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Congratulations to Jean Jones, quilter & teacher extraordinaire!

May 27, 2014

A big congratulations to our very own creative and talented teacher, Jean Jones, for having her quilt selected to to compete in a special exhibit at the Quilt!Knit!Stitch! show this August in Portland, Oregon!

Jean Jones

Jean Jones

Jean’s quilt, Follow Your Own Star and You Will Shine, will be part of the Modern Metallic exhibit which features quilts made from members of Modern Quilt Guilds from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Follow Your Own Star by Jean Jones

Follow Your Own Star by Jean Jones

Although all of Jean’s quilts are stunning, this is her first juried show. I had the opportunity to ask Jean a few questions about her quilt, and this is what she said:

1. Can you tell me a bit about the show & the category you are entered in? 
The show is put on by Quilts, Inc. that puts on Quiltmarket trade show twice a year, Quilt Festival in Houston every fall, as well as a couple of other large shows. This year they are putting on a new show called Quilt!Knit!Stitch! that features not only quilting but other needle and textile arts. My quilt was entered in a special exhibit called Modern Metallics, described HERE.

Robert Kaufman provided fabric from the Quilter’s Linen Metallic line, to which I added an assortment of other fabrics.

2. Can you tell me about your quilt that you entered?
Inspiration started with the fabrics from RK. I added a palette of fabrics in neutrals and blues with metallic prints. The quilt is my own design, based on a traditional spiderweb block. The block design, fabric choices, and layout evolved as I went, and I used EQ7 for the final design. It is not a pattern (yet!) although I have had several suggestions that it should be, and that I should teach it. We’ll see!

3. What sort of prize is there for winning?
For me the prize is just to get accepted into a juried show! I’ve heard there are prizes but details of what they are, and how winners will be selected, are still to come. 

4. As this is your first juried entry, what gave you the push to enter?
I like to participate in the quilt challenges (and we have lots!) in the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild, so I signed up for this one thinking it would be fun, as metallics haven’t really been used much in the modern quilting world. Some of the challenges we have done, where manufacturers have supplied fabric, simply involve uploading photos of the projects to a Flickr site. I registered my entry more because it was a Guild activity than anything else, never thinking it would be accepted!  

5. Will you be going to the show or does your quilt get sent on its own?
My quilt actually has to be shipped to Houston Texas, as that is the headquarters for Quilt, Inc. It will hang in the display in Portland, after which there MAY be a traveling exhibit, and it MAY or may not be chosen for that.  If it is, it will not be returned to me until July 2015. 

 

Not only was Jean Jones’ quilt selected, but four other members of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild had quilts that were selected for the show as well. A big congratulations is also due to Laura Miron, Cathy Erickson, Cynthia Frenette, and Amy Dame. Congratulations, ladies!

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