This past weekend I attended Lee Heinrich’s trunk show up in Amherst NH. I really adore Lee of Freshly Pieced‘s beautiful work and I’d just recently listened to her interview with Tsoniki on the Me Being Crafty podcast so I was very excited when I heard about the show.
I had gotten an email from my MQG that she was coming to the area and speaking to the Seacoast MQG but that meeting was about an hour away. When I got a follow up email that there’d be a round 2 at the New Hampshire MQG and asked Michelle of From Bolt to Beauty and Chelsea of Patch the Giraffe if they were going. They were so sweet in encouraging me to meet up with them so I put on my extrovert pants and went and met REAL LIFE QUILT BLOGGERS. It’s an odd experience to meet Internet friends in real life but I’m so glad I went. I also got to meet Jen from Never Just Jennifer while I was there too and chatted with Lee about QuiltAlong.net (when you’re the developer and marketer you gotta talk about your projects to everyone!)
I had a total fangirl moment with Lee BTW!
It was neat to hear Lee talk about her quilts, when she spoke about them there were a bunch of wonderful little details she called out about the design which is so different in person as compared to reading blogs all day!
With Diamond Tread, Lee called out her fondness for using a single only a couple rows wide but from edge to edge. This gives it great negative space, especially when offset from the center. I love the asymmetry and the way her graphic design background really shows in this piece. She was also careful to note that with this much negative space you must consider how to quilt a piece a bit more than with a busier top.
With Modern Mirage she did a similar technique as above but with this one she used the lighter colors to fade out the sides. The blocks blend so nicely to the background this way!
This quilt from the book Vintage Quilt Revival, which she co-authored, is made up of two blocks the fit just perfectly together to extend the star tips. I love the idea of two blocks that are designed to sit next to each other and extend a design so intentionally.
I had a total a-ha moment when she said this this quilt, Dancing Squares (another Vintage Quilt Revival quilt) is actually made up of only one block. What looks like negative space is actually because the block is inverted in those spots. She is so talented when it comes to deliberate use of color and shape!
With her quilt Chicopee Square she highlighted that staggering or offsetting a row creates a very different look than blocks in even rows, plus the half blocks on the edge make the design feel like it could go on forever.
With Fire Wheel, a quilt she made for her book Scraps, Inc.Vol.1 Lee talked about how just omitting a single color (red in this case) gave the quilt a rainbow colorful look without being too rainbow-ey. It’s such simple solution!
It was such a great experience to meet other quilt bloggers in real life and to hear Lee talk about her work. She brought and talked about a number of her other beautiful pieces as well. I think quilting is an art, very much like more common studio arts and hearing an artist talking about their work is always a wonderful experience. It would’ve been impossible to walk away from my Saturday uninspired!
You can pick up both of Lee’s books on Amazon (affiliate links). I know my copy of Vintage Quilt Revival should be on it’s way!