Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Roots of Modern Quilting at the New England Quilt Museum

The New England Quilt Museum is hosting a new exhibition on modern quilting. Curated by Pamela Weeks, Roots of Modern Quilting is now open and there's a curator's reception this Saturday, October 19th, at 1:00 pm. The exhibition contains works from today's top modern quilters and demonstrates how their work is often inspired by traditional quilts but can also be vibrant and unexpected. 

The New England Quilt Museum is the only museum in the northeast that is devoted solely to the preservation and promotion of the art and craft of quilting. Located in Lowell, Massachusetts, it's a landmark in the heart of America's historic textile-producing region. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Denyse Schmidt will be giving a talk on color, design, and modern quilting on Friday, November 15th at 7 pm. I really wish I could be there for that! Please visit the museum's website here for more information on the lecture and to register for it. 

I'm incredibly honored that my Silo quilt, shown above, is included in the exhibition. Here's a photo of it during the installation of the exhibition. There are also works by Denyse, Angela Walters, Jacquie Gering, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Thomas Knauer, and others.

Roots of Modern Quilting runs through December 28, 2013. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

build a creative brand, with help from Creativebug

My friends at Creativebug have designed a brand new online course called Building a Creative Brand. It features advice and straight talk on all the ins and outs of building your own creative business from some of the top creative designers including Heather Ross, Liesl and Todd Gibson, Christine Schmidt, Melanie Falick, and Lisa Congdon.

Every week of the course will cover a different topic, ranging from identifying your brand and aesthetic, the importance of a business plan, licensing your work and using an agent, publishing your work, work/life balance, and much more.

It's really going to be a great class for anyone interested in developing and growing their own brand, and I'll be taking it for sure. Want to join me? The course runs from October 14 through November November 15, and if you subscribe before the end of the day today, you can lock in a special early bird subscription rate. You can find out more about Building a Creative Brand here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Legacy Tour for Kathreen's Brave New Quilts

I'm incredibly honored to be launching the Legacy Tour for this amazing new book, Brave New Quilts by Kathreen Ricketson. And I honestly say, every time I look at this book or even think about Kathreen, I get a bit choked up since she is no longer here to celebrate the arrival of this project with us.

I never had the opportunity to meet Kathreen in person. She lived in Australia and I'm in Ohio, and unfortunately our paths never crossed at Quilt Market or anywhere else among the thousands of miles between us. But, over the past few years we corresponded frequently via various online avenues and I'm so glad that we did. Kathreen was an amazing woman who was kind, supportive, encouraging, amazingly creative, and most definitely, incredibly inspiring.

Her beloved website, WhipUp, was one of the first that I came across when I began to make quilts for myself. I was instantly drawn to the site and Kathreen's sense of style and how seamlessly she combined her love of art and craft throughout every aspect of her life.

Brave New Quilts brings her love of art and craft to something tangible for us all, and is truly her legacy to those of us in the craft community. The book contains twelve projects that are inspired by twelve different 20th Century art movements, from Art Nouveau to Punk and Pop. I have to say, the art historian in me was absolutely giddy when I first heard about this book, and now that I have had a chance to spend some time with it in person, I'm even more excited. Kathreen includes a bit of information about all of the art movements that she includes in the book, which is great for those who may not be familiar with them,  and she discusses how she drew inspiration from each of them for her quilts.

Kathreen captured the essence of each art historical movement in its corresponding quilt that she included in the book. I truly love them all, but my favorite is the cover quilt, Weave, which was inspired by the Bauhaus movement. Kathreen's use of color in this quilt is really quite stunning and it's no wonder that it was chosen for the cover of the book.

In this project, as in all of them throughout the book, Kathreen encourages the readers to design their own, rather than duplicating her design. I love that she included four additional colorways for each project as a starting point to show people just how differently the same quilt pattern can look just by changing the colors of the fabrics that are used in its construction.

Kathreen's instructions are well written and easy to follow. In addition to the twelve quilt patterns, Kathreen includes information on how to finish each project, which makes this book great for quilters of all skill levels. Brave New Quilts also contains little tidbits of design advice from Kathreen throughout it. I especially love her suggestions that are included throughout each project, like the one above in Weave

Or this one, in the Seedpod quilt. While Kathreen inspires us to sew and work in our studios, she also encourages us to get outside and turn to nature as a source of inspiration for our design projects. 

I miss Kathreen, and I always will. But, with Brave New Quilts we all get to keep a bit of her with us forever. 

Please read more about the Legacy Tour of Brave New Quilts on the Stash Books blog, and be sure to follow along each stop as more of Kathreen's friends share their thoughts over the next couple of weeks. 

Wednseday10/2Kristin Link
Thursday10/3Maya Donenfeld
Friday10/4Alexandra Smith
Monday10/7Sonya Philip
Tuesday10/8Ellen Luckett Baker
Wednesday10/9Andrea Jenkins
Thursday10/10Shannon Cook
Friday10/11Mimi Kirchner
Monday10/14Cheryl Arkison

You can also keep track of the Legacy Tour by following the hashtag #LegacyTour on social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Rest in peace, sweet Kathreen. Thank you for sharing your love of art and craft with us while you were here, and for encouraging us all to be brave with our designs. 

winner of the Coats & Clark goodies...

I'm sorry for the delay in choosing a winner for my giveaway of the Coats & Clark goodies in honor of National Sewing Month. So, without further adieu, the winner is

lucky number 59. 

Niki! Congratulations! I'll email you today about your prize.Thank you again to everyone who entered!
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