Oh, New York Beauty. Boy, did you shine at the festival. How have I not tried to make one yet? The NYB quilts exhibited would inspire anyone to start piecing!
|By the London Modern Quilt Quild (50x50 inches)|
|Traditional NYB by Amy of Crafty Shenanigans (20x20 inches)|
I really loved this foundation pieced star, too! Paper piecing and stars...they get me every time!
|What a Gem by Jane Sully entered into the Miniature Quilts category.|
|I forgot to take a photo of the label! I'm sorry, quilt maker!|
My oh my there were some very talented quilters showing off their skills! Trudi's work was popping up all over - it always makes me smile. Two of my other favorites are below: Big Bang and Stack. Although I'm not gone on the fabric choices (a jelly roll and solids?) or the design in either quilt, the quilting draws my eye immediately.
|Big Bang by C.A. Sanchez and S.G. Medina in the Two Person Quilt category.|
The background fabric is white/cream - the lighting in the exhibit was pretty awful.
|Detail of Big Bang.|
|Stack by M. Munroe and R. Dorr, again in the Two Person Quilts category.|
|Detail of Stack.|
Of course, anything with a bit of biology always catches my attention. To my delight, there were a few quilts that incorporated orthopaedics! It's funny. This past spring my building at the university held an art exhibit where anyone could enter if your work had a scientific theme. Nothing beyond those old ball and stick chemical structures came to mind, so I couldn't be bothered. Now, something like these would have been lots of fun!
This quilt represents an x-ray of the quilter's daughter's spine, showing a clear curvature (scolosis). The background fabric was hand dyed, then stencilled. It was really beautifully quilted, too.
Ah, brown. We are not best friends. I don't know why you'd ever use brown here when you could use a funky funky color. That said, I love the clarity of the bones in the piecing. The background was screen printed and the rest appliquéd on top. It was machine quilted giving the illusion of additional seams around the screen printed sections.
All in all, the quilt exhibits had a little something for everyone. Some quilts I wondered how they were ever accepted for exhibit, others blew my mind with detail. There were modern ones, super traditional quilts, whole cloth quilts and even a quilted grandfather clock. Yep - something for everyone. In the end, we could each take away a bit of inspiration. I see a NYB or two in my future!
|By Wendy Kennard called The Lost Synapse (Fragments of Memory).|
|By Liz Smithbone called Scoliosis|
|By Sonia Crabb called Them Bones.|