Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Quilt Con: Trends Part II

I'm back with more observations from Quilt Con. If you missed my first set of trends, feel free to check them out too.

Circles or Quarter Circles

Drunkard's Path blocks of all arrangements seemed to be everywhere. While this compositional unit has been around since the 1800's, I have noticed a recent resurgence. It's difficult to derive how this came about, but some possible instigators are Leanne Charley, Amanda Hohnstreiter,
Angela Pingel who wrote A Quilter's MixologyJen Carlton Bailey, Latifah Saffir, and Cheryl Arkison.
Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter

Breathe by Leanne Chahley

Pixel Prowess

Pixels came on the scene a bit ago, but they are still going strong. If you want to try this yourself, I recommend watching the free Craftsy class and checking out my previous post on the subject.
Pixel Pusher II by Caro Sheridan

Little Brother by Stacey Murton

Put a Word on It

Literally making a statement is another trend that has maintained popularity. Messages ranged from emotionally-charged statements like "I AM A WOMAN WHOSE CHILD IS DEAD" (Self-Portrait: Year Two (Beneath the Surface) by Penny Gold) to song lyrics such as "TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?"
Blackbird Fly by Krista Hennebury

I'm going to make a trilogy of my observations, so please come back tomorrow to see the rest.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quilt Con: Trends Part I

In my explorations of the quilts at Quilt Con, I set out to discover what made the quilts juried into the show stand out amongst the thirteen-hundred entries submitted, and be selected to represent modern quilting. I did notice a few trends.

Free Motion

Some of the quilts at Quilt Con featured some really impressive quilting. I loved the combination of straight lines and pebbles in this charity quilt.
Down by the Edinburgh MQG in Scotland, Quilted by Tatanya
The use of free-motion shadow designs in this piece is jaw-dropping. What an incredibly generous gift this MQG quilt will be!
Here's another. I'm sorry there weren't any attributions on the display of charity quilts. Please comment if you know who is responsible for these incredible creations.

The show also boasted some exceptional free-motion skill. The secondary designs created on Moving Target add another layer of artistry.
Moving Target by Christine Perrigo
How about a scoot back to see the full effect? The transparency of this Bias Tape Challenge quilt makes it even more mesmerizing.

Moving Target by Christine Perrigo

As Seen On...

Many of the quilts at Quilt Con gave me a sense of deja vu, as I remembered them from recently-released publications or blog posts. Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced who co-authored Vintage Quilt Revival, Christa Watson of Christa Quilts, and Amy Garro of 13 Spools who wrote Paper Pieced Modern were well-represented, among others.
Chandelier by Lee Heinrich
Freeflow by Lee Heinrich
Wavelength by Lee Heinrich
March: Modern X by Christa Watson
Icy Waters by Amy Garro

Ceiling Tiles by Amy Garro
Moccasin by Anne Marie Chany of Gen X Quilters
Moccasin by Anne Marie Chany of Gen X Quilters

Straight-Line and Matchstick Quilting

I would go so far as to say the majority of quilts at Quilt Con employed some form of straight line quilting, be it matchstick, big-stitch hand quilting, or parallel lines.
Ascend by Nicole Neblett

Ceiling Tiles by Amy Garro
Building Bridges by Jacquie Gering

If you attended Quilt Con or have followed the action online, have you noticed these characteristics, or are there others that stood out to you? I'll be back tomorrow with the continuation of my observations, so I hope you'll come back soon!
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Odds & Ends

My menagerie has a new addition, Mr. Hippo. (Clever and original name, right?) He was designed by Juliet at The Tartankiwi, and will be released shortly.
Hippo by Juliet @ The Tartankiwi @ Quilting Mod
Why did I need a hippo? If you remember Mr.Elephant, you might realize that he's been a little lonely pinned up to the wall, all by his lonesome, ever since October. I hope that if he has a friend, others might join him, and someday there may be a whole zoo of animals pieced together into a quilt.
Elephant by Juliet @ The Tartankiwi @ Quilting Mod
I used the same batiks to bring some continuity to the two. Yes, I realize batiks aren't viewed as the most modern material, but they are pretty, and I got a little bit carried away at an inventory reduction sale so it's time to consume.
Unrelated to my growing animal population, I've sent away one Super-Sized Scrappy Tiles Block. At 24" square, it's a big one! Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs asked for a scrappy, monochromatic look in her favorite color, blue.
Super-Sized Scrappy Tiles Block by Meadow Mist Designs @ Quilting Mod
I've received my quilt top back from the Modern Quilting Facebook Group Round Robin. I love all the fun details everyone added.
Modern Quilting Facebook Group Round Robin @ Quilting Mod
I'll be back soon with some insights from Quilt Con, so don't be a stranger!
I'm linking up with:
The DIY Dreamer
Sew Cute Tuesday
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Layers of Charm Blog Hop with Fat Quarter Shop

Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for allowing me to participate in their Layers of Charm Blog Hop.
The Layers of Charm quilt project is part of the Shortcut Quilts series on Fat Quarter Shop's YouTube Channel.
I used a layer cake of Daysail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and a charm pack of Moda Bella Solids in Navy.

Linda Noordt, a local professional long-armer, took care of the quilting for me. She did swirling feathers using matching navy thread for the diamonds and a meander/stipple using white thread for the rest. I used solid navy for the backing and binding.
You may have noticed my coordinating project. You'll be pleased to know that the pillow top was created using only extra scraps from the quilt project.
If you want to make your own, simply mark a line 1/2" from the diagonal line on the charm squares. When you align the charm squares with the corner of the layer cake squares, make sure the shorter line is closer to the corner. Keep your pieces chained together, pull them out out of the machine, and put them back through. This time, sew on the shorter line. Press the larger triangle toward the corner, and while you're pressing, press the smaller triangle open into a half square triangle. Cut off the excess fabric by cutting down the middle of the two sewn lines. This will leave you with the blocks needed for the quilt and enough half square triangles for the pillow top.
Square up the half square triangles to 4" and arrange them as shown for piecing. The pillow top will be 21" finished.
For the quilting, I marked radiating straight lines for the navy part, which I quilted using my walking foot; the remaining space was stippled. I used Riley Blake's Easy Lapped Zipper Closure for Pillows Tutorial for the back. The back of the pillow will require an extra 3/4 yard of fabric.

I highly recommend this project if you are looking for a quick and easy project that highlights favorite fabrics nicely.
I'm linking up with:
Cooking Up Quilts

Modern Tradition Quilts
mop it up mondays
Sew Cute Tuesday
The DIY Dreamer

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