For QuiltCon 2022 I submitted six quilts for consideration in the contest. The jury has selected the quilts for the show, and here are results!
Description: Inspired by a photograph of downtown buildings, Urban Cabins is a contemporary exploration of a traditional block. Central log cabin motifs grow improvisationally to embrace the hustle and bustle of a downtown community. Prints, solids, cottons, and linens create a diverse range of visual and physical texture.
Category: Small Quilts
Description: Inspired by the string art made in childhood, this whole cloth mini quilt used ten colors of 12 weight thread to create the rainbow color effect in the design. The negative space includes a grid of matchstick quilting in a matching white 50 weight thread. By omitting the fourth corner of the design, the negative space shifts into an unexpected focal point.
Category: Modern Traditionalism
Description: Inspired by traditional diamond one patch blocks, this design embraces the diamond shape while drawing it into a curved form to evoke feelings of a growing wave. The pairing of a soothing blue and turquoise color palette with an energetic diamond motif develops an ebb and flow echoing the underlying energy of a calm ocean.
Category: Pieced Quilts
Description: As the pandemic wore through 2020, we all needed something to look forward to, and QuiltCon Together was a bright spark in a dreary Winter. In anticipation of the event I decided to Quilt the Countdown by working on this quilt every day for the 100 days leading up to QuiltCon Together. A small amount of sewing each day grew consistently to emerge as a finished quilt by the time we gathered virtually. As we all venture out into in person events, this quilt has the opportunity to emerge once more in a physical form in the outside world.
The Value of Coral
Category: Negative Space
Description: Each year I construct a quilt using the Pantone color of the year. For the 2019 color of Living Coral I decided to create a quilt using a value scale surrounding the key color. I drew on my experience as a scenic painter for the theatre to emphasize value in a manner that creates the illusion of dimension in the finished design. In order to maintain focus on the pieced design, five colors of quilting thread were used to match each color of fabric.
Category: Fabric Challenge
Description: When the challenge fabrics arrived, I fell head over heels for the texture of the selvage edges. I decided to embrace the unique weave and texture of the fabric as a significant part of the overall design. By pulling threads from the fabric, I created stripes in each piece. Because of the two color weave to the fabric, pulling warp threads created lines of one color, and removing the weft threads created another color of stripe. To further enhance the textural effects in the quilt, hand quilting and ties were added to the machine quilting.
Congratulations to everyone with quilts going to QuiltCon! If your quilt wasn’t accepted this time, I hope you enter it again in either QuiltCon or another show. Every show, even the ones sponsored by the same organization, has its own personality, and your quilt may fit perfectly in another year!