As a small preface to this post–all of the quilts shown here were photographed by me and exhibited at the International Quilt Festival Houston, Texas Special Exhibition The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2014.
Quoted Directly from the IQA program,
“Modern Quilting is a new twist on the traditional art of quilting, and is rapidly gaining interest from the next wave of quilters. Members from chapters of Modern Quilt Guilds around the world were invited to submit their works for this popular annual exhibit.”
I mentioned, briefly, in a recent post that YES I was going to hop on a plane and attend this year’s QuiltCon in Austin, Texas.
It has all been a bit random, but I am going with it.
First, what is QuiltCon? Well, that’s what I’m flying across the country to find out.
For the last six years, I’ve pretty much kept my head down and spent most of my stitching time making art quilts. About a two years ago, I looked up from my sewing machine and discovered that there was a new take–speared headed by the Modern Quilt Guild–on the traditional quilt. This made me oh-so-curious. In 2013, they held their first conference in Austin, Texas, and the quilting world was a buzz.
Traditional quilt makers and art quilt makers and everyone in between had something to say about these new modern quilters. Good, Bad, Indifferent–people were talking.
I am a traditional quilt maker who has made her way into the art world. My work is shown in galleries and museums, but I am a traditional quilt maker at my core. I believe that to separate these things is to create a false dichotomy.
Why can’t traditional quilts be seen as art? There are naysayers on both sides of the fence here, and for the most part I turn the volume down on their comments and just keep stitching
Still, I think about it. And as a visual response to the discussion, I decided I would, once again, exhibit my work in traditional quilt shows. While the range of feelings I have had about this decision are all over the place, I’ll save them for another post.
I decided QuiltCon would be one of the traditional shows where I shared my work. Of course there is the tricky part of getting into the show! When Lite Brite got into QuiltCon, I felt good. From reading other blogs, I knew many excellent quilters work did not make it into this show.
My quilt was going, and I wanted to go too.
I knew that QuiltCon was wildly popular, and the classes and hotels were booked. Even if I could get there, where would I stay? Then my blogging friend Lois from Australia said she would share her hotel room with me!
I booked a airline miles ticket for $25.00, and there you have it.
In the wee hours of Monday morning, I will be traveling 13 hours across the country to arrive in Austin, Texas and attend QuiltCon.
My hope is to blog LIVE from QuiltCon. I did start my adult life as a journalist so this really isn’t that big of a leap.
I think I am going to try and channel Hunter S. Thompson.
If you see me at the show, don’t be shy. Stop me. Say hello. I want us to meet.
And while we are having this conversation, I might as well ask. What do you all think the Modern Quilt Movement means for the quilting world at large? I’d love to know.