Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LQF Recap

Our Lowell Quilt Festival show wrapped up over the weekend, and I still can't believe how well it went.

Leah and Jane admire Jen's amazing work

We had great turnout, the venue was spectacular and light-filled, and Alexis and Aimee orchestrated everything to a professional standard that exceeded all our expectations.  I think we blew everyone away, including ourselves!

new members?

We heard some hilarious things from the traditional quilters who dropped by as a courtesy, and walked away really impressed.

Emily and Alexis with friends and family
at the Friday night open house

I believe this turtle was Samantha's.
A big fan favorite!

Linda's insanely beautiful quilting was a personal favorite.
I have plans to steal many of these ideas!

Speaking of epic quilting, look at this!
One of the young male residents told me
Jen's quilt was his very favorite quilt in the show.

One lady seemed aghast that some of us had washed our quilts (mine included!  I love the texture - who knew it would be a "show issue"?)   Others were so adorable, literally snooping behind the racks just to see what the reverse looked like.

creeping around the back

Another "quilt veteran" was so astonished by what she saw, that she pulled Alexis and me aside and exclaimed to us that our show was "fucking amazing".   Definitely my favorite feedback of the show.

Alice in chains.  Get it?
Laurie's spectacular Dresden,
made with fabrics she brought back from Uganda
Alexis's elegant mini

Speaking of minis, I felt that category really demonstrated the wide range of aesthetics of our members.   Some of my other favorites:

The patrons liked that we didn't use draping on our displays- one lady told me it "contributed to the graphic quality" of the experience.

Amy's New York Beauty.   

One very friendly Australian quilter, a fan of Amy's blog, waylaid her vacation to come to our show.  She was thrilled to see Amy's work in person, and also loved Lia's beautiful take on a Sarah Fielke favorite, below.   She said (shhhh) she preferred Lia's to Sarah's!

Lia's eagles

The work, needless to say, speaks for itself.    These women inspire me with their insane, boundless talent.  I am so proud to be part of this guild!

I have many, many more photos and will post more later this week.  Congratulations, ladies of the BMQG!   Please see our blog, Facebook page, and Flickr pool for additional links and photos.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lowell Quilt Festival, Day 1!

Yesterday we spent about a half-day hanging quilts for our Boston Modern Quilt Guild gallery,  a satellite location of the Lowell Quilt Festival.

My kaleidoscope and  Alice's Chain Reaction.
They look so lovely here together!

Our BMQG gallery showcases more than 50 spectacular member quilts, in the light-filled large atrium at Appleton Mills, an amazing textile-mill-turned-apartment complex in Lowell, Massachusetts.   (219 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA)

Our show is open to the public.  Hours are:  10 am - 6 pm Thursday 8/9,  10 am - 8 pm Friday 8/10, and 10 am - 4 pm Saturday 8/11.

Linda hangs a beauty.

Please also consider joining us for the Opening Reception, which is from 5-8 pm on Friday, 8/10.   Many guild members will be there to discuss their work, and there will be food and drink on hand.

From the "Bee" section  of the gallery.
Both of these quilts were BMQG collaborations.

We can't wait!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

WIP: Amrita's quilt

In between hectic preparation for the Lowell Quilt Festival, Amrita's quilt is moving from sketch to reality.