You may know by now that Aurora Sewing Center is going to be hosting Jacquie Gering of Modern Quilt Guild fame at the store for both a Lecture/Trunk Show as well as a full day Hands-On event! A little bit about Jacquie from her bio on the MQG bio:
“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. Her work has been featured in both national and international publications, and she is the co-author of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. Jacquie is a passionate advocate for modern quilting and brings 30 years of teaching, staff development and leadership experience to the Modern Quilt Guild Board. As co-founder and former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, she helped build a dynamic, vital guild and her experience in guild structures, membership and programming is an asset to developing the MQG at the national level. She is now a member of the Chicago MQG. Jacquie 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.”
Jacquie is also the co-author of a great book that we’ve been selling out of at the shop called “Quilting Modern”
When we met Jacquie at Quilt Market last May, we knew we wanted to have her come teach at the store. Modern Quilting is making such waves all across the country- and Jacquie is such a great ambassador for the movement! If you are unsure about what makes a quilt Modern, here is the definition from the MQG website:
“We define modern quilts as quilts that are functional, include bold colors, and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, asymmetry expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics.”
A good example of asymmetry and improvisational piecing can be found in the quilt we featured in the Cross It quilt a few posts ago. Jacquie offered to send us a few of her quilts to display in the shop to help spread the word about her events, and we’ve been waiting with baited breath for the box to arrive….
Bonnie and I tore into the box, and we were not disappointed! Here are some shots of the beautiful things Jacquie sent…
Here’s a shot of the display we created at Williamsville
Jacquie will be giving a Lecture and Trunk Show (in Williamsville) entitled “Quilting Modern: Honoring Tradition” on Friday April 26th, from 10am- 1pm or 6pm- 9pm $29.99. In this lecture, Jacquie will share her journey to find her voice as a modern quilter. The lecture is illustrated with more than 30 quilts.
The hands on event is called “Log Cabin: Modern Makeover Through Improvisation” and is on Saturday April 27th, from 10am-5pm. The cost is $69 and includes lunch and a $20 voucher for supplies. We’re still working on finding the prefect location, but we will announce that soon. In the Hands On class you will learn how to take the traditional log cabin block and give it a modern twist through improvisation. Choose to make one of these three quilts or take the technique where you want to go and make your own version of a modern log cabin quilt. Ten variations of the log cabin block will be shared in class.