Tuesday, December 14, 2010
We had four members participate in the challenge, all with some fantastic quilts!!! I mean it. See for yourself.
Everyone at the meeting was given a piece of paper and told to vote for one of the quilts. After the tally, we had two ties. Quilts 1 and 2 tied for first and quilts 3 and 4 tied. Truly a testament to the awesomeness of the quilts. Since there was a tie, everyone had to re-vote between quilts 1 and 2 in order to break the tie.
After the tally again, quilts 1 and 2 tied again until we realized we were missing one vote. That one vote broke the tie and determined the winner, which was quilt 2!
A Quilting Jewel and was made using the needle turn applique technique we learned in the November meeting.
Here are some close-ups of some of the other fantastic quilts.
Join us for our next meeting on January 29th at the Arlington (MA) Public Library where we will have Sew Fresh Fabrics give us a trunk show and talk about what it's like to work in the quilting industry.
To join the NEMQG, visit our group on BigTent or come to a meeting.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Our pincushion swap was a great way to conclude the year. It was a "bring a pincushion, get a pincushion" event. Quite a few members participated. We all put our pincushions on a table without a label and they were redistributed to those that brought a pincushion.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Here we all are, face down, carefully needle turning our leaves to our trees while Joanna helps a few out.
Isn't this a cute advent quilt?
Our December meeting will include a pincushion swap and a mini quilt challenge.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Pippa shared her quilt made of Kona Cotton solids: Lisa shared the quilt she made for her daughter as she transferred into her "big girl" bed:
Monday, October 4, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Here is one of the quilts we admired in person: Image courtesy of www.nequiltmuseum.org
A quick google image search unveiled a more contemporary usage of the technique:
Image courtesy of theappliquesociety.org
The quilts on display were impressive in their precision, use of color, and design. We were also privileged to admire some other type of quilts representative of some of the museum's permanent collection.
We hope more can join us in October as we meet at the Arlington Public Library to learn more about handwork in quilting.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The quilts on display were simply stunning, in this post I will let the images speak for themselves with a few notes here and there.
The small blocks here were actually miniature pieced log cabins.
I was intrigued by this quilt made with genuine South African textiles (ironically purchased in a MA shop).
The artist explained that the "birth of stars" was her inspiration for this quilt.
The use of neutrals here was very clever.
This was one of my favorites, made by a woman in England out of "polyester silk" (oxymoron?).
An American woman did improvisational piecing here:
This quilt is a draw-dropping masterpiece when you take a closer look.......
All of those pieces are tiny little squares pieced together!
This quilt, "Fire and Ice," received 1st place in the competition.
There are over 55,000 Swarvoski crystals heat bonded to the entire quilt.
This quilt was the grand champion, made by a woman in Kentucky.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Although many of the quilts were not what we would call modern, it was impossible not to appreciate the work that went into them. This quilt was about 110" square and was entirely hand-quilted using a variety of techniques, including trapunto. Trapunto produces puffed-up areas like these:
Here's an interesting tidbit for you: the oldest known quilt, the Tristan & Isolde quilt, which is housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, was made entirely using trapunto. Here is a photo of one of its fourteen panels, courtesy of the V&A:
You can find a beautiful selection of images here and the quilt's museum page here.
But I digress.
There were quilts of every variety: art quilts, whitework, applique, antique, hexagon, embroidered/ embellished, and even a Ted Kennedy memorial quilt. This one featured a plain black top and backing, embellished with complex quilting in a rainbow of colors:
One featured enthusiastic owls:
Some used modern art as subject or inspiration:
The quilt that we universally declared the winner was not actually entered into the show at all; it was a part of a display of antique quilts. The tag did not list much information about its maker or provenance, but whoever she was, she knew how to mix fabric:
I think it is difficult to appreciate this quilt from a photograph, but it was incredible. There were seven different fabrics featured, but each blended so easily into the next for a very subtle and striking effect.
We had a wonderful time at the show, and I hope you all have a chance to attend next year!