Here are some inspiring contemporary quilts from the recent quilt show of the Diablo Valley Quilters in California. As you can see below, all of these quilts feature motifs that incorporate curves or circles in their design.
Zen Bird, approx. 33 x 20", by Suzi Dillinger
Suzi says, "This is the first in a series of quilts based on Zentangle pen and ink designs. The design was freehand quilted on a longarm, then hand painted, [with] some inking." (Quilt Inspiration note : Zentangle is a method of learning to draw using parts of structured images).
Close-up, Zen Bird by Suzi Dillinger
This fabulous pattern is actually a whole cloth quilt. Suzi painted the background, then left the foreground in neutral black and white. Working in very small spaces, she did an outstanding job with a variety of designs on the longarm machine.
Circles and Lines, 19 x 27", by Carol Roach
Carol writes, "[At] Quilter's Affair 2012, I took Hilde Morin's Curves and More class. This technique allows you to play and construct. The result is always a delightful surprise." Carol used a variety of prints, batiks, and stripes to construct her intriguing and imaginative work, which she quilted herself.
Where No Man Has Gone Before, approx 30 x 42", by Sally Socolich
Sally explains, "I challenged myself to make a quilt using my extensive collection of hand-dyed fabric. My ice-dyed fabrics conjured an image of celestial bodies, my Shibori dyes, the Milky Way. This is for all the 'Trekkies' (fans of Star Trek) in our family. "
Close-up, Where No Man Has Gone Before by Sally Socolich
Sally quilted this work herself; and this close-up shows her careful and evenly spaced quilting patterns, along with the fascinating color variations which give an other-worldly aspect to her hand-dyed fabrics.
Swirls 'n Whirls, 56 x 56", by Ginny Lee
Ginny notes: "This is my entry for the Arty Chicks [of Diablo Valley Quilters] Circles and Lines Challenge, using some of my personal hand-dyed fabrics. The math required for the layout gave me a headache!" Ginny quilted this fun creation herself.
Close-up, Swirls 'n Whirls by Ginny Lee
We loved Ginny's use of complementary and analogous colors in these very eye-catching patterns ! They're reminiscent of giant lollipops that we used to see in our childhood at the candy store.
4 square in N.Y. Beauty, 41 x 41", by Nancy Bourns
Nancy states, "I started quilting in 2006 and right away took a class to learn how to make a New York Beauty block from Vicki Wind at The Cotton Patch Quilt Shop. There has been a lull between class attendance and project completion !" This vibrant work with the colorful foreground and very modern background prints was quilted by Nancy herself.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.