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).