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Quilting Information: MQX, Manchester, NH–Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson Quilts

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Quilting Information:  April 13, 2015

MQX, Manchester, NH–Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson Quilts

I appreciate modern quilts, but am not drawn to making them.

However, the Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson (sisters) display of quilts at this spring’s MQX show was really fun to see.  And I certainly enjoy the sense of “style” and the lovely quilting seen in modern quilts.

I attempted to take a picture of most of the quilts shown.  Or pieces of these quilts anyway.  Those of you who have ipads or iphones can enlarge the pictures to see the fine detail of the quilting.

And, there is at least one book from these two amazing women.

Note that modern quilts often play with the juxtaposition of straight lines and curves.

And note the use of grey here, which is very “big” right now.

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Here’s my favorite:

 

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These quilts are GRAND!  So fun.

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April 13, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Quilting Information: MQX, Manchester, New Hampshire, April 2015

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Quilting Information:  April 13, 2015

MQX 2015

I am just back from the Machine Quilters’ Expo, held in early April in Manchester, New Hampshire.

I took four classes and really learned so much.  The teachers were Judi Madsen, Judy Woodworth, and Angela Huffman.

I used to free-motion on my domestic machine a lot.  But when I got my long arm, I settled into making the kind of quilts I love the most:  big and scrappy.  Those quilts really look their best when quilted with an even, overall pattern.  Thus, I’ve been using pantographs most of the time.

However, I do not want to lose my free-motion skills.  And I do make some quilts that would look great with more custom quilting.

So, I have a goal of improving my “front of the machine” skills this year.

Angela Huffman does it all.  She spent her time teaching us how she works.  She uses free-motion and templates.  She taught us so many patterns that I will definitely be able to use.  Her web site is http://www.quiltedjoy.com.

Modern quilter Judi Madsen’s work is so beautiful.  Here are some examples–which she broke down and taught us to do.  (Of course it takes practice.)  Quilting at this level often involves layering two wool battings to get the trapunto effects.  AND, lots of marking on the quilt, a straight ruler, and MATH.

 

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Judy Woodworth is more of a traditional quilter, but I think she can do anything she wants to do.

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Here she urges us to just have fun and experiment.

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April 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm