Thursday, July 23, 2020

Modern Quilt Month 2020 ! part 2

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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Event Horizon, 48 x 60", by Karen G. Fisher

There is so much to see in this stunning wall quilt, which comes alive with its high contrasts and intriguing textures !  Winner of Best of Show in 2011, Event Horizon was displayed in a special exhibit of past award winners at the 2020 Quilt Arizona show.  Karen G. Fisher says, "Event Horizon came together from two quilts.  The first quilt was a red, white, and black quilt that had gone terribly wrong, but I couldn't bring myself to throw it away.  The second quilt was from a workshop and never felt like "my own" work. I decided to cut them both into smaller sections and combine them together."

Karen continues, "I didn't want big bulky seams, so I bound them and overlapped the edges.  Yet even combined, there was a hole in the middle, which I purposely trimmed to be round, and the idea of an Event Horizon took shape... The interior of the hole became black, but also dimensional (the center is very thick, with a shaped piece of firm foam, not just batting.) I used everything I could think of to add texture to this quilt: foil, paint, tulle, yarn, stamping, and lots more quilting than it originally had."

Paper Cuts by Claire Victor

Paper Cuts, a striking original design by Claire Victor,  won the second place award in the Modern-Solo quilts category at the 2020 Quilt Arizona show. Claire envisioned this as pieces of colored paper, suspended, and some intersecting.  The strong geometric shapes, solid colors, and thoughtful use of negative space create a truly modern quilt.

Claire Victor created Paper Cuts using English paper piecing, and she quilted it on a domestic Bernina sewing machine.  We admired her creative, modern quilting designs!

Reflections, 58 x 67", by Karen Foster, Stephanie Ruyle, Leanne Chahley, Debbie Jeske, Hillary Goodwin, Felicity Ronaghan, Marci Debetaz, Kari Voitechovsky, Melissa Richie, and Diane Stanley (California)

Reflections won a blue ribbon for the Best Mid Century Mod quilt at the 2019 Pacific International Quilt Festival.  Using a palette inspired by the picturesque Venetians of Capitola Village and an '80's surf contest poster, members of the BeeSewcial quilting group in Capitola (California) created improvisational blocks in solids. Karen Foster puzzled the blocks together to create "Reflections".  It all came together beautifully!  This original design quilt was machine pieced and longarm quilted.

Witches Brew by Karen McCarty

Entered in the Art/Abstract category, this dynamic quilt was a crowd favorite at the 2020 Quilt Arizona show. Karen McCarty says, "I wanted to make something bright and cheery, using appli-piecing and paper piecing to make shapes in curved spaces.  My husband saw something different and came up with the name." The original quilt was designed, pieced, and beautifully quilted by Karen McCarty.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Quilt Arizona show (Witches Brew, Paper Cuts, Event Horizon) and the 2019 Pacific International Quilt Festival (Reflections).

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