QuiltCon 2017 :: Small Quilts, Group Quilts, Piecing and Negative Space

 Cursive by Paige Alexander ( @quiltedblooms ), Second Place Small Quilts

Cursive by Paige Alexander (@quiltedblooms), Second Place Small Quilts

Small Quilts

Today's grouping is a bit eclectic.  First, there were a couple of small quilts that I thought were really great.  Paige's Cursive is simple, but really beautifully done.  The lettering is made with beautifully hand appliqued bias strips.  I love how it's quilted too.

 In Carrboro by Chawne Kimber ( @cauchycomplete )

In Carrboro by Chawne Kimber (@cauchycomplete)

This quilt by Chawne highlights her tiny piecing.  It's inspired by the town of Carrboro, a small community near Chapel Hill, NC.  I love making small units like this so this is fascinating.

Group or Bee Quilts

 Direction Optional, Stephanie Ruyle ( @spontaneousthreads ), First Place Group or Bee Quilts

Direction Optional, Stephanie Ruyle (@spontaneousthreads), First Place Group or Bee Quilts

This quilt was made by the BeeSewcial group with the prompt: "linear".  Each block maker could interpret that how they liked.  I love the variety and the color palette.

 Blue Blue Electric Blue by Ara Jane Olufson ( @arajane ), Second Place Group or Bee Quilts

Blue Blue Electric Blue by Ara Jane Olufson (@arajane), Second Place Group or Bee Quilts

This quilt was made by the Do Good Stitches group.  The blocks were to be improvisationally pieced fan blocks.  I love how they came out!

 Organic Mid-Century Mod by Laura Bennett ( @drlbennett ), Third Place Group or Bee Quilts

Organic Mid-Century Mod by Laura Bennett (@drlbennett), Third Place Group or Bee Quilts

This quilt is a progressive quilt made at the Mid Altlantic Mod quilting retreat.  I love that it's a true collaboration since all the members were working on the blocks at the same time and place.  I think it really shines as a group quilt and I love the shapes they came up with.

 The 70273 Project, Quilt 1 by Jeanne Hewell-Chamber ( @whollyjeanne )

The 70273 Project, Quilt 1 by Jeanne Hewell-Chamber (@whollyjeanne)

This quilt requires a bit of explanation.  It's a group project that Jeanne is coordinating and this is just the first of what will eventually be 1200 quilts.  If you are so moved to donate blocks to the effort here's a link to the project.  The idea is to collect 70273 blocks, each with two red X's.  

Between January 1940 and August 1941 the Nazis murdered 70273 disabled people.  Going through medical records, physicians were required to place a red X on the form of any person they deemed disabled.  Once two red X's were at the bottom of a page, the person was murdered.

Piecing

 Finding the One by Miriam Coffey ( @coffeyquiltlab )

Finding the One by Miriam Coffey (@coffeyquiltlab)

Miriam's quilt has such a wonderful color story.  It's inspired by the notion of human companionship and "finding the one".

Use of Negative Space

 Infused Plaid by Cassandra Beaver ( @cassandra.beaver ), First Place Use of Negative Space

Infused Plaid by Cassandra Beaver (@cassandra.beaver), First Place Use of Negative Space

Infused Plaid won First Place in Use of Negative Space, and no wonder.  This quilt is very creatively quilted with the colored thread to create the look of plaid.  I can't imagine how hard it would be to do those lines!

 Die Beem (Trees) by Lindsey Neill ( @penandpaperpatterns )

Die Beem (Trees) by Lindsey Neill (@penandpaperpatterns)

I just love this tree quilt.  I find the simplicity of the design fascinating.  It's created with a version of a Drunkard's Path block and bias tape applique.  Lindsey was inspired by Dutch design and her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and thus came the name.

 Murmuration Minuend by Janice Marquardt 

Murmuration Minuend by Janice Marquardt 

Finally for today we have this lovely black and white quilt.  Janice was inspired by Starlings flying in a winter sky.  Very cool!

I have two more posts to do from QuiltCon so stay tuned for that.  Up next is Minimalist Design and Modern Traditionalism and the last post will be all about my favorite category, Improvisation.