VQ is not my guild, but I have friends who are members. (Lots of "strings attached": librarians, P.E.O.s, and AAUWs among them.)
Julie and I had second row seats. :)
Gwen is very droll. She compared the applique designs of 19th century quilters with their sometimes free-form pieces to the precision of conteporary applique. She said, "Why make 20 blocks that are identical? You can just make one and look at it."
She reminded us that not all mid-19th century fabrics were butternut-and-brown. That was the era of poison green, acid yellow, and Prussian blue. Don't be afraid of color! Use many varieties of a color -- if you run out of this red, then substitute that red.
She does not have an art background, she said, "But I lived in Kansas when I was young." (And when she rode horseback out into the country she learned to discern the many tones and shades of colors.)
About her liberated piecing -- with chopped-off points, free-form cutting, sometimes sliced to fit -- "It's not that I like sloppy work. Just think about it. [My style] is not precise. Picasso did not paint inside the lines," and "If you're worried about your points then you're not thinking about your quilt as a whole."
Someone asked her about pressing seam allowances. "I press from the front. I let the seam allowances go the way they want to."
37 Sketches is a volume showing small (9 x 12) quilts that are just that -- sketches for larger quilts. I bought a copy and she autographed it.
Here are some of the pictures from the evening.
|One of the "sketches"|