Thursday, July 7, 2016

Modern Quilt Month 2016 - part 1

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 1 of Modern Quilt Month.

Tree of Life by Kira Holladay (Springville, Utah)

This red, white and black Tree of Life was inspired by Kira's daughter's love of swirling trees.  This quilt looks very modern with its one-patch design and high contrasts.  Kira quilted it herself, using red thread (below) in a design of stems and leaves, along with diagonal wavy lines (in white) that radiate from the upper right corner of the quilt.

Study in Blue by Maria Hawkins (Elk Ridge, Utah), quilted by Becky Morganson

Maria Hawkins says,  "Many years ago I saw a very simple blue and white quilt that was stunning... finding the correct navy blue was hard and then a bright white for a contrast was a chore. The quilt came out better than I expected but I was very pleased with a slightly altered pattern that I saw in McCall's Quilting, April 2013 called Fujita Maze by Susan Guzman."  (Visit McCall's Quilting to download the free Garden Path block pattern.)

24 Shades of Stars, 75 x 75", by Lisa Maechtlen (Anchorage, Alaska)

Lisa Maechtlen says, "This quilt was made to conform to an optical illusion challenge, using only the snowball block and the 54-40 or Fight block.  To make the quilt more interesting, Lisa chose 24 shades of gray to black and four shades of pink to magenta."

Grandpa's Model Twenty #1, 60 x 60",by Jodi Robinson (Enon Valley, Pennsylvania)

This original design was inspired by a groovy stereo system Jodi's grandfather used to have called a KLH model.  The quilt was constructed using piecing and invisible applique, and quilted on a longarm using mostly straight lines. For more information on her process, and to see the stereo system that inspired the design, see the post at Jodi Robinson Designs.

Magical Masquerade, 63 x 72", by Jo Anne Fredrikson (Placitas, New Mexico), quilted by Shirley Barter

Jo Anne Fredrickson says, "The magic and mystery of the Crescent City of New Orleans inspired the colors and movement depicted in this One Block Wonder variation." The design source was the book One-Block Wonders: One Fabric, One Shape, One-of-a-Kind Quilts by Maxine Rosenthal.

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


  1. Like them all, however only two of these do I consider modern. I must not have the right conception of modern quilts. Thanks for sharing.

  2. loved them - thanks for posting! One day I really do a one block wonder!

  3. I often see Japanese quilters using indigo weaves, fussy cut to get interesting arrangements and so I particularly liked the red and white and the study in blue. Thanks always for the inspiration.


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