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My Top Ten Favourites from Quiltcon 2017

There was a lot of activity in Savannah, Georgia from 23rd-26th February with the annual Quiltcon exhibition taking place. There were some spectacular exhibits and you can see them all on the Modern Quilt Guild page but I thought I would give you my top ten.  Truth be told it was difficult just to chose ten. In no particular order but I am saving the best till last.

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10) BEST MACHINE QUILTING -FRAMELESS

Not Easy Being Green
Pieced and quilted by Mary Keasler
Chattanooga, TN, United States
Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild
@mizcontrary
40 x 54 inches
Use of Negative Space

“I decided to use bits of my leftover hand dyed fabrics and make small 4 patch blocks, not knowing what I would do with them. I decided to add strips in a log cabin effect. Still not sure of what I would do with them, I added the white fabric for negative space, then used a quilting design similar to the quilt blocks to complete the piece.”

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9) APPLIQUÉ: 1st Place

Inside Out

Pieced and quilted by Susan Bleiweiss
Pepperell, MA, United States
Individual MQG Member
@suebleiweiss
61 x 54 inches

“Original design, fused raw edge applique, cotton fabric and thread, machine quilted.”

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8) YOUTH 3RD PLACE

Supernova
Pieced by Aida Gates
Pieced with Aida’s grandmother Judy Moyer
Quilted by Laura Simmons of Pieceful Quilts
Binding by Aida’s mother, Julie Moyer
Parker, Colorado, United States
Individual MQG Member
@Mycraftyclub
52.5 x 52.5 inches

“My favorite part about this quilt is the explosion of color. The colors were chosen because my favorite color is orange, and blue contrasts really well with it. I like the story this quilt tells and that you can see movement throughout the pattern. This is by far my favorite quilt out of any I have made and I am excited to make many more like it.”

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7) PIECING 2ND PLACE

Finding The One
Pieced and quilted by Miriam Coffey
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, United States
Asheville Modern Quilt Guild
@coffeyquiltlab
39 x 48 inches

“This quilt is inspired by the notion of human companionship. I am interested in, how as humans we are always seeking the one to be our pair.”

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6) PIECING: 3RD PLACE

Vertigo
Pieced and quilted by Elaine Poplin
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Individual MQG Member
@messygoat
56 x 56 inches

“Dared by a friend, I reconstructed the 2002 Pinna illusion and made a quilt of it. Foundation paper pieced, hand-appliqued, and free-motion quilted. Permission to show the quilt graciously granted by Biangio Pinna, the original designer of the illusion.”

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5) GROUP & BEE: 1ST PLACE

Direction Optional
Pieced by Stephanie Ruyle, Leanne Chahley, Karen Foster, Hillary Goodwin, Marci Debetaz, MR Charbonneau, Felicity Ronaghan, Debbie Jeske, Anne Sullivan, Kari Vojtechovsky
Quilted by Christine Perrigo
Denver, CO, United States
Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild
@spontaneousthreads
76 x 76 inches

“#Beesewcial January 2016 prompt: “Linear” using a palette of off whites, yellows, grays with pops of red/pink/orange. The prompt centered around the use of line as an element; whether curved or straight was up to the maker. The rich tapestry of shapes made this an amazing quilt to assemble.”

Fireworks

4) MODERN TRADITIONALISM: 2ND PLACE

Fireworks
Pieced and quilted by Jeannie Jenkins
Willowdale, Ontario, Canada
Toronto Modern Quilt Guild
@itchn2stitch
50 x 76 inches

“This quilt is the third and final in a series that I designed on EQ7 after quitting my day job. Not sure if I did the right thing, I filled my days with designing quilts and proceeded to piece and quilt them. Looking back, it was the best thing I ever did, and the only regret is I should have done it sooner!”

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3) IMPROVISATION: 3RD PLACE

Scattered
Pieced and quilted by Jess Frost
Mount Stuart, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild
@ElvenGardenQuilts
65 x 68 inches

“Scattered is improvisationally pieced, and all cutting was done with a rotary cutter without the use of a ruler. As a result, all the lines through the quilt are quite organic. The dense free motion quilting is also intentionally organic, and features a variety of grids with pockets of curved designs. Big stitch hand quilting has been added in some areas to add another level of texture.”

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2) GROUP & BEE: 3RD PLACE

Organic Mid-Century Mod
Pieced and quilted by Laura Bennett, Jessie Aller, Neva Asinari, Ashley Bander, Tracy Baird, Ruth Bass, Laura Bennett, Nicole Folino, Michelle Kochan, Jessica Levitt, Janet Schoenfeld, Robin Tillsworth, Colleen Wiest
Princeton, NJ, United States
Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild
@drlbennett
60 x 60 inches

“This quilt was a progressive quilt at the Mid-Atlantic Mod quilting retreat. Jessica Levitt set the theme (Organic Mid-Century Modern) and color scheme, and a dozen quilters each prepared blocks. At the retreat, we worked together to develop these blocks into a cohesive quilt top, making the full design of this quilt top a truly collaborative effort. I then designed and constructed the quilt back, and quilted and bound the quilt.”

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1) BEST IN SHOW

bling
Pieced and quilted by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild
@twocatsquilts
98 x 98 inches
Piecing

“Foundation paper pieced from solid fabrics the inspiration for this quilt was a princess cut diamond.”

I love foundation paper piecing, but this quilt is almost incomprehensible, 98″ x 98″ what an amazing vision it looks just like a diamond.

No sewing for me this week except for play costumes. I am trying to make three wigs as well, which is not enjoyable. Will report back next week!

 

Rima

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One thought on “My Top Ten Favourites from Quiltcon 2017

  1. What fantastic work!!! Such talent! Thanks for showing to us.
    Of course – that’s where it all started – in America.

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