Forming The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild seems like such a long time ago now. I’ve met some of my closest friends through the group. In the beginning we just hung out together in a lovely church up on Phinney Ridge and quilted. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the days of the guild being small, but movements take hold because there is interest in doing more and we became one of the first to formalized into our non-profit status as part of The Modern Quilt Guild.
Had the Modern Quilt Guild stayed small and this movement not grown, my quilts, studio and teaching likely wouldn’t have evolved and intertwined itself into my life at the level it has.
And then the Modern Quilt Guild conceived Quiltcon and I had a comfortable avenue to submit my quilts for exhibit and I did so every year. 2018 is the first Quiltcon I haven’t submitted to the exhibit and I have to say that it was a mix of bad timing, needing my quilts for the workshops, and that having my quilts in the new release of Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century felt like accomplishment enough.
It’s certainly an honor to have my quilts placed next to some of the artists I admire most in this beautiful coffee table book by the Modern Quilt Guild. Two of my quilts are in the book, Skewed Symmetry and Diving Geese. You can read more about these quilts and the process of making them here and here.
I submitted a few quilts to Quiltcon last year and tag Skewed Symmetry on at the end. If you were ever to see my trunk show/lecture you would probably think this one doesn’t fit in with my other quilts. It lacks the color I generally go for, but it’s good to push the limits and make something out of your comfort zone every once in awhile.
My Diving Geese quilt was made with a crazy piecing method I’ll be teaching at Quiltcon this year. It hung a few years ago. Quilted by my friend Krista Withers, it won Best in Quilting.
Good thing the book is hardcover. It’s pages have been thumbed through by all the students in the studio and there might be a little margarita salt stain already. We all agree what a beautiful and well published book this is. Very inspirational.
I’m bookending the tour here, but go have a browse at all the other amazing artists involved and pick yourself up a copy of Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, you won’t regret it;)
|12/13/17||Amber Corcoran||Fancy Tiger Crafts|
|12/14/17||Heidi Parkes||Heidi Parkes Art|
|12/15/17||Melissa Cory||Happy Quilting|
|12/16/17||Penny Gold||Studio Notes|
|12/18/17||Shruti Dandekar||13 Wood House Road|
|12/19/17||Amy Friend||During Quiet Time|
|12/20/17||Paige Alexander||Quilted Blooms|
|12/21/17||Angela Bowman||Angela Bowman Design|
|12/22/17||Lysa Flower||Lysa Flower|
|12/27/17||Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill||Whole Circle Studio|
|12/28/17||Jacquie Gering||Tall Grass Prairie Studio|
|12/29/17||Christa Watson||Christa Quilts|
|1/2/18||Kristin Shields||Kristin Shield Art|
|1/3/18||Krista Hennebury||Poppy Print Creates|
|1/4/18||Cinzia Allocca||Deux Petites Souris|
|1/5/18||Suzanne Paquette||Atelier Six Design|
|1/6/18||Yvonne Fuchs||Quilting Jetgirl|
|1/9/18||Ben Darby||Hunts Patch Quilts|
|1/10/18||Nicole Daksiewicz||Modern Handcraft|
|1/11/18||Kristi Schroeder||Initial K Studio|
|1/12/18||Kathy York||Art Quilts by Kathy York|
|1/13/18||Marla Varner||Penny Lane Quilts|
|1/15/18||Brigette Heitland||Zen Chic|
|1/16/18||Stacey Sharman||Hello Stitch Studio|
|1/17/18||Stacey O’Malley||SLO Studio|
|1/18/18||Kim Soper||Leland Ave Studios|
|1/19/18||Steph Skardal||Steph Skardal Quilts|
|1/20/18||Cheryl Brickey||Meadow Mist Designs|
|1/22/18||Shea Henderson||Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio|
|1/23/18||Katie Larson||Katie Larson Studio|
|1/24/18||Katie Pedersen||Sew Katie Did|
Congratulations! Thanks for all your contributions to the modern quilting movement. I’m sure your students will enjoy your classes at QuiltCon!
Thanks Marla. Hope to see you in our neck of the woods soon;)
Such beautiful quilts and such a beautiful book!
They did do a great job.
Sandy Panagos says
Okay, you sold me. I am definitely buying that book! Your work is so inspirational. I’m really glad they included you.
Paige @ Quilted Blooms says
Enjoyed revisiting these two quilts. I”m rather fond of Skewed Symmetry! Congratulations!
Jodie RIchelle says
Great post, Katie. Interesting to hear how things have evolved for you. Beautiful work, as always.