The Circus Improv Quilt

What fun! Several of the Modern Quilt Guilds in the San Francisco Bay area were invited to participate in a curated special exhibition called Amish: the Modern Muse.  It was to accompany the main exhibition, Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection at The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The Plaid Portico will be covering that exhibition in total in the next few weeks. Preview: AMAZING! And it goes until March 1st 2015 so if you are anywhere in the area, it is a must see.

And before I also cover Amish: the Modern Muse, I will show you the quilt I made and tell you a little about it.  The challenge was to do a modern take on the Amish quilt traditions.  I wanted to start with a traditional Amish quilt block and then,  have it become more and more improv as the quilt went down. And I couldn’t resist some stripes at the bottom.

I used all Andover Fabrics Inc. textured solids.  They have this nice weave to them that I thought would make it feel more like I was using traditional woven fabric. It’s slightly thicker than quilting cotton and has a softness after it’s washed. Sort of like a woven flannel. I was going to use traditional Amish colors, then I decided to go more random and scrappy and use colors I had left over from coordinating fabrics to my Pop Rox collection.  In the end the colors reminded me of a circus so I named it Circus Improv.

I quilted it myself very simply and the only thing that made sense to me with this piecing was stitch-in-the-ditch. So voila, the 6th quilt I’ve made. There are plenty more in the works though. I am quite honored to be in the show with many really fantastic quilts which I am excited to show you, so stay tuned… And thank you for allowing me to share my humble quilting journey with you!

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solids

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt

back of Circus Improv by Carol Van Zandt using Andover textured solid

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