Not all the quilts submitted to me for consideration, were what I would call modern in the sense of the MQG definition, but they had modern elements. In the end, it was choosing quilts big enough for the space and what would hang well together. It was hard saying no but really lovely saying yes and I have to give a big thanks to Paula Rafferty for the hanging which made the booth look so well!
The modern gallery was 1 of 6 in the display with other categories being Young Quilters (18 and less), Traditional, Art, Bags, and a Christmas display by the South Eastern branch. I was delighted to see a Rainbow Rose in the submissions and this lovely version is by Imelda O'Grady from Limerick!
Aine Lecky made this lovely modern quilt and had it long arm quilted by the Quilt Shop Tuam.
The centre piece of the booth was The Aviatrix Medallion made by Erin Case. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman and it is just a beautiful celebration of colour!
A passerby to the booth commented that you would need sunglasses for our section and his companion said "yes, isn't it wonderful". Not sure that was what he meant, but it put a big smile on my face! This gorgeous scrappy colour quilt was made by Sharon Hughes.
Next to Sharon's was Tomomi McElwee's colour play, with Red and White the colours of the Japanese flag, and my quilt idol (see earlier blog post here!) Ethelda Ellis' gorgeous sunset.
As always I am in awe of Tomomi's quilting!
This was the young quilters gallery...
and the bags...
and an early Christmas!
I don't have too many photos of the traditional quilts but I was delighted to see Paula Rafferty's Share Jane. Over 100 quilters made blocks for this and 2 other colour versions for the Dear Jane anniversary exhibitions this year. I made 2 of the white blocks in this version based on the colours of the Irish Flag.
One of my favourite pieces was Valerie Mulally's quilt from a block of the month.
I think my favourite block in this quilt is the rabbit - can you spot him?
Of all the quilts in the show though, this was the one that made me smile! A Zebra made by Elizabeth Brennan for the Art Quilts section. I would have had this in modern in a heartbeat!
That's the lovely thing about quilting - lots of genres, crossover of styles and opportunities to play! It was brilliant to be a part of the exhibition and thank you to all the quilt makers who contributed and made our jobs curating such a success.