Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Modern Quilt Month 2017 #3

We're keeping it simple for summer at Quilt Inspiration and featuring a showcase of modern quilts.  These original designs have a bold impact and straight or flowing lines, but the quilting is anything but simple.  We hope you enjoy these quilts as much as we did!
(NOTE:We are now a "Top Rated Seller" with great bargains on  books and fabrics at our eBay store! For free patterns, follow us on Twitter!)

Over the Edge by Jamie Fingal (California)


Jamie says, "My oasis is to be over the edge, pushing the envelope on my designs and quilts : to grown, and change and evolve."  Bright neon colors and geometric motifs give this non-representational design lots of high energy.



Jamie fused fabrics onto a foundation of wool-blended felt and used painting and stenciling, along with free motion machine quilting.

Modern Love by Laurie Schafer (California)


Laurie explains, " As a clothing artist, 'stained glass' style applique was my surface design of choice., so it was a natural transition to create appliqued quilts. Living in Palm Springs, the Mid-Century Modern influence surrounds me. Lyrical abstraction by Bienko Glass, Delauney, Miro, Frank Stella, and Peter Max."



We love the whimsical, sprightly flowers at the bottom of this piece ! Laurie's original design is machine pieced and appliqued, and sewing machine quilted.

Cascade by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Shelly Pagliai


The artist notes, "As a child, I thought I might be an architect and was always inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's design of the Falling Water House. My design is based on the title of the home and the curve of modern bentwood furniture, using arcs, quilting, and color to tell the story."



Along with the title of the Frank Lloyd Wright house, these pointed spires remind us of cathedral arches or multiple exterior rooftops. This original design is machine pieced and longarm quilted.

The Red Poem by Caroline Wilkinson (United Kingdom)


Caroline writes, "I have taken the historical roots of quilt making as my inspiration, particularly antique sampler quilts. I have made a contemporary sampler using old designs, nineteenth century fabrics, paper and batting in juxtaposition with their present day counterparts and techniques, like fusing and photo transfer. Script on old hexagons are included. The letter shapes suggested are inspired by modern paintings."



We love quilts with lots of visual stimuli, and Caroline has something fascinating to look at in every block !  Her original design is hand and machine pieced, hand and machine appliqued, and hand and sewing machine quilted.

Hearts by Monika Scola


Monika states, "25 years ago, I was a Critical Care Nurse. After retiring, I was able to start quilting. My many years of sewing experience have been very helpful to me in this endeavor." We admire this beautiful display of analogous colors, which provides gentle, yet very pleasing contrasts.



Monika continues,  "My interest in water color paintings is always an inspiration for me in my original quilt designs." "Hearts" is machine pieced and longarm quilted.

Tangles by Linda Evans


Linda comments, "I used bold lines and colors to convey a feeling of emotional turmoil. The clean lines which are in opposition to the scattered tiny embroidered particles and the color selections are intended to cause a sense of unease or tension. It's similar to artists from the mid 20th century in that it is abstract, organic, and two dimensional, but it's obviously a modern work from the 21st century, here and now. "



We admire the precise workmanship on this fascinating work  Linda's original design is machine pieced, machine appliqued, and sewing machine quilted.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Modern Quilt Month 2017 #2

We're keeping it simple for summer at Quilt Inspiration and featuring a showcase of modern quilts.  These original designs have a bold impact and straight or flowing lines, but the quilting is anything but simple.  We hope you enjoy these quilts as much as we did!
(NOTE: We've been awarded "Top Rated Seller" status at our eBay store, with super-low prices on quilt books and fabrics !  For free patterns,  please follow us on Twitter!)   

Piano Razzle Dazzle by Wendy A.S. Hoag, California


Wendy explains, " [This quilt] was designed for my daughter Ashley. She filled our house with years of piano magic. The quilt design evolved after seeing her most recent body art that was inspired by ships' camouflage during World War I, called "dazzle painting."  The "dazzle" made it difficult to estimate the ships' range, speed, and direction."
Wendy's original design is machine pieced, hand appliqued, and sewing machine quilted. We enjoyed this intriguing very well-done quilt,  which reminds us of the fun "op-art" designs of the 1960's. 

Pineapple Rings #5 by Emily Parson , Illinois


Emily states, "This is my fifth quilt in a series of pineapples with an original "rings" color arrangement. I love playing with traditional blocks and making modern fresh arrangements."

Detail, Pineapple Rings #5 by Emily Parson


By setting these blocks into a motif of interlocking rings, Emily has provided an updated, contemporary look to this traditional pattern. Emily's original design is machine pieced and sewing machine quilted.

Cartwheel by Arleen Kukua, California


Arleen notes, "Cartwheels was started in an Improvisation Curve piecing workshop. The fabrics come from a sampler pack of plaids and a Cherrywood Fabrics grab bag." Arleen's original design is machine pieced and hand quilted.

Admit One to the Sands of Time by Virginia Hammon and Coleen Barnhardt, Oregon


Blue ribbon winners for Best Longarm Machine Workmanship - Innovative Quilts at the 2016 World Quilt Show in New Hampshire, Colleen and Virginia write, "Admit one to a journey over the sands of time: how people and ideas evolve through time and history. One fabric begins the story as the block centerpiece, moving into the next position as a new fabric is added and continuing until the sixth block is complete.Then, one fabric drops out as a new one is added  - a fun challenge to pick fabrics that would play well together as the color story evolved."

Detail,  Admit One to the Sands of Time


Stunning quilting motifs mirror and enhance the geometric and circular shapes of the blocks. This fabulous original design is machine pieced.

Farm Girl by Victoria Findlay Wolfe (New York), quilted by Karen McTavish


Blue ribbon winner for Best Machine Workmanship - Innovative Quilts at the 2016  Pacific International Quilt Festival, Victoria says: "I'm a farm girl living in the Big Apple (New York City). If it were not for where I came from, I would not be doing what I am doing now. I cut up my families clothes to make this quilt and to tell this story of a farm girl and all that she is proud of.  [I am] using the star as my direction to find joy and [using] the double wedding rings to show what binds us together."

Detail, Farm Girl


Victoria's dazzling original design is machine pieced and makes excellent use of gold, beige, gray, and blue cottons against a white background, enhanced by Karen McTavish's award-winning quilting.

Double Ikat by Arleen Reiko Kukua, California


"Ikat" is a tie-dyeing technique from Indonesia, in which the yarns are wrapped tightly prior to dyeing and weaving, so that when the color is applied, it appears unevenly. Arleen notes, "[This quilt] is made of treasured Japanese double ikats and Kaffe Fassett ikats. I wanted to highlight the beautiful fabrics and chose Pat Yamin's Magic Squares pattern.

Detail, Double Ikat


Arleen's colorful, eye-catching quilt is machine pieced and sewing machine quilted.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.
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