Monday, February 25, 2013

QuiltCon: What I made, bought, and scored

QuiltCon was such a great experience in so many ways.  Every lecture I heard was so interesting, and the exhibition of quilts was so beautiful and inspiring.  The variety of classes offered spanned every possible quilting interest.  I took one full-day class with Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio. She's a founding member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, a current member of my Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, and an executive board member of the Modern Quilt Guild, the same board which successfully organized this first modern quilting conference.  Jacquie's class was on architecture-inspired patchwork.  I'm not finished with this piece but am pleased with what I have so far.  A lot of the fun of this class was seeing what others created during our short time together.  Jacquie is a teacher who commits herself fully to the creative process - I am amazed at her ability to think on her feet and problem solve.  The inspiration picture is one from my Columbus, IN brother.

  Wow.  So much to chose from.  These three Marcia Derse fabrics seem to fit in with the Asian direction my eye seems to be heading towards.  The little bundle of shot cottons caught my eye - at $20/yard this is not a casual purchase.  And despite vowing to not get another purse/bag pattern, I had to buy this one.  I won't even begin to list the things I did not buy, including an Oliso Iron.  I'm intrigued by it and used it all day in my workshop.  But I can't tell whether I really want it or whether I'm just having a case of iron envy.
There were some goody bags which contained a lot of advertising and a nice variety of freebies - some charm packets, some Aurifil thread (yippee), and some interesting bags/totes. In talking to the Kona representative who thought she knew me, I did confess that the one thing I was looking to purchase was a Kona sample card - and she gave me one. Nice! At Luana Rubin's lecture on Color Trends, I was one of 15 who won a doorprize - a fabulous packet of 25 fat-eighths. Luana is from, the place where I do most of my online fabric shopping and I think I'm a fitting recipient! I'm proud to be a modern quilter. The charitable focus of my local guild, of other guilds, and of the Modern Quilt Guild brings many to tears. There were 46 quilts created for the Austin, TX Children's Shelter. In meeting other guild officers, what we do for charity was at the forefront of our discussions. Are you wondering why I'm not posting what I saw? Every quilt exhibited at QuiltCon is worthy of priase, and others do such good photography. I'm sure I'll point you to some of these quilts in the days and weeks to come. Heather Grant did a wonderful presentation on the design fundamentals of Modern Quilting. These design elements include negative space, no borders, minimalism, graphic color palettes, improvisational piecing, (alternative) grid work, asymmetry, exaggerated scale, pixelization, modern traditionalism, and texture. Modern Quilters use these techniques - certainly not all of them at once - in various combinations. For me, texture and minimalism are at the top of my list. I had a chance to hear Yoshiko Jinzenji Friday - her work is stunning. I think I'll go to her two books, both of which I have, and try to center and prioritize my growing list of what I want to do first. ...from the quilt by Nancy Scott of Berne, IN - a large quilt using negative space


emedoodle said...

I had such a great time this weekend. I'm glad to have been lucky enough to go. I look forward to seeing what how your work is inspired by all this. I know I have a zillion ideas flying in my head after all this. Also, how did you get to be so lucky to get one of the cuss word zip bags? lol Mine is fairly PC comparatively.

Carol G said...

Glad you had such an energizing experience including those amazing scores. I LOVE Kona solids and am sure I will break down and BUY a sample card someday :-) Looking forward to the progress on your bridge quilt.

Mary Colter said...

Love your bridge Donna - nice job!

LSS said...

My Oliso could come vacation with you in a few weeks if you need a longer testing period. It won't be getting much use for awhile I don't think :-)