This year, I submitted 3 quilts for consideration to QuiltCon 2022. I’ve been submitting quilts to QuiltCon for 8 years now, and over the years I feel like I have developed a better sense of which of my quilts are more appropriate for the show. But every year, I have at least one quilt that I struggle to decide which category to submit.
Just a reminder, if you would like to submit, the deadline for entry this year is earlier (October 31, 2021). You can get more details about submitting at the official QuiltCon 2022 submissions website.
Today, to #CelebrateMyQuiltSubmission, I would like to present the quilts I submitted for consideration / jurying for QuiltCon 2018 (in alphabetical order):
I submitted Planview to the Piecing category. I consider this the weakest of my submission entries this year, and it’s the quilt I wasn’t sure what category to submit in.
As an engineer, I created plans to communicate how to manufacture parts that I developed. Plans are two-dimensional diagrams used to describe an object and communicate building and/or fabrication instructions. A plan view is a projection looking down on the object, like in a floor plan for a house. This design started by overlapping various sizes of rotated plus shapes and the end result strongly reminded me of the plan view of the John C. Hodges library (the library of my college alma mater), resulting in the name of the design.
60″ x 72″
I submitted Pulsar to the Negative Space category.
A pulsar is a type of rotating neutron star that emits regular pulses of radio waves. My goal with this design was to capture the sense of wonder I have felt looking up at the stars, feeling only my pulse slowly beating. To represent the beating of my heart, I quilted radiating stars enlarging outward in the background. To represent the rotating aspect of a pulsar, I rotated the direction of the dense vertical lines in the background used to help define and emphasize the radiating stars. All quilting was done with a walking foot on my domestic Juki sewing machine.
72″ x 72″
Thrown for a Curve was submitted to the Group category. The other makers are Cheryl Brickey, Faye Jones, Travis Seward, and Valorie Kasten.
Originally concepted in 2019, Thrown for a Curve is a group project based around curved piecing. In 2019, we did not anticipate being unable to get together in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we waited until we were vaccinated in 2021 to get together to finish this project. The ghost quilted leaf represents the year we missed getting together, and the randomly spaced echoing quilting lines represent our occasionally bold and hesitant steps back toward normalcy.
48″ x 50″