September is looking to be a busy month for me, with a guild retreat, a couple of blog hops, some pattern-testing, and the end of the third quarter of the Finish-A-Long looming. And, for all of us, the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy/Amy's Creative Side is always fun to enter, with plenty of beautiful quilts to peruse. Should be fun!
My post on naming quilts got some interesting response, both in the comments and with several followers - a good topic to keep thinking about. The Crosscut Quilt Along finishes just keep on coming. I shared a fourth collection, with the total now being over 50! Love that folks are enjoying the piece/cut/re-piece technique. And lastly, a year in the works, I finished up my Modern Sampler, Colorless, and enjoyed taking it out for a proper photo shoot.
When it came time to work on a round-up for this issue, I'd just happened to be perusing the work of two gifted modern meshwork [aka fabric weaving] artists, Tara Curtis and Mathew Boudreaux. If there's anything I see trending now in the crafty world, this is it. So I've asked them both to share a bit of their work, and I know you will enjoy it as much as I! Check out the hashtag they've created for their style of modern weaving, #modernmeshwork.
I met Tara at a Seattle MQG meeting a while back, and was wowed by the woven basket she brought to share at Sew and Tell (bottom right in photo below). Little did I know it was 'a thing', and I began following her on Instagram [t_jaye]. I've been amazed at the variety of projects where she's incorporated her weaving, and her website is a wealth of information about the techniques. There are several different kinds of weaves she uses in her work - each as beautiful and striking as the next!
Tara is also the creator of the WEFTYneedle, a fabric weaving tool that comes in two sizes. Check out her blog for plenty of tutorials to get you started gathering the needed supplies and trying the different weaves. There are even several videos on YouTube! [#weftyneedle]
It was from following Tara on Instagram that I 'met' Mathew/
[misterdomestic], and it didn't take me long to realize he was just as smitten with modern meshwork! Mathew's website, MISTER DOMESTIC, proclaims him as a 'weaving fiend,' and after a quick scroll, you'll be fully convinced. He has just recently published his Optical Illusion Weave pattern on Craftsy[used in the pillows shown lower right in photo below], and there are some beauties already in the works under the Instagram hashtag #domesticillusion.