I went to AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show

I am going to keep the written portion of this blog short … then I have a ton of pictures to post.  I am posting picture of close up of the quilts because I  did a study of the FREE MOTION  (FMQ) QUILTING exhibited at the show.   FMQ has been my main study for the past two years .. I want to be proficient by the time I retire because I have a large number of quilt tops that need to be quilted.  I was paying particular attention to the FMQ motifs and how they affected the quilt top.  

At the show there were section of quilts designated as quilted on domestic machines and other sections designated as long arm quilted.  I was surprised at the large number of quilts on display that were hand quilted.   I also noted that many of the quilts on display were more MODERN in ascetic then the previous quilt shows I have been to.  There were art and traditional quilts to be seen but modern quilts are definitely an increased presence at this show.

There were several special exhibits: WICKED, Cherry-wood Challenge, Quilt like an Egyptian, Animals we Love, ULTIMATE Guild Challenge,  Teacher’s display, AQS Authors’ Showcase,  Quilts from the Museum,  New Quilts from Old Favorites Challenge,  SAQA WIDE HORIZON ART QUILTS, Living Color, and my favorite RED, WHITE and Quilted ( A display of antique quilts and counterpart contemporary reproductions of the antiques.)  I will post pictures in future blogs. 

I am also considering posting a blog about what I have surmised about which quilts are selected for JURIED / REGIONAL shows.  I may be “all wet ” with my opinion about what quilts are selected but after attending quilt shows local and major for the past 10 years I have developed some observations that might be of value. 

I took over 45o pictures … I tried to keep all the particulars with each picture but some of the names and numbers were not recorded. In part because I concentrated on FMQ and not always on the entire quilt. I also had photographed the quilts on two different days with two different cameras … so information got lost in the process. If I know the information I will post it. But enough talk… on with the pictures.

close up of OWL
close up of OWL  … I think this #518 OCTOBER SKY by Bethanne Nemish

 

from the WINNER'S CIRCLE
from the WINNER’S CIRCLE

 

 

#105 SAFFRON SPLENDOR by Pat Holly
above ….#105 SAFFRON SPLENDOR by Pat Holly                                                                                   

 

 

POPPY
POPPY

 

 

SAM IN SUNLIGHT #428 by Deborah Hyde ( QUILTED on a Domestic Machine)
SAM IN SUNLIGHT #428 by Deborah Hyde ( QUILTED on a Domestic Machine)

 

 

407  DAZZELING DALHIA
407 DAZZELING DALHIA

 

 

FMQ : 223 FERN RISING --BEST ORIGINAL DESIGN
FMQ : 223 FERN RISING –BEST ORIGINAL DESIGN

 

 

FMQ over Black tulle
FMQ over Black tulle

 

 

Center Medallion FMQ from BRIDE'S TROUSSEAU # 508
Center Medallion FMQ from BRIDE’S TROUSSEAU # 508

 

 

BEST HAND QUILTED
BEST HAND QUILTED

 

 

BEST HAND QUILTED
BEST HAND QUILTED

 

 

DIANA .... this quilt looked best at a distance ... up close you could see the tiny patches ...
DIANA …. this quilt looked best at a distance … up close you could see the tiny patches …

 

 

STRAIGHT LINE MATCH STICK FMQ
STRAIGHT LINE MATCH STICK FMQ

 

 

Feathers on a Modern Quilt
Feathers on a Modern Quilt

 

 

Long arm FMQ
Long arm FMQ

 

 

RED AND WHITE
RED AND WHITE

 

 

CLOSE UP
CLOSE UP

MORE PICTURES TO COME … but I am way too tired tonight …. so enjoy
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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Making FLYING GEESE using the ELENOR BURNS method

I have used Eleanor Burns method of making flying geese for years. I have not made geese recently. When I joined the pod-caster quilter group making the EASY STREET MYSTERY QUILT I was using the Bonnie Hunter rulers. I was having the devil of a time ( see previous post) I finally figured out what I was doing wrong and corrected my mistakes. My mistakes were lazy quilter mistakes like not reading or following the directions. I also did not want to look through my junk to find my LITTLE FOOT presser foot which is one of my most accurate piecing foot. Once I finally broke down and corrected all my laziness my blocks came out much better with less effort. Bonnie’s RULER method worked fine for individual geese but I wanted to make my geese faster and easier.

I switched to using Eleanor Burn’s method but making adjustment to her directions for the 2 inch by 4 inch geese in order to get the correct measurements for EASY STREET geese size. ( 2inch (ht) by 3-1/2 inch(w.)

Here is my link to pdf files that give great directions for making FLYING GEESE using Eleanor’s method.

LINK: QUILT IN A DAY FREE PATTERNS AND PDF FILES. .

sky lg sq 6-1/2 inches
sky lg sq 6-1/2 inches

Large square is called the SKY and measures 6-1/2 inches square.

The smaller square will make the geese and measures 4-1/4 inches square.

When trimmed up they will make 4 flying geese measuring 2 inches by 3-1/2 inches.

I verified these measurements by making several sets of blocks using these measurements.

WORKS FOR ME! Let me know if it works for you and if you get the same results.

2- MARKING

Mark the squares on the diagonal for sewing. You can mark just the diagonal and sew a scant quarter inch from the diagonal mark. OR You can mark the sewing lines using a QUARTER INCH RULER as shown in my picture. Do be careful of where you mark, as on one set I had pencil marks showing and graphite does not move readily.

CUT apart and press then align.
CUT apart and press then align.

3-mark

Once cut apart you align the goose sections, there will be miss alignment on the sky sections with funny wings. Mark the diagonal again and sew scant quarter inch seams.

3aa--cut apart

Sew the diagonal seams then cut apart. Press carefully so the blocks are flat.

4-SEW THEN CUT APART AGAIN

5 clip then spin the seams

Clip the seam on the back so you can press your seams in opposite directions. Press so the block likes flat.

5-TRIM UP TO  2 IN -h X 3-half  IN-w

Cut the blocks apart. Be sure you allow a quarter inch off the peak of the goose or your block will look blunted.

6-trim to size

TRIM UP the blocks to 2 inches and 3-1/2 inches per directions in EASY STREET part 2. I know some people do not like to trim up blocks but I prefer to have accurate size patches for piecing and this is one of the easiest way of achieving accurate patches while making multiples.

first run of flying geese

These are the patches I made using 4 different methods. I will be posting picture of other methods in the future…. MAYBE.

LINK : QUILTING POD- CASTER LINKS FOR EASY STREET MYSTERY QUILT

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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I will be adding pictures to this post as I noted there are some steps missing.  Sorry about that.

jig jogs

WHERE THE JIG JOGS COME FROM : I made several geese using Bonnie’s method and got junky jig jogs in my geese. I could not figure out how I got them. I found I had to maintain the quarter inch seam very carefully.

jig jogs-circle

 

 

when you sew inaccurate you get jig jogs
when you sew inaccurate you get jig jogs


 

DOING THINGS THE HARD WAY…..

I am so jealous of the ladies doing BONNIE HUNTER’S EASY STREET MYSTERY QUILT I had to join in. Problem is I need to make some baby quilts although one is not due of 6-7 months. I am going to make a 48 x 48 baby quilt which is roughly one quarter size of BONNIE’S quilt ….. So I am going to make about 50 of each step realizing I will have extra patches when I get done. Since I am starting two weeks late I have two steps to get done.

I routed through my stash and pulled a bunch of greens and blues I dithered about the third color. I finally decided on yellows leaning toward golds. My rational is these are analogous colors on the color wheel and look good together. (THANKS SANDY, QftRofU) I did not have a good CONSTANT COLOR so I took a quick trip to the LQS. THAT turned out to be a bad decision for my pocket book. I ended up buying several yards of 108 inch backing fabrics. I did pick a lovely turquoise for the CONSTANT fabric.

Where I really got into trouble is when I watch my friend Kay who works in the store, open up two bolts in STRIP IT FABRIC. I had never seen STRIP IT FABRIC before. Strip It fabric is fabric made in 2-1/2 inch strips running the length of the fabric. (see pictures) You can use it for different patterns but it is often used as borders, or you can cut the strips for jelly rolls. You get about 17 different strips of a two color print. ( I bought indigo with white and black and white.) They can be used in any jelly roll pattern, but it does take special cutting techniques. I used scissors to cut off what I needed. ( I am thinking I will make every patch a different scrap.) My scrap bag is huge so I bet I can fish out enough of each color to have a totally scrappy quilt. I know that I am not cutting my fabrics efficiently and will probably be sewing just as inefficiently but the whole point of this project is to HAVE FUN!

I plan to get caught up with step one after I make my flying geese…. I will keep you posted. Just so you know that I am not totally nuts, I do cut my background the traditional, Bonnie Hunter way. ( The background it boring Kona white.) 

Happy Quilting,
Nonnie

INDIGO STRIP IT fabric
INDIGO STRIP IT fabric

The other side of the STRIP IT fabric
The other side of the STRIP IT fabric

So many quilts to see…. so many to love



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I arrived at 9 am. Although I drove to Grand Rapids on my own, staying with my niece, I kept bumping into guild sisters. Every time I looked up it seemed I ran into someone else. It is fun sharing a passion with others of liked mine.

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It was a delightful day. I got to talk to Bill Kerr and Alex Anderson several times as I wondered around the vendor booths. I was very good and refrained from buying any fabric ….. but I was not so good with books and notions. Found several I have wanted but had not yet purchased.

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If you want to see another GREAT quilt show, YOU should visit the :

QUILTS ON THE GRAND

OCTOBER 5 THRU 7TH

DELTA PLEX ARENA

2500 TURNER AVE. NW

GRAND RAPIDS, MI

FRIDAY 10-6 / SATURDAY 9-5PM / SUNDAY 12-5
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I have visited this quilt show the past two shows and always come away inspired. It is well organized, eclectic in the quilts, antiques, Repros. contemporary styling and even modern. Last year I took over 400 pictures. I also liked that they had DVDs of the show available. Frankly, as delightful as the AQS show was I think QUILT ON THE GRAND QS is better.. more quilts, deserve and better food.

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part ONE: RHYTHM HOMEWORK

IF you want to read the blog post or listen to the podcast that inspired this homework post, you can just use the links below. I have obtained permission from MS Fallert to use her quilts in this post. I do not possess any quilts that would be good illustration of the different aspects of RHYTHM and since I always admired MS Fallert work I requested permission to use pictures. I feel the majority of her quilts are rhythmic by the nature of her subjects, her use of color and value and the skill of her workmanship.


I also have permission from Jaye and Sandy to use their blogs and podcast as a basis for the posts on design.

Quilting for the Rest of Us Podcast for the RHYTHM discussion.

Design Series : Rhythm by Art Quiltmaker Jaye

RHYTHM:


“Intervals at which related element occur throughout a piece of art” (Liz Berg handout entitled Principles of Design from “Design the Abstract Quilt” class)


Visual rhythm is created when elements repeat in a sequence in a design. The repeated elements are often shape or color motifs … rather than simply repeating the elements to create a pattern. They act as a series of beats that ‘speak’ to one another.” (Aimone, Design! A lively guide to design basics for artists & craftspeople, pg. 112-113)


“..rhythm involves a clear repetition of elements that are the same or only slightly modified.” (Pentak & Lauer, pg. 100)

In the quilt CHECKS AND BALANCES, Ms Fallert. repeats the shape and movement of a gymnast’s or dancer. The girl’s movement across the quilt causes a rhythm over and above the shapes in the quilt. There are faint shadows of dancers on the background echos what is occurring in the foreground. I do not know if these shadows are the results of manipulation of fabrics or the results of thread painting or quilting on the quilt top. The quilt evokes the thought of music with a loud and rhythmic beat. The interplay of the colors brings to mind the flashing and dancing of lights; I my mind’s eye the dancers move right off the quilt.

Rhythm is “the repetition of a regular pattern, or a harmonious sequence or correlation of colors or elements.” (Art+Quilt by Lyric Kinard, pg. 80)

“Visual rhythm involves the movement of our eye from one element to the next in a regular pattern.” (Art+Quilt, pg. 80)

“In visual art, refers to the movement of the viewer’s eye across recurrent motifs.” (The Quilter’s Book of Design, 2d ed, pg. 1)

“repetition of an element creates visual rhythm.” (The Quilter’s Book of Design, pg.15)

In this quilt the dancer’s movements repeating across the quilt evoke a regular pattern, you can anticipate the next movements in the dance.

The colors used in this quilt are pretty much along one another on the color wheel… the yellow to green to blue to purple to pink/red resulting harmony across the quilt. Each individual color relates well to the other colors in the quilt.

The repletion of the dancers creates a visual rhythm as they dance across the quilt.

THIS SIMPLE COLOR WHEEL ILLUSTRATES THE COLORS FOUND IN THE QUILT. You will note they are all next to each other and blend well together, none of the colors clash against each other. The colors are not jarring but rather soothing without being boring, changing and shifting to suggest and echo the movement of the dancers and the shapes within the quilt.

This is part one of several posts about rhythm. I have several other lovely quilts by Ms Fallert that I have selected to illustrate RHYTHM. I hope you enjoy my efforts if you disagree or have any different ideas please post them here.

Happy Quilting,
Nonnie

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