I attended a number of lectures during Quiltcon and two that I really enjoyed were presented by Bill Volckening who is well known in the USA as a quilt collector and author.
Bill had a witty, anecdotal presentation style and clearly has a deep knowledge and love of his subject matter.
He has amassed more than 250 quilts in his personal collection since he started collecting in 1989, and we were fortunate to see some in slides which accompanied the lectures and even more fortunate to see some in the Modern Materials Quilts of the 1970s exhibition which was part of the show.
Check this one out – all made from polyester which was apparently the quilter’s choice of fabrics on the ’70.
Isn’t that black ricrac braid just inspired!
Here are a couple more from the exhibition.
This one was my favourite. Close up you could see how the polyester has become “furry” from use! I can’t imagine cutting and piecing all those diamonds, particularly from polyester which would not have been able to be pressed into shape.
It was also a reminder that we should label our work. It’s a shame that we will never know the his(her)story behind these amazing creations.