For some reason, I wasn’t going to go at all, perhaps I thought it would be too traditional? But that was not true, there were a wide variety of quilts on display and many which defied being put into a box. I debated taking a workshop, but with only the Saturday available to me, I decided I wanted to see the show (and spent the workshop money on fabric instead, please tell me that was a good idea).
I took a lot of pictures of quilts which appealed to me, and there was everything from a traditional farmer’s wife to an art quilt of a black bear which was impressive. I don’t think I will ever make a quilt like that; I like the piecing and patterns in traditional and modern patchwork too much. I concentrated on the quilting; for some, I thought the quilting was too much, that it distracted from the piecing, in others, the quilting was what made the design whole and complete. So here are a few, I made sure to take a picture of the label, and I will add links to the maker’s website if applicable.
Wendy Anderson (from somewhere near Woodstock, Ontario) made this quilt; I liked how the alternate half square triangles framed the pieced blocks and gave the eye a place to rest, and the quilting accentuates each block without overpowering them.
Spring Bouquet is again a very traditional pattern by Debra McCracken, this time applique, but I love the detail in the quilting. From farther back all you see in the applique pattern, but the flowers, feathers, and other motifs add a delightful interest close up.
Although I love the quilting in Star Light, Star Bright, I thought it overwhelmed the rather delicate pieced blocks and vintage fabrics.
So let’s get to the point of this post, shall we? What I learned is that the quilting needs to be considered right from the initial design, that it is an essential element of the final product. I also learned that I love free motion quilting (wait, I knew that already). I don’t love quilts which have perfectly matched fabrics and look like they belong in a catalogue; the accidental imperfections of fabrics which don’t quite match make the quilt seem more personally creative. In music, we talk about creating tension, sometimes by dissonance, which is then resolved in the final chord, thus creating the total experience. And in quilting, as individual a craft that it is, much the same I need to create a masterpiece where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
I will be linking to Sew Cute Tuesday with Blossom Heart Quilt.s