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Quilts That Caught My Eye {QuiltCon 2024}

I know I walked the entire QuiltCon show this year, but even with two more days, I’m not sure I would have been able to take in all of the quilts in the way that they truly deserved. The quality of quilts in the show this year was inspiring!

I attended one lecture at QuiltCon this year by Robert Bosscher @rjbosscher about Artist Statements. It was a fantastic lecture and left me with a lot to sit with and think about as I craft Artwork Descriptions (which I learned are different than an Artist Statement) when I enter my work into future shows. My mom does a beautiful job of taking the time to read each description as she walks the show. Because I get so frequently distracted by conversation, I’m a lot more hit and miss on getting to read the descriptions in the moment, but I do always make time to read the descriptions of the quilts that visually pull me in.

Although I photographed many more, today I’m sharing a selection of 20 quilts that I photographed at QuiltCon 2024. Please note that these are the photographs I have; I am unable to provide more detailed photos than you will find here. In all cases where I am able, I am linking to the artist’s Instagram account if you want more information. I am also sharing the placards with the Artwork Description with each quilt here because I always want to give proper credit to the artists who make and share their quilts, and I hope that this will also to help us practice the skill of taking the time to engage with the art and artist fully. (Note: Some quilts in this post contain may be triggering and there are references to mental health challenges, school shootings, and curse words.)

Fun With Flash

Fantastic Plastic by Catherine Butterworth @ccbutterworth

Fantastic Plastic by Catherine Butterworth @ccbutterworth: No flash on the left, with flash on the right

Fantastic Plastic by Catherine Butterworth @ccbutterworth was hand pieced(!!) using metallic Tyvek, reflective fabric, and cotton shirting. A complete marvel to my brain. It was an utter delight to get to see how the quilt transforms under flash photography. The back of the quilt also had beautiful couching (and made for a lovely two sided quilt), but my photograph when a white glove turned it back for us to admire was blurry. My apologies!

Fantastic Plastic - Artwork Description

Fantastic Plastic – Artwork Description

It's A Trap by Melissa de Leon Mason @quiltallthethings_: No flash on the left, with flash on the right

It’s A Trap by Melissa de Leon Mason @quiltallthethings_: No flash on the left, with flash on the right

It’s A Trap! by Melissa de Leon Mason @quiltallthethings_ might have been in the small quilts category, but it packs a big impact. Not only is the piece fun and whimsical when photographed with flash photography, but Melissa’s artwork description helped pull me into thinking about larger topics as I continued to walk the show.

It's A Trap - Artwork Description

It’s A Trap – Artwork Description

Sparkle Binding

Quilters Workout by Tania Tanti @tania_tanti_artist

Quilters Workout by Tania Tanti @tania_tanti_artist

Quilters Workout by Tania Tanti @tania_tanti_artist stopped me in my tracks. A large piece, there was a lot of beautiful detail to take in and admire. But I was utterly enchanted and delighted by the sparkle binding. Such a fun finishing detail!

Quilters Workout - Artwork Description

Quilters Workout – Artwork Description

Storytelling Quilts That Drew Me In

Out of the Dark by Robert Bosscher @rjbosscher

Out of the Dark by Robert Bosscher @rjbosscher

Out of the Dark by Robert Bosscher @rjbosscher grabbed me from far away. The bright piecing line slicing through the black fabric made me think of the Japanese art of Kintsugi (repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with urushi lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum). As I got closer, I admired the hand quilting, and when I read the artwork description I felt a deep connection to so many of my own lived experiences.

Out of the Dark - Artwork Description

Out of the Dark – Artwork Description

Bruce by Emily McClintock @EmilyGMcClintock

Bruce by Emily McClintock @EmilyGMcClintock

Bruce by Emily McClintock @EmilyGMcClintock is a stunning two color quilt (I do have a thing for two color quilts, and I think it’s showing in this post)! As I was looking at the quilt, I noticed that the quilt was named “Bruce” which really intrigued me. As I read the description, I felt a deeper connection to the quilt and I thought about how life influences art and vice versa, and how art is such a helpful tool for us work through and process what we are living and experiencing.

Bruce - Artwork Description

Bruce – Artwork Description

Head Adjustment by Tania Tanti @tania_tanti_artist

Head Adjustment by Tania Tanti @tania_tanti_artist

Head Adjustment by Tania Tanti @tania_tanti_artist drew me in for many reasons (two color quilt, which, ahem, yup….), the quilting, and the way the shapes made me think about how I feel when my body aches. Post QuiltCon here at home, I’m realizing how I was attracted to the work of the same artist repeatedly. You’ll probably remember Tanti from her improv quilt with sparkle binding above.

Head Adjustment - Artwork Description

Head Adjustment – Artwork Description

The Disappearing by Hillary Goodwin @entropyalwayswins

The Disappearing by Hillary Goodwin @entropyalwayswins

The Disappearing by Hillary Goodwin @entropyalwayswins is a beautiful and subtle quilt, and once again I felt more deeply connected to Hillary’s art when I read her artwork description.

The Disappearing - Artwork Description

The Disappearing – Artwork Description

It's Not Pie by Barb Vedder @funwithbarb

It’s Not Pie by Barb Vedder @funwithbarb

It’s Not Pie by Barb Vedder @funwithbarb reaches out and grabs you right away. It immediately made me think of a quote my husband and I say to one another on a near daily basis: “Save the whales doesn’t mean f*@k the dolphins.” I love the use of variegated thread for the quilting.

It's Not Pie - Artwork Description

It’s Not Pie – Artwork Description

What We Will Use as Weapons: A List of School Supplies by Ginny Robinson @minnowpeck

What We Will Use as Weapons: A List of School Supplies by Ginny Robinson @minnowpeck

I shared about What We Will Use as Weapons: A List of School Supplies by Ginny Robinson @minnowpeck yesterday because it was the Best in Show award winner for this year, but there is so much to take in and contemplate with this quilt. “The quilting represents the shooter on the front and the teacher on the back, with the applique pieces aimed at them. Imagine bringing a stapler to a gun fight. … Our children deserve better than the nightmare we tolerate.” Amen.

What We Will Use as Weapons: A List of School Supplies - Artwork Description

What We Will Use as Weapons: A List of School Supplies – Artwork Description

Thoughts After Therapy by Catherine Dutton @catherineduttonsews

Thoughts After Therapy by Catherine Dutton @catherineduttonsews

Thoughts After Therapy by Catherine Dutton @catherineduttonsews might just be the most relatable quilt in the entire show, for those of us who have and are working our way through therapy. Also, with a last name like mine (Fuchs), I’ve definitely needed to learn to embrace the inevitable misspellings…

Thoughts After Therapy - Artwork Description

Thoughts After Therapy – Artwork Description

Inspiring Technical Details

And She Rises by Sheila Frampton-Cooper @sheilaframptoncooper

And She Rises by Sheila Frampton-Cooper @sheilaframptoncooper

And She Rises by Sheila Frampton-Cooper @sheilaframptoncooper was in the Maximalism Exhibit and I couldn’t stop admiring this quilt. While I am far from a maximalist in my quilting, I loved everything about this quilt down to the fabulous quilting details. So well done and inspiring!

And She Rises - Artwork Description

And She Rises – Artwork Description

Mulberry Swirl by Kelly Spell @kellyspell

Mulberry Swirl by Kelly Spell @kellyspell

Mulberry Swirl by Kelly Spell @kellyspell is one of those quilts and designs that I see and think, “I wish I had designed that!” I deeply appreciate her skill and artistry in dying the fabrics to get her needed gradations, and her piecing is exquisitely done. Mulberry Swirl won first place in Minimalist Design.

Mulberry Swirl - Artwork Description

Mulberry Swirl – Artwork Description

Crossway by Steph Skardal @stephskardal

Crossway by Steph Skardal @stephskardal

Crossway by Steph Skardal @stephskardal is a beautifully executed quilt. From the dense (and super square) background quilting to the fine bias tape applied on top of the background quilt, there is real mastery of technique here. I also love the rich color palette and additional design details included in the binding. Crossway won second place in Minimalist Design.

Crossway - Artwork Description

Crossway – Artwork Description

Interstitial no. 2 by Robert Bosscher @rjbosscher

Interstitial no. 2 by Robert Bosscher @rjbosscher

Interstitial no. 2 by Robert Bosscher @rjbosscher is a quilt that begs you to come closer and look deeper. And the closer you look, the more impressive the details become. For a closer look, I invite you to look through all the details Robert shared in his Instagram post about Interstitial no. 2. Interstitial no. 2 won third place in Minimalist Design. My takeaway: I really crush hard on the minimalist quilts!

Interstitial no. 2 - Artwork Description

Interstitial no. 2 – Artwork Description

Outside to Play by Sara Brown @sarabquilts

Outside to Play by Sara Brown @sarabquilts

I was so enchanted by the absolutely stunning applique work on Outside to Play by Sara Brown @sarabquilts that I failed to get a full photograph of her quilt. Those stitches are invisible!

Outside to Play - Artwork Description

Outside to Play – Artwork Description

Overprint by Betsy Vinegrad @Betsy.Vinegrad

Overprint by Betsy Vinegrad @Betsy.Vinegrad

In Overprint by Betsy Vinegrad @Betsy.Vinegrad, Betsy continues to let her precision piecing skills shine. Her use of color and color placement is so strong and I always look forward to seeing her next work of art.

Overprint - Artwork Description

Overprint – Artwork Description

Local Density 01 by Charles Cameron @feltlikesweets

Local Density 01 by Charles Cameron @feltlikesweets

Local Density 01 by Charles Cameron @feltlikesweets is a masterful composition of lots of tiny piecing. I love the way Charley commits to exploring ideas and techniques and if you can, get as far away from your screen to see enjoy the full effect of this art.

Local Density 01 - Artwork Description

Local Density 01 – Artwork Description

Prague 2 by Juli Smith @Zahada_Mod

Prague 2 by Juli Smith @Zahada_Mod

I rounded a corner to see Prague 2 by Juli Smith @Zahada_Mod, and I squealed in delight. I love watching how Juli puzzles her pieces together.

Prague 2 - Artwork Description

Prague 2 – Artwork Description

Above the Cairns by Jenney Haynes @pappersaxsten

Above the Cairns by Jenny Haynes @pappersaxsten

I deeply admire the beautiful quilts made by Jenny Haynes @pappersaxsten, and getting some time with Above the Cairns was a real treat. I love her use of color, the creative curve piecing, and I admire the way her partnership with Iva Steiner @schnigschnagquiltsandmore for the quilting elevates her pieces to true works of art.

Above the Cairns - Artwork Description

Above the Cairns – Artwork Description

Live Stream (What lies beyond the physcial world) by Emilie Trahan @mili.tra

Live Stream (What lies beyond the physical world) by Emilie Trahan @mili.tra

Live Stream (What lies beyond the physical world) by Emilie Trahan @mili.tra is a masterful composition. I see and feel something new every time I come back to this piece.

Live Stream (What lies beyond the physical world) - Artwork Description

Live Stream (What lies beyond the physical world) – Artwork Description


My QuiltCon 2024 wrap-up posts:

12 thoughts on “Quilts That Caught My Eye {QuiltCon 2024}

  1. Liz Bess says:

    I can see why these caught your eye after walking around with you up in Vermont… I still remember and appreciate that day, the memories, and the information that you shared, that quilt with the pinks in it(Mulberry Swirl)reminded me of the one that you had shown in that particular show that weekend. I see a lot of you in some of these quilt’s through the years of following your quilting and patterns.

  2. Kate says:

    Lots of WOW factor quilts at the show. The minimalist quilts are my favorites out of this set. Definitely lots of eye candy and inspiration.

  3. Patty says:

    You captured some of my favorites too – especially It’s Not Pie. Even though I spend 4 days at the show, 3 of which I visited the quilts, I know I missed seeing some of the quilts.

  4. Thank you so much for not only sharing the pictures of these amazing quilts and their stories but also for how they spoke to you. I know that I will need revisit this post and and the attached links! Wow!
    I have been a professional Longarm quilter for 19 years and still love it, though I have been so inspired by the quilting on domestic machines that I practice on my Juki for relaxation

  5. Fabulous quilts and thank you for sharing. I am marking this one to spend some more time on.

  6. Thank you for sharing these, Yvonne. I enjoyed seeing each one. I especially relate to the The Disappearing, but then I like pretty much anything she creates. The description for Out of Darkness didn’t come through – would like to read that one. What an amazing group of beautiful quilts and their talented makers!

  7. aquilterstable says:

    Just stunning. Can’t thank you enough for sharing these works of art and their placards in a blog post. Appreciate your thoughts about each, but also, this is the best ‘view’ I’ve had from home. IG and the app don’t show the quilts off this well. Thank you!

  8. Bernie says:

    Great post. Looking through these, I really am taken with some of them. Interstitial, Crossway and Mulberry are gorgeous. I love whole cloth quilts for the beauty of the stitching, the simple beauty of Crossway and the over all design of the Mulberry piece. Bruce is also very very cool – both design and meaning.

  9. Cheryl Brickey says:

    I love seeing what everyone’s favorite quilts are and which designs resonated with people.

  10. Thanks for sharing these, Yvonne! It was great to see some that I hadn’t seen elsewhere, and to read all the artists’ statements.

  11. Eva says:

    Thank you so much for showing. No chance to go there in real live… so thanks for these pictures and your time you spend to write the blog!!
    Amazing how big the „room“ is where the quilts are shown !

    Congratulations to you that you win a price!!! Hope this makes you happy long long time!
    So nice that your mum could be with you!

  12. quiltinglearningcombo says:

    Hi Yvonne, thanks so much for sharing these with us. I would love to go to a huge quilt show but I get overwhelmed at our local show – so it’s not likely to happen. I’m so glad that you got to meet friends from the blog world. It’s important to get and give support but even more special when you can meet in person. Take care.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)