Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Luke Haynes at Quiltcon

 A few quilts we were lucky enough to see up close and personal!
Yes more face quilts (total coincidence, I promise, lol)

One of the lectures I was fortunate enough to attend at Quiltcon was The Quilts of Luke Haynes.  What a fun lecture.  I was entertained from beginning to end.  Some of his stories had us all laughing out loud.

Such as his story about the woman who while visiting his studio mentioned that she loved that he didn't worry about matching corners or keeping things square.  The comments were made about a quilt that he had used his newly found tool "the rotary cutter" on.  He took great care in keeping things nice and square.  Her compliment was no compliment at all.  He had a great sense of humor about it. 

I wish I had known more about Luke Haynes the first time I saw him.  He was sitting directly behind me at one of my very first PMQG meetings.  He seemed to have an outgoing personality and jumped up during show and tell to show a couple of his quilts.

The first quilt was his name pieced bigger than life.  The next quilt he showed was his face...again, bigger than life.  Hmmm interesting.  They were cool pieces but my attention quickly turned to a woman showing her pixelated quilt.  The man behind me laughed and quickly offered to let her take a picture of his face for her next quilt.  What?  When someone mentioned having custom fabric made by Spoonflower he again offered to let people take his picture if they wanted to have fabric made with his face.  Huh???  Who is this whipper snapper?  lol

He's freaking LUKE HAYNES, that's who he is!!   And silly me was tired and in a hurry to go home and passed up the opportunity to walk over to a table to look at his work when he offered to show people after the meeting.  Again I thought "Who is this egotistical man"?

Oh silly woman, you missed out. 

About a year later I was looking threw a magazine in a waiting room when I saw a Fossil watch add for...LUKE HAYNES!!  Hey that's the guy who sat behind me....oh my gosh!  Not only have I discovered what an amazing talent he is, I have also found him to have a wonderful personality.  He recognizes his talents yet has a down to earth, friendly, very approachable personality and is happy to share his knowledge with others.   I now see the humor in his offering to let people use his face and his very clever marketing skills.  Yup silly woman indeed!   My sister Carol is 10 years older than me and claims to have lost her wit with age.  Oh my wit slipping?

 You go Luke!  How fabulous to see a quilter be recognized as the artist they are!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quiltcon picture overload part1!

Once again I'm behind, lol.  Story of my life.

First off let me just say I loved Quiltcon.   Every single second of it!  I thoroughly enjoyed every lecture I took.  Unfortunately I had to cancel the only class I signed up for because of my flight. 

 Melissa Averinos (judges choice award!)

The quilt show was fabulous and I took a million pictures. Unfortunately I took them all with my phone!  Which I learned in one of my lectures is a huge no no for blogging.  (ok so I really didn't need to learn just really need to get a new camera!)  I'll try to post a few over the next few days (adding the quilters names when I can, please let me know if you know a name I can add to give proper credit.  My system failed me miserably)

So anyone who knows me well knows I haven't been shy about my feelings about faces on quilts.  I found them creepy and plain ole WRONG!  Well the joke is on me now that I made a face quilt for the Bridge challenge. 

I seem to be obsessed with quilted faces!!  I can't get enough of them.  Why?  No clue, they just speak to me.  I like them on the front of quilts, I like them on the backs of quilts, I like them anywhere on a quilt.  Isn't this one fabulous!!

Here's another beauty.  All I can say is WOW!  

Wow, wow, wow

The detail is amazing.  Love the colors and simple quilting.

 One more! (for now, lol)

 Isn't this fun??  If I should ever do a face again I will use a program to generate a pattern.  No more winging it for me.  These are fabulous!

I still find it odd that something I used to loath could make me so happy now.  And here I thought I hated change, lol.  Hmmm maybe I like the pixelated faces and not the printed??  Hmmm...I'll have to think on that some more.

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