My Maple Leaf Quilt (and Me!) at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

 Good morning, and happy Monday! I have an exciting collaboration/project/event to talk to you all about today.

Many months ago, local fabric designer Allison Bielke (whose fabric is available at Modern Yardage) approached me with a fun idea for a fabric design contest. We teamed up with the Wisconsin AIGA (a graphic design association) for a contest challenging Wisconsin designers to create prints inspired by our state’s natural beauty.

We chose a handful of the prints that were submitted for the contest, had them printed on fabric by Modern Yardage, and I’m creating a quilt using all of the prints. It’s been a fun design challenge to come up with something that showcased the prints nicely, tied in with the theme of Wisconsin’s natural beauty, and had a modern design that would appeal to the AIGA crowd.
I ended up choosing a simple, classic maple leaf design, and I think it’s looking amazing.
On Tuesday night, I’ll be unveiling the completed quilt at a special event at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design! The event is open to the public, so I hope all you local peeps will come out for it!
Allison will be talking about her design process when creating her fun, often retro-inspired prints, and what it’s like to be a fabric designer. I’ll be talking about my design process for creating my quilts (especially this particular quilt), as well as fabric design from the consumer’s perspective. What do quilters and sewists buy, and why do they buy it? What do the most successful fabric designers do well that makes them so successful? We’ll also be raffling off some quilts, and Allison and I will have fabric and patterns available for sale.

The event starts at 6 p.m. I hope to see you there!

11 replies
  1. Marie Joerger
    Marie Joerger says:

    Sound very exciting!

    As a member on New Hamsphire Modern Quilt Guild I had the pleasant of attending your trunk show this past weekend. We were all so Impressed and Inspired by your beautiful quilts and lovely talk. Thanks so much for stopping by Lee!! Any of you who have a chance – get out to see Lee in person!

  2. artistswriter
    artistswriter says:

    I just discovered Modern Quilt Guild right in my own backyard (almost literally!). They are meeting, I discovered through a friend, at the pool house in our master planned community! I will attend the next meeting on March 17th. Looking forward to it!

    Love your maple leaf quilt.

  3. Anne / Springleaf Studios
    Anne / Springleaf Studios says:

    Sounds like a very exciting project. Many years ago I belonged to AIGA back in my graphic design days. I've been thinking about trying Modern yardage fabrics. How did you find them in terms of feel, color fastness, and your overall impression?

  4. magistra
    magistra says:

    I wish I was local to you because I love Modern Yardage fabríc prints! There are so many I want to buy! I was very fortunate to win some of their cute quilt labels in a giveaway and I just love them! The first set got lost in the mail and they were so sweet and sent me another set. Anyway, I hope you have a great evening. Your quilt is lovely And I'm sure it will make all Milwaukeeans proud! Have a great evening!


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