Monday, January 20, 2020

Anna Maria Horner Trunk Show


So last night, I had the pleasure of attending a trunk show with Anna Maria Horner. It was sponsored by the Seattle MQG and held at the local shop Quilting Mayhem, and it was such a treat.

photo by Susan Pray/@sushi.farmer; used by permission

Honestly, I haven't sewn alot with AMH fabrics, but I definitely appreciate them for their beauty, and was quite smitten with Craft South both times I visited when I was in Nashville. AND, since Anna Maria is in town, I'm signed up to take a class with her next weekend making the Cross Country Quilt.

photo by Susan Pray/@sushi.farmer

photo by Susan Pray/@sushi.farmer

Seeing three variations of the quilt last night (two shown above) definitely has me thinking where I want to take it. It's big! (80" x 80") And per the pattern, an excellent vehicle for some applique, so we'll see if I go there or not.


Of course it was great to hear Anna Maria's creative story, and she shared some interesting thoughts on color and fabric etc. One very compelling takeaway was the quote from I believe her art teacher back when she was in school, "What risks did you take?" Oooh. That's a good one to ask ourselves, isn't it? Another was (paraphrased), "If you get too bogged down in the details, go bigger!" That definitely spoke to me, as I often, especially in my improv work, tend to go tiny rather than larger. Something to consider going forward.

photo by Susan Pray/@sushi.farmer

Anyway, it was a very good time, and even though they were SO different from my body of work, I loved seeing Anna Maria's quilts. I'd say she was brave from the get-go as a quilter, going colorful, bright, and big! Her use of value and scale is a sight to behold.

photo by Susan Pray/@sushi.farmer

10 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! I do tend to go smaller instead of bigger. I've made a big drunkard's path quilt but only because the acrylic template made big blocks.

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  2. what a wonderful treat! I loved meeting her at her shop last year in Nashville. Her work is very different from where I tend to go too, but so bold and gorgeous. I'm anxious to hear about the workshop! Wish I was closer, I'd tag along

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  3. Thanks for sharing, it is always interesting to see designer's quilts up close & to hear their stories. I didn't attend her classes when she came to Australia, but the feedback I hear about her talks & classes was very good.

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  4. I was there, too, last night. I thoroughly enjoyed her presentation and admired her use of colour and the quilts she brought to share.

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  5. I was also inspired when I attended a workshop and trunk show my AMH! She is really interesting to listen to and of course, getting up close to the quilts is very special.

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  6. She has a gift with color, pattern, and scale. I have always LOVED her work. They certainly aren't quiet.

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  7. I've never taken a class with AMH, but I have met her! She is as genuine as it gets! I've always been a fan of her fabric collections because of the bold and unique colors and combinations. I can't wait to see your version and what fabrics you choose! Have fun!

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  8. Lucky you. I'd love to hear AnnaMarie talk and see her work in person. I've bought a little of her fabric but never quite know what to do with it since the colors aren't quite like my typical choices. That said I still really like and admire the variety in her work.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this, so many inspiring things in these photos! I look forward to seeing your interpretation, too.

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