Riley Blake Challenge – A bit of Tradition, A bit of Whimsy

Riley Blake Challenge November 2013 2

A traditional basket, the basket and background quilted first, then the Riley Blake print “flowers” added using Cristy Fincher’s applique’ technique. Get a load of the quilting texture! I love, love, love the way this little baby turned out! It is destined for a raffle of small quilts in the spring, but I’m sorely tempted to keep it…

Modern Quilting vs Traditional Quilting

Starburst at NW Quilters Show 2013

I recently spent three exhilarating days at the International Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon.  I spent half of my time in presentations and classes led by authors, pattern designers, fabric designers, and tool makers and the other half of my time wandering the unending aisles of vendors.  The presentations and classes were led by a “who’s who” in the quilting world.  My favorites:  Jinny Beyer, Angela Walters, Bill Kerr, McKenna Ryan, Jodi Barrows, Penny Haren, Tula Pink.  It was a hoot to see in person the “Sew-lebrities” that I’ve been following, in some cases, for years!  From my personal list of favorites, you might see that while I’m firmly rooted in traditional quilting, I’m also drawn to the modern quilting movement.

Where is the excitement?  Modern quilting!

What do I love about modern quilting?  Dense, texturizing quilting that forms an integral part of the overall effect, thanks to large amounts of light colored negative space in modern quilt designs.

Where is the opportunity?  Is there a place in the modern quilting phenomenon for the traditional quilter?  Can there be a melding of the modern and the traditional in a way that inspires traditional quilters with something new, while still honoring their traditional roots?  I think the answer is, “Yes!”

This is my “Starburst” quilt, inspired by “Spin Doctor” from In the Studio with Angela Walters, by Angela Walters.  The design is modern, because it is not created with identically repeated and placed pieces, though the general shape of each wedge is the same.  The fabrics, on the other hand, are traditional.  Many of them are Jinny Beyer fabrics and I used her book, Color Confidence for Quilters, to tie together burgundy, bright red, and gold (the colors chosen by my 13-year old son for his room).  This quilt allowed plenty of room to showcase my quilting in the large open spaces around the burst of colored fabrics.

How about you?  Do you think a melding is possible?  Please share an example!