Wednesday, April 13, 2016

mary elizabeth kinch...


In March I went to a lecture presented by Mary Elizabeth Kinch. She is a madly creative quilter fascinated by both modern and antique designs. Her passion for quilting was ignited by working as a textile arts demonstrator at a local pioneer village. She's also quilted with the Gee's Bend women and counts Gwen Marston as a friend and mentor.


Mary Elizabeth is most well known for her obsession with quilts made of tiny blocks. With Biz Storms she is the author of "Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts" and "Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts" . These are both inspiring and beautiful books with superb patterns and instructions for sewing in such a small scale. Her use of color is also interesting. She uses a variety of fairly subdued fabrics but the effect is never dull. There is a great deal of movement almost a visual shimmer in all the tops.  MEK also designs for Windham fabrics and her "Modern Country" line is a fresh take on traditional small scale prints.


Not only are they technical wonders, her quilts are gorgeous. It was a really interesting evening and you could spend hours examining her work. Her blog is great too, filled with her pieces and she often posts stunning vintage finds as well. Lastly, while Mary Elizabeth seems perfectly sane, this is a woman who thinks any block over 3 inches is large?!

Seeing her work gives me the push to continue making my version of the antique quilt I wrote about last year. This is the 1800's quilt I'm attempting to re-create...


and here are some of the stars that will finish at 2". It may take years...


12 comments:

  1. She will be speaking at my guild next month! I'm eager to hear her & see what she brings to show.

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    1. Have you seen her yet?! What did you think?!

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  2. Thanks for this post. I find the quilts inspiring too.

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    1. You are most welcome. Do you make quilts with tiny blocks?

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  3. Thanks for telling us about MEK! I will go to her blog in a minute. Your tiny blocks will make a stunning quilt. Go girl!

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    1. MEK is great! Thanks for the cheerleading too. Am aiming for a quilt not a mug rug:)

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  4. It's hard to fathom how tiny those stars are. Thank you for introducing me to Mary's amazing quilts.

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    1. Truly tiny! You must try to see them in person. Photos don't do the quilts justice:)

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  5. I always forget how small she works. The first quilt is stunning!

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    1. Crazy small! It was hard to get good pics on my phone as there was some decidedly aggressive elbowing going on to get a close look at them:)

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    1. Yes I have a serious quilt crush on her:)

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