Thursday, November 20, 2014

Modern Quilt Guild Showcase: Part 4

 Welcome back to the show, the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at Houston Quilt Festival to be exact. See previous posts here:
Get in on my epic giveaway here, and then come on back. I'll wait patiently.
Broken Bars by Rebecca Roach
This quilt is inspired by a marquetry cabinet seen in Brooklyn. It made me start thinking about deconstructing classic Amish Quilt patterns. So, it's a lit bit Brooklyn, a little bit Lancaster County, and one of my favorite quilts ever.
The White Rainbow by Shruti Dandekar
This quilt is my idea of what colors will look like to a blind person! Reading Danielle Steele's Sisters Prompted me t make this quilt, in which trapunto dots have been used to "write" the names of colors in Braille onto a white fabric. The best part is that these names can be "read" by touching the quilt!
Namaste by Cheryl Olson
The traditional pattern of interlocking circles has many interpretations, I am reminded of my yoga practice gathering energy, bringing it center and finding peace. With the updated approach and fresh look that I designed, one feels a sense of unity and peace with endless circles that seem to go on forever. The thin bias strip twisted in a circled knot almost gives this quilt a Celtic feel. I loved using appliqu├ęd bias strips.
Boxed In by Elizabeth Dackson
Boxed In is a twist on a traditional Nine Patch block applying a change in scale, as well as playing around wit the symmetry of the block. There are two layers of Nine Patches, and a giant Nine Patch block, built of asymmetrical Nine Patch units. I dug into my scrap box for this quilt, not only for the prints, but for the whites as well. I used four different shades of white, Log Cabin style, around the giant Nine Patch block. I so often ignore my scraps of white because it's tough to match them up, but I actually like the subtle tonal changes of white throughout the quilt.
Star'd by Kristy Daum
For a St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild challenge, we invited members to modernize the beloved Ohio Star block. My solution was to subtract a key component with each rendition of the block. Using bright colors, one can clearly see the variances, yet this destruction is calmed by the use of Flying Geese which help to move your eyes around the quilt. This creates a piece that is viewed as one whole concept rather than individual Ohio Star blocks.
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  1. That Braille quilt is such a clever idea, it's so simple and yet so very effective!

  2. gorgeous quilts! I especially love Namaste and Boxed In.

  3. Ooh! I love the Braille one. What a clever idea. We often forget the tactile quality of quilts in favour of the colours.