The second part of the exhibit, Amish: The Modern Muse, is finally up at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. I volunteered to assist several of the local modern quilt guild members with the hanging of the quilts a week ago. It's a wonderful experience to do that and see the exhibit before it was opened to the public. Then last Sunday Steve said that we should jump in the car and drive over to see it without all the ladders and work carts in the way. Just a word of warning that parking is only available on the street. We had to park a few blocks away because of another event nearby. So plan accordingly.
Here are some of the striking quilts on display. As always, pictures just don't do justice to the beauty of fabric in person.
Squared Repeat by Terri Carpenter
I like the offset design and all the thick/think quilted lines.
Triple X by Terri Carpenter
Just look at the little red embroidered stitches that give such great texture to the bright blue sections. It's a nice accent of handwork to accompany the machine stitching.
Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman
The artist used vintage denims and other fabrics in a very traditional double wedding ring pattern that is timeless.
Churned by Linda Sinclair
Sometimes all you need is one oversized and offset block to make a strong impact.
Diamond and Jewels by Tina Michalik
Those greens are some of my favorite colors. Don't they look vibrant against that sea of black?
Songs of a Distant Lancaster by Tami Levin (yes, here's my quilt .. yay!)
This is a picture of the back just as I finished the last stitching on the binding and label. One of these days I'll have to rig up a system for photographing quilts. This is the first time that I tried a wide 1" binding with traditional mitered corners. It really finishes off the quilt. I'll probably try that technique out again on a future quilt.
A quick snap from installation day .. the blue ladder is off to the right. The perspective is exaggerated but I wanted to show you how nicely my quilt hangs with these other two. It's almost like we got together and planned it.
Steve took a quick snap of me standing next to the quilt. It was very exciting to see my work displayed at the museum. It's inspired me to try again and design more quilts. Maybe I can have one to enter in our local quilt show. If you have time please go to the museum and take a look at the quilts. The antique Amish quilts on display in the larger gallery are treasures and shouldn't be missed. The show runs until March 1, 2015.