Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Notes on a quilt show

I originally wrote some notes as I walked around the Quilt Show last weekend at Oaks, PA.

Sadly, I've lost them. But I'll try to trace my steps...

I feel as if I'm walking in a museum. Art. Quilts. Art-quilts. In years past I found myself walking around the vendors and being excited by all the lovely tools and fabrics for sale, but now that I've gotten to know quilting a bit more, I can truly appreciate the masterpieces and am actually here for the show and exhibits.

I didn't realize quilters, as any artists, often challenged themselves with a letter, a phrase, a thought, an idea to inspire. I should get back to that type of quilt for myself. Or maybe start!  I don't know if I've ever just started a quilt that wasn't for somebody. Last Spring, when I made the handprint quilts for the twyns' school auction, that was probably the first time. I miss those handprint quilts. They were so sweet. Perhaps I should recreate them (or combine all three patterns into one new quilt for myself) and get even more precise in the details.

Speaking of details, quilting takes time. I feel like I'm always in a rush. Usually it's the birth of the baby that is driving the finish. I should do some of these smaller quilts as an exercise in precision and finishing. Really give in to the practice of it. I loved the special exhibit, "Celebrate the Day", which honored unique "days" we may not know about. They were a lot of fun.

I'm no longer moved by the most traditional patterns that I've seen over and over again. But I'm also not into the modern pieces. Simple statement pieces are the best. Telling a story. I've always told the stories of my quilts but never have I let the quilts tell their own stories!

What an inspirational show! It's really good to have this 'check' on my skills and knowledge each year.  And now to Google all the fabulous 'challenges' and see if one might be right for my level of skills.

And guess what? Not a strip of fabric was purchased!

I did however, get that quilt-pattern-stamping tool. It marks on the quilt top and irons off. I'm very excited to have some guidelines in my quilting, especially if I try free-motion quilting at home again.

Ok I better get to the sewing room. Here are some photos of my faves from this past weekend.

One of the tribe

"Once Upon A Time" Best in Show
Best of the World. I can't get over this quilting. Much of the images were painted! This is "Chinese Journey in Three Parts" by Stephanie Crawford, UK
The perspective in the quilting of the flooring is TO DIE FOR.
This one had a little Steampunk action to it.
Ok I could look at these buttons all day!
Inspired by the Letter H. What a great idea! 

Clothing that's not too 'quilty'. Love it!
Who would have thought at a quilt show? More likely from Project Runway!!
Uh oh. Must steal idea for my daughter's dresses.
Guess what. The circles are all paint and quilting (NOT FABRIC!) - it's like a quilt on top of a quilt. 

This was a beautiful memory quilt on the loss of two children for this mama. The quilting & applique reflect this quote by Rilke: "Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love." 
This was part of the "Solar Sisters" challenge, which illuminated the need for solar lights in areas of the world without electricity. This is the story of a woman who was able to double her sewing business once she was able to work into the nighttime. 
More from "Solar Sister" challenge.

The story of an artist, Ana Mendieta, who was a ground-breaker, but died too young.

Sorry for the blurry photo; this woman did one quilt block for every week of the year, reflecting her year.
What a great concept!
Well now how cute is this. Who puts a shower curtain on a quilt, honestly. Too cute.
So creative. National Hammock Day
Highlighting multiple personalities disorder "day"
A feature fabric challenge.
The Joy of Dancing on a Rainbow

Thanks for visiting! 
Is it quilt season yet? 

Oh wait, first Halloween...then baby shower #1...then baby quilt #2....then host Thanksgiving....oh goodness...I better get to it!

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