuliffe

Modern Amish II by Mickey Beebe, quilted by Tony McAuliffe

Modern Amish II by Mickey Beebe, quilted by Tony McAuliffe

Modern Amish II by Mickey Beebe, quilted by Tony McAuliffe

Home by Jessica Skultety

Home by Jessica Skultety

Home by Jessica Skultety

Home by Jessica Skultety

Fruit Flavors by Mary Menzer

Fruit Flavors by Mary Menzer

Fruit Flavors by Mary Menzer

Fruit Flavors by Mary Menzer

Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter

Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter

Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter

Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood

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.

From The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood

From The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood

From The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood

From The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood

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.

Sunburst Quilt by Tara Faughnan. Oakland, CA.

Sunburst Quilt by Tara Faughnan.

Red Wine and Cheese by Madge Ziegler

Red Wine and Cheese by Madge Ziegler

Line Study # 4 by Drew Steinbrecher

Line Study # 4 by Drew Steinbrecher

Dancing Windmills by Meagan Buch

Dancing Windmills by Meagan Buch

Undoing by Elliot Turnbull

Undoing by Elliot Turnbull

"Untitled" by Tara Faughnan

“Untitled” by Tara Faughnan

Thinking of Spring by Bridget Bower

Thinking of Spring by Bridget Bower

Out My Window by Pam Pollock

Out My Window by Pam Pollock

Japanese String 2 by Heather Cameron

Japanese String 2 by Heather Cameron

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

Luna Lounge

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.

Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

Luna Lounge in blue by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

Luna Lounge in greys by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

Luna Lounge in neutrals by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

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”.

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Luna Lounge in progress by Carol Van Zandt

Here are the individual prints in the end:

"Moon Dance" Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

“Moon Dance” Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics. The border is on both selvedges.

"Triad Stripe" Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

“Triad Stripe” Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

The “triad stripe” came from the triangles left over from making the “fleur luna” below

"Fleur Luna", Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

“Fleur Luna”, Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

"Moonglass", Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

“Moonglass”, Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

"Twinkle", Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

“Twinkle”, Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

"Pinwheels", Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

“Pinwheels”, Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt LLC for Andover Fabrics

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!

Luna Lounge from DecalGirl

Luna Lounge from DecalGirl

Luna Lounge from DecalGirl

Luna Lounge from DecalGirl

Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection, Part 1

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.

Enjoy!

Log Cabin, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1880-90, unknown maker, Holmes County, Wool

Log Cabin, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1880-90, unknown maker, Holmes County, Wool

Log Cabin, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1880-90, unknown maker, Holmes County, Wool

Log Cabin, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1880-90, unknown maker, Holmes County, Wool

Ocean Waves, c. 1920. Purchased from Roman E. Miller, made by his mother. Sugarcreek, Holmes County. Cotton

Ocean Waves, c. 1920. Purchased from Roman E. Miller, made by his mother. Sugarcreek, Holmes County. Cotton

Ocean Waves, c. 1920. Purchased from Roman E. Miller, made by his mother. Sugarcreek, Holmes County. Cotton

Ocean Waves, c. 1920. Purchased from Roman E. Miller, made by his mother. Sugarcreek, Holmes County. Cotton

Nine Patch Variation "Winter Quilt", 1884. Unknown maker. Initialed and dated in the quilting "R.T. 1884". Know County. Heavy Wool.

Nine Patch Variation “Winter Quilt”, 1884. Unknown maker. Initialed and dated in the quilting “R.T. 1884”. Know County. Heavy Wool.

Nine Patch Variation "Winter Quilt", 1884. Unknown maker. Initialed and dated in the quilting "R.T. 1884". Know County. Heavy Wool.

Nine Patch Variation “Winter Quilt”, 1884. Unknown maker. Initialed and dated in the quilting “R.T. 1884”. Know County. Heavy Wool.

Sampler, c. 1890-1900, Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Sampler, c. 1890-1900, Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Sampler, c. 1890-1900, Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Sampler, c. 1890-1900, Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow Variation, dated 1914. Made by Marian Yoder. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow Variation, dated 1914. Made by Marian Yoder. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow Variation, dated 1914. Made by Marian Yoder. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow Variation, dated 1914. Made by Marian Yoder. Holmes County. Wool.

Tumbling Blocks, c. 1900-10.  Ann K. Yoder, formerly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Purchased from Sam E. Hershberger. Holmes County. Wool.

Tumbling Blocks, c. 1900-10. Ann K. Yoder, formerly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Purchased from Sam E. Hershberger. Holmes County. Wool.

Tumbling Blocks, c. 1900-10.  Ann K. Yoder, formerly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Purchased from Sam E. Hershberger. Holmes County. Wool.

Tumbling Blocks, c. 1900-10. Ann K. Yoder, formerly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Purchased from Sam E. Hershberger. Holmes County. Wool.

Broken Star, c. 1925-30. Made by Katie M. Yoder, mother of Mrs. Henry A. Raber Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Broken Star, c. 1925-30. Made by Katie M. Yoder, mother of Mrs. Henry A. Raber Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Broken Star, c. 1925-30. Made by Katie M. Yoder, mother of Mrs. Henry A. Raber Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Broken Star, c. 1925-30. Made by Katie M. Yoder, mother of Mrs. Henry A. Raber Baltic, Holmes County. Cotton.

Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, c. 1890-1930 (top made c. 1890, incorporated into the quilt, c. 1930). Unknown Maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, c. 1890-1930 (top made c. 1890, incorporated into the quilt, c. 1930). Unknown Maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, c. 1890-1930 (top made c. 1890, incorporated into the quilt, c. 1930). Unknown Maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Zig Zag Nine Patch Variation, c. 1890-1930 (top made c. 1890, incorporated into the quilt, c. 1930). Unknown Maker. Geauga County. Cotton.

Diagonal 16-Patch, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Purchased at auction of Burkholder Family. Cotton.

Diagonal 16-Patch, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Purchased at auction of Burkholder Family. Cotton.

Diagonal 16-Patch, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Purchased at auction of Burkholder Family. Cotton.

Diagonal 16-Patch, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Mt. Hope, Holmes County. Purchased at auction of Burkholder Family. Cotton.

Log Cabin Crib Quilt, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1910-15 (top). Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin Crib Quilt, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1910-15 (top). Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin Crib Quilt, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1910-15 (top). Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin Crib Quilt, Light & Dark Variation, c. 1910-15 (top). Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Courthouse Steps Center Medallion Crib Quilt, c. 1910-20 (bottom) Unknown maker. Bunker Hill, Holmes County. Wool.

Courthouse Steps Center Medallion Crib Quilt, c. 1910-20 (bottom) Unknown maker. Bunker Hill, Holmes County. Wool.

Courthouse Steps Center Medallion Crib Quilt, c. 1910-20 (bottom) Unknown maker. Bunker Hill, Holmes County. Wool.

Courthouse Steps Center Medallion Crib Quilt, c. 1910-20 (bottom) Unknown maker. Bunker Hill, Holmes County. Wool.

Chinese Coins, c. 1930-40. Unknown maker. Plain City, Ohio. Cotton.

Chinese Coins, c. 1930-40. Unknown maker. Plain City, Ohio. Cotton.

Chinese Coins, c. 1930-40. Unknown maker. Plain City, Ohio. Cotton.

Chinese Coins, c. 1930-40. Unknown maker. Plain City, Ohio. Cotton.

Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps Variation, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps Variation, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps Variation, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps Variation, c. 1880-90. Unknown maker. Holmes County. Wool.

Ocean Waves Variation, c. 1930-35. Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Ocean Waves Variation, c. 1930-35. Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Ocean Waves Variation, c. 1930-35. Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Ocean Waves Variation, c. 1930-35. Unknown maker, Holmes County. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing with Zig Zag Border, dated 1928. Made by Mrs. Albert V. Schlabach (Christina Yoder Schlabach) Benton, Ohio. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing with Zig Zag Border, dated 1928. Made by Mrs. Albert V. Schlabach (Christina Yoder Schlabach) Benton, Ohio. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing with Zig Zag Border, dated 1928. Made by Mrs. Albert V. Schlabach (Christina Yoder Schlabach) Benton, Ohio. Cotton.

Railroad Crossing with Zig Zag Border, dated 1928. Made by Mrs. Albert V. Schlabach (Christina Yoder Schlabach) Benton, Ohio. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

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Plain Quilt with Double Inner Border, dated March 5, 1904 and 1925. Made by Susan J. Miller for her son Alfred D. Miller in 1925. Initialed A.D.M. in center. Purchased from Alfred D. Miller. Holmes County. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

Split Bars, c. 1920. Unknown Maker, Initialed M on the back. Holmes County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Inner Border, c. 1915. Unknown maker. Origin unknown. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Inner Border, c. 1915. Unknown maker. Origin unknown. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Inner Border, c. 1915. Unknown maker. Origin unknown. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Inner Border, c. 1915. Unknown maker. Origin unknown. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Double Inner Birder, dated March 4, 1915. Made by Katie M. Erb. Signed and dated. Holmes County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Double Inner Birder, dated March 4, 1915. Made by Katie M. Erb. Signed and dated. Holmes County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Double Inner Birder, dated March 4, 1915. Made by Katie M. Erb. Signed and dated. Holmes County. Cotton.

Plain Quilt with Double Inner Birder, dated March 4, 1915. Made by Katie M. Erb. Signed and dated. Holmes County. Cotton.

Four Patch with Zig Zag Border, c. 1890-1910 Unknown maker. Cotton.

Four Patch with Zig Zag Border, c. 1890-1910 Unknown maker. Cotton.

Bars Variation, c. 1890-1900 (top) Unknown maker. West Salem, Wayne County. Wool.

Bars Variation, c. 1890-1900 (top) Unknown maker. West Salem, Wayne County. Wool.

The Circus Improv Quilt

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!

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solid

Pacific International Quilt Festival 2014, Part 6, the final installment

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!

Stormy Weather by Darlynn Evans

Stormy Weather by Darlynn Evans

Detail of Stormy Weather by Darlynn Evans

Detail of Stormy Weather by Darlynn Evans

Finding North by Beth Shibley

Finding North by Beth Shibley

Detail of Finding North by Beth Shibley

Detail of Finding North by Beth Shibley

Fern pool by Gloria Loughman, Australia

Fern pool by Gloria Loughman, Australia

Detail of Fern pool by Gloria Loughman, Australia

Detail of Fern pool by Gloria Loughman, Australia

Layered Marks From the Sky by Carol Nilsen

Layered Marks From the Sky by Carol Nilsen

Detail of Layered Marks From the Sky by Carol Nilsen

Detail of Layered Marks From the Sky by Carol Nilsen

The Windy City by Ann Sanderson

The Windy City by Ann Sanderson

Triangles Playing Well Together by Gwen Maxwell-Williams

Triangles Playing Well Together by Gwen Maxwell-Williams

Just a Little Color by Gwen Maxwell-Williams

Just a Little Color by Gwen Maxwell-Williams

Inspired by the Masters by Laurie J. Marks

Inspired by the Masters by Laurie J. Marks

Detail of Inspired by the Masters by Laurie J. Marks

Detail of Inspired by the Masters by Laurie J. Marks

Turning a New Leaf by Tone Haugen-Cogburn

Turning a New Leaf by Tone Haugen-Cogburn

Detail of Turning a New Leaf by Tone Haugen-Cogburn

Detail of Turning a New Leaf by Tone Haugen-Cogburn

%22twirlin%22 by Kim Loar

%22twirlin%22 by Kim Loar

Detail of %22twirlin%22 by Kim Loar

Detail of %22twirlin%22 by Kim Loar

Fabulous Feathered Fibonacci by Cathy Stone

Fabulous Feathered Fibonacci by Cathy Stone

Detail of Fabulous Feathered Fibonacci by Cathy Stone

Detail of Fabulous Feathered Fibonacci by Cathy Stone

Breakthrough by Winifred Dell'Ario

Breakthrough by Winifred Dell’Ario

Gone by Laura Bisagna

Gone by Laura Bisagna

Detail of Gone by Laura Bisagna

Detail of Gone by Laura Bisagna

Walkabout by Deborah Weir

Walkabout by Deborah Weir

Detail of Walkabout by Deborah Weir

Detail of Walkabout by Deborah Weir

Vertigo by Mimi Wohlberg

Vertigo by Mimi Wohlberg

Detail of Vertigo by Mimi Wohlberg

Detail of Vertigo by Mimi Wohlberg

Urban Forest by Dolores Miller

Urban Forest by Dolores Miller

Detail of Urban Forest by Dolores Miller

Detail of Urban Forest by Dolores Miller

Sycamore on Steroids by Joan Sextro

Sycamore on Steroids by Joan Sextro

Detail of Sycamore on Steroids by Joan Sextr

Detail of Sycamore on Steroids by Joan Sextro

Quilting in the Garden 2014

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….

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery #192 OHO Zen Chic by Ginn Staines

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery Quilt #254 The Good, Bag and Ugly by Judy White, #247 Friendship Lattice by Teresa Abbey

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #186 Vintage Hexagon by Jackie Erickson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #145 Tumbling Stars by Diana McClun and Laura  Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #242 Neighborhood Square by Candace Hallquist

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #163 Digital Pink Rose by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Digital Pink Rose by Diana Mc Clun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #164 Red Triangles by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Red Triangles by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #166 Scrap Silk Quilt 1 by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #127 Star Medallion by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, back of #127 Star Medallion by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes…I spy Pop Rox!

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #42 Modern Drunkard for a Missionary by Melissa Draper

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #93 Red Mountains by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #168 Crazy Quilt Bugs by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #122 The Giant Tumble by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, The Giant Tumble by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #208 Quilts Hanging in the Village by Peggy Lindsay

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Quilts Hanging in the Village by Peggy Lindsay

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #103 Garden Maze by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #165 Color Study by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #40 Play with Botello by Jackie Ferrebee

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #21 Mystery Quilt by B.J. Meier

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #79 Rollin in the Jellies w/ Louise by Robin Maimoni

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #74 Crackers and Jellies Gone Chevron by Linda Gullick

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #141 Monet’s Garden by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #57 Juanita’s Star of Bethlehem by Barbara Bowman

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #187 Contemporary Log Jam by Jackie Erickson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #207 Garden Gone Wild by Jean Wells-Kennan

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #194 Pavers and Pomegranates by Tonye Phillips

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Pavers and Pomegranates by Tonye Phillips

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #24 Star Struck by Mary Walcher

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #151 Woven Ribbons by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Woven Ribbons by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #219 Baker’s Twine quilt by Valori Wells

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Baker’s Twine Quilt by Valori Wells

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #41 Little Miss Color Wheel by Melissa Draper

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #139 Sensu by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #190 Batik Lone Star by Jackie Erickson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Batik Lone Star by Jackie Erickson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #183 Caliente by Ann Richardson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Caliente by Ann Richardson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #204 Tumble and Turn by Lawry Thorn

Coverlets: I never met a textile I didn’t like

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?)

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Baby Rox Grow Quilt

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!

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

 

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

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