Thursday, August 6, 2020

Modern Quilt Month 2020 ! part 4

We're celebrating Modern Quilt Month at Q.I., and we couldn't be more excited about these quilts!  The characteristics of modern quilts may include the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast, graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, and negative space.  Here are a few modern art quilts we admire.

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Ladybird by Elizabeth Eastmond

Ladybird is an original quilt inspired by the ladybird beetle, or ladybug, which has a rich folkloric history dating back to 1744 with allusions to religion, good fortune, death, and old rituals.  The split block design evokes the tiny beetle, which a godsend to gardeners everywhere.We admired Elizabeth's clever use of ombre fabrics, which range from violet to aqua across the quilt.

4 Ring Circus, 51 x 50", by Geneva Carroll

Geneva Carroll says, "After purchasing a new curved cut ruler, I played around with a charm pack and solids I had on hand.  I started cutting and sewing drunkard's path blocks until I came up with a fun way to put them together.  It was an intense creative process, but I enjoyed the stretch of imagination.  Just like at the circus!"

This lively design was accomplished with the aid of the Sew Kind of Wonderful QCR Mini Ruler.  Geneva then used black and white thread to quilt in a grid design, and she added variegated thread for color fun.

Woven Stripes quilt, pieced by Tori Benz-Hillstrom, quilted by Jessica Jones

This classic yet modern quilt uses woven stripe fabrics to create a basket-weave design. Tori Benz-Hillstrom says, "I had just fnished a complex sampler quilt and was looking for something fun!  As a basket weaver this [Kaffe Fassett] pattern spoke to me."

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Quilt Arizona Show (Woven Stripes) and the 2020 Road to California show (Ladybird, 4 Ring Circus.)

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