Jacquie Gering from Tallgrass Prairie Studio joins us today for our Reflections and Predictions series. We have followed Jacquie’s stunning quilting for years (and we even convinced her to share some of her gorgeous design here at Sew,Mama,Sew! too). Jacquie is on the Modern Quilt Guild board and is a former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Jacquie moved from rural Kansas to downtown Chicago in 2011, and we’re excited to see her new environment reflected in her art as we move through 2012.

Jacquie and Katie Pedersen of SewKatieDid have a new book coming out in 2012, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts, which features seven core techniques and many exciting projects utilizing the techniques; you can use the Improvisational Log Cabin Technique to create a Lilac Crush or Tunnel Vision Quilt, for example. We’re sure it’s destined to be a favorite for 2012 and beyond! Enjoy Jacquie’s interview and be sure to add your thoughts for chance to win a gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Looking back at the 2011 sewing scene, what trends stand out in your mind?

    Improvisation: I’m so happy to see so many quilters branching out on their own, challenging themselves and embracing improvisation.
    Solids: I love that solids are no longer the lesser sisters in the fabric family.
    Organic Fabrics: It’s heartening to see more fabric companies offering an organic fabric option.
    Modern Quilting Books: I’m so happy to see the wealth of modern quilting book options that are available.

Jacquie’s service project sewing.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What did you make that you’re most proud of?
Jacquie: The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild’s service project involved sewing fetal demise pouches. The pouches are offered to mothers who have miscarriages and lose babies very early in their pregnancy, in the more technical term, fetal demise. These babies are too tiny and fragile for clothing. It’s the most difficult sewing I’ve ever done, but it’s also the sewing I’m most proud of.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What was your favorite fabric collection or print?
Jacquie: I loved Yoshiko Jinzenji’s collection. They are unlike any other quilting fabric I own. It’s challenging working with fabrics that are so much different than typical quilting fabrics, but that’s what makes them great.

Both of Jan DiCintio’s lines, Shades of Gray and Geo Grand were stand out collections in 2011. It’s rare that I find fabric collections where a majority of the prints are “go to” prints for me. Hip Squares is my all time favorite print of 2011.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Do you have a favorite sewing book or pattern from the past year to recommend?
Jacquie: My admiration for Yoshiko Jinzenji continues with my love for her book, Quilting Line and Color: Techniques and Designs for Abstract Quilts. She is a master of minimalism and her exquisite work inspires me.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What sewn projects have you seen this year that you absolutely love?
Jacquie: Baxter the hedgehog stole my heart.

Baxter the Hedgehog by Jodie from Vintage Ric-Rac

All of the characters in Jodie’s menagerie are exceptional, but for me, Baxter is unforgettable.

It’s difficult for me to choose a favorite quilt because there were so many that I loved in 2011. Here are two that stand out for me:

Victoria Gertenbach’s Army Blues Quilt, front view ~ The Silly BooDilly

Victoria Gertenbach’s Army Blues Quilt, back view ~ The Silly BooDilly

I love the originality of both of these quilts: Victoria Gertenbach’s Army Blues quilt and The Throne by Luke Haynes.

The Throne by Luke Haynes

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Are there any trends you’re over and done with?
Jacquie: I guess I’m done with precuts, though I was never really into them anyway. I know other quilters love them, so it’s wishful thinking on my part.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What are your thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate?
Jacquie: I love the connections that are possible through social media. We can meet, talk, connect and share in an instant. That’s a good thing! I have to admit, I have trouble keeping up. If I Tweet, Facebook, blog, collect things on Pinterest and cruise Flickr, when do I have time to quilt? My challenge is to find a balance and participate, but still spend the vast majority of my time making quilts.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What do you predict for 2012?
Jacquie: Tangerine Tango is the Pantone color of the year for 2012. Orange happens to be my favorite color so I’m hoping it will catch on with everyone else. If the buzz around Alissa Haight Carlton’s book, Modern Minimal is any indication, I expect minimalism in quilts to be more prevalent in 2012.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Are there any bloggers, authors or designers who you think will be rising stars in 2012?
Jacquie: I think Alissa Haight Carlton, of Handmade by Alissa, will continue to lead the way in the modern quilting world. Alissa has a unique take on modern and she continues to evolve and change as a quilter. I can’t wait to see what’s next from her. Alexandra Ledgerwood is a young quilter/designer who I think we will be hearing more from in the future. She’s a gal with ideas. Check her out at Teaginny Designs.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Can you tell us anything about what to expect from you in 2012? Any projects or life-changing goals you can share?
Jacquie: I’m so excited for 2012 and the release of Katie’s and my book, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. 2011 was the year of designing, writing and making and 2012 will be the year I actually get to hold the book in my hand. My first quilt of 2012 is Bridges, inspired by my move from Kansas City to Chicago. I’m looking forward to showing it to everyone!