Quilt Fest 2016

Schön war’s!

Der Textilkunstverein Patchwork Gilde Austria feiert heuer sein 20 jähriges Jubiläum. Ich war beim Quiltfest in Frankenmarkt. Hier einige Bilder von der Location (Schloss, Stadel und Zelt). Im Innenhof war es sehr gemütlich bei strahlendem Sonnenschein.
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Ich bin begeistert von den vielen meisterlich ausgeführten Handquilt-Werken.
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Unter den 3D-Objekten hat mich das Buch mit den Liebesgedichten besonders angesprochen.
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Wer meine letzten Beiträge hier gelesen hat weiß, dass ich ein Fan von rot-weißen Quilts bin, da war die Bundesländerchallenge genau das Richtige.
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Und bedanken möchte ich mich bei der Gilde für die Organisation und für die
netten Geschenke. Das Buch ist euch wirklich sehr gut gelungen! Der Besuch des Quilt Fests war ein großes Vergnügen!
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The reason quiltmakers do this is because …

Traditional patchwork patterns vary depending on tradition and place of origin. Patchwork, or piecing, involves cutting fabric into shapes – usually geometric – and joining them to create new designs, both simple and complex. In the Victorian novel The Mill on the Floss (1860), George Eliot’s tragic heroine Maggie Tulliver complains that she can’t see any reason to cut up a perfectly good piece of cloth just to stitch it back together again. The reason quiltmakers do this is because the process allows them to make glorious patterns using the concepts of art: shape, scale, or, most importantly, color and color value – the contrast in shading between light and dark. The contrast of red and white provides an intensity that is perhaps the brightest contrast possible.

 

From the book “Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety” by E. Warren, M. Gordon and J. S. Rose

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You can find more pictures and a review at Book review: “Red & White Quilts: Infinite Variety” by Elizabeth V. Warren with Maggi Gordon

presents

Look what I got!
This exceptional thimble is a gift of my friend. She bought it at the market in Loumartin, France. It is my first thimble of wood! Thank you!

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And a book about the 2011 exhibition “Infinite Variaty”.

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This book contains essays about the collector of the red and white quilts, about the process of the exhibition,
a short description for the varieous categories of quilts and pictures of all the 653 gorgeous quilts of the show.
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of this book and
of the exhibition
and there are even youtube-videos
online.

And this is an Unfinished Object of my own handquilting, which I used as a base for the pictures.

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preparations for quilting

Dear readers,

you may remember my post about the “French Twist” block. One quilter asked in the comment section “How long does it take to make?”
So this is hard to tell. Simply because of what do you take into account, where do you start to count.

I try to tell you the whole story. I stumbled upon this pattern in a Quilt Calendar, which was a very pleasing realisation in bright colours. Then I remembered that I saw this pattern in a magazine. So I leafed thru a staple of quilt magazines until I found it.
Next step was to scan the pattern and enlarge it. The original in the magazine was 6″. I wanted it to be 9″ at least, but it had to fit on a regular sheet of paper, which is A4 in this part of my world.
Next step was a template of cardboard for cutting the fabric. Then printing the pattern without seams on freezer paper, which has to be cut in A4-size to fit in my desktop printer.

(Okay, I feel this post will get too long, so keep it short)

  • fabric choice (4 fabrics with good contrast)
  • cutting fabric
  • iron on the freezer paper
  • tipping the seams in starch and press the seams for appliqué
  • pinning the four quadrants in place (or should I trace the lines for more accuracy?)
  • sewing the appliqué.

It was quite relaxing to get to that last step. I dare to say this was the most pleasant part of the job. I remember that I started to cut the fabric during preparation of lunch and finished the block in the evening. This is not too fast, I suppose😉

Be it as it may.  I love blocks and quilts in strict geometric pattern, which can be cut by ruler and rottary cutter and can be sewn by machine.