Saturday, October 23, 2010

My quilt at the Georgia Quilt Show

Last weekend, I attended the Georgia Quilt Show where my quilt, "Dresden meets Marti at Riverbend," was one of the juried entries in the quilt competition. "Seeing Color Harmony" was the competition theme, "... designed to expand the quiltmaker's color boundaries."
"Dresden meets Marti at Riverbend"
The vintage Dresden Plate quilt pieces inspired my original design. Although traditionally set on a light ground, the appliqu├ęs twinkle in an asymmetrical setting on dark prints and batiks; harmonizing with pieced blocks in bright, contemporary fabrics. The interplay of color and stitch connects the generations.

The quilt exhibit was a wonderful display of innovative design, techniques and great use of color. The top award went to a machine quilted bed-size quilt which incorporated amazing machine quilting along with quilted fillers from which other images emerged. It was stunning—from both the front and back.

I also took a class with Jamie Wallen, a professional longarm machine quilter who does really cool things with feathers. He has a background in fine arts and a previous career in healthcare. He presents his classes in a down-to-earth, practical manner and focuses on the fundamentals of developing muscle memory (important while developing and practicing new quilting designs). You can tell he's pretty casual in his teaching style—check out the backward baseball cap. Gotta love it!
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