Thursday, July 18, 2019

Welcome to Modern Quilt Month! Part 2

We're celebrating Modern Quilt Month at Q.I., and we couldn't be more excited about these fun quilts!  So, what makes a quilt modern? According to The Modern Quilt Guild, the characteristics may include the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast, graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, and expansive negative space.  This is the second of five feature posts.

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Ombre Blossoms by Ellen Born, quilted by Monty Richardson

Ellen explains, "Ombre Blossoms was created using the [color] gradation fabrics, arranging the various colors to create star blossoms in varying hues. "

Ellen's use of softly colored ombre fabrics give her quilt such a pretty sparkle. This quilt is made using a 60 degree diamond ruler for cutting and strip piecing. The Ombre Blossoms pattern by Krista Moser plus the ruler are available for purchase online at Amazon.

Daydream by Laura Flagler

Laura notes, "This is a visual commentary on creative rumination culminating towards an idea. [It's] assembled with improve piecing to simulate the textures of paint on canvas."

The various pieces of this inward-spiraling pattern are meant to symbolize fragments of thoughts as they coalesce into a sequence of ideas. Laura's quilt is an inspiring and most interesting comment on the workings of the human mind.

Fleur by Melissa Winona, quilted by Kimmie Tanner

Laura writes, "My sister says that [the creation of] Fleur was my subconscious designing a flower.
I didn't see the flower in this design until after we added the fabrics. This pattern may be found on our On Williams Street site at Etsy."

This gigantic contemporary flower looks like so much fun to make !

The Boyfriend Quilt by Kimberly Davis

Kimberly remarks, "I was drawn to this pattern's simplicity and bold use of solid fabrics."  (We recognize this basic design as the City Park pattern by Cherry House Quilts.) Kimberly quilted her creation herself, using gently undulating lines which complement and enhance the modern geometric arrangement of the square blocks.

Kimberly did a great job in selecting these richly saturated hues which are both restful and energetic, allowing her quilt to fit right in with many different room decors.

Tequila Sunset by Gina Miller

Gina says, "Colors of valley sunsets off the back porch are captured in fabric and expressed in modern blocks."

We love these "sherbet" colors of peach, mango, tangerine, strawberry, and lime, which really pop right off the background of the quilt. The creative "en pointe" setting gives the blocks and the adjacent cornerstones a very eye-catching contemporary chain effect.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Quilt Arizona show.

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