|Vintage Dresden fragments combined|
with new fabrics.
Whether they are ours, something we’ve inherited, something that was gifted to us or something that we’ve rescued from a yard sale, most quilters have a medley of patchwork leftovers, UFOs (unfinished objects), orphaned blocks, and vintage quilt pieces that didn’t make it into the “Finished” column. The plan is to take these unfinished pieces—ours and/or someone else's—and mix them with today's fabrics and threads to give them a second life and a new purpose.
With a focus on blending the old with the new, the “Back to the Future” theme invites investigation into topics such as:
- how to redeem and reinvigorate UFOs
- working with vintage textiles and salvaging usable parts from old quilts
- creating new quilts inspired by antique quilts
- creating time-span and memory quilts
- repurposing old linens
- dating fabrics
- documenting and preserving antique patchwork during its metamorphosis into a new quilt
- reconciling variations and limitations that arise with non-uniform patchwork pieces
- working improvisationally to combine new and antique fabrics, and
- how to combine old and new fabrics into a cohesive new quilt design.
Coming in April 2017
Corresponding with the "Back to the Future" theme, the Choo Choo Quilters are excited to host author, award-winning quilter, curator, and quilt appraiser, Mary Kerr, for a quilting workshop on Friday, April 7 called A Wonky Star: Improv with a Vintage Twist.
|Mary W. Kerr (left) and the cover of her latest book, Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist.|