Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tour of my solo quilt show

Earlier this week, I posted reflections on my recent solo exhibit of 20 original quilts. You can read more about the experience and the aftermath here. For today, I've arranged a tour of all the quilts! It was a thrill to see them all together at Quilt and Sewing Fest of NJ.

I've listed the quilts in order below, as well as some more comments and stories from the show. I've also linked to the blog post about each quilt in case you'd like to see more photos and read about the process of making them. Hope you enjoy!

Pixie Sticks, Hear Our Voice, and Echo. I heard nothing but positive comments about my Women's March quilt, and I was thankful for the unwavering support of the Quilt Fest staff and those who were excited to see the quilt there. You could also see it from the aisle, which made me happy.

 Home - still one of my favorite makes (much more well-traveled than I am) - it's still a thrill to see this one on a wall. I hope to hang it up for good one day. I can't imagine ever selling this quilt.

Soar and Primary Improv Rainbow. For my Orange Peels and Improv and Wonky Cross workshops that week, we had the unique opportunity to walk to the exhibit and view several ways to use the techniques we were practicing. We spent some time in front of this wall for obvious reasons!


Deconstructed Churn Dash, Metropolis, and Fractured Cathedral Window. The decidedly modern/modern traditional wall. Also, I realized just now that the quilting is similarly fluid on all three of these pieces. It's funny how these quilts, which were made at different times in my quilting journey, carry similarities.


Pebble Cascade and its twin, Emergence. These two quilts are meant to be shown together. I usually take them to my Waterfall class, but it was fun to see them next to each other long-term.

Selvage Rainbow Bookcase, Crown of Orchids, Reflection, and Quilty Habit blog header. Selvage Rainbow Bookcase was by far the most photographed quilt, and people loved to see the words of my favorite books quilted into it (this is a dark photo, but there are better ones in the blog post linked above).

Crown of Orchids is a recent finish and meant to be seen in person, so it was exciting to show this one, too. Long live purple quilts! Several friends mentioned that Reflection was different from all my other quilts (much darker) but still fit in.

Trellis. This one was a huge, long term project, which I explained more in the blog post. It hasn't been to many guild engagements or classes; it feels like my special, private quilt.

Fall Spectrum. The lighting wasn't perfect but this was the first time I showed this quilt to anyone in its finished state!

Last but not least: Today I Feel, Spring Wind, and Note To Self.

Within the next two weeks I'll finally be sharing the blog post for Today I Feel, my first large wholecloth quilt. The show was also the first time I shared this one in person. Today I Feel was the one I got the most comments and questions about. I'll be sure to explain more in the next post!

 Here's a look at the stretch of show that contained my quilts, from the end to beginning:

Phew. I'm inspired to create for a lot of reasons, and a major one is the supportive and talented quilting community online and in my guild. Thanks for all of your support through the (sometimes seemingly endless) preparation and in the aftermath! I don't know if I'll ever have another solo show, especially to this extent, so I'll treasure the experience.


  1. Congrats again, Jessica! I would have loved to see them in person!

  2. Oh, Jess, so wonderful--and what a stunning body of work you have created! I simply can't pick my favorite from all your quilts--AND I am so smitten with your trees. Oh, but then there's the rainbow improv, and the cathedral window and Note to Self and Trellis and . . . :) And I love seeing you standing among your quilts in both posts with such joy and pride. Bravo!

  3. I really love your spectrum quilt. It's really fun to see your progress in the "quilting world". I "met" you in the orange peel quilt along where I participated. It's like seeing a child growing and becoming an adult. Keep being you !

  4. Hi Jess! Your quilt show has been fantastic! I love all your work but to mention few favourites, they are: Trellis, Reinbow Selvage Book Case, Metropolis, Today I Feel and Soar! I wish that the quilt show could have white background for the quilts to let the colours shine. Thank you for sharing so much inspiration! x Teje

  5. What a wonderful show. I esp. love the Metropolis quilt, as always.

  6. I love, love , love Trellis. Did you do improv with that? I can't tell for sure.

  7. Jess, it was so wonderful to see all your quilts. I couldn't possible tell you which is my favorite because they all are. I love your ability to use improv and make it look so wonderful. Congratulations on your successful show.

  8. I am in awe! They are all inspiring...I think my favorite is Trellis.

  9. Yay! Thanks for sharing the full show. Fall Spectrum just glows, and so do you beside it. :)

  10. Congratulations with the show! It seems such and wonderful and enriching experience. I love your curated selection!
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  11. Thanks for showing us the full show, it was interesting and really cool how some of the quilts really played off each other by being hung together.

  12. It's a GREAT body of work! Thanks for allowing those of us who weren't able to attend a chance to feel like we were there.

  13. Wow, that was such an amazing exhibit of your work. I'm sure it was a proud, if not surreal, moment for you.


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