Thursday, July 21, 2016

Modern Quilt Month 2016 - Part 3

Welcome to Modern Quilt Month 2016! We've enjoyed seeing the modern quilts at various shows, and summer is the perfect time to feature them. Here are modern quilts made with simple shapes, Kaffe Fassett and ombre fabrics, circles, stars, and Dresden fans.

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Meandering Thru Greece with Father Bob, 96 x 96", by Anne F. Zick

Anne Zick says, "This quilt was inspired during a class taught by Sally Frey [at a Quilter's Affair workshop] in Sisters, Oregon.  Anne, her husband, and Father Bob had just returned from a trip to Greece."  We enjoyed Anne's lovely hand quilting in the center of the strips.

Grisaille - Working in Shades of Gray by Margit Kagerer

The quilting makes this contemporary quilt shine.  Margit Kagerer says, "The commercial ombre gray fabric was a challenge for me since I usually work with colored prints. I free-motion quilted 26 pairs of curved and straight lines."  This quilt received Honorable Mention at the 2015 Arizona Quilters Guild show.

Circle Fun 2, 24 x 24", by Jackie Seidell

This quilt was featured at the 2016 Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County quilt show. Jackie Seidell says, "I learned this technique at a Thread Play class with Libby Lehman. I used the circular attachment for my machine, some machine embroidery stitches, and lots of free motion quilting."  We admired Jackie's beautiful design and feather wreath quilting.

Odin II by Sylvia Borschel Lewis (Utah)

Sylvia Borschel Lewis says, "This quilt evolved from the leftover parts of another quilt. I had the pieces tacked up on the design wall. Once I started to sew, it just flew together. When the top was pieced, I realized I had another boat! I titled this Odin II in honor of my father. He has loved sailing all his life and always named his boats Odin."

Star Burst, 96 x 96",  by Angela Mason (North Carolina), quilted by Pam Bowman

We love Angela's choice of gradated colors in these stars. Star Burst was inspired by the Binding Tool Star quilt pattern (at Missouri Star Quilt Company) and the quilt just kept getting bigger!   The beautiful quilting is by Pam Bowman.

Peacock, 98 x 98", by Joan Chao (Illinois), quilted by Anne Christopher

Peacock greens and blues were beautifully blended in this quilt.  Joan Chao says, "This quilt represents peacock feathers.  The Kaffe Fassett floral prints blend together for a homogeneous soothing effect."  The creative quilting was done by Anne Christopher.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 AQS QuiltWeek (Peacock, Star Burst, Meandering); the 2015 Arizona Quilters Guild show (Grisaille); the 2015 Springville (Utah) quilt show (Odin II); and the Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County (Circles 2).

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Modern Quilt Month 2016 - part 2

Welcome to Modern Quilt Month 2016! We've enjoyed seeing the modern quilts at various shows, and summer seems like the perfect time to feature these fun quilts. Here is part 2 of our series!

Branching Out, 48 x 58", by Mary Kay Davis (Sunnyvale, California)

Mary Kay Davis has been a fairly traditional quilter all her life.  Branching Out was her way of dipping into the world of modern quilting.  It reflects her mother's design aesthetic, which was very forward thinking at the time.  For more information see Mary Kay's website at Threads on the Floor.

Blue Ribbons, 54 x 54", by Judy Mercer Tescher (Pendleton, Indiana)

This is Judy's modern take on the classic blue and white quilt.  She always wanted to make a blue and white quilt and now she has!

Star Light, Star Bright by Nanette Leigh Sturgill (Murray, Utah)

This quilt is a takeoff on a traditional Mariner's Compass star. The bright colors give the design a modern twist!   The applique elements are hand appliqued, and the quilt also includes some machine buttonhole stitching.  The beautiful hand quilting reflects the design of the applique.

Black and White Crayons, 44 x 56", by Lynne Tyler (Goffstown, New Hampshire), quilted by Chris Ballard

Lynne Tyler says, "What better way to emphasize using all the colors than by limiting the options?  This original, free-pieced design was fun to make!" The quilt has 52 different black and white fabrics, 10 different white-on-white and 9 different black-on-black fabrics. For more information see the original post at Lynne's website, Patchery Menagerie.

Celestial Orbs, 63 x 63", by Sylvia Schaefer (Athens, Georgia)

Sylvia Schaefer began with the Robbing Peter to Pay Paul block for this design.  The stars feature many of her favorite modern fabrics!  The center stars are paper pieced for accuracy.  You can read about the design and construction at Sylvia Schaefer's website, Flying Parrot Quilts.  The Celestial Orbs pattern can be purchased at Craftsy.

Earth and Sky, 42 x 46", by Linda Bingham (Rio Vista, California)

Linda Bingham chose this pattern of intersecting circles to represent the cycle of life.  She says, "Like the intersecting of the earth and sky, the circles of life continually spin."  The design source was the Intersecting Rings pattern by Cathie Hoover.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 AQS QuiltWeek in Phoenix, Arizona and the 2015 Springville (Utah) quilt show (Star Light, Star Bright).
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