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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Next Generation

While at the Road to California Quilt Show, I enjoyed a special exhibit for "The Next Generation".  This exhibit was created to promote and encourage quiltmaking by younger quilters in a non-competitive environment.  Young quilters seven years to sixteen years were invite to participate.  The entries were displayed in a special exhibit at the 2012 Road to California Quilt Show.

Each participant will receive an AccuQuilt GO! Baby!, one year subscription to Quilt Trends, and a yard of Hoffman California Fabric and a participation ribbon.  The participants are also entered into a drawing for a Janome Magnolia and a Bernette 46 sewing machine.

All of the quilts in this exhibit were delightful and these young quilters need to be recognized and congratulated.  I just wish I had been able to capture a good photo to be able to share for each of the quilts in this exhibit:

Jenna Adams
Hannah Anderson
{above} Brighter Daze, by Hannah Anderson

Julia Brady
Taylor Breese
Kendall Bryan
Crystal Farrand
{above}Fishies under the water, by Crystal Farrand.

Paige Graves
Chloe Halal
Sarah Halal
Keegan T. Johnson
{above} The Fish I Didn't Catch With Grandpa, by Keegan T. Johnson
Sierra Lewis
Miranda Noel McCauley
Allison Mendenhall
Jaiden Oliva
{above} Yikes!  Who's that in the Window, by Jaiden Oliva
Jessica Ottaway
Jordan Phillips
{above} Bright Baja Bugs, by Jordan Phillips
Tiara Smith
Brittany Mawree Smith

I also want to recognize AccuQuilt, Hoffman California Fabrics, and All American Crafts for being sponsors for this inspirational exhibit. And, I want to recognize the Road to California Show for helping to encourage The Next Generation of quilters. 

What ideas do you have to encourage and help the next generation of quilters?  How can quilt shops, guilds, quilt shows and individual quilters help? I look forward to hearing your ideas on how quilters can help the next generation fall in love with quilting.


Anonymous said...

Oh my! These are new quilters?! What fabulous work!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Our quilt guild has a sew-in day for Mother's Day for young girls. We provide fabric, helpers, machines, etc... (and munchies). They can chose a pillowcase or small drawstring bag for the project. We do another day with the cub scouts - pillowcases for camp.

Patti said...

Love these quilts and the Ghastlies quilt is fantastic!

deb said...

I really loved that exhibit too!!!!

Library Gal Quilts said...

How wonderful are these quilts! I am truly amazed. I look forward to suggestions on how to get young adults sewing. I think probably the best thing is to let them see lots of quilts and with their no fear attitude let them say they want to go for it. That being said, provide them with the scraps, yardage and extra stuff we don't need. I think I'll find a place to donate lots! Thanks for the virtual trip! Pam

Snoodles said...

Incredible quilts in that exhibit! Recently our guild made and donated doll quilts to accompany American Girl dolls given to girls in foster care. We're hoping that we may be allowed to invite them to a sew-in to make other projects.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Love the Next Generation ....that is so much fun. Wait till I show my boys :)


Barbara Sindlinger said...

I really enjoyed that little exhibit. Very talented young kids.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Amazing! It's wonderful to see such talent in the younger generation.

Kitty Pearl said...

So glad you posted this. Hadn't heard about this exhibit anywhere else. Luv the clever themes :)

2ne said...

WOW, the quilts are sooo great - and I'm glad to find this blogg so I could become an follower and put you on my sidebar - just love it :-)))))

Linda V said...

I was at that quilt show and somehow MISSED this exhibit! Darn. Thanks for sharing the pictures. My daughter completed a beautiful full sized quilt at age 11. She is in her 30's today and just started quilting again!!

Unknown said...

Wow thank you for sharing the photos. I have been trying to think of ways to make sure we pass our talents to the next generation and I am so glad that this has begun...