Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fun with strips: Interleave quilts

Lorrie Faith Cranor specializes in the application of mathematical and computing skills to quilt design. Dr. Cranor is Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and an innovator in the modern quilting world (for our 2010 post on Lorrie Cranor's quilts, click here.)  Her complex-looking Interleave quilts are pieced using a quilt-as-you-go technique in which thin strips of fabric are sewn to a foundation. The resulting strips are 1/2" wide.

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Interleave #4: Sine of Spring, 24″x31″, by Lorrie Faith Cranor


Lorrie Cranor's free tutorial inspired members of the Imagine That! Mini Group* of the Diablo Valley Quilters' Guild to create their own dynamic Interleave quilts.  Their fabulous, colorful creations were exhibited at the 2015 DVQG show.



(this quilt was hung around the corner of a booth, hence the curved appearance)

(this quilt was hung around the corner of a booth, hence the curved appearance)





(this quilt was hung around the corner of a booth, hence the curved appearance)

Note: To make it easier to stitch perfectly even strips, Lorrie has designed foundation fabric with a printed 1/4" grid, now available at Spoonflower!

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.  The members of the Imagine That! Group who participated in the Interleave mini quilt challenge were:  Carol Wattles, Pamela Appel, Cindy Slavick, Patty Flynn, Rosemary Patterson, Lois Russell, Karen Mack, Faith Andresen, Sandra Brown and Linda Harding; led by Rosemary Patterson.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Modern Quilt Month 2016 - Part 3

Welcome to Modern Quilt Month 2016! We've enjoyed seeing the modern quilts at various shows, and summer is the perfect time to feature them. Here are modern quilts made with simple shapes, Kaffe Fassett and ombre fabrics, circles, stars, and Dresden fans.

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Meandering Thru Greece with Father Bob, 96 x 96", by Anne F. Zick


Anne Zick says, "This quilt was inspired during a class taught by Sally Frey [at a Quilter's Affair workshop] in Sisters, Oregon.  Anne, her husband, and Father Bob had just returned from a trip to Greece."  We enjoyed Anne's lovely hand quilting in the center of the strips.



Grisaille - Working in Shades of Gray by Margit Kagerer


The quilting makes this contemporary quilt shine.  Margit Kagerer says, "The commercial ombre gray fabric was a challenge for me since I usually work with colored prints. I free-motion quilted 26 pairs of curved and straight lines."  This quilt received Honorable Mention at the 2015 Arizona Quilters Guild show.


Circle Fun 2, 24 x 24", by Jackie Seidell


This quilt was featured at the 2016 Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County quilt show. Jackie Seidell says, "I learned this technique at a Thread Play class with Libby Lehman. I used the circular attachment for my machine, some machine embroidery stitches, and lots of free motion quilting."  We admired Jackie's beautiful design and feather wreath quilting.


Odin II by Sylvia Borschel Lewis (Utah)


Sylvia Borschel Lewis says, "This quilt evolved from the leftover parts of another quilt. I had the pieces tacked up on the design wall. Once I started to sew, it just flew together. When the top was pieced, I realized I had another boat! I titled this Odin II in honor of my father. He has loved sailing all his life and always named his boats Odin."


Star Burst, 96 x 96",  by Angela Mason (North Carolina), quilted by Pam Bowman


We love Angela's choice of gradated colors in these stars. Star Burst was inspired by the Binding Tool Star quilt pattern (at Missouri Star Quilt Company) and the quilt just kept getting bigger!   The beautiful quilting is by Pam Bowman.


Peacock, 98 x 98", by Joan Chao (Illinois), quilted by Anne Christopher


Peacock greens and blues were beautifully blended in this quilt.  Joan Chao says, "This quilt represents peacock feathers.  The Kaffe Fassett floral prints blend together for a homogeneous soothing effect."  The creative quilting was done by Anne Christopher.



Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 AQS QuiltWeek (Peacock, Star Burst, Meandering); the 2015 Arizona Quilters Guild show (Grisaille); the 2015 Springville (Utah) quilt show (Odin II); and the Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County (Circles 2).
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