The Quilts from Stitch Modern 2017

Here we have the quilts from Stitch Modern 2017, an exhibition put on annually by the members of East Bay Modern Quilters at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.

Rosetta by Daniel Rouse

Rosetta by Daniel Rouse

Rosetta by Daniel Rouse

Rosetta by Daniel Rouse

Color Valleys by Joel Ignacio

Color Valleys by Joel Ignacio

Color Valleys by Joel Ignacio

Color Valleys by Joel Ignacio

Wall of Words by Pati Fried

Wall of Words by Pati Fried

Wall of Words by Pati Fried

Wall of Words by Pati Fried

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Sequestration by Stacey Sharman

Sequestration by Stacey Sharman

Sequestration by Stacey Sharman

Sequestration by Stacey Sharman

We Are United by Margaret Glendening

We Are United by Margaret Glendening

We Are United by Margaret Glendening

We Are United by Margaret Glendening

Untitled by Patricia Smith, quilted by Sue Fox

Untitled by Patricia Smith, quilted by Sue Fox

Untitled by Patricia Smith, quilted by Sue Fox

Untitled by Patricia Smith, quilted by Sue Fox

Holloway Brooch 2017 by Birgit Hottenrott

Holloway Brooch 2017 by Birgit Hottenrott

Holloway Brooch 2017 by Birgit Hottenrott

Holloway Brooch 2017 by Birgit Hottenrott

Maya's Quilt by Kathy Grady

Maya’s Quilt by Kathy Grady

Maya's Quilt by Kathy Grady

Maya’s Quilt by Kathy Grady

Hugs and Kisses pieced by Kirsten Hosemann

Hugs and Kisses pieced by Kirsten Hosemann

Hugs and Kisses pieced by Kirsten Hosemann

Hugs and Kisses pieced by Kirsten Hosemann

Untitled by Fern Royce

Untitled by Fern Royce

Untitled by Fern Royce

Untitled by Fern Royce

Untitled by Alice McCain

Untitled by Alice McCain

Untitled by Alice McCain

Untitled by Alice McCain

The Jean Wells Quilt by Alison Schmidt

The Jean Wells Quilt by Alison Schmidt

The Jean Wells Quilt by Alison Schmidt

The Jean Wells Quilt by Alison Schmidt

Spiky Swirls by Cathy Roha

Spiky Swirls by Cathy Roha

Spiky Swirls by Cathy Roha

Spiky Swirls by Cathy Roha

Spain in My Heart by Ashley Nickels

Spain in My Heart by Ashley Nickels

Spain in My Heart by Ashley Nickels

Spain in My Heart by Ashley Nickels

Shoo Fly or not Shoo Fly by Kristen Takakuwa

Shoo Fly or not Shoo Fly by Kristen Takakuwa

Primal Code by Kathy Grady

Primal Code by Kathy Grady

Nine-patch- Another Rainy Day in Berkeley by Sue Mary Fox

Nine-patch- Another Rainy Day in Berkeley by Sue Mary Fox

Nine-patch- Another Rainy Day in Berkeley by Sue Mary Fox

Nine-patch- Another Rainy Day in Berkeley by Sue Mary Fox

Memory Lane by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Alethea Ballard

Memory Lane by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Alethea Ballard

Memory Lane by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Alethea Ballard

Memory Lane by Carol Van Zandt, quilted by Alethea Ballard

Lift Off by Chancy Fessler and EBMQ, quilted by Sue Fox

Lift Off by Chancy Fessler and EBMQ, quilted by Sue Fox

Lift Off by Chancy Fessler and EBMQ, quilted by Sue Fox

Lift Off by Chancy Fessler and EBMQ, quilted by Sue Fox

Improv Stars by Claire Sherman

Improv Stars by Claire Sherman

Improv Stars by Claire Sherman

Improv Stars by Claire Sherman

Helenite by Anna Carloni

Helenite by Anna Carloni

Helenite by Anna Carloni

Helenite by Anna Carloni

Green Energy by Lynn Crook

Green Energy by Lynn Crook

Green Energy by Lynn Crook

Green Energy by Lynn Crook

Elephant and I , pieced by Jennifer Sampou, quilted by Jocelyn Marzan

Elephant and I , pieced by Jennifer Sampou, quilted by Jocelyn Marzan

Elephant and I , pieced by Jennifer Sampou, quilted by Jocelyn Marzan

Elephant and I , pieced by Jennifer Sampou, quilted by Jocelyn Marzan

Four Directions by Michelle Wyman

Four Directions by Michelle Wyman

Four Directions by Michelle Wyman

Four Directions by Michelle Wyman

Balancing Act by Lynn Crook

Balancing Act by Lynn Crook

4 Square at the Shed by Mary Burnett and Kristen Takakuwa, quilted by Kristen Takakuwa

4 Square at the Shed by Mary Burnett and Kristen Takakuwa, quilted by Kristen Takakuwa

#feministquilt by Darci Read Alexis

#feministquilt by Darci Read Alexis

#feministquilt by Darci Read Alexis

#feministquilt by Darci Read Alexis

Quilter Spotlight: Pati Fried

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!

Give me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Give me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Give Me Liberty by Pati fried, quilted by Kerry Reed

Give me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Give me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Give me Liberty by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Tribute by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Tribute by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Tribute by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Tribute by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Let It Rain by Pati Fried

Let It Rain by Pati Fried

Let It Rain by Pati Fried

Let It Rain by Pati Fried

Shortcuts by Pati Fried

Shortcuts by Pati Fried

Shortcuts by Pati Fried

Shortcuts by Pati Fried

The Headlands by Pati Fried

The Headlands by Pati Fried

The Headlands by Pati Fried

The Headlands by Pati Fried

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried

The Big Wasabi by Pati Fried

Making Waves, piecing and pattern by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed, using Tidal Lace fabrics by Kim Andersson

Making Waves, piecing and pattern by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed, using Tidal Lace fabrics by Kim Andersson

Making Waves, piecing and pattern by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed, using Tidal Lace fabrics by Kim Andersson

Making Waves, piecing and pattern by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed, using Tidal Lace fabrics by Kim Andersson

Pop Rox hashtag quilt by Pati Fried, quilted by Terri Carpenter, thequiltedfox.com

Pop Rox hashtag quilt by Pati Fried, quilted by Terri Carpenter, thequiltedfox.com

Pop Rox hashtag quilt by Pati Fried, quilted by Terri Carpenter, thequiltedfox.com

Pop Rox hashtag quilt by Pati Fried, quilted by Terri Carpenter, thequiltedfox.com

Colorplay by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Colorplay by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Colorplay by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

Colorplay by Pati Fried, quilting by Kerry Reed

I love this Yardstick Sewing Tote!

Yardstick Sewing Tote by Pati Fried

Yardstick Sewing Tote by Pati Fried

Yardstick Sewing Tote by Pati Fried

Yardstick Sewing Tote by Pati Fried

Panel with Braid by Pati Fried

Panel with Braid by Pati Fried

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Known for her continuos braids, she designed a “Braid Trimmer” ruler that comes with simple instructions on how to make a braid.

Pati Fried's "Braid Trimmer"

Pati Fried’s “Braid Trimmer”

Pati Fried

Pati Fried

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

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

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!
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Three quilts in the piecing cue….

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latest quilt in progress–almost done piecing…

Voices in Cloth 2014: Part Four

And more quilts from the Voices in Cloth 2014 exhibition:

Inspiration Is Where You Find It by Sally V. Houston, quilted by Sue Fox

Inspiration Is Where You Find It by Sally V. Houston, quilted by Sue Fox 

Inspiration Is Where You Find It by Sally V. Houston, quilted by Sue Fox

Inspiration Is Where You Find It by Sally V. Houston, quilted by Sue Fox

Finalement by Lark Stratton

Finalement by Lark Stratton

Finalement by Lark Stratton

Finalement by Lark Stratton

Solar Power by Lynn Crook. Pattern by Pam Rocco.

Solar Power by Lynn Crook. Pattern by Pam Rocco.

Solar Power by Lynn Crook. Pattern by Pam Rocco.

Solar Power by Lynn Crook. Pattern by Pam Rocco.

Ignition by Nancy Bardach

Ignition by Nancy Bardach

Ignition by Nancy Bardach

Ignition by Nancy Bardach

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Color Play by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed. Inspired by a pattern by Olde Green Cupboard Designs

Color Play by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed.  Inspired by a pattern by Olde Green Cupboard Designs

Color Play by Pati Fried, quilted by Kerry Reed. Inspired by a pattern by Olde Green Cupboard Designs

Makawao by Gay Nichols, quilted by New Pieces

Makawao by Gay Nichols, quilted by New Pieces

Makawao by Gay Nichols, quilted by New Pieces

Makawao by Gay Nichols, quilted by New Pieces

Cold Water in Canyonland by Karen O'Rourke, from the Kilim design by Kaffe Fassett

Cold Water in Canyonland by Karen O’Rourke, from the Kilim design by Kaffe Fassett

Cold Water in Canyonland by Karen O'Rourke, from the Kilim design by Kaffe Fassett

Cold Water in Canyonland by Karen O’Rourke, from the Kilim design by Kaffe Fassett

Nanay's Stars by Joel Ignacio

Nanay’s Stars by Joel Ignacio

Nanay's Stars by Joel Ignacio

Nanay’s Stars by Joel Ignacio

Not Your Grandmother's Yoyo's by Diana Berry

Not Your Grandmother’s Yoyo’s by Diana Berry

Not Your Grandmother's Yoyo's by Diana Berry

Not Your Grandmother’s Yoyo’s by Diana Berry

 

Fans by Patricia Bruvry

Fans by Patricia Bruvry

Fans by Patricia Bruvry

Fans by Patricia Bruvry

Whirled Birds and Butterflies by Lissa Miner, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Whirled Birds and Butterflies by Lissa Miner, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Whirled Birds and Butterflies by Lissa Miner, quilted by Kathy Ritter

Whirled Birds and Butterflies by Lissa Miner, quilted by Kathy Ritter

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!

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Diamond Life by Kim Andersson

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detail of Diamond Life by Kim Andersson

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back side of Diamond Life by Kim Andersson

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Wonky Ladder Quilt by Ellen Heck

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detail of Wonky Ladder Quilt by Ellen Heck

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Mah Na Mah Na by Birgit Hottenrott

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detail of Mah Na Mah Na by Birgit Hottenrott

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Slightly Sober Path by Claire Sherman

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detail of Slightly Sober Path by Claire Sherman

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Happy Stars by Michelle Sullivan

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detail of Happy Stars by Michelle Sullivan

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French Braid #3 by Pati Fried

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

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Urban Homes by Claudia Comay

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detail of Urban Homes by Claudia Comay

Stitch Modern Part 3

Ok, we’re almost 3/4 of the way through here…at least as far as the quilts go. There is more to share beyond the quilts themselves and we’ll see how much I can muster together for you this month.

For those just tuning in, these are quilts showing at Stitch Modern, the second annual exhibition of the  East Bay Modern Quilt Guild at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.  On through February 24th, Fri, Sat, Sun 12-3, plus during Stitch Modern Special Events

Voila!  More quilt gorgeousness…

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Geos by Joel Ignacio of Joey’s Planting

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detail of Geos by Joel Ignacio of Joey’s Planting

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Usable Squares by Terri Carpenter of The Fox’s Den

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detail of Usable Squares by Terri Carpenter

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quilt by Tara Faughnan

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quilt by Tara Faughnan

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Antique Butterfly Kisses by Pati Fried

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detail of Antique Butterfly Kisses by Pati Fried

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Engulfed in Flames by Cathy Roha

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The Spaces Between by Amelia Terry

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detail of The Spaces Between by Amelia Terry

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Not Your Granny’s Granny Squares by Margaret Glendening

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detail of Not Your Granny’s Granny Squares by Margaret Glendening