I had a great time at QuiltCon. I learned plenty of things during the workshops I attended. I saw quilts that inspired me. I met people who have touched my life. I made new friends. I had time away from my family to recharge and energize.
Here are the odd revelations from the QuiltCon show portion. Number of Quilts were Low. I've been to a few shows. At QuiltCon, walking the show and looking at all the quilts took about 30 minutes while taking pictures of my favorites. The next day, I needed to take a new picture of my favorite as the label was out of focus. I didn't remember where it was in the room so I quickly walked the entire exhibit area in less than 7 minutes. To put this in perspective, on Friday, my little toe started to re-break due to arthritic swelling. I couldn't walk too fast. My local traditional quilt guild's local show takes two hours of exploration. For an international show, I expected a little bit more.
Even Large Quilts were Small. In 2010, one of the descriptions of Modern Quilts were useful, beautiful simple, useful quilts. Quilts that were intended to for regular use. I was floored by the thought that there were Large quilts that were more likely table runners or doll quilt sized. Some of these Large quilts would be too small to be a baby blanket. I love the artistic value of many of these Large-small quilts. Putting these Large-small quilts in the same category with quilts triple their size, modest lap quilt sized, diminished the increased work that went into the larger quilts.
Smaller in Real Life. Quilts that I saw before on blogs were so much smaller in real life. Many of the bloggers and book writers were shorter, too. I'm okay with the people being shorter. The quilts being smaller was a shock to me. Most bloggers post their work but do not give the dimensions. If they take the picture outside, I try to use grass height and tree size to figure it out. Not all trees were created equal. My trees are 50 to over 100 years old. I have no problem with modern doll quilts or wall hangings. It would be nice to know dimensions of quilts posted online for perspective of size and time. Smaller quilts take less time. Making lots of smaller quilts can make one blogger look prolific to a quilter like me who makes and quilts bed sized quilts.
About 20% of the quilts did Not Hang Flat. Some of theses quilts were Not Even at the bottom, Curled Rippled Edge, or had Uneven Sides. I've seen plenty of art quilts that utilize the edge to cause drama. Could be the intention of these quilters, but I doubt it. The look of these quilts was hampered. The quilters did not take the time to square up the quilt before binding. While the quilts were beautiful overall , using poor technique, and being shown at an international show really dumbs down the Modern Quilt movement. A few of these quilts received ribbons. All sorts of people went to the show, this type of problem can be easily noted by any educated quilter. I'll probably get some flack for wanting these beautiful quilts to be finished just as beautifully. Its like a painter not waiting for the paint to dry before mailing it off.
Not all art or quilts are meant to be liked. Jackson Pollock Phenomenon. Either you like it or you don't. Some people don't appreciate it. Others will love it. The worst is to be Boring. There was a handful of quilts at the show that evoked no feeling, thought, or emotion in me. It doesn't matter if you don't like the work, art brings out emotions. I love art. I see it everywhere. I want to feel. Jackson Pollock's work has its lovers and haters, but not a lot of eh'ers. What do you think?
Here are the QuiltCon show quilts I found inspirational. Press play to see the slide show.
If I already follow your work, you won't be posted. These are new to me pieces.