It is the day before departure. The brain overflows with details and reminders of things to do, pack and say before transporting to the other side of the world. The thought appeared that I have finally gotten used to the huge shift necessary for these long flights after 23 of them! Not being a flyer by nature it is an amazing shift of the mind. Go from one place to another....the same but different.
I have lots of quilts in my computer of quilts made from Adding Layers. I try to get them all up on the blog but it does take some organising. This one is a sweet version of Follow the Sun It looks so different and yet so pretty. It is always a thrill to see versions of my quilts so if you have made one, send me a photo! Thank you to Linda from Lansing, MI for sending me this...it makes me want to make this quilt again in new colours!
Just when you think they stop listening I got this photo from my big boy Oscar. He is on his trip around the USA with his AFL team playing and watching a demo tour of the very Aussie Football. They stopped in New Orleans where he took this photo before heading off to the LSU game for a tailgate party. Now, I am most impressed that he remembered his mumsy and her appreciation of all things quilty but it is also interesting to note all the things going on in this photo.
On a completely different note, this year I have taken up a position on a The Quilters Guild of NSW Judging subcommittee. Last week we (Lynne Hewitt, Deb Laurie, & Jan Foster) made the journey to Wollongong to judge the Illawarra Quilters collection of quilts for their show. It was a wonderful experience and one we all treated with great respect. It is a privilidge to be able to review the quilts looking for the best combinations of heart and soul, method and technique. The committee is seeking to standardise the process of judging, to train judges and to make clear the goals of selecting winners. The aim is to create a clear standard while being positive and constructive.
If you think that it is scary submitting a quilt for review I can only say that it is the same being a judge. The Illawarra Quitlers obviously have a large number of skilled quilters! We were busy considering quilts for five hours. If you have a group show coming up and would like to have the entries reviewed consider contacting the guild for information on having your show judged. Gotta be in it to win it!! Speaking of shows, this is the new venue for the 2015 Modern Quilters Show, The Pavillion Kiama! Filled with light, near the beach and full of quilt show attributes...the 2015 show will take place on 30-31 May, 2015. Submissions can be made by email to: www.modernquilters.com.au/entry-form and are welcome from anywhere in Australia. There will be 100 quilts on display plus...interactive sewing workshop sessions! Best put the date on the calendar and start a project today!!! Last year's show was a big success and this one will anniversary that and more!
If you are making a quilt, there are specific guidelines for modern to help you guide yourself through the design process. Here they are:
Improvisation – The quilt piecing has been designed with no template or defined pattern, therefore is impromptu. Piecing is improvisational therefore no use of a template or a defined pattern.
Minimalistic Design – The quilt design has few essential elements therefore using simplicity to create the maximum effect. The design of the quilt emphasizes extreme simplification of content and form to achieve maximum visual effect impact.
Use of Negative Spacing – The use of negative space within the quilt design which accentuates the quilt design. Quilt design incorporates a creative or significant use of negative space which is integrated into and/or organises the composition of the quilt.
Modern Traditionalism – The quilt design uses a modern reinterpretation of a traditional block pattern. This can include the use of alternative grid work, asymmetry, colour and scale of the blocks. Reinterpretation of traditional blocks. Quilt design incorporates the use of an identifiable traditional block pattern and modernises it by applying design elements such as alternative grid work, asymmetry, colour, scale etc.
Group and working bee – Any quilt design that fits into the above category.
Youth – under 18’s can be any item that fits into the above categories.
Think about the categories and have a go! This is story telling with textiles from today's perspective! Have fun!!!
Another guild activity coming up is "Corruption Cycle", a talk by Jenny Bain on Saturday 29th November. Jenny received a grant from the guild to study the implications of corruption in design with reference to political and social events. She has worked hard on her topic and will have a number of quilts and a narrative to go with it...Sounds interesting!
Having just attended the AGM on the weekend, congratulations to the new committee! We had the pleasure of a talk by Margret Sampson George. Although I see Marg regularly as she teaches at MO every week, it was fascinating to sit and listen (and not be able to interupt) as she told her story. There is so much we don't know about our "quilting friends" no matter how much we share. The guild is a great place to delve into the spirits of others and I am still full of new thoughts about Marg and how she got where she is as a result.
So, I'll finish with Margurite's Madness. It AMAZES me that she has made this quilt with so many of the lines of mine! It would take some serious concentration to reproduce something so random! Well done!
Always so much variety in a quilters life!!! One more day in the shop and then a busy couple of days at Quilt Market. If you are there and we cross paths, say hello!! k