Sunday, July 3, 2011

Jay McCarroll Lecture

Jay McCarroll with pillows made from his Habitat fabric line.
The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild welcomed Jay McCarroll, Season 1 winner of Project Runway to speak at our June meeting.  Jay was promoting his new fabric line, Habitat.  When I first saw the collection, I wasn't sure what to make of it.  It is a lot of different styles and colors and I didn't see the big picture until Jay explained it.  Now I'm a fan.  Most of his inspiration came from nature- something that I can surely relate to- walking the trails around Philadelphia.  This was the fist time that I heard a fabric designer talk about each print and I just loved hearing the background stories and design process.  Some of his designs are computer generated, some hand painted, some a combination of both, all inspiring.  Jay was funny and seemed right at home in front of an audience.  He also gave us a little insight into his time on Project Runway.
Giving a new life to old chairs with Jay McCarroll's Habitat fabric line.
Quilt made from Jay McCarroll's Habitat fabric line, made by Spool Sewing.
Another quilt made from Jay McCarroll's Habitat fabric line, made by Spool Sewing.

At the lecture, and exciting Guild challenge was announced.  Members of the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild were given samples of Jay's Habitat line and are challenged to make a 12" original block.  He will choose 3 winners that will be featured in a national quilting magazine.  I'm not really a block designer, so I'll just have to wing it on this one!  I have a couple of ideas and, since the deadline is Tuesday, I'd better get sewing!  All of the blocks created by our Guild will be sewn into quilts that we are donating to the Japan relief effort, so winner or not, my block will be going to a good cause!
Grace, Jay McCarroll, Katie, and Erin modeling our free fabric.

1 comment:

  1. Man, your quilt guild gets the best speakers!


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