Ideas from Outstanding Quilts

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo took over our local convention center for the last several days, bringing several curated quilt exhibits. I saw so many quilts with techniques that I want to remember!

“Separated” – a quit by Valerie Luberecki. It was included in the exhibit “Best of QuiltCon 2019” from the Modern Quilt Guild.

There’s quite an impact here with just piecing—starting with strips with squares, and changing the scale to create blocks. It was visually interesting from a distance and close up.

Log Cabin, Log Cabin – top made by Linda Reuss Benson. Part of the “Log Cabin Quilt Challenge” sponsored by the expo.

This quilt had slanted log cabins for the roof area, and some sort of spiral polygon log cabins in the brush bellow the house and stones below the house.

“Nine-Banded Armadillo” – a quilt by Maggie Ward. Part of a quilt exhibit/book project where each quilt represented a different National Park.

I immediately fell in love with the multiple lines of lace used to create the ridges of each armadillo.

“Landscape” from the Olympic National Park by Regina Grewe

This quilt is pieced in sections that are sometimes rectangles, triangles and polygons. All of the detail is pieced, not appliqued.

Green Frog – Also part of the National Parks Exhibit, sorry I missed the whole name of the artist.

I think this is fused piecing, where the artist can cut the tiniest of scraps to add color, just like painting. The edges of the pieces are raw, and they are glued down with either glue or ironed fusing. Each piece has also been anchored with a line of stitching near the edge.

Moonlit Canyon by Melody Money – part of the SAQA Dusk to Dawn exhibit.

Couched fibers and bead embroidery are heavily laden on this piece, and the effect was exotic and luxurious.

“Yellow Haze of the Sun” by Susan Lee – part of the SAQA Dusk to Dawn exhibit.

Take a grid of squares, and draw circles of varying sizes over those squares. Now, create patterns for those divided squares and piece them. Quilt on the circle lines to emphasize the shapes. It’s interesting even before color choices are considered.

Part of a quilt exhibit, “Vintage Made Modern” – appeared to be vintage quilt tops, finished by a modern long-arm quilters.

Matchstick quilting

Varying the width of straight quilting stitches to make areas stand out.
All of the exhibits at the sewing expo.

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