Thursday, June 11, 2015
Quilt National 9 -- pieced quilts
Let's talk about pieced quilts. Two years ago I was seriously disappointed to see so few pieced quilts at QN '13 -- and by that I don't mean any quilts with some seams down the middle, but quilts that used piecing of different fabrics to achieve their composition and design. Last time around I counted all of two quilts by this definition in the show, and ranted about it. But any disproportionate presence or absence in a given show is likely to go away in the next show when you get different jurors and a different entry pool. And I am delighted to report that those of us who practice piecing had a good day in the sun at QN '15.
Let me define "pieced quilts" even more narrowly: those that not only rely upon the juxtaposition of different fabrics to achieve their composition, but those that follow the traditional rules of quilting: neatly finished seams with no raw edges. There were plenty of gorgeous examples of this genre.
First, I'm pleased to report that the Quilts Japan Prize, arguably a more valuable award than Best in Show, went to a pieced quilt. I have an emotional attachment to this prize, having won it myself in 2009, and it was wonderful to have it go to a beautiful quilt made by a longtime friend of mine.
If you check out her website you can see how her meticulously pieced straight lines have gradually become meticulously pieced curves -- exactly the opposite of Judy Kirpich! And check out her beautiful quilting.
I'll show you more pieced quilts tomorrow.