2018 QuiltCon :: 2 :: Improv

 Altered Squares by Cathy Perlmutter (Small Quilts)

Altered Squares by Cathy Perlmutter (Small Quilts)

I have combined quilts from various categories to show my favorite improv quilts from the show.  This is not an exhaustive list though, I'm sure there were many wonderful quilts I missed.

Altered Squares is such a show stopper with those amazing colors.  I really love this one!  It really has a Gwen Marston feel too.  

 Clinging to the Edge by Irene Roderick (Improvisation)

Clinging to the Edge by Irene Roderick (Improvisation)

Clinging to the Edge is a playful and happy design.  These colors work perfectly together and the neutral areas have so much interest.  I love the variety of shapes. This is a great quilt!

 Desert Garden by Jennifer Emry (Improvisation)

Desert Garden by Jennifer Emry (Improvisation)

I like Jennifer's quilts so much that I've highlighted two of them here.  I like the shapes and lines in this one.   The color palette is wonderfully calming.  That hand quilting is something else too!

 Fractured Reality by Mary Elizabeth Kinch (Group or Bee Quilts)

Fractured Reality by Mary Elizabeth Kinch (Group or Bee Quilts)

Fractured Reality was created by a group that includes Elisa Sims Albury, Lynn Carson Harris and Chawne Kimber.  The title refers to what is happening in society today.  Future proceeds will go to the ACLU.  I was impressed by the unusual color palette and the combination of tiny piecing with string sets.  All those tiny triangles are pieced.

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 Serendipity II by Sarah Hibbert (Improvisation)

Serendipity II by Sarah Hibbert (Improvisation)

I loved Serendipity II as soon as I saw it.   It's the combination of the color palette and the fabric prints.  Sarah says this is made from her large collection of hand printed fabrics.  She incorporated two of her father's drawings which she photocopied onto white fabric and tea dyed.  I am not sure which fabrics those are, but I love the whole combination here.

 Strip Tease by Jennifer Emry (2nd Place winner in Handwork)

Strip Tease by Jennifer Emry (2nd Place winner in Handwork)

This lovely quilt by Jennifer won 2nd place in Handwork.  Again, I love the color palette and the arrangement of shapes.  The hand quilting is exquisite.