Reflections on QuiltCon 2013: Quilts and Other Inspirations (Part 1)

Texas, made by Dana Michaelson, quilted by Angela Walters; seen @ QuiltCon 2013.
Texas, made by Dana Michaelson, quilted by Angela Walters; seen @ QuiltCon 2013.

It’s been two weeks since I’ve returned from Texas, and I feel as if I’m finally beginning to digest all that I experienced at QuiltCon 2013. In short: FAB-U-LOUS! Not only were there lots of terrific quilts (and way-too-tempting vendors), but the host city of Austin was loaded with inspiration. I came home with so much good stuff to share that I’ll be dedicating both this post and my Friday entry to a colorful, quilt-loaded recap.

Check out this longhorn at Austin's historic Driskill Hotel. Yep, you know you're in Texas! (Gorgeous copper ceiling, too.)
Check out this longhorn at Austin’s historic Driskill Hotel. Yep, you know you’re in Texas! (Gorgeous copper ceiling, too.)

QuiltCon 2013 was the first-ever large-scale quilt show and conference to be sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild. From its first meeting of 21 quilters in Los Angeles, the Modern Quilt Guild has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, with approximately 200 chapters spread throughout the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, India, Brazil, Ireland, the UK, and continental Europe. After a poll of its members, the MQG selected Austin as the site for QuiltCon 2013–the perfect opportunity for a midway meet-up with my longtime NC (quilting) buddy, Mary Underwood.

Even the walk from hotel to the Convention Center was ripe with inspiration. Downtown Austin features an inspiring mix of historic and modern architecture, often side by side.

architecture old and new

Once we got on the show floor? Here’s a sampling of what we saw.

Novel interpretations of traditional designs . . .

Double Edged Love, made by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, machine quilted by Lisa Sipes, QuiltCon 2013 Best of Show (category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
Double Edged Love, made by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, machine quilted by Lisa Sipes, QuiltCon 2013 Best of Show (category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
Double Edged Love, detail
Double Edged Love, detail
Neutral and Neon, made and machine quilted by Latifah Saafir, inspiration: traditional Clamshell pattern (QuiltCon 2013, category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
Neutral and Neon, made and machine quilted by Latifah Saafir, inspiration: traditional Clamshell pattern (QuiltCon 2013, category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
New Star Rising, made and quilted by Ben Darby, QuiltCon 2013, 1st Place (category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
New Star Rising, made and quilted by Ben Darby, QuiltCon 2013, 1st Place (category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)

Refreshing palettes of lime, orange, teal, bright lemon yellow, sparkling white, and lots and lots of gray . . .

Stringtastic, made and machine quilted by Nicole Neblett (Quiltcon 2013, category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
Stringtastic, made and machine quilted by Nicole Neblett (Quiltcon 2013, category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
Just One More Slice, made and machine quilted by Patty Simmons, inspiration:  crop circles as seen from the air (QuiltCon 2013, category: Piecing, Large)
Just One More Slice, made and machine quilted by Patty Simmons, inspiration: crop circles as seen from the air (QuiltCon 2013, category: Piecing, Large)
Lucky, made and machine quilted by Beth Copeland (QuiltCon 2013, category: Use of Negative Space, Large)
Lucky, made and machine quilted by Beth Copeland (QuiltCon 2013, category: Use of Negative Space, Large)
Squiders and Winks, made by Janet McWorkman, machine quilted by Laurie Vandergriff, inspiration: children's game, Tiddly Winks (QuiltCon 2013, category: Applique, Large)
Squiders and Winks, made by Janet McWorkman, machine quilted by Laurie Vandergriff, inspiration: children’s game, Tiddly Winks (QuiltCon 2013, category: Applique, Large)

Heavy echoes of the mid-century-modern aesthetic . . .

Trajectory #2, made and machine quilted by Megan Dye, inspiration: mid-century-modern boomerang motif, 1st Place, QuiltCon 2013(category: Use of Negative Space, Large)
Trajectory #2, made and machine quilted by Megan Dye, inspiration: mid-century-modern boomerang motif, 1st Place, QuiltCon 2013(category: Use of Negative Space, Large)
You rule, made and machine quilted by Brigette Heitland (QuiltCon 2013, category: Minimalist Design, Large)
You rule, made and machine quilted by Brigette Heitland (QuiltCon 2013, category: Minimalist Design, Large)
You rule, detail--great fabrics!
You rule, detail–great fabrics!

Wonderful improvisational designs . . .

Log Cabin Improv, made and hand quilted by Sherri Lynn Wood, 1st Place, QuiltCon 2013 (category: Handwork, Large)
Log Cabin Improv, made and hand quilted by Sherri Lynn Wood, 1st Place, QuiltCon 2013 (category: Handwork, Large)
Psychedelic Baby, made and machine quilted by Katie Pedersen, inspiration: a similar quilt called Fractured that appeared in Quilting Modern, co-authored by the maker (QuiltCon 2013, category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
Psychedelic Baby, made and machine quilted by Katie Pedersen, inspiration: a similar quilt called Fractured that appeared in Quilting Modern, co-authored by the maker (QuiltCon 2013, category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
I Don't Wear Blue, made and machine quilted by Cinzia Allocca (QuiltCon 2013, category: Improvisation, Large)
I Don’t Wear Blue, made and machine quilted by Cinzia Allocca (QuiltCon 2013, category: Improvisation, Large)

Artfully integrated negative space . . .

Natani Blanket, made and machine quilted by Katrina Hertzer (QuiltCon 2013, category: Improvisation, Large)
Natani Blanket, made and machine quilted by Katrina Hertzer (QuiltCon 2013, category: Improvisation, Large)

Imaginatively conceived and beautifully executed quilting . . .

STELLA, made by Susan Strong, machine quilted by Ardelle Kerr, design source: Feathered Star pattern by Judy Niemeyer (QuiltCon 2013, category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
STELLA, made by Susan Strong, machine quilted by Ardelle Kerr, design source: Feathered Star pattern by Judy Niemeyer (QuiltCon 2013, category: Modern Traditionalism, Large)
STELLA, detail
STELLA, detail

Even the ribbons were reflective of the Modern Quilting palette and style . . .

ribbon

That’s it for now. Don’t forget to check back on Friday for more quilts, inspiration, and news from QuiltCon 2013, plus a few special announcements ;-)

‘Til then, happy stitching!Darra-signature

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12 thoughts on “Reflections on QuiltCon 2013: Quilts and Other Inspirations (Part 1)

    1. Oh my gosh, Katrina! I loved your quilt, right out to the binding–an exciting design visually, and the quilting was wonderful. I’ll have to drop by your blog and see what else you’re working on. Darra

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your pics! You showed quilts that i haden’t seen before. Wish i could have seen hem in person. Sherri Lynn Woods’ log cabin is my favorite quilt in he universe! And you showed mine under the same heading! I feel honored!

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    1. You are most welcome, Cinzia. I loved your quilt! Sherri Lynn’s was also a favorite: pops of color, use of wool, improv style, surface stitching. I wish now that I had taken a detail to show her wonderful big-stitch hand quilting. Best, Darra

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  2. Another WOW! Thanks for sharing your trip to Quilt Con. Minimalism and gray seem to be the main theme of modern quilting…so far.

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