Thursday, July 25, 2019

Welcome to Modern Quilt Month ! part 3

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 third of five feature posts.

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Decision Tree, 25 x 37", by Randa Mulford

Randa Mulford began this quilt in a workshop with Rosalie Dace at Art Quilt Tahoe.  About the title, "Decision Tree", Randa says:  Approaching an opportunity to retire (and the age for wearing purple and red!), I realized that life is really a series of decisions.  Some have trivial consequences, whle others are more significant, each an opportunity.  Every "leaf" on the tree represents a decision or opportunity." Each of the leaves on Decision Tree is unique and beautiful, made with different fabrics and embellishments (shown below).

Lilac City, 29 x 29", by Joni Strother

Joni Strother began Lilac City in a workshop with Colleen Wise titled "Emerald City." Lilac City is machine pieced and quilted.  Joni Says, "Colleen was such an interesting and fun person with whom to spend time and learn."  Colleen is the author of Casting Shadows: Creating Visual Dimension in Your Quilts.  Notice how Joni's quilt has darker purple strips at the right and bottom edges of each block, which creates the appearance of a shadow (shown below), which adds a three-dimensional look to the quilt.

Riotous Stripes, 46 x 52",  by Joy Palmer

Joy Palmer started this quilt by making strata of various solid material in greens and purples.  Then she cut up the strata strips into blocks and half-square triangles.  She says, "It was a lot of fun and very challenging to arrange my blocks into the finished quilt." Joy Palmer quilted Riotous Stripes with straight lines which bring all the blocks together.  She says, "I am not really a fan of the color purple, but it is growing on me!"

Liberty Skyline by Teddie Brannin, quilted by Jeannie Rogers

Liberty Skyline was awarded First Place in the Modern Quilt category, along with a special ribbon for Exemplary Machine Quilting - Computer Guided at the 2019 Quilt Arizona show.  Teddie says, "My skyline quilt is a fascination of mine on bringing different colors and patterns together to make a simple block pattern intriguing. I love the evening skyline with glimmering lights."

The quilt was inspired by Tula Pink’s “Skyline” layout from the book, Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. Note how Jeannie Rogers' quilting extends the vertical lines of the blocks, creating the appearance of a skyline.  Each block is unique and beautiful, and it must have been fun to arrange these blocks.

Circles by Lora Riordan

Lora Riordan's Circles quilt was created for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge with the black and white fabric.  The circles were created with machine reverse applique. Lora quilted this modern piece herself, using an echo quilting design that surrounds each circle.  We love the way the quilting lines overlap, which adds a feeling of energy to this modern design!

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Santa Clara Valley Quilters Guild show (Decision Tree, Lilac City, Riotous Stripes) and the 2019 Quilt Arizona show (Liberty Skyline, Circles).

1 comment:

  1. The Liberty Skyline quilt reminds me of my City Skyline quilt I made back in 2013, only mine was to give the impression it was night with a fading grey to black sky. The quilting of this Liberty one takes it to another level!


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