Quilt entries for QuiltCon officially close today, November 30, at 11:59 pm Central. If you are planning to Submit a Quilt, today is the day to do it or you will have to wait to submit next year! I submitted 4 quilts for consideration this year, and I submitted them at different times this year; in the past I have waited to submit them as a group when they were all ready.
I thought I would share the quilts I submitted today, take you on a behind the scenes tour of where I photograph my quilts for submission, and offer a few quick tips for temporarily hanging quilts for photography. The QuiltCon submission guidelines request an overall photograph of the quilt and a detail photograph. For the purposes of this post, I am going to share the overall photograph and my submitted description for each quilt.
Submitted on August 15 to the Small Quilts Category
In loving memory of Babsy.
The overlapping circles at the bottom represent the connection between generations and the free-floating orange peel at the top is the separation felt in losing Babsie, the last of her generation in our families. During a week spent with family, I began hand quilting the piece in the evenings as we remembered Grandma: her love of food, her horrible massages, and her unyielding curiosity to the end. She graduated with a degree in Chemistry in the 1940s, supported her family during WWII, and she was a pillar in her community and family.
Submitted on September 6 to the American Patchwork & Quilting Two-Color Quilt Challenge
Inspired by an improv mini quilt I made in June 2018, I wanted to challenge myself to expand the idea and achieve greater piecing precision. The solid, two color, high contrast palette strips down the design and all the details of the quilt are easier to see. Cropping the design, I hoped to achieve a sense of intimacy with a viewer; making them feel drawn in. By inviting such close inspection, I feel very vulnerable, represented by the inverted X-ray block.
Pieced using traditional piecing methods (not paper pieced).
Submitted on November 8 to the Small Quilts Category
Refraction was designed with the idea of light hitting the edge of a surface and reflecting back at different angles. Refraction is a phenomenon of light as it deflects and passes through objects of different density, and I like to imagine this mini quilt representing the spreading of not just light but ideas as they ripple, shift, and change at such a high rate in our online, digital world.
Submitted on November 24 to the Minimalist Design Category
Wonder is a design sketch I made while sitting on a beach, listening to the waves lap against the shore, looking out at the turquoise colors deepening as the water depth increased off shore. I don’t think I’m the only one that looks out at the horizon across an ocean and is filled with a sense of wonder…
The largest unobstructed wall in my home happens to be in my garage. It’s not a glamorous quilt photography location, but it works! I particularly get a kick out of seeing the hanging tennis ball in the photo above.
To prepare my quilts to stick to the wall, I first apply a strip of masking tape directly to the top and bottom edges of the quilt.
I then add “rolls” of tape every 3-4 inches along the tape line. I find that the tape rolls stick much better to the quilt this way. To hang the quilt on the wall, I start in the center at the top of the quilt and press the tape rolls down from the middle out. Then I gently tug the quilt down and press from the center out along the bottom of the quilt. For a quilt the size of Wonder (~65″ x 81″), I also put 3 rolls of tape down each side after the fact.
I try to photograph my quilts on days with diffuse outdoor natural lighting. I put my garage door most of the way down and supplement lighting with my OttLite. When I am getting the detail shot for each quilt, I bring the light in closer to specifically highlight the area I want to photograph.
Did you submit or do you plan to submit any quilts to QuiltCon this year? Do you have any photography tips to share?