QuiltCon 2017 :: Minimalist Design & Modern Traditionalism

 Emanuel: At the Intersection of Hate and Guns by Thomas Knauer ( @thomasknuaer ) (detail below)

Emanuel: At the Intersection of Hate and Guns by Thomas Knauer (@thomasknuaer) (detail below)

I am almost embarrassed to just pop back in and start where I left off 2 months ago.  Wow- I never intended to have such a long delay.  In any case, I've been busy with general life and high intensive quilts with lots of hand work.  It's been hard to imagine spending a couple of hours at the computer to do a blog post.  What makes it even worse is that I actually had this one as a draft with the photos ready to go.  Oh well, here goes!

Minimalist Design

The quilt above with the detail shot below is a stark reminder of the hateful gun violence that we see all too often.  This is quilted with a map of the area surrounding Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, SC.  The detail below shows the church and nine crosses for each person killed that day.

 Dipped Dimension by Kathleen Probst ( @mod_in_your_eye )

Dipped Dimension by Kathleen Probst (@mod_in_your_eye)

These two free form abstract shape quilts are really interesting.  The eye catching colors above feel like they tell a story.  The quilt below is more calming and simple.  I love them both!

 Quartered A (1/x) by Stephanie Ruyle ( @spontaneousthreads )

Quartered A (1/x) by Stephanie Ruyle (@spontaneousthreads)

 Migration Quilt by Kristi Schroeder ( @initialkstudio )

Migration Quilt by Kristi Schroeder (@initialkstudio)

These two quilts almost appear to be cousins to me.  Even the titles seem to be related.  Migration = Relocation.

 Relocation by Season Evans ( @s.d.evans )

Relocation by Season Evans (@s.d.evans)

 Gradient in Denim by Mathew Boudreaux ( @misterdomestic ) (detail below)

Gradient in Denim by Mathew Boudreaux (@misterdomestic) (detail below)

This is such a gorgeous quilt.  The weaving makes this a double sided quilt.  I kept coming back to it again and again.

 Modern Stripes by Felicity Ronaghan ( @felicityquilts )

Modern Stripes by Felicity Ronaghan (@felicityquilts)

Simple colorplay is always interesting to me.  I love the bold nature of this quilt.

 Skewed Symmetry Quilt by Katie Pedersen ( @sewkatiedid ) (detail below)

Skewed Symmetry Quilt by Katie Pedersen (@sewkatiedid) (detail below)

Oh my gosh, I just love this quilt!  I might have been my favorite in the show (but perhaps I've said that before?).  I can't get enough of the improv design and alternating background.

Modern Traditionalism

 Autumn Hours by Daisy Aschehoug ( @warmfolk )

Autumn Hours by Daisy Aschehoug (@warmfolk)

Daisy's quilt won 3rd Place in Modern Traditionalism.  I love the colors and the play on the traditional hourglass design.  Guess what!  I just got to meet Daisy in person and it wasn't at QuiltCon.  It was at the SAQA conference in Lincoln, NE.  She's a delightful person and an amazing quilter.  I can't wait to see more of her work in the future.

 Arches by Leah Pahlmeyer 

Arches by Leah Pahlmeyer 

Arches is inspired by the Alhambra in Spain.  Again, I love the colorplay here.  

 Come Closer by Jessie Stampfli

Come Closer by Jessie Stampfli

Come Closer is inspired by a sunset bouncing off a modern high rise window.  

 Imp by Leanne Chahley ( @shecanquilt ) (detail below)

Imp by Leanne Chahley (@shecanquilt) (detail below)

I had seen this quilt on Instagram and was delighted to see it in person.  The machine quilting is especially fantastic.  It is in essence what I would call a liberated quilt.  It reminds me very much of a the liberated medallions of Gwen Marston.  

 Walking the Dogs by me!

Walking the Dogs by me!

I had two quilts in the Modern Traditionalism category.  Waiting for Sanity is now in an MQG exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles until July 16 if you happen to be in the area and want to see it up close.

 Waiting for Sanity by me! Judge's Choice Award 

Waiting for Sanity by me! Judge's Choice Award