The Quilters of Gee’s Bend
Keynote Lecture, Workshops and Special Exhibit
The distinct style of the quilters of Gee’s Bend has been one of the major influences on modern quilters since their first exhibition, in 2002, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Their amazingly creative quilts with bold use of color, solids and improvisation were one of the catalysts of the modern quilting movement. Their work has been showcased around the world, at the Whitney Museum, Smithsonian and on USPS stamps.
Maura Grace Ambrose is a quilter and natural dye artist in Bastrop, Texas and the creative force behind Folk Fibers. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, American Craft Magazine, Country Living, Design Sponge and more. She’s collaborated with Levi’s and Terrain on a series of quilts and organized quilting circles at Fortune 500 corporate events. Her distinctive use of color and appreciation for traditional design result in timeless works of art. She hand-dyes fabric from homegrown and foraged sources, favoring plants native to central Texas. Each of her pieces are hand-quilted before being packaged in a heirloom cedar box. Maura regularly shares her creative process with thousands of Instagram and Facebook followers and teaches workshops on her property outside of Austin.
Carolyn Friedlander is a quilt and fabric designer working from her hometown of Lake Wales, Florida, an environment she enjoys for its warm weather, few distractions, and potent community of quilters and crafters. In her work, she draws inspiration from features of the Florida landscape—its long leaf pines, palmettos, water, scrub land, sand—as well as her background in architecture. You can follow Carolyn and her work on her website and blog.
Since discovering quilting five years ago, Jacquie has become a passionate quilt maker and designer. She is known for her “out of the box” designs and unique style. She is the co-author of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. She blogs and shares her quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio, and lives in downtown Chicago with her husband and black lab, Bruno. Learn more at tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com.
Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught quilter from Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the bestselling The Practical Guide to Patchwork, Modern Patchwork, and the popular blog ohfransson.com.
Lizzy House is a printmaker, fabric designer, author, and educator. She has released seven lines of fabric, including one of her latest for Andover, “Hello Pilgrim.” Lizzy has designed a series of quilt patterns and is the author of the book How to Enter the World of Textile Design. She has a BFA in Printmaking and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. When Lizzy isn’t printing, designing fabric, writing, or teaching, she can usually be found curled in a small ball asleep on an airplane. And no, she doesn’t want any peanuts. Learn more at lizzyhouse.com.
Bill Kerr co-founded Modern Quilt Studio (previously FunQuilts) along with his wife, Weeks Ringle in 1999. Bill and Weeks wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop, as well as Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts. They also co-authored a book with their daughter Sophie entitled A Kid’s Guide to Sewing. In 2011 they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. Their work has appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts Japan, Australian Quilter’s Companion, Dwell, O: The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, and Country Living. Bill and Weeks also design several lines a year for Andover Fabrics and license their designs to other manufacturers as well. Bill is also head of the Department of Art, Art History and Graphic Design at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
Weeks Ringle co-founded Modern Quilt Studio (previously FunQuilts) along with her husband, Bill Kerr in 1999. Bill and Weeks wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop, as well as Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts. They also co-authored a book with their daughter Sophie entitled A Kid’s Guide to Sewing. In 2011 they launched Modern Quilts Illustrated, the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. Their work has appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts Japan, Australian Quilter’s Companion, Dwell, O: The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, and Country Living. Weeks and Bill design several lines a year for Andover Fabrics and license their designs to other manufacturers as well. Weeks teaches the Craftsy course, Designing Modern Quilts and writes the blog Craft Nectar (www.craftnectar.com).
A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has changed the way we think about quilts. Intrigued by the rich historical nature of quilts and inspired by beauty born of necessity, Denyse adds her distinctive aesthetic sensibility – clean, spare lines, rich color and bold graphics – to this rich art form. Though firmly rooted in the techniques of American quilt-making, Denyse Schmidt is renowned for her fresh, offbeat approach to design and color and has won acclaim from the worlds of art, design and craft. As author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts (Chronicle Books, 2005) and Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration (STC Craft, 2012); fabric designer for FreeSpirit and Fabric Traditions; and teacher of a series of popular improvisational patchwork piecing workshops; Denyse continues to inspire with her witty take on tradition. Denyse’s studio is located in a historic factory building in Bridgeport, Connecticut. For more information, visit dsquilts.com.
Lisa Sipes is a self-taught, award winning Gammill Quilting Artist whose work has been seen in several books, magazines, television series, competitions and exhibits worldwide. Lisa entered the quilting world somewhat by accident and never looked back….. she learned to longarm machine quilt for others before making her first pieced quilt top. Her specialty is making beautiful, heirloom quilts out of poorly pieced, “problem” quilt tops. Lisa takes a straight forward but laid back approach to teaching and likes to provide a classroom setting that is more like a gathering of old friends. She loves to encourage and inspire, and remind all quilters that the main objective of quilting is to have FUN! You can follow Lisa’s needle adventures at thatcrazyquiltygirl.blogspot.com or check her schedule and portfolios on her website at thatcrazyquiltygirl.com.
Since learning how to quilt from her husband’s grandparents 10 years ago, Angela has been in love with the art of quilting. She purchased her first quilting machine 10 years ago and has been quilting professionally, teaching and giving trunk shows ever since. She loves traditional quilting but has found her niche quilting modern quilts and helping other learn how to adapt their quilting designs for modern quilts. Angela quilts from her home studio and blogs at Quilting Is My Therapy. Learn more at quiltingismytherapy.com.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City based award winning quilter, designer, author of 15 Minutes of Play (C&T publishing), Founder of NYC MOD quilters, Board member of the International Quilt Association, the Quilt Alliance, and runs several community drives with BumbleBeansBASICS. She is excited to share her series of 12 Double wedding ring quilts, including QuiltCon Best in Show, “Double Edged Love”, in the exhibit “Traditions Made Modern” starting June 2014 at the Wisconsin Quilt museum, and on to the International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska, 2015. Born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, She credits her quilting influences to her grandmother’s double knit crazy quilts that kept her warm, growing up. Her biggest supporters are her husband Michael and daughter, Beatrice. Learn more at bumblebeansinc.com and 15minutesplay.com
…and many more to be announced!