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

Some favorite booths from Quilt Market 2015

Yes, I am back from Quilt Market 2015 with a tons of pics. Most are of the exhibition, but before we get to those, I thought I would show you just a few shots of some of my favorite booths, mostly by some marvelous fabric designers.

In the next few weeks have several quilt exhibitions to cover so stay tuned…

Kim Andersson of I Adore Pattern

Kim Andersson of I Adore Pattern

Kim Andersson of I Adore Pattern

Kim Andersson of I Adore Pattern

Kim Andersson of I Adore Pattern

Kim Andersson of I Adore Pattern

Alison Glass

Alison Glass

Alison Glass

Alison Glass

Alison Glass

Alison Glass

Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel

Shannon Brinkley

Shannon Brinkley

Shannon Brinkley

Shannon Brinkley

Valorie Wells

Valorie Wells

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander

Heather Givens

Heather Givens

Heather Givens

Heather Givens

Anna Marie Horner

Anna Marie Horner

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Josephine Kimberling

Josephine Kimberling

IMG_0205

Jessica Swift

Maude Asbury

Maude Asbury

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett

Maureen Cracknell

Maureen Cracknell

Bari J

Bari J

Patty Sloniger

Patty Sloniger

Sew Kind of Wonderful

Sew Kind of Wonderful

Aurifil

Aurifil

RJR

RJR

RJR

RJR

Stitch Modern 2015

Finally we get to the Stitch Modern 2015 exhibition, the 4th annual show of the East Bay Modern Quilters. A non-juried exhibition, members of the group all submit a quilt if they like and we end up getting at least 1 up on the wall from anyone who brings them.

I must also mention that we have awesome events that go with this show every year.  This year we had:
• A lively lecture from Joe Cunningham, titled “Biased and Edgy: My Career in Quilts
• A workshop with Kathryn Clark: ‘Modern Quilts with a Message: Designing Quilt Blocks for Today’s Stories.
• A Stitch Up event–An afternoon of sewing in memory of Deanna Davis
• The now annual Family and Community Activity Day, including quilting demos
• The best opening party yet!

Oh, and many many thanks to Joel Ignacio, of Joey’s Planting, for letting me use many of his photographs here. An amazing quilter, gardener, graphic designer, AND photographer, he takes the photos for our social media pages. (I had a major fail with half of my photographs the day I took them. Thank you for the rescue Joel!)

The exhibition takes place at the Piedmont Center for the Arts and plans are underfoot for next year so stay tuned for that. Let’s take a look at the wide variety and wonderful quilts in this year’s show:

Untied by Kristen Hosemann, quilted by Sue Fox

Untied by Kristen Hosemann, quilted by Sue Fox

Untied by Kristen Hosemann, quilted by Sue Fox

Untied by Kristen Hosemann, quilted by Sue Fox

I Spy the Alphabet by Terri Carpenter

I Spy the Alphabet by Terri Carpenter

I Spy the Alphabet by Terri Carpenter

I Spy the Alphabet by Terri Carpenter

Northwest by Stacey Sharman, of Peppermint Pinwheels

Northwest by Stacey Sharman, of Peppermint Pinwheels

Northwest by Stacey Sharman, of Peppermint Pinwheels

Northwest by Stacey Sharman, of Peppermint Pinwheels

Joyful by Darci Read

Joyful by Darci Read

Joyful by Darci Read

Joyful by Darci Read

Every Picture Tells a Story by Margaret Glendening

Every Picture Tells a Story by Margaret Glendening

Every Picture Tells a Story by Margaret Glendening

Every Picture Tells a Story by Margaret Glendening

Water's Edge by Andre Morand

Water’s Edge by Andre Morand

Water's Edge by Andre Morand

Water’s Edge by Andre Morand

Wavelengths by Lauren Hungler

Wavelengths by Lauren Hungler

Wavelengths by Lauren Hungler

Wavelengths by Lauren Hungler

Ladder by Linda Hlady

Ladder by Linda Hlady

Ladder by Linda Hlady

Ladder by Linda Hlady

What I had by Kim Andersson, quilted by Terri Carpenter

What I had by Kim Andersson, quilted by Terri Carpenter

What I had by Kim Andersson, quilted by Terri Carpenter

What I had by Kim Andersson, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Midway by Anna Carloni

Midway by Anna Carloni

Midway by Anna Carloni

Midway by Anna Carloni

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Amish Inspired Bars by Kristen Takakuwa

Amish Inspired Bars by Kristen Takakuwa

Amish Inspired Bars by Kristen Takakuwa

Amish Inspired Bars by Kristen Takakuwa

Pop Pendants by Ann Haley

Pop Pendants by Ann Haley

Pop Pendants by Ann Haley

Pop Pendants by Ann Haley

Faults by Susan Paulukonis

Faults by Susan Paulukonis

Orange is The New Purple by Claire Sherman

Orange is The New Purple by Claire Sherman

Orange is The New Purple by Claire Sherman

Orange is The New Purple by Claire Sherman

Starry Fox by Birgit Hottentrott, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Starry Fox by Birgit Hottentrott, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Starry Fox by Birgit Hottentrott, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Starry Fox by Birgit Hottentrott, quilted by Terri Carpenter

Justine's Starbright Quilt by Adrienne St. John

Justine’s Starbright Quilt by Adrienne St. John

Justine's Starbright Quilt by Adrienne St. John

Justine’s Starbright Quilt by Adrienne St. John

Half-Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan

Half-Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan

Half-Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan

Half-Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan

Make Do by Kathy Grady.

Make Do by Kathy Grady.

Make Do by Kathy Grady.

Make Do by Kathy Grady.

Untitled by Patricia Smith

Untitled by Patricia Smith

Untitled by Patricia Smith

Untitled by Patricia Smith

Crossroads "15" by Sue Mary Fox

Crossroads “15” by Sue Mary Fox

 

Crossroads "15" by Sue Mary Fox

Crossroads “15” by Sue Mary Fox

Sun Shine by Sharona Fischrup, quilted by New Pieces Quilt Shop Sun Shine by Sharona Fischrup, quilted by New Pieces Quilt Shop

Sun Shine by Sharona Fischrup, quilted by New Pieces Quilt Shop

Sun Shine by Sharona Fischrup, quilted by New Pieces Quilt Shop

Sun Shine by Sharona Fischrup, quilted by New Pieces Quilt Shop

Happy Medallion Quilt by Rita Nguyen. Quilted by Natalia Bonner.

Happy Medallion Quilt by Rita Nguyen. Quilted by Natalia Bonner.

Happy Medallion Quilt by Rita Nguyen. Quilted by Natalia Bonner.

Happy Medallion Quilt by Rita Nguyen. Quilted by Natalia Bonner.

Rose and Shine! by Carol Van Zandt

Rose and Shine! by Carol Van Zandt

Rose and Shine! by Carol Van Zandt

Rose and Shine! by Carol Van Zandt

Moonshadows Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O'Connell, using Moonshadows fabric by Kim Schafer

Moonshadows Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O’Connell, using Moonshadows fabric by Kim Schafer

Moonshadows Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O'Connell, using Moonshadows fabric by Kim Schafer

Moonshadows Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O’Connell, using Moonshadows fabric by Kim Schafer

Hand Dyes Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O'Connell, using Hand Dyes fabric by Kim Schafer

Hand Dyes Pillow Covers by Ann Haley, made by Maryann Majorana and Pauline O’Connell, using Hand Dyes fabric by Kim Schafer

Biased Opinion by Pati Fried

Biased Opinion by Pati Fried

Sherbert Sunrise by Valerie Gibbins with Chancy Fessler, Terri carpenter, Anna Carlini. Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Sherbert Sunrise by Valerie Gibbins with Chancy Fessler, Terri carpenter, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Sherbert Sunrise by Valerie Gibbins with Chancy Fessler, Terri carpenter, Anna Carlini. Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Sherbert Sunrise by Valerie Gibbins with Chancy Fessler, Terri carpenter, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter

Carousel by Anna Carloni with Terri Carpenter, Chancy Fessler, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

Carousel by Anna Carloni with Terri Carpenter, Chancy Fessler, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

Carousel by Anna Carloni with Terri Carpenter, Chancy Fessler, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

Carousel by Anna Carloni with Terri Carpenter, Chancy Fessler, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

Paint by Improv by Chancy Fessler with Terri Carpenter, Anna Carloni, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Chancy Fessler.

Paint by Improv by Chancy Fessler with Terri Carpenter, Anna Carloni, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Chancy Fessler.

Paint by Improv by Chancy Fessler with Terri Carpenter, Anna Carloni, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Chancy Fessler.

Paint by Improv by Chancy Fessler with Terri Carpenter, Anna Carloni, Valerie Gibbins. Quilted by Chancy Fessler.

The Neighborhood by Terri Carpenter with Calerie Gibbons, Chancy Fessler, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

The Neighborhood by Terri Carpenter with Calerie Gibbons, Chancy Fessler, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

The Neighborhood by Terri Carpenter with Calerie Gibbons, Chancy Fessler, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

The Neighborhood by Terri Carpenter with Calerie Gibbons, Chancy Fessler, Anna Carloni. Quilted by Terri Carpenter.

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Terri Carpenter

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Terri Carpenter

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Stacey Sharman

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Stacey Sharman

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Terri Carpenter

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Terri Carpenter

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Kristen Takakuwa

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Kristen Takakuwa

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Margaret Glendenning

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Margaret Glendenning

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Chancy Fessler

Mini Amish Quilt Challenge by Chancy Fessler

The Quilted Fox and Planetarius

Today we get to meet Terri Carpenter of The Quilted Fox.  An active member of the East Bay Modern Quilters, Terri is also the go to person for those in the know around here for quilting to fit with their modern pieced quilts.  And lucky for me, Terri designed an oh-so-cool quilt using Luna Lounge. It’s called Planetarius AND there is a marvelous tutorial. It had a fun time in the Andover Fabrics booth at Spring Quilt Market 2015. Speaking of tutorials, check out Terri’s tutorial for drawstring backpacks.

An initiator of round robin and charity quilts, Terri was also a key coordinator of the show “Amish:The Modern Muse” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Her quilt ‘Flock of Starlings” (below)  won first place in the piecing, small, category at QuiltCon 2013, and her quilt “Squared Repeat” is published in the book “Amish Quilts, The Adventure Continues” by Lynn Coolish.  Currently doing “52 Weeks of Stitching” on her blog, she shares her sewing projects each week.

So that is a little bit about the humble, but pretty amazing and versatile Terri Carpenter of The Quilted Fox.  Oh, and shhh….word has it she will be teaching in the future, probably with her popular I Spy the Alphabet Quilt–pattern in progress! You know here at The Plaid Portico we like to share the stories about the people we meet along the way, and I just want to say it is just about my favorite thing. Color me inspired.

Now, let’s have a look at Planetarius and all of Terri’s quilts that we mentioned plus more!

Planetarius by Terri Carpenter using Luna Lounge fabric by Carol Van Zandt

Planetarius by Terri Carpenter

Planetarius by Terri Carpenter using Luna Lounge fabric by Carol Van Zandt

Planetarius by Terri Carpenter

Back of Planetarius by Terri Carpenter

Back of Planetarius by Terri Carpenter

I Spy the Alphabet by Terri Carpenter

I Spy the Alphabet by Terri Carpenter.  Pattern coming soon!

Drawstring Backpacks By Terri Carpenter

Drawstring Backpacks By Terri Carpenter using “Tidal Lace” fabric by Kim Andersson

Fawn by Terri Carpenter

Fawn by Terri Carpenter

Fawn by Terri Carpenter

Fawn by Terri Carpenter

Diving Deeper by Terri Carpenter

Diving Deeper by Terri Carpenter, using “Tidal Lace” fabric by Kim Andersson

Triple X by Terri Carpenter

Triple X by Terri Carpenter

Plus One More by Terri Carpenter

Plus One More by Terri Carpenter

Flock of Starlings by Terri Carpenter

Flock of Starlings by Terri Carpenter. 1st Place Piecing, Small, category, QuiltCon 2013

Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter

Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter. Published in “Amish Quilts – The Adventure Continues” by Lynn Coolish

Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter

Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter. Published in “Amish Quilts – The Adventure Continues” by Lynn Coolish

Simple Math by Terri Carpenter

Simple Math by Terri Carpenter

Hexi Star Mini by Terri Carpenter

Hexi Star Mini by Terri Carpenter

Amish: The Modern Muse

Amish: The Modern Muse at The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles runs in two parts.  The first part goes through January 10th, then the second part through March 1st 2015.

The museum asked local modern quilt guilds to submit quilts inspired by Amish quilts but with a modern take. The East Bay Modern Quilters, the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild and the South Bay Modern Quilt Guild gladly participated, and after being curated by San Francisco artist Joe Cunningham, it was decided to run the show in two groups. Good news, as there will be more marvelous quilts to post in January!

Alas this is my last post of the year, but the Plaid Portico will be back mid January with coverage of the second round of Amish: The Modern Muse, coverage of some up and coming designers doing cool things,and then some pretty comprehensive coverage of QuiltCon.

Happy New Year in advance!

Striped Amish by Pam Rocco, 2014

Striped Amish by Pam Rocco, 2014

Striped Amish by Pam Rocco, 2014

Striped Amish by Pam Rocco, 2014

Tribute by Pati Fried, 2014, machine quilting by Kerry Reed, both machine and hand quilted

Tribute by Pati Fried, 2014, machine quilting by Kerry Reed, both machine and hand quilted

Tribute by Pati Fried, 2014, machine quilting by Kerry Reed, both machine and hand quilted

Tribute by Pati Fried, 2014, machine quilting by Kerry Reed, both machine and hand quilted

We Are by Anne Sullivan, 2014

We Are by Anne Sullivan, 2014

We Are by Anne Sullivan, 2014

We Are by Anne Sullivan, 2014

House Top Quilts by Tara Faughnan, 2013

House Top Quilts by Tara Faughnan, 2013

House Top Quilts by Tara Faughnan, 2013

House Top Quilts by Tara Faughnan, 2013

X by Stacey Sharman, 2014. Cotton, linen, wool, denim, and upholstery samples. Machine and hand quilted.

X by Stacey Sharman, 2014. Cotton, linen, wool, denim, and upholstery samples. Machine and hand quilted.

X by Stacey Sharman, 2014. Cotton, linen, wool, denim, and upholstery samples. Machine and hand quilted.

X by Stacey Sharman, 2014. Cotton, linen, wool, denim, and upholstery samples. Machine and hand quilted.

What I Had by Kim Andersson, 2014. Quilted by Terry Carpenter

What I Had by Kim Andersson, 2014. Quilted by Terry Carpenter 

What I Had by Kim Andersson, 2014. Quilted by Terry Carpenter

What I Had by Kim Andersson, 2014. Quilted by Terry Carpenter

Zyklen by Vanessa de Fabrega, 2014

Zyklen by Vanessa de Fabrega, 2014

Zyklen by Vanessa de Fabrega, 2014

Zyklen by Vanessa de Fabrega, 2014

Amish-ish by Ruth Beeby, 2014

Amish-ish by Ruth Beeby, 2014

Amish-ish by Ruth Beeby, 2014

Amish-ish by Ruth Beeby, 2014

Look Who's Walking by Karen Foster, 2014.

Look Who’s Walking by Karen Foster, 2014.

Center Diamond, Up Close by Michelle Boyd, 2014

Center Diamond, Up Close by Michelle Boyd, 2014

Center Diamond, Up Close by Michelle Boyd, 2014

Center Diamond, Up Close by Michelle Boyd, 2014

Tic-Tac-Oh by Erin Metzler, 2014

Tic-Tac-Oh by Erin Metzler, 2014

Tic-Tac-Oh by Erin Metzler, 2014

Tic-Tac-Oh by Erin Metzler, 2014

Capitola Crossing by Karen Foster, 2014

Capitola Crossing by Karen Foster, 2014

Capitola Crossing by Karen Foster, 2014

Capitola Crossing by Karen Foster, 2014

Amish Electricity by Claire Sherman 2014

Amish Electricity by Claire Sherman 2014

Amish Electricity by Claire Sherman 2014

Amish Electricity by Claire Sherman 2014

Almost Amish by Lyndalee Korn, 2014

Almost Amish by Lyndalee Korn, 2014

Almost Amish by Lyndalee Korn, 2014

Almost Amish by Lyndalee Korn, 2014

1500 by Vanessa de Fabrega 2014, quilted by Angie Woolman

1500 by Vanessa de Fabrega 2014, quilted by Angie Woolman

1500 by Vanessa de Fabrega 2014, quilted by Angie Woolman

1500 by Vanessa de Fabrega 2014, quilted by Angie Woolman

Feeling Blue by Linda Hlady 2014

Feeling Blue by Linda Hlady 2014

Feeling Blue by Linda Hlady 2014

Feeling Blue by Linda Hlady 2014

MacAmish by Carole Rossi, 2014

MacAmish by Carole Rossi, 2014

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt 2014, using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt 2014, using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt 2014, using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt 2014, using Andover textured solids

Around the World Blog Hop

I’ve been tagged! In the Around the World Blog Hop.  By who? By Kim Andersson of i adore pattern, new designer for Windham Fabrics who is just coming out with her fabulous new fabric collection Tidal Lace. Check out the amazing look-book of gorgeous projects using her collection.  It has been fun seeing the whole process as she is a local design buddy I know from both textile design school and from the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild. Actually she was the one that got me to go to one of their meetings and I don’t know if I would have started to quilt if she hadn’t!

1. What Am I working On?

Oh my! First, I am working on 2 new design collections, one a follow-up to Pop Rox and Luna Lounge (coming in April next year) and the other a follow-up to Bel Air (by my alter ego brand name Lauren Marcella), coming out in December, all with Andover Fabrics.  I am also working on piecing 3 quilts, almost finished a fourth, and have 2 in the queue for quilting. Ha ha I am also working on our kitchen renovation plans!  Takes up a lot of time and creative energy! Demo begins in 2 weeks.

2. How Does my work differ from others of my genre?

Does it? Well there is so much work out there and good design at that. I haven’t reinvented the wheel but my designs are all original, and so therefore have my own”hand”, much as with other designers. We all make our mark!  People sometimes point out the movement in my work, or unusual layouts. As much as I collect inspiration I really end up working from imagination in my design work.  With quilting, as much as I try to plan, I usually end up doing improv. That is what makes me happy!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

Oh, I think I just answered this one. It makes me happy! Like many artists, I do think in whatever way I incorporate it into my life, I simply MUST create. It’s like breathing. There are no hidden meanings or messages to my work. I like to make things I haven’t seen before, though of course I am inspired by everything I see around me and by 200 year old art and design as well as the latest and greatest

4. How does my writing/creative process work?

For me, things usually come from imagination and sort of percolate up. Then comes the very pragmatic task of getting things drawn out on paper and rendered in the computer. Once motifs get rendered it is a RIOT playing with them and trying different things and layout, sizes, colors–it’s always a flurry putting together a design collection at the end. What I imagine in the beginning is only the start of what I have in the final collection. Though kind of like waking from a dream where you can only seem to remember portions of it, sometimes what I have in the end is just a whisper of the original creative epiphany.  Some things are just too precious for this world and never make it out into the light!

And…drumroll please…I am tagging Mitttie Cuetara and Pati Fried for the next leg of this journey.  I went local as I know both of these artist/designers from the area. And both designers to watch may I add!

Mittie Cuetara is a textile design school friend and design group buddy and is an incredibly prolific and versatile artist.  Her surface design website is mittiecuetara.com, but check out her current project of landmark illustrations printed on fabric items, at http://www.landmarkink.com

Pati Fried is a very well-known local quilter, teacher, and quilt pattern designer. She blogs on both her own site and See How We Sew. She also is a fabric designer and word has it, shhh…she has some new fabric design collections in the works.  I met her at the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild where her skillful and gorgeous quilts always make me swoon.

Check them out next Monday Oct 20th for their turn on the Around the World Blog Hop!
IMG_4017

Three quilts in the piecing cue….

IMG_4018

latest quilt in progress–almost done piecing…

Quilt Market Houston 2013

Phew!  That was a fun ride, but I am just a little exhausted.  It was my fourth time at Houston Quilt Market, and some of the fun in going back is that I get to see people that I have met before, or collaborated with on fabric/project trades, AND meet new people.  Well, and you just notice new things every time. Of course there ARE many new things every time, as every exhibit is different market to market.

It all started out with the Quilt Market sign-up catalog..and what is that on the cover? Hey that’s Tara‘s quilt! I know her!  How did her quilt get on the cover?  She submitted it to the exhibit. It was accepted and the powers that be chose it for the quilt image of the show for all their materials. Pretty exciting.  It was part of the “Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2013”. A fabric designer by day working directly for Michael Miller Fabrics, Tara‘s avocation has long been quilting. She started quilting when none of her peers were. These days she primarily uses solids and is known for her original designs and modern yet detailed compositions, and use of metallic threads.

IMG_0757

IMG_0762

Tara Faughnan and her Fireworks Quilt

Tara Faughnan and her Fireworks Quilt

So what were the trends this year?  I remember last year seeing such a large amount of white everywhere.  This year everyone was touting their color ranges.  There are so many companies now with new lines of solids, blenders, tonals and batiks and there were swatch installations everywhere showing the ranges in colors in these lines.

There were also a couple big splashes made at Quilt Market.  One was at schoolhouse with the Andover Fabrics Downton Abbey presentation. More on that later on this blog.  The other thing was the debut of Cotton + Steel, a new division of RJR Fabrics. From a small corner booth the 5 women making this happen made a surprise intro into the market –their collections will debut at spring Quilt Market. The big intro to their company is this absolutely stunning video. You MUST see it. Nothing like it in this industry. It is… dreamy.  Everyone from the designer community is excited for them and looking to see what comes next. Cotton + Steel video 

Cotton + Steel

The designers of Cotton + Steel: Kim Kight, Rashida Coleman-Hale and Melody Miller. Not shown: Sarah Watts and Alexia Abegg

What was fun for me this year is having friends at the show to meet up with in between our respective events and tasks. Fabric designers Kim Andersson and Caitley Symons were running the gauntlet meeting with fabric companies to discuss licensing opportunities. They both do great work, and I look forward to seeing their designs on fabric in the future.

Kim Andersson, Tara Faughnan and Caitley Symons

Kim Andersson, Tara Faughnan and Caitley Symons

And then I find Becky from Patchwork Posse and Heather from The Sewing Loft.  Yahoo! I met these two in Salt Lake City at The Creative Connection Event in 2011 and then again at The Sewing Summit in 2012. They both have great blogs and sew fantastic original projects, and its been fun doing some collaborations with them.  And in the middle is Caroline from SEWCANSHE, another great blog and I can’t wait to collaborate with her too.

Becky from Patchwork Posse, Caroline from SEWCANSHE, and Heather from The Sewing Loft

Becky from Patchwork Posse, Caroline from SEWCANSHE, and Heather from The Sewing Loft

Oh, oh, oh, and there I see Diana McClun and Laura Nownes new edition of Quilts, Quilts, Quilts, hot off the press!  I met Diana in my class at fabric design school and she has become a friend and mentor. Commonly known as “The Quilting Bible”, the previous versions of the book have sold a quarter of a million copies and they continued to write several more books. Breckling Press worked with them to create a new edition using more modern fabrics and palettes, so they redid the entire book with new quilts. I got to see most of the quilts in person and they are stunning. (Those are a couple of them on the table)IMG_0896

Ok, so this is a little about my personal experience at Quilt Market, but I have is a TON of photos and will be posting photos of cool booths, fabric designer booths and lots of photos of the quilts from the exhibits. It will be just the facts ma’am from now on with Quilt Market Houston 2013 coverage. So stay tuned…

IMG_1361

sore feet….

Off to Surtex

Well its been pedal to the metal the last several weeks getting ready for Surtex. But ready I am. Everything is packed and we leave in the AM.  I am lucky enough to not only have Jack traveling with me and helping out, but two designer friends are also going to help out a bit at the booth to learn the ropes for themselves.

Who are they? Kim Andersson is one of them, and her recent work can be seen on The Printed Bolt where she is doing great in their design competition having won 2 of the three challenges so far. Caitley Symons of Caitley Symons Designs is the other.  I met Caitley at Quilt Market and we have kept in touch. She has been designing and printing her own textiles (gorgeous!–check them out!) Both of these designers are talented with a great aesthetic and a great attitude and I look forward to Surtex’ing with them!

I have had to abandon the sewing projects in the last month, but look forward to some projects I have outlined for the summer. In the meantime, I was surprised to find a new design book I didn’t own and I love it!  Its 20th Century Pattern Design by Leslie Jackson.  Here I’ll show you the table of contents. I love the way it is curated and organized by decade. IMG_9451

 

IMG_9454

 

AND I can’t wait to get back and do some designs with leaves, as its been gorgeous walking around here this time of year with all the new leaves coming out and that amazing spring green. A few of my favorite shots below–not for the photography but for the potential for motifs.

See y’all after Surtex, and that will also be after Quilt Market which I am looking forward to catching up on the goings-on since I can’t be there!  I bet Andover’s booth is going to be great this year, what with the new logo and look at all.

 

IMG_9387

 

IMG_9394

Stitch Modern…Part 4, More quilts!

Well here are the final set of quilts from the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild‘s second annual exhibition Stitch Modern at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. (Thru Feb 24th, open Fri, Sat, Sun 12-3)

Check it out!

IMG_9071

Diamond Life by Kim Andersson

IMG_9060

detail of Diamond Life by Kim Andersson

IMG_8915

back side of Diamond Life by Kim Andersson

IMG_9030

Wonky Ladder Quilt by Ellen Heck

IMG_9031

detail of Wonky Ladder Quilt by Ellen Heck

IMG_8920

Mah Na Mah Na by Birgit Hottenrott

IMG_9010

detail of Mah Na Mah Na by Birgit Hottenrott

IMG_8960

Slightly Sober Path by Claire Sherman

IMG_8962

detail of Slightly Sober Path by Claire Sherman

Michelle4

Happy Stars by Michelle Sullivan

IMG_8956

detail of Happy Stars by Michelle Sullivan

IMG_8965

French Braid #3 by Pati Fried

IMG_9013

V’achalta V’savata: And You Shall Eat and Be Satisfied by Claire Sherman

IMG_8944

Urban Homes by Claudia Comay

IMG_8996

detail of Urban Homes by Claudia Comay