Thursday, March 21, 2019

SHARP LEFT TURN?

I wanted to share some of my thoughts about QuiltCon 2019
and the quilts I found interesting or maybe NOT SEW MUCH.

My fav part of the show is looking at all the "Charity Quilts"
My least fav part of the show are the "Message Quilts"
we all have a message...I just prefer to write it vs quilt it!
😉

Lets start with an award winner by Cassandra Beaver
"Complimentary Convergence"
First place for use of negative space!
Except for a few dark squares and white background 
It's ALL THREAD!
and a good reason why she is an Arufil Ambassador!

Cassandra is a friend and in my local Modern Quilt Guilds.
Lucky to have had her quilt one of my quilts
 before she becomes famous...cause it's coming!


Here's a good shot of the entire masterpiece!



Apologies for not having all the makers names
but just take a stroll down a modern lane
and enjoy the view.

This was one of the award winners I liked.
Very fun!


And these were some in the show...I enjoyed.
I am not a fan of ALL SOLID COLORS or fabrics that read ALL SOLID
in a quilts...but this quilt caught my eye...
probably the beautiful quilting.


Quilts of Sherri Lynn Woods were on display in a pretty large section.
Her quilts are not really my style but I took a quick look
since they were a special exhibit!


And I really enjoyed the color challenge exhibit!
It's sew fun to see how people interpret the colors in their own unique style.





As I sat thru the AWARDS program the first night
I was thinking "IF these quilts are MODERN...
then I am NOT a MODERN QUILTER"
Most of the award winners (with a couple exceptions)
 reminded me of a style called CONTEMPORARY ART quilts 
(google Nancy Crow - the original IMPROV queen).

I saw so many more quilts in the show that I felt were award winners.
Perhaps the style of Modern Quilting 
(or at least those judging a modern quilt show)
 is taking a sharp left turn?


No I don't enter quilts, anymore, to any show.  Been there, done that. 
I know the work that goes into getting a show quilt made,
the nerves to actually enter it and the joy of seeing them hang in a National show!
I also know the disappointment of not getting a ribbon.
The thrill of getting a ribbon.

QuiltCon is BIG...I get that!
Its about the Modern Quilting Movement...I get that!
What I don't get is..

...attendees standing in line for 45 minutes (or longer) for registration check in
...why more kiosks are NOT available at registration to help folks check in
...attendees standing in line for 30 minutes to enter a lecture room!
...why there are NOT more scanners to move people quickly to their destination
...why more doors are not open to allows smoother entry to the show floor.
...why the vendors don't have longer hours for attendees to shop.

Yep, my blog, my opinion!

I wonder if... the good Lord is willing...
will I make a sharp left turn 
to the Atlanta QC in 2021?


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilts


One of the best parts of QuiltCon is looking at all the Charity Quilts.


Each year there is a theme...this year it was "tiny pieces"
And a specific color palate.



Here are a few random pics of the Charity Quilts
that hung all around the parameters of the show.
I do not have all the names of the makers..
but all makers were amazing.











At the end of the show the charity quilts are donated to a charity.


Friday, March 1, 2019

ALL ABOUT THE BEES


This quilt...stopped me in my tracks several times as
I viewed all the wonderful quilts at the 2019 QuiltCon.

I am not usually drawn to an Applique quilt.
Maybe it was the color combo (Black, Yellow, White)
Maybe it was the HUGE bee
Maybe it was the amazing quilting.
Maybe it was the story behind the quilt.

Maybe it was all of the above!



In any case...this BEE quilt received my vote for
"Viewers Choice"

And on another creative note..I recently made these notecards.






May-bee this is another reason I was drawn to the quilt!




Tuesday, February 26, 2019

2019 QUILTCON - BEST OF SHOW



BEST OF SHOW - QUILTCON 2019 - NASHVILLE
Not my favorite...😙 
I am not a fan of all solids or improv and a bit to busy for my taste.
BUT, Congrats to those who made this quilt happen!
Credits in Story Card below.


I did like the quilting...which gives lots of texture.


Story Card and Credits


Next Eastern Quiltcon is 2021!


I have been to 2 QuiltCon Events...Savannah in 2017 and Nashville in 2019
On the fence about going to Atlanta, but if an opportunity presents itself
I probably will attend.
How many QuiltCons have you attended?  

Friday, February 8, 2019

MY LITTLE MAKER...GEMMA

I luv when my great-niece, Gemma, comes over.
She is the closest thing I have to a Grand-daughter.
Once in awhile she even calls me Gramma
but we are quick to correct cause I don't want
any of her Grandma's upset!  😕
But I know she loves me "that much"!

Her Mama needed some Thank You cards
for her Dog Grooming business.

A perfect craft and lesson in card making!
This was the basic design I came up with
but Gemma would be making 20 cards.



It began with paper.. picked out two
colors of fun papers for each card.
One would cover the front of the card
the other would be the paw prints.


Then some trimming pieces to size



She punched out hearts and circles to make
the paw prints.


She learned how to use clear blocks with
stamps and how to ink those.


Then I showed her how to use the Stamperatus
She loved the "inking"


A few times the glue got away from her
and a mess was made.


Progress...
I think she loves hanging out with 
Aunt Kathy in her crafty space!


And DONE.
She actually let me stamp the paw print
on the envelopes.


And that's one happy little girl!


Well I wouldn't trade these "maker days" for anything.
Guess I need a "Stamp On" salutation...


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

POOLSIDE...soon!

The Poolside Tote by Noodlehead is probably my favorite tote bag.
I use soft and stable interfacing so it stands at attention.
No squatting allowed.

This llama fabric  had to become a bag!
The black fabric was buried in my stash
Perfect for pocket and straps.


The mustard/gold GRUNGE is great for the lining.


and before I know it...sewing begins.


I add key fobs to almost all my bags.


Back



I have this poolside tote...but it never sees the pool either!



Sew...whose ready for summer and the pool?
ME!  I am heading to Siesta Key, FL as you read this.
A 2 week, Thelma and Louise adventure, plus one more girlfriend.
I just might have one of these by the POOL!