Quiltcon lectures

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.

BVThe 1st lecture was Modern Materials: Quilts of the 1970s which provided a context for the exhibition of some of his quilts at the show.  The 2nd was Modernism in American Patchwork.

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.

Tile Block: unknown maker c. 1970

Tile Blocks: unknown maker Polyester, Louisiana c. 1970

Isn’t that black ricrac braid just inspired!

Bills quilts 1I can’t imagine sleeping under a polyester quilt and I think it would be a difficult fabric to work with in patchwork, but I admire the skill and obvious enthusiasm for the craft of the makers.

Here are a couple more from the exhibition.

Honeycomb Hexagons:unknown maker Cottons, Alaska, c 1975

Honeycomb Hexagons:unknown maker
Cottons, Alaska, c 1975

BV 3This 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.

Hexagon Diamonds: unknown maker Polyester, Oregon, c.1970

Hexagon Diamonds: unknown maker
Polyester, Oregon, c.1970

BV 5The texture of the different fabrics really stood out.

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.

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One thought on “Quiltcon lectures

  1. Although I didn’t get to go to the lecture I think many of the 1970’s quilts in the show were some of my favorites. Can’t imagine making them from polyester though.

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