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 four feature posts.

Note: please check out our E-Bay shop for great bargains on quilt patterns and collectibles ! For continuous free quilt patterns, please visit us on Twitter !

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.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Welcome to Modern Quilt Month!

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 first of four feature posts.

Note: please check out our E-Bay shop for great bargains on quilt patterns and collectibles ! For continuous free quilt patterns, please visit us on Twitter !   

Empire Place by Charlene O'Connell


This stunning paper-pieced Empire Place quilt was made by Mardi Norwood, and quilted by Charlene O' Connell.  Charlene explains, "Mardi Norwood was doing a massive downsize and decided to give me this quilt.  I was very honored that she wanted to give it to me and thrilled that I got to quilt it."  The Empire Place quilt pattern is by Kristy Wolf and her daughter Shayla Wolf at Sassafras Lane Designs.


A Sky Full of Stars by Kimberly Davis


This hexagon design quilt was named A Sky Full of Stars for a year of Coldplay concerts in Pasadena (California) and Phoenix (Arizona) and a trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson.  The quilt was based on a workshop taken with pattern maker Libs Elliott (the design is called The Weight of Love). Many of the beautiful indigo fabrics are by Alison Glass.


Which Way Did They Go by Patti Kupferer



This quilt may appear to be minimalist, until you examine the intricate quilting!  It is the first of a series by Patti Kupferer, and it showcases her longarm quilting skills.  An original design, she created the quilting pattern based on a stained-glass window and used various fills for the sections.  The orange thread really 'pops' on the gray background fabric.


Edward by Marjory Peck


We love the Picasso-like faces in Edward ! Marjory Peck says, "As an applique artist that is losing hand dexterity I was looking for a way to continue my work without hand applique.  I used this piece to teach myself machine applique with turned edges."  Marjory quilted this piece herself, and the result is impressive.


Poppin' In by Jane Congleto, professional quilted by Chris Sousa


We love optical illusion quilts, and apparently so does Jane Congleton!  She says, "I've always liked 3D and geometric quilts.  it was a challenge! It is my first quilt show entry [and] I really like it!" The beautifully-pieced quilt is based on the Convex Illusions pattern by Kathleen Andrews. 


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