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.
Today we are spotlighting Pati Fried, a California-based “Modern Traditionalist” quilter, quilt pattern designer, teacher and speaker. The Guest Artist at this year’s Vallejo Piecemakers show Sew Amazing, it was great to see so many of her quilts in one place.
Founder of the “Indie Modern Quilters” group that meets 1st Thursdays at Wooden Gate Quilts, she is also a member of the East Bay Modern Quilters. She and Laura Nownes produce the popular sewing blog Sew How We Sew and she sells her patterns in her Etsy shop, though you may be seeing her at a guild near you with her busy speaking schedule this coming year.
Let’s take a look!
I love this Yardstick Sewing Tote!
Known for her continuos braids, she designed a “Braid Trimmer” ruler that comes with simple instructions on how to make a braid.
Pam Rocco, whose work I have been admiring in numerous California quilt shows, came to Stitch Modern to teach a workshop “Quilting by the Seat of your Pants”. Enjoyed by all.
From Santa Cruz, she is the vice president of the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild. Besides being a sought after teacher, she has had a monthly column, Words to Quilt By in the Quilter’s Newsletter magazine. Her improv style is easily recognizable with her use of bright, bold and ethnic fabrics.
Pam has been quilting for more than 40 years and received her formative training when she was in Appalachia with the Teacher Corps in 1969 and met women who inspired her to learn how to quilt.
Pam’s quilts have been heavily influenced by other cultures and she feels that her best work is often ad libbed – made up on the spur of the moment using whatever is at hand. She sees quilting as a salvage art, incorporating both new and used materials to play with form and color. In her world, almost anything can be incorporated into a quilt once you learn how to see design possibilities everywhere you look.
Take a look at her work!
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!