Seeing Differently

1981 by Nancy Purvis

1981 by Nancy Purvis

I played hooky one day last month to attend QuiltCon West, a quilt show hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild. I've always had a thing for quilts, but I gained an even greater appreciation for them — a deep love, really — after seeing them hanging on walls like the works of art that they truly are. 

The exhibit was a visual feast. I was floored by the incredible, and sometimes unexpected, use of color.

Diamonds Quilt #2 by Tara Faughnan

Diamonds Quilt #2 by Tara Faughnan

Red Hot by Shawna Doering

Red Hot by Shawna Doering

I was mesmerized by the clever use of negative space.

Retroreflective by Stephanie Ruyle

Retroreflective by Stephanie Ruyle

Ephemera by Jennifer Rossotti

Ephemera by Jennifer Rossotti

And I felt heartsick for the gorgeous patterns and texture. 

I almost didn't get out of the studio that day — I had so much to do — but I'm so glad I did. I came back to work energized, refreshed and wholly inspired. 

Collection by Carolyn Friedlander

Collection by Carolyn Friedlander

Navy Pier Summer by Maria Villar

Navy Pier Summer by Maria Villar

Blueberries for Sal by Elisa Albury

Blueberries for Sal by Elisa Albury