The Art of Quilting Modern: What I Saw at QuiltCon

QuiltCon, the quilt show and convention presented by The Modern Quilt Guild last month was energetic and fun in so many ways. A real celebration of the art of quilting.

art quilt by victoria findlay wolfe
Happiness is . . . winning Best in Show. Me congratulating
winning quilt artist Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

We saw many fans of Cloth Paper Scissors as well as Quilting Arts and Stitch, and lots of quilt artists stopped by the booth to chat, ask when the next Modern Patchwork magazine would be available (April 23), and to browse the wonderful selection of Interweave products.

I loved meeting people face-to-face and hearing first-hand from our readers what is important to them:  inspiration, information, and great art quilt patterns.

The quilts ran the gamut of content and complexity. From very simple block wall quilts to an intricate wedding ring quilt (the best of show winner by Victoria Findlay Wolfe), every level of quilt artist from novice to expert was represented.

I was thrilled to see so many quilts by Denyse Schmidt Hunt in one venue for the special exhibit. It was very powerful to see one person’s work so prominently featured. The show quilts also had power. I also loved the bold graphics of artists who used appliqué, improvisational piecing, and stark color choices to make their artistic voice heard.

Although each quilt had its own personality, I did see some trends at QuiltCon.

White was everywhere in the quilts on display, with lots of negative space–great for quilting artists who want to explore the power of texture and design through free-motion quilting.

The colors I saw were predominantly brights, and many quilters used the colors of the QuiltCon logo in their pieces (influenced in part by a challenge to make blocks using those colors).

art quilt by kathy york
Honorable mention isn’t too shabby, either! Kathy York
shows off her art quilt and her ribbon.

Vendors were doing a brisk business in Japanese imports, solids, and fun prints. After seeing so many fun handmade outfits, I picked up a few yards of a Kokka bug print to make either a jacket or a summer sun dress, as well as some “Seven Wonders” from Parson Gray (David Butler’s brand for Free Spirit) for a wrap-around shirt.

So many fabrics, so little time!

A great way to satisfy your contemporary quilting urges and use some of the fabulous new fabrics is to make pillows. Pillows are a passion of mine, and I’m excited to tell you we have a new Craft Tree Patchwork Pillows pamphlet with patterns and how-tos you’ll love.

P.S. Were you at QuiltCon? Share your experiences below.


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