Tuesday, March 15, 2022

QuiltCon 2022 highlights (3)

The outstanding QuiltCon show was held in Phoenix, Arizona this year! Presented by The Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind. Hundreds of modern quilts were on display, including a juried show with entries from MQG members around the world. Here are some of the remarkable quilts we enjoyed.

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Sam and Pam by Patti Coppock (Oklahoma)

If you need a reason to smile, this delightful quilt could do the trick. Sam and Pam seem to have so much personality! 

Patti Coppock explains that the quilt was inspired by a piece of artwork by her grandson, drawn a few years back. She says, "I enjoy hearing the interpretations people share describing the relationship between these two and the reasons for their expressions."  

Sam and Pam was hand appliqued, reverse appliqued, and machine quilted without a frame (domestic).

Dragon Dance by Sheila Frampton-Cooper (California)

Here is a stunning creation by Sheila Frampton-Cooper, who explains how the design came to light: "One day, looking through a yoga magazine, I noticed a simple line drawing of a Mandala, and something inside of me started to stir!  I grabbed my iPad and started drawing like crazy.  The design for this quilt was the first one that came through."

Dragon Dance was created with a mixture of machine piecing and applique.  It was machine quilted without a frame on a domestic machine.

Battistero di Firenze by Laura Armiraglio (Italy)

The stunning Battistero di Firenze was inspired by the flooring of the Baptistery of the Duomo of Florence, Italy. The technique used was reverse applique by hand (wow).  We are in awe of the technical mastery and the graphic, three-dimensional effect which Laura Armiraglio achieved.  The genius lies in the perspective: rather than viewing the floor straight on, Laura uses the perspective of a person standing on the floor, making the viewer feel as if they are in the midst of the scene.

Phosphorific (Tri Color) by Ben Millett (Iowa), quilted by Kristen Lee

An intriguing optical illusion was created by Ben Millett, who wanted to explore using a constant-sized block with varying-sized patches within it.  As he explains, "I was intrigued by the possibility of combining an isosceles right triangle and an orange peel in the same block, and changing the size of both shapes across a quilt. No-pin, no-glue curves add an organic feel to the orange peels, as if they are seedlings sprouting as they use the surrounding water."

Rhythm in Blues by Terry Sargent Peart (Seattle, Washington)

Blue is the color of serenity, as exemplified in this gorgeous quilt by Terry Sargent Peart.  She says, "I was enamored by the symmetry and complexity of the curves and the geometric shapes of this design by graphic artist, Matt W. Moore, who graciously gave me permission to turn it into a quilt.  I took his line drawing and enlarged it to full size for the pattern.  From the paper, I cut out each piece individually and used those as templates to cut and sew the various blues together."

2020 Temperature Quilt by Sarah Schreiner (Colorado)

Here is a quilt that cleverly depicts the cyclical nature of the weather. As a scientist and quilter, Sarah Schreiner used a radial design to represent the cyclical nature of the weather. There are 12 colored wedges, one for each month during 2020. Each strip depicts the high and low temperatures for each day. The temperatures ranged from <5 degrees Fahrenheit for the coldest (purples) to >100 degrees for the hottest (pinks) with 5-degree increments.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2022 QuiltCon show.

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