16 Apr Cincinnati Part I
There is so much to tell about our fantastic trip to Cincinnati, I think I’m going to have to break it down into three posts. First, the quilts; second, the people; third, the fabric.
We were so excited to see the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild’s exhibit at the International Quilt Festival! It is my understanding that this is the first time the IQF has included an exhibit of modern quilts. The Cincinnati MQG challenged it’s members to make a modern quilt inspired by the classic Ohio Star quilt block. Of course, the interpretations were varied and amazing! I believe there were thirteen quilts included. I didn’t take pictures of all of them, but you can get a pretty good look at most of them here on Heather’s blog.
This first quilt is called “Supernova” by Heather Jones. Heather started the CMQG and was it’s first president. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Heather, but I’ll leave that for the people post 🙂 Heather’s quilt was quilted by the amazing Angela Walters. I’m afraid the spotlights on the quilts make it tough to get good photos of the quilting, but you can see a bit in the lower left corner. I love Heather’s “blowing up” of the Ohio Star block and her limited color scheme -just beautiful!
Next is “Ohio Still” by Sarah Smith. You know how much I love neutrals. Some parts of the star blocks almost fade into the background here – I just love it! Sarah chose colors representing Ohio’s land and fields and pastures and sky. The herringbone centers add wonderful interest to the star centers.
The third quilt I want to show you is Christy Meyer’s “Wingin’ It.” Don’t you just love how the stars overlap each other, yet you can still see each one? I know this quilt is called “Wingin’ It”, but, I certainly would have had to meticulously plan what went where to achieve such a stunning result 🙂
My second favorite exhibit was all of the Twelve By Twelve quilts! I followed this group of talented art quilters at the beginning of their journey about four years ago. They have a book out about their first series of quilts made in response to inspiration words (one word picked by each quilter). Their second series is color focused. Here is one shot for Lynn:
Many of the exhibits did not allow photography, so that is part of the reason I don’t have more pictures. The other reason is that, while I remembered my phone charger and my laptop cord, I forgot my camera battery charger. You wouldn’t want to see any photos taken with my phone 🙂 After I took these shots, I had just enough battery left to get one shot of the MQG meet up before the battery quit altogether. Back soon with a bit about some of the great people we met and the fabric I bought.