I've got exciting news. For the first time, I'm going to have a quilt in a show. And it's a big one! At Quilt Festival in Houston this fall, there will be an exhibit of The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2012 and one of my quilts was selected!
As you can imagine, I'm pretty psyched about this. Only 33 quilts were selected.
I made this quilt, titled Cantilevers, specifically to enter in the show. I think it's only quilt I've sewn that's entirely solids (well, there's a little bit of print on the back...shhhh... I didn't take any pictures of that yet). It was inspired by a building I saw driving home from a Philly MQG meeting. The building itself didn't have cantilevers but it had three offset windows that just got my mind rolling.
I think I'm most proud of the quilting. I did it all myself on my regular home machine. Thanx to Angela, I've really had the machine quilting bug lately. I'd love to buy a longarm, but I'm restraining myself for now. I practiced with a lot of doodling before starting on the actual quilt.
Anyway, there has been plenty of discussion online about what exactly is "modern quilting". I don't feel much need to add to it except to say that I definitely consider myself a modern quilter. I'll direct you to the Modern Quilt Guild's site to see what they have to say about the matter. But, no one gets to define you, so if you are or you want to be a modern quilter, then you are.
I've founded a local branch of the guild this year, the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild. If you're local, we want you to join us! We've been having a ton of fun so far...
So far, 2012 has allowed for more quilting for me than last year which is making me happy. I began and completed my first quilt in the first week of January. Hopefully I'll share that one soon. I'm trying to decide if I want to write up a pattern for it. And, since then, I've completed 2 others (including this one) and started 2 more. Yay for quilting!