At our first guild meeting of the new year we got a fascinating look at some outstanding modern quilting from our guest presenter, Peter Byrne, who joined us via Zoom from Toronto. After various creative job experiences Peter made his first quilt in 2009 and has since risen to prominence in the modern quilting community with his amazing award winning designs and creations.
Peter's presentation provided a comprehensive look at several aspects of his quilting journey starting with QuiltCon 2020, then an in depth look at his award winning quilts, a tour of his awesome studio, a look at the first 2 quilts he made in 2009, his experience in the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild, and his thoughts on making quilts specifically for juried shows.
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Peter's quilts earned 2 (of the 4) top prizes at QuiltCon 2020 in Austin TX and 2 firsts - first solo Canadian, and first male QuiltCon winners, giving him the title "King of Modern Quilting".
Peter's Starring You won Best in Show!
And his Cityscape won Best Machine Quilting, Frameless.
Pathways represents the diverse communities in Toronto. It includes 2,500 2.5" half square triangles and illustrates hover quilting, a unique new form of raw edge appliqué. Peter described hover quilting to us using photos of his work during construction.
Peter's Grandmother's Flower Garden String quilt features hexies, and was accepted into the Quilt Canada 2020 juried show, which will wrap up this spring virtually.
Watercolour also features hover quilting, in a star and hexie design. This quilt was also accepted into Quilt Canada 2020.
Shuttered Part 1 (pictured) and Part 2 reflect our lives before and during Covid-19.
Peter's quilts typically feature bright colours, and innovative construction techniques.
Some of the teachers who helped launch and inspire Peter's quilting journey included Craftsy courses by Christa Watson, and Stephanie (Steff) Rose, a fellow member of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild. And now Peter enjoys teaching others through his workshops, and inspiring many others through his presentations and his quilts.
We'll be watching for Peter's 5 quilts that will be featured in the upcoming Quilt Canada 2020-2021 combined juried show.
For more information about Peter, look to his web site peterbquilts.com and his Instagram account @petersquilts.
Show and Tell featured 25 of our members' projects and we enjoyed hearing the stories about these stunning creations. Here are a few that we saw and you can see all of the photos on the Show and Tell page.
The meeting ended with prize draws:
Congratulations to the lucky prize winners!