Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Scrappy Quilt Contest
Every quilter has a stash of scraps, and creating a quilt with bits and pieces of past projects is always a fun challenge. Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting invited readers to enter their Scrappy Quilt Contest. Entries had to be original designs, for either quilts, wall hangings or table toppers. The winner received a $500 prize and the quilt will be featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Scrap Quilts. Use the quilts in this collection as inspiration to dig into your scrap stash at home! www.fonsandporter.com/contests.html
Celebrate Your Stash! Favorite Scrap Quilts from McCall’s Quilting
There’s something uniquely exciting about a true scrap quilt, and the readers of McCall’s Quilting magazine have made scrap quilt designs some of the most popular quilt patterns ever published. This exclusive traveling exhibit features 15 gorgeous examples of the scrap quilter’s art, in a wide range of styles, subjects, and fabrications. From original sampler designs to modern updates of vintage blocks, from reproduction fabrics to bold modern prints, all these inspiring quilts have two things in common…each began as a stack of fabrics from a quilter’s stash, and all are reader favorites from the pages of McCall’s Quilting magazine. www.mccallsquilting.com
In the Runway Re-View, artists from around the country reused, recycled, and reclaimed materials to create a garment for a small dress form. Artists incorporated at least 80% of their materials from recycled goods, and a limit of $20 could be used on purchased supplies. The variety of “looks” illustrates the endless variety of objects and inspiration that spurred the creativity of this group of artists. From beads to lace to vintage clothes and old shoes, you’ll see ordinary objects transformed in this exhibit!
Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends: Vinescapes
FA@LE (Fiber Artists at Loose Ends) responded to an invitational exhibit at a Virginia winery by creating Vinescapes - landscape quilts featuring the fruit of the vine. Artists were inspired by the scenic environs of Virginia's beautiful wineries. Each artist responded to the challenge and interpreted the theme by including a vine somewhere in the quilt. Vinescapes has been featured at several wineries in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild instigated a challenge to create mini quilts inspired by other works of art. Each participating member prepared a package including a photo of an inspirational work of art, details about themselves and their quilting style and a small piece of fabric they felt represented them. Packages were exchanged. Over the next two months, participants used their partner’s pieces of inspiration to create a mini quilt that could range in size from 9” x 9” to 20” x 20” – or anything in between. See how these talented quilters interpreted someone else’s inspiration in this unique challenge. Maybe your guild wants to try a something similar…
15 Minutes of Play
Victoria Findlay Wolfe, author of the new book 15 Minutes of Play from C & T Publishing, encourages quilters to take 15 minutes per day, for "Made-Fabric" PLAY! Taking time to PLAY, allows you to explore new ideas, sewing techniques and to find fabulous color combinations you might not have been inclined to try before. Let inspiration happen organically and build your quilting confidence! Victoria makes her quilts from scrap fabric, sewing pieces together to build her own "made-fabric" -- her quilts are bright, bold and original. As president of the NYC Mod Quilt Guild with a blog/website at Bumble Beans Inc., Victoria has collected some of the quilts from her book to show quilters the amazing results play brings about. www.bumblebeansinc.com
Quilts and Kimonos
by June Colburn
The love of Japanese and Asian art and culture are a continuing inspiration for designer June Colburn, whose textile works feature traditional motifs, often thousands of years old. She infuses her quilts and clothing with the joyful appreciation of the old, while employing new artful techniques and fabrics.
Explore the artistry in longarm quilting. With seemingly endless possibilities, longarm machines are capable of creating stunning quilts. See the variety and skill from several longarm artists who stretch the limits of quiltmaking today.
Georgia Quilt Show
Comprised of a sampling of the 103 quilts from the 2012 Georgia Quilt Show competition, these quilts showcase the variety of entries. In 2012, National Quilting Association certified judges Beverly Fine and Holice Turnbow awarded over $12,000 in prizes. Georgia Quilt Show is an annual event, so if you’ve ever dreamed of entering a quilt show, now’s your chance. Georgia Quilt Show will take place September 19, 20 & 21, 2013 at the Cobb Galleria. Visit www.georgiaquiltshow.com for details.
Sizzix Shape-Cutting Machines & Dies
Whether you’re new to quilting or you’re more experienced, Sizzix Big Shot Machines and Dies make quilting & appliqué faster and easier than ever. Sizzix dies cut with precision for many years of use with no sharpening ever required. Create the shapes you want most from everything from silk and cotton to denim and wool – even up to 8 layers at once! (Quantity of layers to cut determined by thickness, fabric and intricacy of shape.) Explore the impressive array of projects and discover the difference Sizzix can make with your creativity. To learn more, visit Sizzix.com.
See amazing quilts from Original Sewing & Quilt Expo faculty. Coming together from across the U.S., these quilts form a picture of innovation, creativity and the artistic instincts of talented quilters who are happy to share their experiences with us all.
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