Thursday, August 29, 2013

Congratulations are in Order...

"Degranulaton" by Dia Sue-Wah-Sing
The American Quilter's Society (AQS) Quilt Week is October 2-5, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa, and we are happy to announce two PGH MQG members will have quilts featured in the Modern Quilt Challenge. Please join me in congratulating Melissa Fontanese and Dia Sue-Wah-Sing, both of whom found out yesterday their quilts were accepted for the challenge.

Many of us have had the privilege of seeing Dia's quilt, Degranulation, in person at one of our guild meetings. (This quilt was marveled over at the first Show & Tell Dia attended!) The quilt was created during a workshop with Dwayne Wanner at Greenwood Quiltery, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The workshop was entitled the "Abstract Expressionist Quilt Project." Dia had this to say about the quilt, There was little time to think during the creation of this quilt. It was just sew, sew and sew; under an enthusiastic quilting Drill Sergeant. My ruler was discarded in favour of just "go with your gut" and "we will fix that later". It evolved out of many wonderful consultations and critiques by my classmates (other awesome quilters), which included my mom, There were comments that the work reflected Pablo Picasso's “le guitarist”. I was not familiar with Picasso's piece until after the quilt was completed. 


"City of Bridges" by Melissa Fontanese
Back in March of this year, Melissa's Madrona Road challenge quilt, City of Bridges was featured on the guild's blog.  We would later announce in this post that City of Bridges won second place in the small wall hanging category at the 2013 Three Rivers Quilt Festival. It should be no surprise to learn the beautiful quilt will also be making its way to Des Moines. 


"City of Bridges", free motion detail
Melissa was very excited at the success of this quilt, as it was one of her first adventures in using multiple quilting patterns within a quilt instead of a single, all-over design. The quilt is also her original design and improvised!

Again, congratulations to both of you. This is very exciting news and we appreciate you sharing with all of us.  

And, guild members, please let us know if anyone else had work selected for AQS Quilt Week. We would love to spotlight your selected work and celebrate with you!

Cheers,
Jodi

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