Quilter Spotlight: Darci Alexis

Darci Alexis has been active in the East Bay Modern Quilters, teaches, and is a new (and amazing) long arm quilter. A graphic designer and art director by trade, she sews, she pieces and she quilts. She also a new contributor to the popular See How We Sew blog and her own Darci Sews.

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We all saw Darci take to longarming so easily and are pretty excited to have another modern longarmer in our midst. Though truth be told Darci traverses through modern, traditional and just about ever style seamlessly. We’ll show some extra close-ups of her quilting along with sharing some of her quilts.

Enjoy!

The Feminist Quilt by Darci Alexis

The Feminist Quilt by Darci Alexis

Many of you have probably already seen her beautiful “Feminist Quilt”, which by the way, has a pattern now, here.

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The Feminist Quilt by Darci Alexis

Window: Embers by Darci Read

Window: Embers by Darci Alexis

Window: Embers by Darci Read

Window: Embers by Darci Alexis

Window: Embers by Darci Alexis

Window: Embers by Darci Alexis

Happiness by Darci Alexis

Happiness by Darci Alexis

Happiness by Darci Alexis

Happiness by Darci Alexis

Happiness by Darci Alexis

Happiness by Darci Alexis

Happiness by Darci Alexis

Happiness by Darci Alexis

Study in Purple by Darci Alexis

Study in Purple by Darci Alexis

Flower in a Square by Darci Alexis

Flower in a Square by Darci Alexis

Flower in a Square by Darci Alexis

Flower in a Square by Darci Alexis

Dutch Darlings by Darci Alexis, pattern by Christy Fincher

Dutch Darlings by Darci Alexis, pattern by Christy Fincher

Dutch Darlings by Darci Alexis, pattern by Christy Fincher

Dutch Darlings by Darci Alexis, pattern by Christy Fincher

Dutch Darlings by Darci Alexis, pattern by Christy Fincher

Dutch Darlings by Darci Alexis, pattern by Christy Fincher

Circuits by Darci Alexis

Circuits by Darci Alexis

Circuits by Darci Alexis

Circuits by Darci Alexis

Circuits by Darci Alexis

Circuits by Darci Alexis

Log Cabin Retreat Swap by Darci Alexis

Log Cabin Retreat Swap by Darci Alexis

Log Cabin Retreat Swap by Darci Alexis

Log Cabin Retreat Swap by Darci Alexis

back of Log Cabin Retreat Swap by Darci Alexis

back of Log Cabin Retreat Swap by Darci Alexis

Window: Healing By Darci Alexis

Window: Healing By Darci Alexis

Window: Healing By Darci Alexis

Window: Healing By Darci Alexis

Made of Stars by Darci Alexis

Made of Stars by Darci Alexis

Made of Stars by Darci Alexis

Made of Stars by Darci Alexis

Seed Patch by Darci Alexis

Seed Patch by Darci Alexis

Seed Patch by Darci Alexis

Seed Patch by Darci Alexis

Darci Alexis

Darci Alexis

The Power of 12 Exhibition at Bay Quilts

The December exhibition at Bay Quilts in Richmond, CA featured “Artwork from Five Years of Creative Expression” by “The 12×12 Challenge” alumnae.  The premise: 12 Women commit to creating 12 works of art in 12 months each measuring 12’x12″. The 12×12 groups meet monthly at Textile Dream Studio in Berkeley.

Here we have a selection of the pieces in the show (there were a total of 150 works!), followed by a little look-see into Bay Quilts, so scroll down for that!

Enjoy!

Metro 2 by Margo Carroll

Metro 2 by Margo Carroll

Metro 3 by Margo Carroll

Metro 3 by Margo Carroll

Metro 1 by Margo Carroll

Metro 1 by Margo Carroll

Wanderings in Red by Jan Etre

Wanderings in Red by Jan Etre

Wanderings in Blue by Jan Etre

Wanderings in Red by Jan Etre

Docked by Jane Voytek

Docked by Jane Voytek

Wonky Squares by Jane Voytek

Wonky Squares by Jane Voytek

Jojo's Dream (study #C-2) by Sue Fox

Jojo’s Dream (study #C-2) by Sue Fox

Jojo's Dream (study #B-2) by Sue Fox

Jojo’s Dream (study #B-2) by Sue Fox

Jojo's Dream (study #A-2) by Sue Fox

Jojo’s Dream (study #A-2) by Sue Fox

Black Blossoms 2 by Jan Etre

Black Blossoms 2 by Jan Etre

Ice Water by Catherine Sherman

Ice Water by Catherine Sherman

Sunset Sunset by Catherine Sherman

Sunset Sunset by Catherine Sherman

Improv Squares #1 by Claire Sherman

Improv Squares #1 by Claire Sherman

Liberated Star by Claire Sherman

Liberated Star by Claire Sherman

Knot My Problem by Mary Spadaro

Knot My Problem by Mary Spadaro

West Hawley Full Moon by Julie Oyle

West Hawley Full Moon by Julie Oyle

 

Tree too by Julie Oyle

Tree too by Julie Oyle

 

Treeform by Janet Mednick

Treeform by Janet Mednick

Twelve Seven by Marilyn Handis

Twelve Seven by Marilyn Handis

Mosaic Quilt by Mary Spadaro

Mosaic Quilt by Mary Spadaro

Moonrise by Lynn Koolish

Moonrise by Lynn Koolish

Improvisational Stained Glass by Claire Sherman

Improvisational Stained Glass by Claire Sherman

Urban Deci by Jo Magaraci

Urban Deci by Jo Magaraci

Sunrise by Suzanne Dura

Sunrise by Suzanne Dura

Stitches Are The Notes by Madelin Wolf

Stitches Are The Notes by Madelin Wolf

Sierra Morning by Jane Voytek

Sierra Morning by Jane Voytek

Shadowboxing by Mary Spadaro

Shadowboxing by Mary Spadaro

Where's My Flamingo by Diana Berry

Where’s My Flamingo by Diana Berry

West Hawley Winter Meadow by Julie Oyle

West Hawley Winter Meadow by Julie Oyle

Spinal Tap by Jo Magaraci

Spinal Tap by Jo Magaraci

For those of you who live anywhere near the San Francisco Bay Area or who travel here, there is a new fabric shop in town! I had heard about Bay Quilts, but didn’t really get it until I visited in person. Their huge selection of solids of so many varieties is a dream for the modern quilter.  Located right off Central Ave from either 80 or 580 in Richmond but on the edge of Albany, this new fabric store has an astounding selection of fabrics with lots of room to move, a gallery wall and Angie Woolman’s long arm services upstairs.

They have every single kona cotton color ($6.50 range/yd) color a variety of shots, peppered cotton, hand-dyed muslin, chambrays and yarn dyes. There is hand-dyed wool, hand-dyed silk-cotton, Azure Blue Textiles, Kasuri Dyeworks, Dyesmith Gradations. There are batiks, Japanese prints from Kokka, Echino, Lecien, Kona Bay and Daiwabo. There are organics from Mona Luna, Cloud 9, Birch and Art Gallery. And then prints from the usual suspects: Alexander Henry, Kaufman, Westminster, Riley Blake, Andover, In The Beginning, Art Gallery, Hoffman, Clothworks,  etc etc etc.

Here is a partial visual tour–

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Kona’s

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Shots

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Kasuri Dyeworks

Kasuri Dyeworks

Hand Dyed Silk Cotton

Hand Dyed Silk Cotton

DyeSmith Gradations

DyeSmith Gradations

Azure Blue Textiles

Azure Blue Textiles

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Batiks

Australian fabrics

Australian fabrics

Art by Abbey-Shane

Art by Abbey Shane

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Modern/Minimal, The Quilts of Cathy Miranker

There is a dedicated gallery space at the new Bay Quilts in Richmond, CA at which I was lucky enough to see Cathy Miranker‘s exhibition Modern/Minimal. A member of the San Francisco Quilters Guild, and Bee Modern (an SFQG sewing circle), Cathy is also an individual member of the Modern Quilt Guild and the Studio Art Quilt Associates.

I’ve run across Cathy Miranker’s quilts in other California shows and they always make it on the blog – they are modern, original, thoughtful and with an attention to detail that doesn’t compromise any improvisation. A wonderful body of work is represented in this show, and I hope to see more shows from modern quilters in this space!

Enjoy!

Red Rock Island by Cathy Miranker

Red Rock Island by Cathy Miranker

Red Rock Island by Cathy Miranker

Red Rock Island by Cathy Miranker

Six Patch Study by Cathy Miranker

Six Patch Study by Cathy Miranker

Six Patch Study by Cathy Miranker

Six Patch Study by Cathy Miranker

Can't Get There from Here by Cathy Miranker

Can’t Get There from Here by Cathy Miranker

Can't Get There from Here by Cathy Miranker

Can’t Get There from Here by Cathy Miranker

Gridlock at Sundown by Cathy Miranker

Gridlock at Sundown by Cathy Miranker

Gridlock at Sundown by Cathy Miranker

Gridlock at Sundown by Cathy Miranker

Gee, Gwen! by Cathy Miranker

Gee, Gwen! by Cathy Miranker

Gee, Gwen! by Cathy Miranker

Gee, Gwen! by Cathy Miranker

Mostly Marcia #1 by Cathy Miranker

Mostly Marcia #1 by Cathy Miranker

Mostly Marcia #1 by Cathy Miranker

Mostly Marcia #1 by Cathy Miranker

Six Patch Study #2 by Cathy Miranker

Six Patch Study #2 by Cathy Miranker

Six Patch Study #2 by Cathy Miranker

Six Patch Study #2 by Cathy Miranker

A•B•C•P•O•P by Cathy Miranker

A•B•C•P•O•P by Cathy Miranker

A•B•C•P•O•P by Cathy Miranker

A•B•C•P•O•P by Cathy Miranker

Megalopolitan Graffiti by Cathy Miranker

Megalopolitan Graffiti by Cathy Miranker

Megalopolitan Graffiti by Cathy Miranker

Megalopolitan Graffiti by Cathy Miranker

Baby Quilt by Cathy Miranker

Baby Quilt by Cathy Miranker

Baby Quilt by Cathy Miranker

Baby Quilt by Cathy Miranker

Baby Quilt by Cathy Miranker

Baby Quilt by Cathy Miranker

Baby Quilt by Cathy Miranker

Baby Quilt by Cathy Miranker

Cirque du Couleur by Cathy Miranker

Cirque du Couleur by Cathy Miranker

Square Dance by Cathy Miranker

Square Dance by Cathy Miranker

Window of Opportunity by Cathy Miranker

Window of Opportunity by Cathy Miranker

Patch of Blue by Cathy Miranker

Patch of Blue by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Miniature quilt by Cathy Miranker

Front of Mood Swings by Cathy Miranker

Front of Mood Swings by Cathy Miranker

Back of Mood Swings by Cathy Miranker

Back of Mood Swings by Cathy Miranker

Quilter Spotlight: Fern Royce

At the Sweet Adeline Bakeshop in Berkeley, California, a selection of Fern Royce‘s quilts were on display throughout the month of August. I’m a fan.

Fern Royce started sewing at age 10 and began quilting in 1995. Self-taught without the use of patterns, she studied books on Amish quilts, African American quilts, and antique quilts, among others. She cites the influence of Gwen Marston‘s “liberated quilting” improvisational movement, and she now teaches students to make their own quilts in the Bay Area.

Enjoy!Consider the Grey by Fern Royce

Consider the Grey by Fern Royce

Willy Nilly Triangles by Fern Royce

Willy Nilly Triangles by Fern Royce

Triangles on the Loose by Fern Royce

Triangles on the Loose by Fern Royce

What If? by Fern Royce

What If? by Fern Royce

Sunshine and Shadow by Fern Royce

Sunshine and Shadow by Fern Royce

Orange Study by Fern Royce

Orange Study by Fern Royce

Liberated Chinese Coins by Fern Royce

Liberated Chinese Coins by Fern Royce

Leftover's Again? by Fern Royce

Leftover's Again? by Fern Royce

Caleb's Star by Fern Royce

Caleb's Star by Fern Royce

Family Tree by Fern Royce

Family Tree by Fern Royce

Dancing Squares (above) and Color Study in Orange by Fern Royce

Floor Scraps #2 2013 Beaver Island Quilt Retreat by Fern Royce

Homage to Ben Nicholson by Fern Royce

Cut-Offs, 2014 Back Porch Fabrics, Pacific Grove by Fern Royce

Looks Like Jazz by Fern Royce

Stitch Modern 2016: Part 2

Here is have the second half of the quilts from the 5th annual Stitch Modern show put on by the East Bay Modern Quilters. Though my photos leave something to be desired, The Piedmont Center for the Arts is a beautiful place to see the quilts in person.

Enjoy!

Untitled by Norma Mason

Untitled by Norma Mason

Untitled by Norma Mason

Untitled by Norma Mason

Quilt for Lily V by Terri Carpenter

Quilt for Lily V by Terri Carpenter

Quilt for Lily V by Terri Carpenter

Quilt for Lily V by Terri Carpenter

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Pink X by Stacey Sharman

Pink X by Stacey Sharman

Pink X by Stacey Sharman

Pink X by Stacey Sharman

Sampler Quilt I by Kristen Takakuwa

Sampler Quilt I by Kristen Takakuwa

Sampler Quilt I by Kristen Takakuwa

Sampler Quilt I by Kristen Takakuwa

Shattered Heartburst by Lacy Asbill

Shattered Heartburst by Lacy Asbill

Shattered Heartburst by Lacy Asbill

Shattered Heartburst by Lacy Asbill

Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Double Wedding Ring Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Indian Masala by Linda Hlady

Indian Masala by Linda Hlady

Indian Masala by Linda Hlady

Indian Masala by Linda Hlady

Luna Mountains by Claire Sherman

Luna Mountains by Claire Sherman

Luna Mountains by Claire Sherman

Luna Mountains by Claire Sherman

Windmills of My Mind and My Time by Birgit Hottenrott

Windmills of My Mind and My Time by Birgit Hottenrott

Windmills of My Mind and My Time by Birgit Hottenrott

Windmills of My Mind and My Time by Birgit Hottenrott

 

 

Twice Tied by Kim Andersson, Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Twice Tied by Kim Andersson, Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Twice Tied by Kim Andersson, Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Twice Tied by Kim Andersson, Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Stacked Coins - I Ching by Michelle Wyman

Stacked Coins – I Ching by Michelle Wyman

Stacked Coins - I Ching by Michelle Wyman

Stacked Coins – I Ching by Michelle Wyman

U+1F4BE U+1F355, or Disk Cactus Emoji by Liz Alexander

U+1F4BE U+1F355, or Disk Cactus Emoji by Liz Alexander

U+1F4BE U+1F355, or Disk Cactus Emoji by Liz Alexander

U+1F4BE U+1F355, or Disk Cactus Emoji by Liz Alexander

Wonky Stars by Cathy Roha

Wonky Stars by Cathy Roha

Wonky Stars by Cathy Roha

Wonky Stars by Cathy Roha

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Kirsten Hosemann

 

 

Improv Squares by Cathy Roha

Improv Squares by Cathy Roha

Improv Squares by Cathy Roha

Improv Squares by Cathy Roha

Hifi by Kathy Grady

Hifi by Kathy Grady

 

Bits and Pieces by Stacey Sharman

Bits and Pieces by Stacey Sharman

Untitled by Linda Hlady

Untitled by Linda Hlady

Microcosm, round robin quilt pieced by Carol Van Zandt, Kim Buteau, Fern Royce, Kristen Hosemann, Terri Carpenter; quilted by Terri Carpenter

Microcosm, round robin quilt pieced by Carol Van Zandt, Kim Buteau, Fern Royce, Kristen Hosemann, Terri Carpenter; quilted by Terri Carpenter (thequiltedfox.com)

Microcosm, round robin quilt pieced by Carol Van Zandt, Kim Buteau, Fern Royce, Kristen Hosemann, Terri Carpenter; quilted by Terri Carpenter

Microcosm, round robin quilt pieced by Carol Van Zandt, Kim Buteau, Fern Royce, Kristen Hosemann, Terri Carpenter; quilted by Terri Carpenter (thequiltedfox.com)

Sedimentation by Anna Carloni

Sedimentation by Anna Carloni

Sedimentation by Anna Carloni

Sedimentation by Anna Carloni

Playing With Color by Patricia Smith

Playing With Color by Patricia Smith

Playing With Color by Patricia Smith

Playing With Color by Patricia Smith

Stitch Modern 2016: Part 1

Finally we have the coverage of the 5th annual Stitch Modern exhibit at the Piedmont Center of the Arts. An uncurated group show by members of the East Bay Modern Quilters, the 4 week long exhibition also had a number of events and special guest speakers and teachers we will be spotlighting after we get through all the quilts.  Here is the first batch.

Enjoy!

Window: Embers by Darci Read

Window: Embers by Darci Read

Window: Embers by Darci Read

Window: Embers by Darci Read

Challenge #1 by Inta Faulk

Challenge #1 by Inta Faulk

Challenge #1 by Inta Faulk

Challenge #1 by Inta Faulk

Geezer Quilt #4: Big Fish, Small Pond by Sue Mary Fox

Geezer Quilt #4: Big Fish, Small Pond by Sue Mary Fox

Geezer Quilt #4: Big Fish, Small Pond by Sue Mary Fox

Geezer Quilt #4: Big Fish, Small Pond by Sue Mary Fox

Improv in Yellow by Lynn Crook

Improv in Yellow by Lynn Crook

Improv in Yellow by Lynn Crook

Improv in Yellow by Lynn Crook

Give Me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Give Me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Give Me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Give Me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Handcrafted Round Robin, pieced by Rita Nguyen, Anna Carloni, Terri Carpenter, Birgit Hottenrott, and Kristen Takakuwa, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Handcrafted Round Robin, pieced by Rita Nguyen, Anna Carloni, Terri Carpenter, Birgit Hottenrott, and Kristen Takakuwa, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Handcrafted Round Robin, pieced by Rita Nguyen, Anna Carloni, Terri Carpenter, Birgit Hottenrott, and Kristen Takakuwa, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Handcrafted Round Robin, pieced by Rita Nguyen, Anna Carloni, Terri Carpenter, Birgit Hottenrott, and Kristen Takakuwa, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Beehive by Dan Rouse

Beehive by Dan Rouse

Beehive by Dan Rouse

Beehive by Dan Rouse

Black/White plus Red by Julia Vitero

Black/White plus Red by Julia Vitero

Homeland by Chancy Fessler

Homeland by Chancy Fessler

Medallion Small Study by Fern Royce

Medallion Small Study by Fern Royce

Milk in my Coffee by Fern Royce

Milk in my Coffee by Fern Royce

Milk in my Coffee by Fern Royce

Milk in my Coffee by Fern Royce

Refractions by Chancy Fessler

Refractions by Chancy Fessler

Vest-atude by Dolores Vitero Presley

Vest-atude by Dolores Vitero Presley

Tree Everlasting Stripper by Ryan Young

Tree Everlasting Stripper by Ryan Young

Tree Everlasting Stripper by Ryan Young

Tree Everlasting Stripper by Ryan Young

Sunset Strip by Carol Ziogas

Sunset Strip by Carol Ziogas

Small Study in Orange by Fern Royce

Small Study in Orange by Fern Royce

She is One Who Knows Her Way Around Velvet by Amelia Terry

She is One Who Knows Her Way Around Velvet by Amelia Terry

She is One Who Knows Her Way Around Velvet by Amelia Terry

She is One Who Knows Her Way Around Velvet by Amelia Terry

Black Lives Matter by Elizabeth Jerde

Black Lives Matter by Elizabeth Jerde

Black Lives Matter by Elizabeth Jerde

Black Lives Matter by Elizabeth Jerde

Convergence by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Convergence by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Convergence by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Convergence by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Ellie's Quilt, pieced by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Ellie’s Quilt, pieced by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Ellie's Quilt, pieced by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Ellie’s Quilt, pieced by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Just Sew by Margaret Glendening

Just Sew by Margaret Glendening

Just Sew by Margaret Glendening

Just Sew by Margaret Glendening

Peaks and Valleys by Michelle Wyman

Peaks and Valleys by Michelle Wyman

Peaks and Valleys by Michelle Wyman

Peaks and Valleys by Michelle Wyman

QuiltCon 2016: Awards

Well, in winding up the coverage of the Quiltcon West 2016 exhibitions, here we have some of the award-winning quilts. The charity quilts are all that is left, but I am going to leave that for a bit so we can cover some other exhibitions and spotlight some quilters.

First up after this will be coverage of the fifth annual Stitch Modern put on by the East Bay Modern Quilters.

But enjoy these acclaimed quilts first!

BEST IN SHOW (Sponsored by Northcott): my brother’s jeans by Melissa Averinos 

“The denim in this quilt is from my brother Michael’s work jeans, which I rescued from the dumpster after his suicide in 2009. I improvisational pieced the crosses, which resemble a variation on the traditional nine patch. The pale ground includes subtle gold and white crosses. Grid quilting creates echoes of the cross motif, as well as references my brother’s work as a tile installer.  I tucked vintage gold ribbon behind some of the tears in the denim. This quilt was a joy to work on, as I love worn materials and find beauty in forgotten and discarded things.”

my brother's jeans by Melissa Averinos

my brother’s jeans by Melissa Averinos

my brother's jeans by Melissa Averinos

my brother’s jeans by Melissa Averinos

FREESPIRIT QUILTING EXCELLENCE, sponsored by Free Spirit

The Other Side by Carson Converse

“I was thinking  lot about why we work so hard to get “somewhere” while making this quilt.  Life can feel like an uphill battle, yet we don’t always pause to think about what is on the other side. Is it worth the climb? I must have been optimistic at the time because a steep climb leads to a gentle slope with increased visual interest and hand-painted fabric. The children’s song “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” was stuck in my head for weeks as I worked on this quilt.”

The Other Side by Carson Converse

The Other Side by Carson Converse

The Other Side by Carson Converse

The Other Side by Carson Converse

 

BEST MACHINE QUILTING, frameless, needle moves,
sponsored by APQS-American Professional Quilting Systems

No Value Does Not Equal Free by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson with design direction by Molli Sparkles

Design Source: “The scrappy, Trip Around the World quilt block tutorial comes from Bonnie Hunter at http://www.quiltville.com. The intellectual concept is of my own design.”

“I specifically made this scrappy Trip Around the World quilt to track the entire cost of making a quilt in Australia. When I published my findings at MolliSparkles.com suggesting $2252.40 USD, it set the blogosphere on fire. The corresponding posts have generated nearly 50,000 page views, and are often widely linked when discussing the cost of quilting.  The quilt has become one of my favorites because of how it has changed my blog readership, has made me think about the intellectual responsibility of quilting, and has given others a foundation to find and value their self-worth.”

No Value Does Not equal Free by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson

No Value Does Not equal Free by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson

No Value Does Not equal Free by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson

No Value Does Not equal Free by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson

 

BEST MACHINE QUILTING, frameless, needle stationary
Sponsored by Baby Lock

ABQMQG by Renee Hoffman
Quilted by Renee Hoffman, Pieced by Lois Warwick, Logo designed by Bob Lowe, appliqué by Sally Williams and Laurie Moodie

“This quilt is based off of the new Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild logo.  The quilting is inspired by things associated with Albuquerque, New Mexico: abundant sunshine, the international Balloon Fiesta, the Sandia mountains, the Sandia Peak Tramway (it is the longest tramway in North America and has the third largest span in the world). Hidden in the quilting are 10 tiny snails, see if you can find them all!

ABQMQG by Renee Hoffman, Lois Warwick, Bob Lowe, Sally Williams, Laurie Moodie

ABQMQG by Renee Hoffman, Lois Warwick, Bob Lowe, Sally Williams, Laurie Moodie

ABQMQG by Renee Hoffman, Lois Warwick, Bob Lowe, Sally Williams, Laurie Moodie

ABQMQG by Renee Hoffman, Lois Warwick, Bob Lowe, Sally Williams, Laurie Moodie

 

This may look familiar! This was the QuiltCon West 2016 Giveaway quilt, and was used in many of the promotional materials for QuiltCon West 2016.

Eidos, designed by Agatha June of Austin, Texas, pieced by Elizabeth Dackson of Tampa, Florida, quilted by Gina Pina of Austin, Texas. The pattern is available HERE.

Eidos, designed by Agatha June of Austin, Texas, Pieced by Elizabeth Dackson of Tampa, Florida, quilted by Gina Pina of Austin, Texas.

Eidos, designed by Agatha June of Austin, Texas, Pieced by Elizabeth Dackson of Tampa, Florida, quilted by Gina Pina of Austin, Texas.

Eidos, designed by Agatha June of Austin, Texas, Pieced by Elizabeth Dackson of Tampa, Florida, quilted by Gina Pina of Austin, Texas.

Eidos, designed by Agatha June of Austin, Texas, Pieced by Elizabeth Dackson of Tampa, Florida, quilted by Gina Pina of Austin, Texas.

QuiltCon 2016: Molly Upton

The Quilts of Molly Upton, a special exhibition sponsored by Bloc-loc at QuiltCon West 2016 in Pasadena, was a bit of a showstopper. All the quilts were done in the 1974-1976 timeframe, before Molly died in 1977 at age 23. A watercolorist, sculptor and quilt artist, her quilts were shown in the first major museum exhibition of non-traditional quilts, The New American Quilt at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design in 1976.

“Molly Upton (1953-1977) was a pioneer in the nascent art quilt movement of the 1970′.While others around her were making traditional quilts of the few available calicos, Molly found a way to paint with the many other fabrics available to her -velvets, silks, corduroy, and polyester blends.

Molly Upton’s quilts range from huge to tiny, but all exhibit a mastery of color, rhythm, and composition. Molly left this planet at the age of 23, leaving us a legacy of many quilts, most of them exhibited here”.

A legacy it is.

Summer Pine, 1974, by Molly Upton

Summer Pine, 1974, by Molly Upton

Summer Pine, 1974, by Molly Upton

Summer Pine, 1974, by Molly Upton

Blades 1974 by Molly Upton

Blades 1974 by Molly Upton

Blades 1974 by Molly Upton

Blades 1974 by Molly Upton

Construction, 1975, by Molly Upton

Construction, 1975, by Molly Upton

Construction, 1975, by Molly Upton

Construction, 1975, by Molly Upton

Symbol-Self Portrait Without a Mirror, 1975, by Molly Upton

Symbol-Self Portrait Without a Mirror, 1975, by Molly Upton

Symbol-Self Portrait Without a Mirror, 1975, by Molly Upton

Symbol-Self Portrait Without a Mirror, 1975, by Molly Upton

The Overcoat, 1976, by Molly Upton

The Overcoat, 1976, by Molly Upton

The Overcoat, 1976, by Molly Upton

The Overcoat, 1976, by Molly Upton

Watchtower, 1975, by Molly Upton

Watchtower, 1975, by Molly Upton

Watchtower, 1975, by Molly Upton

Watchtower, 1975, by Molly Upton

Pine Winter, 1974, by Molly Upton

Pine Winter, 1974, by Molly Upton

Pine Winter, 1974, by Molly Upton

Pine Winter, 1974, by Molly Upton

Trip Around the Block, 1965, by Molly Upton

Trip Around the Block, 1965, by Molly Upton

Trip Around the Block, 1965, by Molly Upton

Trip Around the Block, 1965, by Molly Upton

Nocturn Regalis, 1974, by Molly Upton

Nocturn Regalis, 1974, by Molly Upton

Nocturn Regalis, 1974, by Molly Upton

Nocturn Regalis, 1974, by Molly Upton

Greek 1974 by Molly Upton

Greek 1974 by Molly Upton

Greek 1974 by Molly Upton

Greek 1974 by Molly Upton

Fanfare 1975 by Molly Upton

Fanfare 1975 by Molly Upton

Fanfare 1975 by Molly Upton

Fanfare 1975 by Molly Upton

Bordering on Humor, 1974, by Molly Upton

Bordering on Humor, 1974, by Molly Upton

Bordering on Humor, 1974, by Molly Upton

Bordering on Humor, 1974, by Molly Upton

QuiltCon 2016: Gwen Marston

Gwen Marston was the keynote speaker at this year’s QuiltCon West 2016 in Pasadena, and had a special exhibition GWEN MARSTON: Abstract Quilts in Solids.  A trailblazer and well-known international teacher, speaker, author, she began quilting in the 70’s using traditional patterns, soon after to design all her own work.

I thoroughly enjoyed her keynote address AND her quilts. Here they are. Enjoy!

Wedges and Slivers by Gwen Marston

Wedges and Slivers by Gwen Marston

Wedges and Slivers by Gwen Marston

Wedges and Slivers by Gwen Marston

Mexican Hat Dance by Gwen Marston

Mexican Hat Dance by Gwen Marston

Mexican Hat Dance by Gwen Marston

Mexican Hat Dance by Gwen Marston

Strippy II by Gwen Marston

Strippy II by Gwen Marston

Strippy II by Gwen Marston

Strippy II by Gwen Marston

Red Square VI by Gwen Marston

Red Square VI by Gwen Marston

Red Square VI by Gwen Marston

Red Square VI by Gwen Marston

Red Square III by Gwen Marston

Red Square III by Gwen Marston

Red Square III by Gwen Marston

Red Square III by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin with Brown Border by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin with Brown Border by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin with Brown Border by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin with Brown Border by Gwen Marston

Red Square III by Gwen Marston

Red Square III by Gwen Marston

Red Square III by Gwen Marston

Red Square III by Gwen Marston

Medallion with Three Triangles by Gwen Marston

Medallion with Three Triangles by Gwen Marston

Medallion with Three Triangles by Gwen Marston

Medallion with Three Triangles by Gwen Marston

Medallion by Gwen Marston

Medallion by Gwen Marston

Medallion by Gwen Marston

Medallion by Gwen Marston

Liberated Triangles with Bars by Gwen Marston

Liberated Triangles with Bars by Gwen Marston

Liberated Triangles with Bars by Gwen Marston

Liberated Triangles with Bars by Gwen Marston

Liberated Square within a Square by Gwen Marston

Liberated Square within a Square by Gwen Marston

Liberated Square within a Square by Gwen Marston

Liberated Square within a Square by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin with Applique Borders by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin with Applique Borders by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin with Applique Borders by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin with Applique Borders by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin Medallion by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin Medallion by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin Medallion by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin Medallion by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin in Neutrals, Blacks and Reds by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin in Neutrals, Blacks and Reds by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin in Neutrals, Blacks and Reds by Gwen Marston

Liberated Log Cabin in Neutrals, Blacks and Reds by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country III by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country III by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country III by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country III by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country II by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country II by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country II by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country II by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country by Gwen Marston

High Desert Country by Gwen Marston

Framed Red Squares II by Gwen Marston

Framed Red Squares II by Gwen Marston

Framed Red Squares II by Gwen Marston

Framed Red Squares II by Gwen Marston

Cut-Out Corners with Square Within a Square Border by Gwen Marston

Cut-Out Corners with Square Within a Square Border by Gwen Marston

Cut-Out Corners with Square Within a Square Border by Gwen Marston

Cut-Out Corners with Square Within a Square Border by Gwen Marston

Checkboard Medallion with Sawtooth Border by Gwen Marston

Checkboard Medallion with Sawtooth Border by Gwen Marston

Checkboard Medallion with Sawtooth Border by Gwen Marston

Checkboard Medallion with Sawtooth Border by Gwen Marston

Broken Dishes by Gwen Marston

Broken Dishes by Gwen Marston

Broken Dishes by Gwen Marston

Broken Dishes by Gwen Marston

 

QuiltCon 2016: Group or Bee Quilts

While we continue to cover the exhibitions from QuiltCon West that was in Pasadena, California in February of this year, we know QuiltCon East will be in Savannah, Georgia in 2017, AND we now know QuiltCon West will once again be in Pasadena  in 2018. February 22-25, 2018 to be exact. Mark your calendars!

Here we have the Group or Bee quilts from QuiltCon West 2016 put on by The Modern Quilt Guild. Some beauties!

Pathways by Janet Schoenfeld and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild

Pathways by Janet Schoenfeld and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild

Pathways by Janet Schoenfeld and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild

Pathways by Janet Schoenfeld and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild

Layered Conversations by Amanda Leins, Sue Bishop, quilted by Penny Barnes

Layered Conversations by Amanda Leins, Sue Bishop, quilted by Penny Barnes

Layered Conversations by Amanda Leins, Sue Bishop, quilted by Penny Barnes

Layered Conversations by Amanda Leins, Sue Bishop, quilted by Penny Barnes

The Modern Strip Quilt by Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild

The Modern Strip Quilt by Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild

The Modern Strip Quilt by Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild

The Modern Strip Quilt by Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild

Twisted Sisters Quilt by Stephanie Ruyle and the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild

Twisted Sisters Quilt by Stephanie Ruyle and the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild

Twisted Sisters Quilt by Stephanie Ruyle and the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild

Twisted Sisters Quilt by Stephanie Ruyle and the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild

Piece Offering by Dionne Matthies-Buban and members of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild

Piece Offering by Dionne Matthies-Buban and members of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild

Piece Offering by Dionne Matthies-Buban and members of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild

Piece Offering by Dionne Matthies-Buban and members of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild

Mod Mood by Debbie Jeske with and in conjunction with Bee Sewcial

Mod Mood by Debbie Jeske with and in conjunction with Bee Sewcial

Mod Mood by Debbie Jeske with and in conjunction with Bee Sewcial

Mod Mood by Debbie Jeske with and in conjunction with Bee Sewcial

Enthusiasm by Rossie Hutchinson, pieced by Jenna Brand, Lynn Harris, Emily Schildhouse, Dorie Schwartz, quilted by Lynn Harris

Enthusiasm by Rossie Hutchinson, pieced by Jenna Brand, Lynn Harris, Emily Schildhouse, Dorie Schwartz, quilted by Lynn Harris

Enthusiasm by Rossie Hutchinson, pieced by Jenna Brand, Lynn Harris, Emily Schildhouse, Dorie Schwartz, quilted by Lynn Harris

Enthusiasm by Rossie Hutchinson, pieced by Jenna Brand, Lynn Harris, Emily Schildhouse, Dorie Schwartz, quilted by Lynn Harris

Little Tents by Daisy Aschehoug and the Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild

Little Tents by Daisy Aschehoug and the Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild

Little Tents by Daisy Aschehoug and the Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild

Little Tents by Daisy Aschehoug and the Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild

Group Self Portrait by Gina Pina and the Austin Modern Quilt Guild

Group Self Portrait by Gina Pina and the Austin Modern Quilt Guild

Group Self Portrait by Gina Pina and the Austin Modern Quilt Guild

Group Self Portrait by Gina Pina and the Austin Modern Quilt Guild

I Love Sewing by Neva Asinari and the Central New Jersey Modern Quilt Guild

I Love Sewing by Neva Asinari and the Central New Jersey Modern Quilt Guild

I Love Sewing by Neva Asinari and the Central New Jersey Modern Quilt Guild

I Love Sewing by Neva Asinari and the Central New Jersey Modern Quilt Guild

Emerging Illusion by Allison Dutton and members of the Emerge Circle of Do. Good Stitches

Emerging Illusion by Allison Dutton and members of the Emerge Circle of Do. Good Stitches

Emerging Illusion by Allison Dutton and members of the Emerge Circle of Do. Good Stitches

Emerging Illusion by Allison Dutton and members of the Emerge Circle of Do. Good Stitches

Mistwraith by Rossie Hutchinson and the Ann Arbor Quilt Guild

Mistwraith by Rossie Hutchinson and the Ann Arbor Quilt Guild

Mistwraith by Rossie Hutchinson and the Ann Arbor Quilt Guild

Mistwraith by Rossie Hutchinson and the Ann Arbor Quilt Guild