Showing posts with label MQX West 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MQX West 2012. Show all posts

Monday, October 22, 2012

My Quip – MQX West 2012 – VisTA Rainbow Challenge 2012

Good Day,

It seems that almost every quilt guild and fabric artist group enjoys dogging some sort of “Challenge”. Honestly they are not my thing… In most cases, I like to challenge myself, which of course means that that includes Andy. I’m not against Challenges, just not for me. And that is until I chanced upon the Vista Rainbow Challenge 2012 displayed at MQX West this year in Portland.


Twenty-four quilts, 16” wide and 32” long were the display… and I was more than impressed. And of course I attempted to capture the 24 quilt presentation with my iPhone panoramic camera. This worked, sort of… but I had to take two panoramic shots just to fit the visual effect of Vista’s exhibition and staging.

According to Vista “The Visionary Textile Artists (VisTA) in Tri-Cities, Washington, is truly a unique group of talented women. Each year a challenge is presented to the group that is designed to stretch their textile artistic abilities. The 2012 challenge was based on the color wheel, as depicted in Joen Wolfrom’s “Color Companion” cards. These cards feature 24 pure colors, along with a selection of tints, shades and tones, as well as monochromatic, complementary, triadic, analogous, and split-complementary color schemes.

Participants chose a color…” with a few basic and essential guidelines, and “the only requirement was that the finished art quilt had to “read” the color card selected.

This was truly a wonderful and amazing use of color and the creativity of fabric.

Here are the individual art pieces, (in 19 images), as created by the 24 members of the VisTA Rainbow Challenge.


Thank you MQX for presenting such a unique and beautiful presentation.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

My Quip - Awe Inspiring - The Legacy of Linen

Good Day,

This week at MQX West in Portland I learned something... about the reason I have ventured into the wonderful world of quilting. The reason I have entered into the universe of fabric, and thread, the fancy of color and shade, the past and the present.


Across the aisle, in the Oregon Convention Center, from Andy's and my special exhibit Evolution, was an extremely serene, modest and what-I-thought, lack-luster display of monochromatic off-white and sort-of light beige quiet display of various sized quilts and wall hangings, The Legacy of Linen. In my mind I just thought it was another one of those "whole-cloth-type displays" that really is not my preferred cup of tea.

And was I completely wrong... and blown out of the water when I finally ventured over to the exquisite and excellent display of work by Cindy Needham, her Legacy of Linen.

In Cindy's words "My quilts have stories to tell.." And indeed each of the masterful creations and restorations just blew me away. Cindy has painstakingly, and most lovingly with deft and expertise, beyond any of my quilting and needlepoint capabilities, melded the past and the present in her exquisite restoration and presentation of that which once came before.

Cindy explains that "Each of my quilts originated from an ordinary antique linen. Most were damaged in some way with a stain, a tear or a hole... I consider this part of the charm and history of the piece..

These linens have a "presence" about them... somebody before me spent countless hours creating the beautiful embroidery, cutwork and drawn-thread work. I believe the original maker passed her work work forward to me so I could create a beautiful quilt. I feel as if I am honoring her by doing so."

And Cindy has done exactly that. I, a teacher, a banker, and an artist by claim, was just enthralled by the workmanship that Cindy has so aptly brought her pieces of rescued linen to life, and how she has breathed a new life and rekindled a new soul into each of her works of glorious art. Cindy's Legacy of Linen is amazing.

It is hard to share the actual piece of the creation and recreation of Cindy's work and of the linen and lace of the expert but dainty handiwork of long past by capturing each with my iPhone camera. But the experience is a melding of the past and the present, and I present to you a number of images of Cindy Needham's The Legacy of Linen.


Thank you Cindy for opening my eyes and teaching me. Thank you Janet Lee and Mary for presenting Cindy's Legacy of Linen at MQX.

Enjoy,

Jim
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My Quip - MQX West Winds Down - The Eagle Has Landed

Good Day,

Andy and I are all packed and Evolution and our Lucys are now on their way home to Tampa. I am thoroughly impressed at the strength of the organization and the committed work and due efficiency of all those concerned with the MQX leadership, staff, and volunteers. Next stop, New Hampshire, MQX East 2013.

Weather forecast for close to Portland, Oregon is possible snow, 6 to 10 inches, and cold rain and storms from Alaska. Andy and I are certainly glad that we're headed home to our warmth and sunshine. Thank you Portland.

One of the spectacular entries, a Large Pictorial Wallhanging Quilt, is the amazing art piece Standing Tall by Joanne Baeth, of Bonanza, Oregon.


As described by Joanne "The area where I live has a large population of wintering eagles. The sky and mountains were painted specifically for this quilt. The needles on the branches were thread painted using several colors of green to give dimension. The many feathers on the eagles were constructed individually, highlighted and shaded with inks, and attached by raw edge applique. To soften and blend the colors, this piece was quilted very heavily with a filler typle stitch that enhances the natural scene. The quilting is entirely hand-guided."

Here are a couple more of my images, but all-things-being-equal my photos cannot do true justice to the actual wallhanging.


I am not a quilt judge, but I see what I like. A beautiful work, Joanne.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

My Quip - One Quilt Picture is Worth A Thousand Pieces of Fabric

Good Day,

An amazing new, sort-of, function with my iPhone is the capability of taking panoramic pictures... And I am using my iPhone 4s.


The Great Bargello Project, presented as a special exhibit at MQX West, in Portland, is the construction of eight quilts by four Ohio friends from a pile of 464 two-inch strips and strip sets at 174 inches long. Tremendous colors and and awe-inspiring. Amazing work - Anna Fricker, Susan Hill, Chris Landis, and Mary Miller.

And I wanted to capture the complete effect of the display of The Great Bargello Project. The panoramic picture function of the iPhone, I think does exactly that.

Here is The Great Bargello Project in eight images... and a secret onlooker.


I really like Bargello...

Enjoy,

Jim
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My Quip - MQX Continues - An Amazing Quilt

Good Day,

The show and display of quilts and wall hangings at MQX West 2012, in Portland, Oregon, is certainly mind-boggling. There are just too many for this one's puny brain to comprehend the hours of work and techniques that some of these tremendous quilt artists put in.

My commendations and heart-felt thanks to the amazing MQX organization created and presented by Janet Lee, Mary and all involved and concerned.

Upon entering the MQX Convention Hall, I check out the quilts and wall hangings and am attracted to those many and certain wonderful works that immediately catch my eye. One such work is Laurie Tigner's Silver Madonna - 1.


For some deep-seated reason, there has always been some mystical attraction for me to Byzantine religious icons. And Laurie Tigner's fabric production is just that melding of the silver and fabric. As Laurie mentioned in her summary description "This is my attempt to translate a hammered silver icon into a quilt using silver lamé spandex..." In my opinion, Laurie definitely was successful.. Laurie completed all the piecing and the quilting. A wonderful accomplishment.

Should you get a chance to make a trip to MQX West 2012 in Portland to see and admire the quilts and wall hangings, please do.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Friday, October 19, 2012

My Quip - And The MQX Quilt Doors Open...

Good Day,

Today MQX West open the Quilt Convention doors. And Evolution was ready.

Many very, very nice people... and many, many nice and supportive compliments.

Evolution is all set up and begins with our Colored Windows II... Sort of astounding that two of our Judge's Choice Award winning quilts are displayed on the same Exhibition floor. Thank you MQX.


MQX West 2012 is being held at the Oregon Convention Center... and the exterior glass spires are causing me to think of some quilting design and construction. I'm always looking for ideas.

That is until I saw the two-seater-auto Car2Go. As put be the website... You can reserve a car ahead of time, or simply pick one up spontaneously at dozens of convenient locations all over downtown Portland. Walk up to one of the distinctive blue and white smart fortwo car’s, press and hold your member card to the card reader at the windshield, check it over and go. A different concept. We kept wondering why there were quite a number of the blue and white munchkin-mobiles parked a key locations in and about Portland.

Across the aisle from our Evolution is the phenomenal and outstanding exhibit, The Great Bargello Project. The Great Bargello Project is the construction of eight quilts by four Ohio friends from a pile of 464 two-inch strips and strip sets at 174 inches long. Tremendous colors and and awe-inspiring. Amazing work - Anna Fricker, Susan Hill, Chris Landis, and Mary Miller.

If you are in Portland, Oregon this weekend, come check out our Evolution and The Great Bargello Project at MQX West 2012.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My Quip - Guess What? - Quilt Award

Good Day,

Our I Really Love Lucy is awarded MQX West 2012 Judge's Choice Award by Scott Murkin, sponsored by IntelliQuilter.


Thank you Scott Murkin. Thank you IntelliQuilter. Thank you MQX.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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