First things first - my name is Marija (pronounced the same as Maria :) ) and I am one of the newer members of the WNY Modern Quilt Guild. I am really thrilled to finally have a group like this in our area and really, really looking forward to meet you all soon. (this Friday? can't wait!)
I will be helping Rebecca with this blog and decided to start with some great eye candy for you all. I was lucky enough to go to the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati about 10 days ago and of course thrilled to see many amazing quilts - modern quilts shining among them! Festival had couple of designated Modern Quilt exhibits and of course there would be many that can be put in this category even within other exhibits.
Nothing is as seeing these quilts in person, but I will try my best to show you some. Lights at the festival were great for seeing quilts there, but quite difficult for taking pictures...half the time I was doing gymnastics trying to avoid my own shadow! :) I tried to take some close-ups of the quilting or details too, but again - those darn shadows! So here are some quilts:
I hope you can read at least SOME of the quilt's information - those are sometimes just as important as seeing the quilt itself.
Here is some color! Amazingly well done circles, don't you think?
I hope these "collages" I made were visible enough for you? If not, leave a comment and I can post more detailed ones - this way I figured I can show more without "flooding" the blog with lots of photos.
Have any of you even been to any of the International Quilt Festivals? Share your thoughts please! If not, I highly recommend the one in Cincinnati - it fairly close to be a nice road trip and quilts there are the same ones that show in Houston or Long Beach and many of the ones in Paducah too - so lots of eye candy and almost overwhelming inspiration!
Oh and did I mention vendors? Oh my....What can I say, see for yourself:
There was another nice exhibit of modern quilts - from the Cincinnati MQG - lets leave those for some next day!
Now back to our own neck of the woods - how about getting to know each other? Fabulous idea, don't you think? So one of our founding members, Rebecca thought it would be great to have interviews with members with of course ample show and tell of their quilts and inspirations - I say, YES PLEASE!
Therefore, announcing " NICE TO MEET YOU!" series of interviews here on WNY MQG blog!!
Stay tuned for premiering interview with Rebecca - tomorrow!
Wishing you plenitude of springtime inspirations,