The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild recently held their second biennial show, Modern Quilt Showcase, at The Pipe Shop venue in North Vancouver, B.C. The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is eight years old, with about 120 members, and is part of the worldwide modern quilting movement.
The quilts in Modern Quilt Showcase 2018 were colourful and innovative, utilizing many different stitching techniques, but perhaps most importantly, they represented the originality and self-expression of their creators.
Paul Krampitz’s Working with Wedges Workshop was well attended, with members enthusiastic about learning something new and sharing the process with quilting friends.
Armed with our wedge templates, we learned how to cut our fabric into angled pieces and sew them together to create interesting effects. We started with the basics, creating our own block. Later, Paul showed us some variations such as angle cutting striped fabric and using pieced strips in our blocks.
The eye-catching, creative quilts on display represented new directions in quilt making such as the use of solid colours, asymmetry, improvisational piecing and less traditional machine quilting designs.
The show was held at the Pipe Shop Building, a restored structure from the historic shipyards on the North Vancouver waterfront, now a unique event venue. The building’s heavy timbers and high ceiling and the natural light from many doors and windows made a wonderful setting for the quilts.
There was lots of inspiration at this show for those who want to explore modern quilt making – new quilters, or experienced quilters looking to do some rule-breaking.
Click on any image to open a carousel of photos from the Modern Quilt Showcase.
Stacey Day came to our March meeting. She talked about how her life today as a quilter, pattern writer and quilt designer began with her love of fabric as a very young girl. She sewed her own clothes and did crafts, and remembers her grandmother at her side encouraging her to have confidence in her own ideas and talents.
A book deal that didn’t happen turned out to have a silver lining for Stacey. She was able to keep the many quilts she had made for the book. One of her quilts came to the attention of an American publisher, and her designs have now been published in various magazines.
Other opportunities have followed, and Stacey is busy in the quilt world. In addition to magazines, she works with fabric companies such as Windham Fabrics, sells her patterns on Craftsy, and is looking forward to exciting, creative projects ahead. All this, together with a young and growing family.