Waking up to plaid is fun!
It is fascinating to workshop with quilters that I don't know. The ladies of Mt Vernon gave as much as they got yesterday. We started out in the shop, Calico Creations. I asked them to stand in front of the bay that they would most often shop from...then suggested they try something new! It was fun to see how they all took on board the suggestion. Habits are so comfortable and changing them is hard but it always reveals something good inside.
Cathy did hers free form which was a first but an exciting idea. Not only were her strips varied but also her degrees of value and neutral fabrics were challenged. Oh, and she had tons of Roberta Horton plaids!
Stephanie showed me a few of the quilts she had made from my books. This one is Fractured Heart from Adding Layers and what a beauty! I love this quilt which is a carry on from Fractured in Making Quilts and also appeared on the day...
Judy also made Fractured...
So on to day to and today it will be Modern Wedfe...always a whirlwind of color. Thanks so much to everyone for working from my books. Good to see it happening.
More to come so stay tuned! K
I woke this morning to the sound of roosters crowing and wondered where I was! This is my view, ironically in a plaid room in Mt Vernon, Washington. My posse and I are having a wonderful time. This was our morning and evening view for the last five days...
Last week hosted by Karen in Bellingham was just the right amount of happy faces and design exploration. As you can see, by the time we left her she had an action plan for her plaids and we had an action plan for her next project! She and Dave made us feel welcome and relaxed...just like home but on the other side of the world.
We had two workshops, Modern Wedge and Gypsy Kisses. Both were full of color and choices....one of my personal discoveries was how these two workshops went together. Photo roll...
So with the show behind us and the trip ahead I pause to talk about a great new design source...Studio KM.
Out of the blue we saw a new range, Garden of Earthly delight appear on the horizon of MUST have fabrics.
The range is full of respect for vintage lines and shapes but pays homage to the colors of today. We got it in and watched it disappear into the hands of our creative extensions...quilters.
The NSW Quilt Show has come to an end. This is generally the most inspired of days for me...mind full of things to make happen!
With heavy feet but a happy heart from a big day of quilters fascinations like...
Megan Manwarring won a nice prize for her beautiful Log Cabin in the read and white category.
And it was a pleasure for me to award Catherine Butterworth the Creative Use of Color for her magnificent quilt Carnaby Street!
Adding Layers talk at 1:30. Let's talk fabric trends, shapes and what we love... To create!
Oh and did I mention the show? Hundreds of glorious results by the quilters of NSW. #nswquiltguild #nswquiltershow
Hope to see you at the show! Kathy
Meanwhile, back at the front...we are preparing lots of new things for the NSW Quilt Show starting Wednesday, 17 June. These are 1mt bolster cushions we had made because...well we wanted them! They are a super size for at the top of the bed or for on the sofa. I've already made 3!
Marg George o-files will have seen this in class (and thanks to one of them) we now have them in stock at MO. Ask for Marg's Star templates and papers in three sizes which are 2", 1" and for the really crazy ones, 3/4" papers. The templates make for easy cutting. We'll have them at the NSW Quilt show on our booth to reveal the mystery!
Speaking of new ways to keep your fingers making your eyes happy how about these shapes?
Make a Bee Line to Material Obsession before they are sold out!
Last but not least, we have three free patterns created for you by Shauna at Leutenegger and me to use with the Trail Blazing range on hand and some easy projects. We can't wait to see what you all do with it as well. We'll have bundles and kits at the show.
Hmmm what else? What???? You want more? We'll have more! I'll be doing my Adding Layers talk about diving into what you like with heart in hands each afternoon. And Wendy Williams will be doing her Handy Hanger phone case Make and Take at 10am. Come along and have a look / listen / chat.
Oh and just a bit of heads up warning... The MO posse is heading out of town in a few weeks. We'll be heading to Seattle and looking for Quilty places to go!!! Any suggestions? Then we go to Ferndale with Running With Scissors before going to Mt Vernon to Calico Creations and a trunk show with Fabric-etc... Busy couple of weeks. Hope to meet lots of new quilters!
After that we head to workshops at The Broadway in Sonoma and The Cotton Patch. Can't wait to get a wedge on in all these new places!!!
Off to rest the mind.... See you soon!
For nearly the last year I have been participating in the NSW Judging Education Program. We have studied elements of technique, design, style and making to establish guidelines and equal standards for judging shows. Making a quilt is a rewarding and personal experience. Winning a prize for that effort is a joyful experience. Selecting the quilts is a serious responsibility and one not taken lightly.
What I personally have learned is immense and somewhat unexpected. I have exhibited quilts in the NSW Quilters Guild show for 12 years and the mystery of judging was just that... A mystery.
What can I impart? Firstly, a judge needs to be impartial and equilateral across the board on judging day in assessing the quilts in each category against each other. Like an auction, the judgement process is unique to the time and place. Quilting is somewhat subjective but judging is not a popularity contest...rather it was is more of a point system that accrues to a total.
Excellence stands out. I believe strongly that quilts need to tell a story that is personal, reflective and sincere. It would be a sad day if perfect technique was the only element of import. However, the stronger the skill base, the more attention to detail the better the overall effect. Persistence to detail stands out clearly in a well balanced, clearly defined quilt.
So this past weekend Deb Laurie and I had the honour of judging the Australian Modern Quilt Show. We put our best skills forward to fairly assess the field in each category and then to pick out a stand out best in show. This is not any easy task nor did we consider our selection lightly. We respect the process and integrity... And the thrill of making a quilt that hangs in a show. This show is also important in that it brings the Modern Quilt movement to ground in Australia. Both Deb and I have been following this movement, the quilters, the style and the esthetic since the start...or maybe even before.
So...what did we see? What were we looking for?
Firstly, we assessed the overall composition of each quilt. Did it catch the eye and engage the mind?
Was it made with a high standard in regard to piecing and quilting? For example...did points meet? Was the quilting style and coverage appropriate to the appearance? What was the difficulty involved in both the concept and the making? More difficult ideas and techniques were considered more carefully.
Then we considered the involvement of the quilter. Was it original in design? If it was a pattern what individual choices were made? Did the maker do the quilting as well as the making? If not, how involved was the maker in the decisions? How difficult was the process?
Then, upon inspection, where did each quilt fit within the category? The winners were chosen based on how they rated in each area of assessment. This is hard as there are so many aspects to consider at once, time is limited and all judges are human. The hard part is narrowing down the stand outs in relation to each other.
To make the process more accountable we had a scribe. That job is to say nothing, record comments, and keep us on track as well as to protect anonymity by covering the tags while reading the story of the quilt and enlightening us as to intent.
At the end of the day the quilts are chosen and the winners in each category assessed for the stand out among the winners for best in show.
Why do I tell you this? Communication is key to understanding. Entering a quilt in a show is a wonderful experience. We share our creative soul and allow others to enjoy the fruits of our labor. I would encourage all makers to be in it...and if your goal is to be in it to win it...consider these points:
Set your intentions creatively and technically.
Do your best work.
Take control of your creative process...tell your own story.
Debra Laurie and I took this opportunity very seriously. We were proud to present our choices. Some are popular and some are not but on the day, in the moment, we did our best and in so doing pass on a heartfelt congratulations to the winners...but just as importantly to each and every quilt maker in the show. There were so many winners...more than we could select...and that is always the case in a quilt show.
Congratulations to the Wollongong Modern Quilters! Led by Rachael Letham, President of the group, they put much of their personal life on hold to organise a show that brought a concept to life and was enjoyed by many. It was a pleasure to be a part of the event from planning to execution.
I thought my brain was full of enough information to live my life. In yoga we learn to act as though our mind has space enough to learn new things so here goes! I am learning to use blogsy to write my blog posts...look out ! Not only do I have to learn how to type all over again but it is a whole new language for things I have done automatically for 8 years. It is a cruel world but I am not afraid..."for I was walking walking in the woods and I saw nothing scary" Wrote Dr Suess... And the message... Different can be our friend if we allow ourselves to see.
So here goes. It has been a full couple of weeks starting out at the Geelong Quilters Quilt in two weeks ago. After a rocky start at the airport when I missed the long term parking turn off in the dark of early morning and as a result missed luggage check in and the sat at the wrong gate and nearly missed the next flight... I finally arrived in the hall full of busy fingers!
Thank you to all the organisers of the day for having me and for all the nice comments after my show and tell talk. We had a chance to visit the local shops. First off was Jiddy's. It was fun to see a quilt designed with my Wandering Mind collection. Nice!