Every June I travel 12 miles straight down HIgh Street to the Columbus convention center for the big NQA show! They offer lots of classes by national teachers, fun get-togethers, a large exhibition of quilts and of course, vendor booths!
I always look forward to seeing the quilts and seeing if friends won ribbons. This year friend and master free-motion quilter Beth Schillig entered a new concept and won Second Place for Art Innovative Quilt! Go Beth!
Can you believe this detailed stitching? She is a master and I LOVE this art quilt!
This is by friend and neighbor, Teri Tope, of her in-laws. I recently took this class from her and while it is a rather simple concept-- stitching straight black lines close and spaced from each other- it takes some skill to finesse the shading. She is a master and expect to see a book on this technique from her in the near future. This is such an innovative style and she captures the expressions beautifully!
So, MODERN QUILTING…? What does that mean to you? Over the past few years, this ‘new’ theme has come to the foreground of quilting and started a revolution. Is it just bedquilts with white or gray backgrounds and some sparse color and patchwork? Are they all ‘beginner’ level skill? All of a sudden what I’ve known as quilting is old-fashioned!? I’ve been pondering this as have many quilters of the older generation.
Here are some quilts from the show that I think can bridge that modern/ traditional gap or redefine ‘Modern’ quilting. A little more skill, a little more color and color variation. Definitely LOVE these!
Let me know what you think and I’ll post more quilts from the show next week.