The 80s party on the Friday night of QuiltCon was a lot of fun! I think those who had the best time were not even born yet.
The girls from Marmalade Fabrics, Tammy and Lisa, were dressed for the occassion. This after a very full day cutting and selling their awesome wares.
There were so many amazing quilts in the show. Judging must have been tough. I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of the Best In Show quilt but you can see it here. (Thank you, Hollie!) I also neglected to take good notes so I apologize for not giving credit for a couple but here are a few of my favorites.
Dear Stella as Charm Squares Baby Quilt by Melody Baker
Blue Ice by Jacquie Gering
Pantone Circles by Elizabeth Brandt
RGB Modern by Sherri Lynn Wood
Don’t Box Me In by Tammy Vasser
Texas by Dana Michaelsen
Stringtastic by Nicole Neblett
Kelsey’s Crosses by Mary Workman
Cancer Sucks by Austin Modern Quilt Guild for Cindy Crowell
Network by Cheryl Arkison
Windy City by the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild
Just One More Slice by Patty Simmons
Most of you have probably come across the great designs of Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio, formerly Fun Quilts. They have three awesome books to their credit:
What you may not know, is the husband/wife design team have a new magazine called Modern Quilts Illustrated. The third issue will be out in July. What makes this publication unique is that it doesn’t accept advertising, so what you get is three amazing patterns, plus extras each issue. I was able to snag a copy of the first issue and I now have two of the three designs on my to-do list.
Directions are easy to follow and include many illustrations, which is a must for me. Different colorways are also shown.
One of the most interesting pages is what they call Palette Chasing, “designed to encourage the exploration and discovery of inspiring color combinations.” This issue featured the palette inside the Library of Congress. While similar in context to the Design Seeds site, I really like the historical link this offers.
Call (708) 445-1817 to order back issues for $15 each or a year’s subscription of three issues for $30. Also check out Weeks’s blog, Craft Nectar, here. You won’t be sorry you did.
Earlier this fall, probably September, KCMQG had Susan Beal, author of Modern Log Cabin Quilting, speak at our meeting. She is such a sweetheart and shared with us her love of log cabin blocks. She and our board set up a swap with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. We turned in our gifts in November but I forgot to take a picture of my supercute potholders. I received mine at our meeting last Thursday and it’s so perfect. Thank you, Christina! She has a great blog, A Few Scraps, so check her out!
One of my KCMQG friends, Jenifer, just started a modern sampler quilt along a few weeks ago, and since I don’t have enough projects going at once I joined in. I actually resisted for a week or so, but caved once I saw how fun this was going to be.
Jenifer is taking traditional blocks and making them modern on Mondays. You can also make the traditional version on Tuesdays in addition to, or instead of. I like that these are only 6.5 inches unfinished which means I’m using a lot of scraps from the We Can Do It Skill Builder sampler.
I haven’t started the one for today, which is an applique skull. It is Halloween, after all. Otherwise I’m caught up with my quilt alongs and bees. Going on vacation this month really set me back. But I can’t rest…the Habitat challenge is due next week and Christmas is less than two months away! Yikes! Better get hoppin’…
Check out Forty-Two Quilts for directions: http://milo-designs.blogspot.com/
The Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1790417@N23/