Improvisational quilting with Sherri Lynn Wood

As part of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild‘s show, Stitch Modern, they had a number of special events. One was a panel discussion on fabric design which I got to participate in which I enjoyed thoroughly, particularly meeting the other designers and sharing notes.  But I have to say the highlight of the whole show, AFTER seeing all the great quilts, was the talk I went to by Sherri Lynn Wood.

As you may know, I am now dipping my hand into quilting, just for the fun and art of it, and I really connect with many of the modern quilts I am seeing out there, and I really like the improvisational quilting style in particular.  I don’t really want to make quilts that look like someone else’s or follow a specific tradition or direction.  In my work, I design all the time for the commercial market, so when I sew I want to sew what I want to sew. Period. So hearing Sherri Lynn Woods speak about the improvisational process was just what I needed to really dig into the improv quilt I had started and make it happen. And I did finish it shortly after.  ….Ahem…. except the binding, but I will post when it is all finished.

Another very cool thing that Sherri talked about was Passage Quilts.   She works with people ” through collaboration, consultation and commission to make improvised quilts from the clothing and materials from everyday life”.  Love this concept. Hits me right in that spot. And she showed us one she made for her mother, Linda Susan Wood (1943-2003) which she describes as a “passage, bereavement, memorial quilt made from my mother’s casual clothes, Sunday dresses, bathing suit, robes and the dress she wore to my wedding”

Sherri is SUCH a good speaker, highly recommend if you get a chance. With a long resume of exhibitions, artist residencies and workshops, and with masters in both fine art and theology, she has a lot to share. Here are a few shots of the quilts she shared that day, but you might want to check out her site, daintytime.net for more!

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Linda Susan Wood (1943-2003) Passage Quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood, 2006, 73″ W X 75″ L

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Color Study 305 by Sherri Lynn Wood, 2008

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RGB Modern by Sherri Lynn Wood

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detail of RGB Modern by Sherri Lynn Wood

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Negative Space by Sherri Lynn Wood 2012

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Modern Improv Wool Log Cabin, By Sherri Lynn Wood, 2011, 90″x84″

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

Stitch Modern part 2

And more gorgeous quilts from Stitch Modern. Two more days to go and we will have covered them all!  If you’re just tuning in, Stitch Modern is the second annual show of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild.  Open through Feb 24th at The Piedmont Center of the Arts, Fri, Sat and Sun 12-3.

And without further ado, more quilts from the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild:

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Throwing Sparks by Daniel Rouse of Piece and Press

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detail of Throwing Sparks by Daniel Rouse

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Rebel Amish by Adrianne Ove of little bluebell

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detail of Rebel Amish by Adrianne Ove of little bluebell

Small Things That Have No Words by Amelia Terry

Small Things That Have No Words by Amelia Terry

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detail of Small Things That Have No Words by Amelia Terry

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Gum Drops Lollipops by Claudia Comay

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Gum Drops Lollipops by Claudia Comay

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Midnight Dancer By Valerie Gibbins

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Midnight Dancer By Valerie Gibbins

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Lovebug by Maxi French & Cyn Coulouthros of xoxo Quilts

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Lovebug by Maxi French & Cyn Coulouthros