The ballroom of the Ontario Convention Center was the location for viewing the Special Exhibit, Red & White Quilting, An Iconic Tradition.
Red & White Quilts have been popular for over three centuries of quilt making and have been a staple since the mid nineteenth-century. Red & White quilts are bold, graphic and eye-catching and are the most iconic color combination in quilting. The exhibit highlighted this tradition celebrated in Linda Pumphrey’s newest book, Red and White Quilting an Iconic Tradition in 40 Blocks. The book features instructions for 40 blocks and 14 projects. Each project has three variations shown so readers can decide which version they want to make.
A total of fourteen quilts hung in the exhibit, highlighting the versatility of a two-color quilt. Eleven of the quilts came from Linda’s book and the other three came from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln which were used as inspiration for some of the new quilt designs in the book.
The production of the quilts used for the book and the exhibit, were actually a “Pumphrey Family affair.” Linda’s mother and sister each made one of the projects and the rest were made by Linda. Linda said that she “set out to develop new quilt patterns that were little on the modern aesthetics, definitely contemporary but yet classical with using very tradition blocks.” All of the quilts were quilted by Karen Kielmeyer who also did the quilting for the Special Exhibit seen at Road 2017, “Mountain Mist Historical Quilts.”
A New Yorker, living in Manhatten, it only takes 30 minutes to fly from Anita’s home to Boston where the cruise embarks.
Anita was part of our faculty on Road’s maiden cruise through the Panama Canal last year. This trip she will be joining four other teachers —Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Shelly Pagliai, Stevii Graves and Margie Ullery — on this quilting cruise off the New England coast at the height of the Fall Foliage Season.
With a degree in art and experience as an art curator, Anita has developed an in-depth knowledge of and appreciation for quilting’s history as well as its more modern trajectory. While passionate about the look of some of the most complex traditional blocks, the daunting amount of cutting and sewing involved (and high seam-ripper potential) got Anita’s brain working overtime to figure out an easier way. Her Make It Simplertechnique makes quiltmaking faster and easier. Anita has shared her method in her three books, as a Craftsy instructor and as a guest on HGTV’s Simply Quilts (twice), The Quilt Show, and Quilt Out Loud. on Since 2003, Anita’s books and the blocks she chooses to “revolutionize” keep all quilters in mind, offering techniques that will quickly deliver perfectly pieced blocks every time.
Anita will be teaching two classes on Road’s New England Fall Foliage Cruise: Anita’s Angle and No Waste Windmill. Both classes incorporate Anita’s simpler way of making elegantly proportioned blocks, perfect for using souvenir fabric from the trip. You can learn more about Anita from this fun video or on her blog, Make It Simpler
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