Ever since I got involved in the quilt world I’ve been fascinated at how modern quilters interpret old block designs. Each year a classic block is put out there by the National Quilt Museum and each year I am amazed at how they are interpreted.
Flying Geese block from Craftsy – designed by Rebecca at QuiltingSupport.com
This year is Flying Geese.
Migration Patterns by Susan Mogan
At first I looked at the winning quilt by Susan Morgan and didn’t really get it. But somehow the colours and design stuck in my mind, and when I saw the title it made sense. Very clever.
I used to think I would make one of these quilts one day but I think I’ll leave it to the experts! Go see some of the other winners.
Citrus Zig Zag by Kaffe Fassett
Last chance to see this quilt exhibition at the National Quilt Museum. Kaffe Fassett was inspired by traditional quilts from the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles.
Many years ago I used to knit. (I still can, I just don’t any more due to time and other interests etc…….). A small group of us would gather at Bob Kelly’s shop, which in those days was in Middleburg, Virginia and is now at Hunt Country Yarns in the Plains, Virginia. Kaffe Fassett was originally known for his incredible knitting patterns and Bob worked as his assistant. There were a few fun anecdotes about Kaffe – none of which I will repeat!
I still have a couple of Kaffe’s knitting pattern books which I keep thinking – one day I will make something – at least a knitted vest maybe….
Anyhow – as you can see, colour is very important to Kaffe – and this exhibition highlights his design senses.
Blue Fronds – fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke
My little Blue Fronds quilt went off to the Studio Art Quilt Associates traveling Trunk Show. An interesting experiment in de-construction resulting in 2 quilts from 1.
The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh
This caught my eye – The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh. The piece was selected for the Turmoil exhibiton.
The Sentinel by Linda Colsh
And here is the flip side, The Sentinel by Linda Colsh, selected for the Tranquility exhibition.
The show debuted at the International Quilt Show in Houston.
To hear the accompanying artist statment click on the titles above.
To see more of Linda Colsh’s work go to her website – Linda Colsh.
Crystal Belle, a Garden Fairy by Crystal Colombo. People’s Choice Winner, 2016 Challenge: See Jane Sew
This is so adorable. I can see this little fairy in my garden – probably in a greenhouse or garden shed so she keeps dry.
To see more of the winning pieces from the 2016 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival you need to hie yourself to the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum where they are displayed until November 20th 2016.
Captain James Arthur “Jim” Lovell, Jr. by Ellen Icochea and Jayne Gaskins
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 and man’s first step onto the moon is the subject of a quilt exhibition and book entitled ‘Fly Me To The Moon’. You can read the interview with Susanne Miller Jones who put together the exhibition.
If you are going to the Festival this November then make sure you use Guide by Cell so you can hear the artist explain a bit more about each piece.
Sadly the piece I made for this book didn’t make the cut. You win some, you lose some!
Cleopatra: Looking for Short Term Relationship by Justina Coffey
I was browsing through this year’s BeadDreams winners and was – as per usual – amazed but not drawn by the pieces selected.
I love a good sense of humour and when I saw this amongst the entries for the Objects and Accessories section I fell in love. This is wonderful. And when you read the title you want to meet the designer. You KNOW you’ll have fun if you hung out together.
I’m truly sorry I didn’t spend the time to vote and try and get this little gem into the winner’s circle.
To see the rest of the designs go to the voting page.
Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson0
The National Quilt Museum is holding this gorgeous exhibition by the Manhattan Quilt Guild from August 12th to November 15th 2016.
I am very drawn to this quilt Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson. Not sure if it is the repetition of shapes, the colour choices, the off center design, the overlay of lines, or the whole kit and caboodle. Likely the latter!
Just a lovely piece.
Fabrications opened at the ArtReach Gallery in downtown Portland. The pieces for the show were selected from quilts made by members of the Columbia FiberArts Guild.
Two of my fractal quilts are showing at the Fabrications exhibition.The Cliffs of Progress and Lydia. Both are fractal based designs.
The Cliffs of Progress by Rose Rushbrooke
Lydia by Rose Rushbrooke
The Festival of Quilts, UK
I remember when this quilt show was held at the Alexandra Palace in North London. Now it’s at the NEC in Birmingham. I’ve been to both venues and enjoyed spending the day at each.
The Festival is on from 11th to 14th August. I love the European wording – Patchwork and Quilting show. In America we don’t use the patchwork bit so much.
Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore
This year the SAQA exhibition ‘Celebrating Silver‘ is showing. This is such a fun piece – Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore.