QuiltCon 2015: Minimalist Design Quilts

Quilts from the Minimalist Design category from QuiltCon 2015, sponsored by American Made Brand. Another of my favorite categories. Enough said. :)

Bias 3 by Alissa Carlton. Los Angeles, California.

Bias 3 by Alissa Carlton. Los Angeles, California.

Bias 3 by Alissa Carlton. Los Angeles, California.

Bias 3 by Alissa Carlton. Los Angeles, California.

An Ode to the Past by Rachel Singh. Seattle, Washington.

An Ode to the Past by Rachel Singh. Seattle, Washington.

An Ode to the Past by Rachel Singh. Seattle, Washington.

An Ode to the Past by Rachel Singh. Seattle, Washington.

Modern Mojo 2 by Linda Thielfoldt. Troy, Michigan.

Modern Mojo 2 by Linda Thielfoldt. Troy, Michigan.

Modern Mojo 2 by Linda Thielfoldt. Troy, Michigan.

Modern Mojo 2 by Linda Thielfoldt. Troy, Michigan.

Forgotten Chicago by M A Cramer. Beecher, Illinois.

Forgotten Chicago by M A Cramer. Beecher, Illinois.

Forgotten Chicago by M A Cramer. Beecher, Illinois.

Forgotten Chicago by M A Cramer. Beecher, Illinois.

Summer Break by Amy Anderson. Asheville, North Carolina.

Summer Break by Amy Anderson. Asheville, North Carolina.

Summer Break by Amy Anderson. Asheville, North Carolina.

Summer Break by Amy Anderson. Asheville, North Carolina.

Stair Railing by Kendra Biddle. Auburn, Maine. Quilted by Ann Woodhead.

Stair Railing by Kendra Biddle. Auburn, Maine. Quilted by Ann Woodhead.

Stair Railing by Kendra Biddle. Auburn, Maine. Quilted by Ann Woodhead.

Stair Railing by Kendra Biddle. Auburn, Maine. Quilted by Ann Woodhead.

Brothers by Suzanne Woods. Pleasanton, California.

Brothers by Suzanne Woods. Pleasanton, California.

Brothers by Suzanne Woods. Pleasanton, California.

Brothers by Suzanne Woods. Pleasanton, California.

Avalon Sunrise by Colleen Wootton. Clinton, Washington.

Avalon Sunrise by Colleen Wootton. Clinton, Washington.

Avalon Sunrise by Colleen Wootton. Clinton, Washington.

Avalon Sunrise by Colleen Wootton. Clinton, Washington.

Deux by Colleen Wootton. Clinton, Washington.

Deux by Colleen Wootton. Clinton, Washington.

Deux by Colleen Wootton. Clinton, Washington.

Deux by Colleen Wootton. Clinton, Washington.

That Twitch by Caro Sheridan. Everett, Massachusetts.

That Twitch by Caro Sheridan. Everett, Massachusetts.

That Twitch by Caro Sheridan. Everett, Massachusetts.

That Twitch by Caro Sheridan. Everett, Massachusetts.

Ethose by Natasa McFadyen. Hauppauge, New York.

Ethose by Natasa McFadyen. Hauppauge, New York.

Ethose by Natasa McFadyen. Hauppauge, New York.

Ethose by Natasa McFadyen. Hauppauge, New York.

Sol by Nathalie Bearden. The Woodlands, Texas.

Sol by Nathalie Bearden. The Woodlands, Texas.

Sol by Nathalie Bearden. The Woodlands, Texas.

Sol by Nathalie Bearden. The Woodlands, Texas.

The White Rainbow by Shruti Dandekar. Sangli, Maharashtra, India.

The White Rainbow by Shruti Dandekar. Sangli, Maharashtra, India.

The White Rainbow by Shruti Dandekar. Sangli, Maharashtra, India.

The White Rainbow by Shruti Dandekar. Sangli, Maharashtra, India.

Glitch by Susan Strong. Wetaskiwin. Alberta, Canada.

Glitch by Susan Strong. Wetaskiwin. Alberta, Canada.

Glitch by Susan Strong. Wetaskiwin. Alberta, Canada.

Glitch by Susan Strong. Wetaskiwin. Alberta, Canada.

When Oceans Rise by Amanda Hohnstreiter. Thorndale, Texas.

When Oceans Rise by Amanda Hohnstreiter. Thorndale, Texas.

When Oceans Rise by Amanda Hohnstreiter. Thorndale, Texas.

When Oceans Rise by Amanda Hohnstreiter. Thorndale, Texas.

We Are by Anne Sullivan. Santa Cruz, California.

We Are by Anne Sullivan. Santa Cruz, California.

We Are by Anne Sullivan. Santa Cruz, California.

We Are by Anne Sullivan. Santa Cruz, California.

Map by Carolyn Friedlander. Lake Wales, Florida.

Map by Carolyn Friedlander. Lake Wales, Florida.

Map by Carolyn Friedlander. Lake Wales, Florida.

Map by Carolyn Friedlander. Lake Wales, Florida.

Pick-Up Sticks by Becky Goldsmith. Sherman, Texas.

Pick-Up Sticks by Becky Goldsmith. Sherman, Texas.

Pick-Up Sticks by Becky Goldsmith. Sherman, Texas.

Pick-Up Sticks by Becky Goldsmith. Sherman, Texas.

Grove by Casey York. St. Louis, Missouri. Quilted by Angela Walters.

Grove by Casey York. St. Louis, Missouri. Quilted by Angela Walters.

Grove by Casey York. St. Louis, Missouri. Quilted by Angela Walters.

Grove by Casey York. St. Louis, Missouri. Quilted by Angela Walters.

Steal this Quilt by Chawne Kimber. Easton, Pennsylvania.

Steal this Quilt by Chawne Kimber. Easton, Pennsylvania.

Steal this Quilt by Chawne Kimber. Easton, Pennsylvania.

Steal this Quilt by Chawne Kimber. Easton, Pennsylvania.

Wooden Block Quilt by Sarah Laws. Portland, Oregon.

Wooden Block Quilt by Sarah Laws. Portland, Oregon.

Wooden Block Quilt by Sarah Laws. Portland, Oregon.

Wooden Block Quilt by Sarah Laws. Portland, Oregon.

Meandering by Pam McCallie. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Meandering by Pam McCallie. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Meandering by Pam McCallie. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Meandering by Pam McCallie. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This Way, That Way by Faith Jones. Lisle, Illinois.

This Way, That Way by Faith Jones. Lisle, Illinois.

This Way, That Way by Faith Jones. Lisle, Illinois.

This Way, That Way by Faith Jones. Lisle, Illinois.

Blue Pinwheel by Barbara Perrino. Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Blue Pinwheel by Barbara Perrino. Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Blue Pinwheel by Barbara Perrino. Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Blue Pinwheel by Barbara Perrino. Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Scatter by Amanda Hines. Austin, Texas.

Scatter by Amanda Hines. Austin, Texas.

Scatter by Amanda Hines. Austin, Texas.

Scatter by Amanda Hines. Austin, Texas.

Diamonds by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

Diamonds by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

Diamonds by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

Diamonds by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

MG Opposing Triangles by Katie Pedersen. Seattle, Washington. Quilted by Krista Withers.

MG Opposing Triangles by Katie Pedersen. Seattle, Washington. Quilted by Krista Withers.

MG Opposing Triangles by Katie Pedersen. Seattle, Washington. Quilted by Krista Withers.

MG Opposing Triangles by Katie Pedersen. Seattle, Washington. Quilted by Krista Withers.

Shoot That Poison Arrow by Hollie Lobosky. Venice, California.

Shoot That Poison Arrow by Hollie Lobosky. Venice, California.

Shoot That Poison Arrow by Hollie Lobosky. Venice, California.

Shoot That Poison Arrow by Hollie Lobosky. Venice, California.

Stereo by Season Evans. Brooklyn, New York.

Stereo by Season Evans. Brooklyn, New York.

Stereo by Season Evans. Brooklyn, New York.

Stereo by Season Evans. Brooklyn, New York.

Self-Portrait, Year Two (Beneath the Surface) by Penny Gold. Galesburg, Illinois.

Self-Portrait, Year Two (Beneath the Surface) by Penny Gold. Galesburg, Illinois.

Pixel Pusher II by Caro Sheridan. Everett, Massachusetts, 3rd Place Minimalist Design. QuiltCon 2015.

Pixel Pusher II by Caro Sheridan. Everett, Massachusetts, 3rd Place Minimalist Design. QuiltCon 2015.

Pixel Pusher II by Caro Sheridan. Everett, Massachusetts, 3rd Place Minimalist Design. QuiltCon 2015.

Pixel Pusher II by Caro Sheridan. Everett, Massachusetts, 3rd Place Minimalist Design. QuiltCon 2015.

Ascend by Nicole Neblett. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 2nd place, Minimalist Design Category QuiltCon 2015

Ascend by Nicole Neblett. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 2nd place, Minimalist Design Category QuiltCon 2015

Ascend by Nicole Neblett. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 2nd place, Minimalist Design Category QuiltCon 2015

Ascend by Nicole Neblett. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 2nd place, Minimalist Design Category QuiltCon 2015

Breathe by Leanne Chahley. Edmonton, Alberta. 1st place Minimalist Design category QuiltCon 2015

Breathe by Leanne Chahley. Edmonton, Alberta. 1st place Minimalist Design category QuiltCon 2015

Breathe by Leanne Chahley. Edmonton, Alberta. 1st place Minimalist Design category QuiltCon 2015

Breathe by Leanne Chahley. Edmonton, Alberta. 1st place Minimalist Design category QuiltCon 2015

QuiltCon 2015: Bias Tape Challenge

The Bias Tape Applique Challenge, sponsored by Panasonic at QuiltCon 2015 was a cool idea and some great quilts resulted, as you will see. QuiltCon, is you are just tuning in, is a now-to-be-annual conference sponsored by The Modern Quilt Guild.

We will have coverage coming up of the piecing, minimalist and negative space categories.

Enjoy!

Shapes by Linda Hungerford, The Villages, Florida.

Shapes by Linda Hungerford, The Villages, Florida.

Shapes by Linda Hungerford, The Villages, Florida.

Shapes by Linda Hungerford, The Villages, Florida.

Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad. Short Hills, New Jersey.

Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad. Short Hills, New Jersey.

Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad. Short Hills, New Jersey.

Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad. Short Hills, New Jersey.

Akhaten by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

Akhaten by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

Akhaten by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

Akhaten by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

Possibilities by Cheryl Olson. Aberdeen, South Dakota

Possibilities by Cheryl Olson. Aberdeen, South Dakota

Possibilities by Cheryl Olson. Aberdeen, South Dakota

Possibilities by Cheryl Olson. Aberdeen, South Dakota

Moving Target by Christine Perrigo. Erie, Colorado.

Moving Target by Christine Perrigo. Erie, Colorado.

Moving Target by Christine Perrigo. Erie, Colorado.

Moving Target by Christine Perrigo. Erie, Colorado.

Crossroads by Jennifer Benoit-Bryan. Cicero, Illinois.

Crossroads by Jennifer Benoit-Bryan. Cicero, Illinois.

Crossroads by Jennifer Benoit-Bryan. Cicero, Illinois.

Crossroads by Jennifer Benoit-Bryan. Cicero, Illinois.

Totally Biased by Lucy Vail. San Diego, California.

Totally Biased by Lucy Vail. San Diego, California.

Totally Biased by Lucy Vail. San Diego, California.

Totally Biased by Lucy Vail. San Diego, California.

Orbits by Amy Stevenson. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Quilted by Kathy Koch of Thread Bear Quilting. Pattern available though Pink Castle Fabrics.

Orbits by Amy Stevenson. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Quilted by Kathy Koch of Thread Bear Quilting. Pattern available though Pink Castle Fabrics.

Orbits by Amy Stevenson. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Quilted by Kathy Koch of Thread Bear Quilting. Pattern available though Pink Castle Fabrics.

Orbits by Amy Stevenson. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Quilted by Kathy Koch of Thread Bear Quilting. Pattern available though Pink Castle Fabrics.

Namaste' by Cheryl Olson. Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Namaste’ by Cheryl Olson. Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Namaste' by Cheryl Olson. Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Namaste’ by Cheryl Olson. Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Spirograph by Matt Macomber. Seattle, Washington.

Spirograph by Matt Macomber. Seattle, Washington.

Spirograph by Matt Macomber. Seattle, Washington.

Spirograph by Matt Macomber. Seattle, Washington.

Convergence #2 by Sheri Cifalda-Morrill. Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Convergence #2 by Sheri Cifalda-Morrill. Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Convergence #2 by Sheri Cifalda-Morrill. Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Convergence #2 by Sheri Cifalda-Morrill. Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Knit Stitch by Dorie Schwartz. Mason, Michigan. 3rd Place, Bias Tape Applique, QuiltCon 2015.

Knit Stitch by Dorie Schwartz. Mason, Michigan. 3rd Place, Bias Tape Applique, QuiltCon 2015.

Knit Stitch by Dorie Schwartz. Mason, Michigan. 3rd Place, Bias Tape Applique, QuiltCon 2015.

Knit Stitch by Dorie Schwartz. Mason, Michigan. 3rd Place, Bias Tape Applique, QuiltCon 2015.

Stock on Hand, Katherine Jones. Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia. 2nd place, Bias Tape Challenge, QuiltCon 2015.

Stock on Hand, Katherine Jones. Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia. 2nd place, Bias Tape Challenge, QuiltCon 2015.

Stock on Hand, Katherine Jones. Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia. 2nd place, Bias Tape Challenge, QuiltCon 2015.

Stock on Hand, Katherine Jones. Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia. 2nd place, Bias Tape Challenge, QuiltCon 2015.

CPU by Katherine Jones. Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia. 1st place, Bias Tape Applique Challenge, QuiltCon 2015.

CPU by Katherine Jones. Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia. 1st place, Bias Tape Applique Challenge, QuiltCon 2015.

CPU by Katherine Jones. Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia. 1st place, Bias Tape Applique Challenge, QuiltCon 2015.

CPU by Katherine Jones. Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia. 1st place, Bias Tape Applique Challenge, QuiltCon 2015.

QuiltCon 2015: Handwork category quilts

Yes, handwork and modern quilting do go hand in hand.  Actually almost all quilting traditions and techniques can be seen in some way in the quilts at QuiltCon and other modern quilting exhibitions.  Maybe it’s the aesthetic that defines the modern quilting “movement”?, and that in itself is also broad. But there is definitely something going on! And I like it.

The Handwork category was sponsored by Sulky. There was more than one quilt (and even in other categories) that were made as a call to create quilts using one of Sherri Lynn Wood’s improv scores from her new book The Improv Handbook for the Modern Quilter.   To honor that we’ll start out with one of Sherri Lynn Wood’s quilts and will end, as usual, with the winners of the category.

Here are the quilts from the handwork category, QuiltCon 2015:

Score For Bias Strip Petals: Daisy by Sherri Lynn Wood. Oakland, California

Score For Bias Strip Petals: Daisy by Sherri Lynn Wood. Oakland, California

Score For Bias Strip Petals: Daisy by Sherri Lynn Wood. Oakland, California

Score For Bias Strip Petals: Daisy by Sherri Lynn Wood. Oakland, California

Syncopation Quilt by Jean Cockburn. Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Syncopation Quilt by Jean Cockburn. Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Syncopation Quilt by Jean Cockburn. Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Syncopation Quilt by Jean Cockburn. Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Funky Junk by Renee Tallman. Aptos, California.

Funky Junk by Renee Tallman. Aptos, California.

Funky Junk by Renee Tallman. Aptos, California.

Funky Junk by Renee Tallman. Aptos, California.

Geometric Rainbow by Nicole Daksiewicz. Chicago, Illinois.

Geometric Rainbow by Nicole Daksiewicz. Chicago, Illinois.

Geometric Rainbow by Nicole Daksiewicz. Chicago, Illinois.

Geometric Rainbow by Nicole Daksiewicz. Chicago, Illinois.

Fernweh by Madeleine Roberg. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Fernweh by Madeleine Roberg. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Fernweh by Madeleine Roberg. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Fernweh by Madeleine Roberg. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Improv Log Cabin by Tara Faughnan. Oakland, California.

Improv Log Cabin by Tara Faughnan. Oakland, California.

Improv Log Cabin by Tara Faughnan. Oakland, California.

Improv Log Cabin by Tara Faughnan. Oakland, California.

Fill the Void by Cinzia Allocca. Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada

Fill the Void by Cinzia Allocca. Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada

Fill the Void by Cinzia Allocca. Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada

Fill the Void by Cinzia Allocca. Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada

Citrus Wedge by Jen Carlton Bailly. Portland, Oregon.

Citrus Wedge by Jen Carlton Bailly. Portland, Oregon.

Citrus Wedge by Jen Carlton Bailly. Portland, Oregon.

Citrus Wedge by Jen Carlton Bailly. Portland, Oregon.

Sunset Waves by Laura Hartrich. Oak Park, Illinois.

Sunset Waves by Laura Hartrich. Oak Park, Illinois.

Sunset Waves by Laura Hartrich. Oak Park, Illinois.

Sunset Waves by Laura Hartrich. Oak Park, Illinois.

North Alabama Hillsides by Cathy Fussel. Columbus, Georgia. 2nd Place, Handwork Category, QuiltCon 2015

North Alabama Hillsides by Cathy Fussel. Columbus, Georgia. 2nd Place, Handwork Category, QuiltCon 2015

North Alabama Hillsides by Cathy Fussel. Columbus, Georgia. 2nd Place, Handwork Category, QuiltCon 2015

North Alabama Hillsides by Cathy Fussel. Columbus, Georgia. 2nd Place, Handwork Category, QuiltCon 2015

Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral. Martinez, Buenos Aries, Argentina. 1st place, Handwork Category, QuiltCon 2015

Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral. Martinez, Buenos Aries, Argentina. 1st place, Handwork Category, QuiltCon 2015

Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral. Martinez, Buenos Aries, Argentina. 1st place, Handwork Category, QuiltCon 2015

Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral. Martinez, Buenos Aries, Argentina. 1st place, Handwork Category, QuiltCon 2015

Stitch Modern 2015

We will be continuing our coverage of the quilts from QuiltCon 2015, but first I have to share with you about this year’s Stitch Modern show for those in the area:

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Stitch Modern 2015 Piedmont Center for the Arts

 

The East Bay Modern Quilters are proud to present Stitch Modern 2015, our 4th annual quilt show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.  As a group, East Bay Modern focuses on modern design and personal expression through quilting. As a non-juried show, there are no hard rules – this is quilting our own way, whether it’s with the latest fabrics and traditional patterns, or free piecing with no pattern at all!

We hope you will join us!  Click the links below to find out more about our exciting events.

March 27th – April 25th
Piedmont Center of the Arts 
801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA.
Gallery Hours: 12pm-3pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. (The gallery will be closed on Easter, April 5th.)

March 27th: 6pm-9pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Opening Reception – Join the artists for an evening of fun, food, and celebration. There will be a book signing with Sherri Lynn Wood presenting her new book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters Signed books by Roderick Kiracofe and Eli Leon will also be available.

April 12th: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Stitch Up – An afternoon of sewing in memory of Deanna Davis Come and celebrate the life and passion of our friend, Deanna, by helping to make quilts for her favorite charity, The Children’s Quilt Project.  Fabric kits will be provided, just bring your sewing machine or bring your own fabric donation. People new to sewing are welcome! 

April 16th: 7pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts 
Lecture: Biased and Edgy: My Career in Quilts, a lecture by Joe Cunningham $10 collected at the door, doors open at 6:30pm

April 18th: 10am-4pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts 
Workshop: Modern quilts with a message: Designing quilt blocks for today’s stories with Kathryn Clark. $85 (registration required)

April 19th: 12:30pm-5pm, Piedmont Center of the Arts FREE
Family and Community Activity Day – includes quilting demos

Quilts clockwise from top left: Tara Faughnan, Joel Ignacio, Linda Hlady, Stacey Sharman, Terri Carpenter, Patricia Smith, Kristen Takakuwa

Invitation Design by Kim Andersson

QuiltCon 2015: Improvisation category quilts Part 2!

Here we have the second installment of the improvisation category of quilts from QuiltCon 2015, including the award winners in this category. Scroll down!

Juicy by Charlotte Newland. London, England, UK.

Juicy by Charlotte Newland. London, England, UK.

Juicy by Charlotte Newland. London, England, UK.

Juicy by Charlotte Newland. London, England, UK.

Northwest by Stacey Sharman. Berkeley, CA.

Northwest by Stacey Sharman. Berkeley, CA.

Northwest by Stacey Sharman. Berkeley, CA.

Northwest by Stacey Sharman. Berkeley, CA.

Tuning Fork #13 by Heather Pregger. Fort Worth, TX.

Tuning Fork #13 by Heather Pregger. Fort Worth, TX.

Tuning Fork #13 by Heather Pregger. Fort Worth, TX.

Tuning Fork #13 by Heather Pregger. Fort Worth, TX.

Fade into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle. Denver, Colorado.

Fade into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle. Denver, Colorado.

Fade into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle. Denver, Colorado.

Fade into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle. Denver, Colorado.

Yin Yang by Serena Brooks. Los Angeles, CA.

Yin Yang by Serena Brooks. Los Angeles, CA.

Yin Yang by Serena Brooks. Los Angeles, CA.

Yin Yang by Serena Brooks. Los Angeles, CA.

Intersection by Neva Asinari. Hillsborough, NJ.

Intersection by Neva Asinari. Hillsborough, NJ.

Intersection by Neva Asinari. Hillsborough, NJ.

Intersection by Neva Asinari. Hillsborough, NJ.

Improvisation by Patricia Lutteral. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Improvisation by Patricia Lutteral. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Improvisation by Patricia Lutteral. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Improvisation by Patricia Lutteral. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Infinite Whispers by Jennifer Chon. Shadow Hills, CA.

Infinite Whispers by Jennifer Chon. Shadow Hills, CA.

Infinite Whispers by Jennifer Chon. Shadow Hills, CA.

Infinite Whispers by Jennifer Chon. Shadow Hills, CA.

In Anniston by Chawne Kimber. Easton, PA.

In Anniston by Chawne Kimber. Easton, PA.

In Anniston by Chawne Kimber. Easton, PA.

In Anniston by Chawne Kimber. Easton, PA.

Abby's Abstract II by Amanda Jean Nyberg. Clearwater, MN.

Abby’s Abstract II by Amanda Jean Nyberg. Clearwater, MN.

Abby's Abstract II by Amanda Jean Nyberg. Clearwater, MN.

Abby’s Abstract II by Amanda Jean Nyberg. Clearwater, MN.

Untitled (Improv Half-Log Cabin) by Heather Jones. Springboro, Ohio.

Untitled (Improv Half-Log Cabin) by Heather Jones. Springboro, Ohio.

Untitled (Improv Half-Log Cabin) by Heather Jones. Springboro, Ohio.

Untitled (Improv Half-Log Cabin) by Heather Jones. Springboro, Ohio.

Fade into Black by Sarah Lowry. Carrborro, North Carolina.

Fade into Black by Sarah Lowry. Carrborro, North Carolina.

Fade into Black by Sarah Lowry. Carrborro, North Carolina.

Fade into Black by Sarah Lowry. Carrborro, North Carolina.

Kelly Quilt by Maritza Soto. Cambridge, MA.

Kelly Quilt by Maritza Soto. Cambridge, MA.

Kelly Quilt by Maritza Soto. Cambridge, MA.

Kelly Quilt by Maritza Soto. Cambridge, MA.

A Dance for Emily by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

A Dance for Emily by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

A Dance for Emily by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

A Dance for Emily by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

From This Day Forward by Tina Michalik. Santa Cruz, CA.

From This Day Forward by Tina Michalik. Santa Cruz, CA.

From This Day Forward by Tina Michalik. Santa Cruz, CA.

From This Day Forward by Tina Michalik. Santa Cruz, CA.

Mosaic by Pamela Rocco. Santa Cruz, CA. Quilted by Susan Spencer.

Mosaic by Pamela Rocco. Santa Cruz, CA. Quilted by Susan Spencer.

Mosaic by Pamela Rocco. Santa Cruz, CA. Quilted by Susan Spencer.

Mosaic by Pamela Rocco. Santa Cruz, CA. Quilted by Susan Spencer.

Full Bloom by Latifah Saafir. Los Angeles, CA.

Full Bloom by Latifah Saafir. Los Angeles, CA.

Full Bloom by Latifah Saafir. Los Angeles, CA.

Full Bloom by Latifah Saafir. Los Angeles, CA.

Face #1 by Melissa Averinos. West Barnstable, MA. Judge's Choice, QuiltCon 2015.

Face #1 by Melissa Averinos. West Barnstable, MA. Judge’s Choice, QuiltCon 2015.

Face #1 by Melissa Averinos. West Barnstable, MA. Judge's Choice, QuiltCon 2015.

Face #1 by Melissa Averinos. West Barnstable, MA. Judge’s Choice, QuiltCon 2015.

For Tanya by Emily Coffey. Lane Junaluska, NC. Judge's Choice, QuiltCon 2015

For Tanya by Emily Coffey. Lane Junaluska, NC. Judge’s Choice, QuiltCon 2015

For Tanya by Emily Coffey. Lane Junaluska, NC. Judge's Choice, QuiltCon 2015

For Tanya by Emily Coffey. Lane Junaluska, NC. Judge’s Choice, QuiltCon 2015

This Way by Tricia Royal. Chicago, IL. 3rd Place, Improvisation category, QuiltCon 2015

This Way by Tricia Royal. Chicago, IL. 3rd Place, Improvisation category, QuiltCon 2015

Aleph Bet by Serena Brooks. Los Angeles, CA. 2nd Place Improvisation category, QuiltCon 2015.

Aleph Bet by Serena Brooks. Los Angeles, CA. 2nd Place Improvisation category, QuiltCon 2015.

Aleph Bet by Serena Brooks. Los Angeles, CA. 2nd Place Improvisation category, QuiltCon 2015.

Aleph Bet by Serena Brooks. Los Angeles, CA. 2nd Place Improvisation category, QuiltCon 2015.

The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnle. Monroe, NY. 1st Place Improvisation Category, QuiltCon 2015

The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnle. Monroe, NY. 1st Place Improvisation Category, QuiltCon 2015

The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnle. Monroe, NY. 1st Place Improvisation Category, QuiltCon 2015

The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnle. Monroe, NY. 1st Place Improvisation Category, QuiltCon 2015

QuiltCon 2015: The Improvisation category quilts, Part 1

One of my favorite categories, here are half of the quilts from the Improvisation category this year at QuiltCon 2015. The other half, including the prize winners will be up next post. Several of these quilts were also test quilts from Sherri Lynn Wood‘s new improvisational quilting book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. We’ll be giving you a preview of that also here on the Plaid Portico in a few posts. It’s really wonderful.

Please enjoy all the joy in these quilts!

You Can't Rush Art by Amanda Jean Nyberg. Clearwater, Minnesota.

You Can’t Rush Art by Amanda Jean Nyberg. Clearwater, Minnesota.

You Can't Rush Art by Amanda Jean Nyberg. Clearwater, Minnesota.

You Can’t Rush Art by Amanda Jean Nyberg. Clearwater, Minnesota.

Sunburst Quilt by Tara Faughnan. Oakland, CA.

Sunburst Quilt by Tara Faughnan. Oakland, CA.

Sunburst Quilt by Tara Faughnan. Oakland, CA.

Sunburst Quilt by Tara Faughnan. Oakland, CA.

Score for Modern Block Improv: Flying Geese by Sherri Lynn Wood. Oakland, California.

Score for Modern Block Improv: Flying Geese by Sherri Lynn Wood. Oakland, California.

Score for Modern Block Improv: Flying Geese by Sherri Lynn Wood. Oakland, California.

Score for Modern Block Improv: Flying Geese by Sherri Lynn Wood. Oakland, California.

Entropy by Elisa Albury. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Entropy by Elisa Albury. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Entropy by Elisa Albury. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Entropy by Elisa Albury. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lite Brite by Maria Shell. Anchorage, Alaska.

Lite Brite by Maria Shell. Anchorage, Alaska.

Lite Brite by Maria Shell. Anchorage, Alaska.

Lite Brite by Maria Shell. Anchorage, Alaska.

Bird's Eye View by Nathalie Bearden. The Woodlands, Texas.

Bird’s Eye View by Nathalie Bearden. The Woodlands, Texas.

Bird's Eye View by Nathalie Bearden. The Woodlands, Texas.

Bird’s Eye View by Nathalie Bearden. The Woodlands, Texas.

Spiraling Out of Control by Christa Watson. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Spiraling Out of Control by Christa Watson. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Spiraling Out of Control by Christa Watson. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Spiraling Out of Control by Christa Watson. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Folded Flock by Jenna Brand. Dexter, Michigan

Folded Flock by Jenna Brand. Dexter, Michigan

Folded Flock by Jenna Brand. Dexter, Michigan

Folded Flock by Jenna Brand. Dexter, Michigan

I'm a Fan of Fabric by Rachel Kerley. Hillsboro, Oregon.

I’m a Fan of Fabric by Rachel Kerley. Hillsboro, Oregon.

I'm a Fan of Fabric by Rachel Kerley. Hillsboro, Oregon.

I’m a Fan of Fabric by Rachel Kerley. Hillsboro, Oregon.

Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Shifting Impressions by Marianne Haak. St. Albert, Alberta, Canada.

Shifting Impressions by Marianne Haak. St. Albert, Alberta, Canada.

Shifting Impressions by Marianne Haak. St. Albert, Alberta, Canada.

Shifting Impressions by Marianne Haak. St. Albert, Alberta, Canada.

Mahjong by Leslie Schmidt. Brooklyn, New York, Quilted by Cami Cress (aaquilting.com)

Mahjong by Leslie Schmidt. Brooklyn, New York, Quilted by Cami Cress (aaquilting.com)

Mahjong by Leslie Schmidt. Brooklyn, New York, Quilted by Cami Cress (aaquilting.com)

Mahjong by Leslie Schmidt. Brooklyn, New York, Quilted by Cami Cress (aaquilting.com)

Tune in Next Week by Chawne Kimber. Easton, Pennsylvania.

Tune in Next Week by Chawne Kimber. Easton, Pennsylvania.

Tune in Next Week by Chawne Kimber. Easton, Pennsylvania.

Tune in Next Week by Chawne Kimber. Easton, Pennsylvania.

Pickle Jars by Jamie Gonce. San Mateo, California.

Pickle Jars by Jamie Gonce. San Mateo, California.

Pickle Jars by Jamie Gonce. San Mateo, California.

Pickle Jars by Jamie Gonce. San Mateo, California.

Through the Open Window by Amy Anderson. Asheville, North Carolina.

Through the Open Window by Amy Anderson. Asheville, North Carolina.

Through the Open Window by Amy Anderson. Asheville, North Carolina.

Through the Open Window by Amy Anderson. Asheville, North Carolina.

Shades of Grey by Terry Aske. New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Shades of Grey by Terry Aske. New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Shades of Grey by Terry Aske. New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Shades of Grey by Terry Aske. New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Emerald City by Charlotte Newland. London, England. UK.

Emerald City by Charlotte Newland. London, England. UK.

Emerald City by Charlotte Newland. London, England. UK.

Emerald City by Charlotte Newland. London, England. UK.

Off Centre by Andres Rosales. Ventura, California.

Off Centre by Andres Rosales. Ventura, California.

Off Centre by Andres Rosales. Ventura, California.

Off Centre by Andres Rosales. Ventura, California.

The White Quilt by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

The White Quilt by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

The White Quilt by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

The White Quilt by Shannon Page. Dallas, Texas.

Modern Sunset by Lauren Palmer. Lexington, Kentucky.

Modern Sunset by Lauren Palmer. Lexington, Kentucky.

Modern Sunset by Lauren Palmer. Lexington, Kentucky.

Modern Sunset by Lauren Palmer. Lexington, Kentucky.

Wild Geese by Penny Gold. Galesburg Illinois.

Wild Geese by Penny Gold. Galesburg Illinois.

Wild Geese by Penny Gold. Galesburg Illinois.

Wild Geese by Penny Gold. Galesburg Illinois.

Blocks from the Crayon Box by Carolyn Griffith. Abilene, Texas.

Blocks from the Crayon Box by Carolyn Griffith. Abilene, Texas.

Blocks from the Crayon Box by Carolyn Griffith. Abilene, Texas.

Blocks from the Crayon Box by Carolyn Griffith. Abilene, Texas.

Las Ventasas by Kristin Shields. Bend Oregon.

Las Ventasas by Kristin Shields. Bend Oregon.

Las Ventasas by Kristin Shields. Bend Oregon.

Las Ventasas by Kristin Shields. Bend Oregon.

Arne by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

Arne by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

Arne by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

Arne by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

Transposition by Anne Hammond

Transposition by Anne Hammond

Transposition by Anne Hammond

Transposition by Anne Hammond

Primary by Elisa Albury. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Primary by Elisa Albury. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Primary by Elisa Albury. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Primary by Elisa Albury. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rainbow Remix by Rebecca Bryan. Wildwood, Missouri.

Rainbow Remix by Rebecca Bryan. Wildwood, Missouri.

Rainbow Remix by Rebecca Bryan. Wildwood, Missouri.

Rainbow Remix by Rebecca Bryan. Wildwood, Missouri.

Gradient by Alys Gagnon. Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia.

Gradient by Alys Gagnon. Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia.

Gradient by Alys Gagnon. Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia.

Gradient by Alys Gagnon. Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia.

 

QuiltCon-Modern Traditionalism

Now we have quilts from the Modern Traditionalism category from the QuiltCon exhibition.  We will follow in the coming weeks with all the categories, and then the special exhibits. I’ll be putting the prize winners for each category at the end in case you’re wondering! The rest of the quilts are in a random order.

These quilts are as described– modern but incorporating a traditional quilt block pattern.   Entrants to the show could submit as many quilts as they wanted, and after they were selected, the quilts were put into categories by QuiltCon. What makes them “modern”? Always a good discussion. For this purpose QuiltCon describes modernizing as “applying design elements such as alternate grid work, asymmetry, color, scale.”

Next up after this, we will have all the quilts from the Improvisation category. While you’re waiting, feast on Modern Traditionalism:

Half Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan, Oakland, California

Half Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan, Oakland, California

Half Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan, Oakland, California

Half Square Triangles by Tara Faughnan, Oakland, California

Freeflow by Lee Heinrich, Mequon, Wisconsin, quilted by Anne Books

Freeflow by Lee Heinrich, Mequon, Wisconsin, quilted by Anne Books

Freeflow by Lee Heinrich, Mequon, Wisconsin, quilted by Anne Books

Freeflow by Lee Heinrich, Mequon, Wisconsin, quilted by Anne Books

Spiderweb by Leslie Schmidt, Brooklyn, NY. Quilted by Cami Cress, aaquilting.com

Spiderweb by Leslie Schmidt, Brooklyn, NY. Quilted by Cami Cress, aaquilting.com

Spiderweb by Leslie Schmidt, Brooklyn, NY. Quilted by Cami Cress, aaquilting.com

Spiderweb by Leslie Schmidt, Brooklyn, NY. Quilted by Cami Cress, aaquilting.com

Under the Sea by Barbara Cline, Bridgewater, Virginia

Under the Sea by Barbara Cline, Bridgewater, Virginia

Under the Sea by Barbara Cline, Bridgewater, Virginia

Under the Sea by Barbara Cline, Bridgewater, Virginia

Steps by Carrie Strine, Forest Hills, New York

Steps by Carrie Strine, Forest Hills, New York

Steps by Carrie Strine, Forest Hills, New York

Steps by Carrie Strine, Forest Hills, New York

Harlequin Star by Ara Jane Olufson, Seattle, WA

Harlequin Star by Ara Jane Olufson, Seattle, WA

Harlequin Star by Ara Jane Olufson, Seattle, WA

Harlequin Star by Ara Jane Olufson, Seattle, WA

Absent Minded by Lauren Palmer, Lexington, Kentucky

Absent Minded by Lauren Palmer, Lexington, Kentucky

Absent Minded by Lauren Palmer, Lexington, Kentucky

Absent Minded by Lauren Palmer, Lexington, Kentucky

Melon Ice by Amy Friend. West Newbury, Massachusetts.

Melon Ice by Amy Friend. West Newbury, Massachusetts.

Melon Ice by Amy Friend. West Newbury, Massachusetts.

Melon Ice by Amy Friend. West Newbury, Massachusetts.

Modern Amish II by Mickey Beebe. Santa Cruz, California. Quilted by Toni McAuliffe.

Modern Amish II by Mickey Beebe. Santa Cruz, California. Quilted by Toni McAuliffe.

Modern Amish II by Mickey Beebe. Santa Cruz, California. Quilted by Toni McAuliffe.

Modern Amish II by Mickey Beebe. Santa Cruz, California. Quilted by Toni McAuliffe.

Modern Chevron Remix by Cynthia Whitten. Ladera Ranch, California. Quilted by Helen Baczynski.

Modern Chevron Remix by Cynthia Whitten. Ladera Ranch, California. Quilted by Helen Baczynski.

Apples Stars by Amy Garro, Indianapolis, Indiana. Quilted by Emily Sessions.

Apples Stars by Amy Garro, Indianapolis, Indiana. Quilted by Emily Sessions.

Apples Stars by Amy Garro, Indianapolis, Indiana. Quilted by Emily Sessions.

Apples Stars by Amy Garro, Indianapolis, Indiana. Quilted by Emily Sessions.

Color in Flight by Cynthia Whitten. Ladera Ranch, California. Quilted by Helen Baczynski.

Color in Flight by Cynthia Whitten. Ladera Ranch, California. Quilted by Helen Baczynski.

Color in Flight by Cynthia Whitten. Ladera Ranch, California. Quilted by Helen Baczynski.

Color in Flight by Cynthia Whitten. Ladera Ranch, California. Quilted by Helen Baczynski.

Wavelength by Lee Heinrich. Mequon, Wisconsin.

Wavelength by Lee Heinrich. Mequon, Wisconsin.

Wavelength by Lee Heinrich. Mequon, Wisconsin.

Wavelength by Lee Heinrich. Mequon, Wisconsin.

Modern Lily Bean by Claire Jain, Austin, Texas

Modern Lily Bean by Claire Jain, Austin, Texas

Modern Lily Bean by Claire Jain, Austin, Texas

Modern Lily Bean by Claire Jain, Austin, Texas

Anni by Jaime David. Roeland Park, Kansas.

Anni by Jaime David. Roeland Park, Kansas.

Anni by Jaime David. Roeland Park, Kansas.

Anni by Jaime David. Roeland Park, Kansas.

Woodcut by Holly DeGroot. Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Woodcut by Holly DeGroot. Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Woodcut by Holly DeGroot. Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Woodcut by Holly DeGroot. Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Prill by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

Prill by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

Prill by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

Prill by Rossie Hutchinson. Manchester, Michigan.

Gypsy Wife by Catherine Mosely. Cameron Park, New South Wales, Australia.

Gypsy Wife by Catherine Mosely. Cameron Park, New South Wales, Australia.

Gypsy Wife by Catherine Mosely. Cameron Park, New South Wales, Australia.

Gypsy Wife by Catherine Mosely. Cameron Park, New South Wales, Australia.

Fifty Shades of Geese by Patricia Roche, Chandler, AZ

Fifty Shades of Geese by Patricia Roche, Chandler, AZ

Fifty Shades of Geese by Patricia Roche, Chandler, AZ

Fifty Shades of Geese by Patricia Roche, Chandler, AZ

Sunset by Corinne Sovey, Austin, Texas

Sunset by Corinne Sovey, Austin, Texas

Sunset by Corinne Sovey, Austin, Texas

Sunset by Corinne Sovey, Austin, Texas

Spiced Chai Quilt by Katie Blakesley, Portland, Oregon

Spiced Chai Quilt by Katie Blakesley, Portland, Oregon

Spiced Chai Quilt by Katie Blakesley, Portland, Oregon

Spiced Chai Quilt by Katie Blakesley, Portland, Oregon

Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabok, Attleboro, MA

Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabok, Attleboro, MA

Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabok, Attleboro, MA

Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabok, Attleboro, MA

Back to Basics by Melissa Corry, Cedar City, Utah

Back to Basics by Melissa Corry, Cedar City, Utah

Back to Basics by Melissa Corry, Cedar City, Utah

Back to Basics by Melissa Corry, Cedar City, Utah

Grand Pineapple Dichotomy by Alison Lee, Raleigh, NC

Grand Pineapple Dichotomy by Alison Lee, Raleigh, NC

Grand Pineapple Dichotomy by Alison Lee, Raleigh, NC

Grand Pineapple Dichotomy by Alison Lee, Raleigh, NC

Untitled by Lindsay Stead, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Untitled by Lindsay Stead, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Untitled by Lindsay Stead, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Untitled by Lindsay Stead, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sunrise Sunset by Katherine Dithmer, League City. TX. Pieced and quilted by Christina Powell.

Sunrise Sunset by Katherine Dithmer, League City. TX. Pieced and quilted by Christina Powell.

Sunrise Sunset by Katherine Dithmer, League City. TX. Pieced and quilted by Christina Powell.

Sunrise Sunset by Katherine Dithmer, League City. TX. Pieced and quilted by Christina Powell.

Ducks in a Row by Rebecca Bryan, Wildwood, MS. Quilted by Angela Walters.

Ducks in a Row by Rebecca Bryan, Wildwood, MS. Quilted by Angela Walters.

Ducks in a Row by Rebecca Bryan, Wildwood, MS. Quilted by Angela Walters.

Ducks in a Row by Rebecca Bryan, Wildwood, MS. Quilted by Angela Walters.

LeMoyne Mum by Melinda Bazzelle, Lewisville, TX. Quilted by Dina Dye.

LeMoyne Mum by Melinda Bazzelle, Lewisville, TX. Quilted by Dina Dye.

LeMoyne Mum by Melinda Bazzelle, Lewisville, TX. Quilted by Dina Dye.

LeMoyne Mum by Melinda Bazzelle, Lewisville, TX. Quilted by Dina Dye.

Star Bright by Faith Jones, Lisle, Illinois

Star Bright by Faith Jones, Lisle, Illinois

Star Bright by Faith Jones, Lisle, Illinois

Star Bright by Faith Jones, Lisle, Illinois

Aqua by Nathalie Bearden, The Woodlands, Texas

Aqua by Nathalie Bearden, The Woodlands, Texas

Aqua by Nathalie Bearden, The Woodlands, Texas

Aqua by Nathalie Bearden, The Woodlands, Texas

Fly Away by Heather Jones, Springboro, OH

Fly Away by Heather Jones, Springboro, OH

Fly Away by Heather Jones, Springboro, OH

Fly Away by Heather Jones, Springboro, OH

Refresh by Anna Boenish, Seattle, WA

Refresh by Anna Boenish, Seattle, WA. 3rd Place, Modern Traditionalism Category, QuiltCon 2015

Refresh by Anna Boenish, Seattle, WA

Refresh by Anna Boenish, Seattle, WA. 3rd Place, Modern Traditionalism Category, QuiltCon 2015

Deconstructed Lonestar by Amy Struckmeyer, Oak Park, Illinois.

Deconstructed Lonestar by Amy Struckmeyer, Oak Park, Illinois. 2nd Place, Modern Traditionalsim category, QuiltCon 2015.

Deconstructed Lonestar by Amy Struckmeyer, Oak Park, Illinois.

Deconstructed Lonestar by Amy Struckmeyer, Oak Park, Illinois. 2nd Place, Modern Traditionalsim category, QuiltCon 2015.

Long Island Modern Sampler by Kim Soper, Centerport, New York

Long Island Modern Sampler by Kim Soper, Centerport, New York. 1st place Modern Traditionalism Category. QuiltCon 2015.

Long Island Modern Sampler by Kim Soper, Centerport, New York

Long Island Modern Sampler by Kim Soper, Centerport, New York. 1st place Modern Traditionalism Category. QuiltCon 2015.