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!
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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.

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