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The Modern Quilt Guild presents the Best of QuiltCon 2018, a collection of modern quilts from QuiltCon, the guild’s annual, worldwide conference and show held in February 2018 in Pasadena, California, USA. This inspiring exhibit showcases the best work of modern quilters today. Graphic and hip, these quilts represent the pinnacle of craftsmanship and design in today’s modern quilting movement.

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The MQG developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. The founding guild was formed in Los Angeles in October of 2009. Through blogs and the Internet, word spread quickly of the fun they were having, and soon guilds started popping up everywhere. There are now more than 200 guilds around the world with members on six continents.

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Sliced Circles by Karen Lee, Portland Modern Quilt Guild

Category: Minimalist Design

From the maker: Each block consists of a pieced, inset oval, sliced, with strips shifted and sewn back together to form the appearance of a sliced circle. I chose a neutral, yet interesting background fabric and a subtle print in a bold color to emphasize the deconstructed circle shape.

Techniques: Machine pieced, machine quilted on a frame – the needle moved over the stationary quilt (such as a long-arm machine). I learned the skill of piecing complex curves in a Portland MQG class taught by Stephanie Ruyle of the Denver Metro MQG. (This was not a class project and is an original design.)

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She Was Warned by Harvatine Burbank, Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild

Category: Handwork

From the maker: This quilt was inspired by Elizabeth Warren and all of the other women who stand up and fight and resist and persist in the United States of America. I hand quilted the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted” over and over again, in the penmanship of 60 different American women and the larger, white writing is my own, appliqued onto the quilt top. We persist, as does our country.

Techniques: Hand appliquéd, hand quilted, machine pieced, Improvisational piecing

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The Switzerland Quilt by Vicky Mueller, Individual member MQG

Category: Piecing

From the maker: The Switzerland Quilt’ puts a spin on the classical composition of a main subject on a neutral backdrop. Instead of putting a focus design on a light background, the dark mountain motif is set on a lively background that shifts from cold to warm colors. Each color group is represented by one pastel and one saturated shade, as to add depth to the design. This evokes a picture of a diverse Swiss landscape as those inspiring this quilt.

The Switzerland quilt is composed of equilateral triangles pieced with the foundation paper piecing method. It was sewn and quilted on a small home sewing machine.

Techniques: Machine pieced, machine quilted without a frame – the quilt moved under the stationary needle (such as a domestic machine or mid-arm that is not on a frame), paper pieced.

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Pivoted Plaid by Cassandra Beaver, Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild

Category: Use of Negative Space

From the maker: The quilting design for Pivoted Plaid was the first part of the design process, and it determined how the quilt top would be pieced. The matchstick quilting in a variety of thread weights creates the design with a small amount of piecing playing a strong supporting role. The simple piecing allows the stitching to activate the negative space and bring to life a nearly blank canvas.

Technique: Machine pieced, machine quilted without a frame – the quilt moved under the stationary needle (such as a domestic machine or mid-arm that is not on a frame)

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Orange Pop by Sophie Zaugg, Individual member MQG

Category: Small Quilts

From the maker: I designed Orange Pop for the magazine of the French guild, France Patchwork. My intention was to offer to the guild members a pattern of a small and simple quilt which include some features of the Modern Quilting movement such as asymmetry, contrast and negative space. I was inspired by the traditional Drunkard’s Path block.

Techniques: Hand appliquéd, machine pieced, machine quilted without a frame – the quilt moved under the stationary needle (such as a domestic machine or midarm that is not on a frame)

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Mod Garden by Jack Weise, Individual member MQG

Category: Modern Traditionalism

From the maker: ‘I attempted to transform a traditional double tulip quilt block into a more modern graphic by using only two colors in the block. As an architect, I am trained to design in plan and elevation views and this has carried through into my quilt design.

Through the traditional lines in the pieced blocks, the tulip is seen in elevation view. The quilting hints at a tulip in plan view with the stitches defining the extent of the petals and the colored square representing the bulb. The two views of the flower provide a new twist on the “double tulip”.

Techniques: Hand quilted, machine pieced, paper pieced

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Mod Drunk by Wanda Dotson, Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild

Category: Modern Traditionalism

From the maker: ‘Mod Drunk explores the design element, EMPHASIS, as part of Savor Each Stitch Book Bee. The project from Carolyn Friedlander’s book involved a block with 10 pieces. By changing the color of each piece she changed which part stood out. I had observed a quilting friend’s traditional block sampler and mused about how the Drunkard’s Path stood out, and I liked it a lot. I started making quarter circles and experimented with changing the emphasis in this traditional block to make something unique. The hand quilting also explores emphasis by using the same color thread in the background grey.

Techniques: Hand quilted, machine pieced

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Going Up by Stephanie Skardal, Individual Member MQG

Category: American Patchwork & Quilting
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From the maker: Inspired to create unexpected shapes with negative space in traditional (but large) log cabin blocks, Going Up mixes the hard of high contrast and graphic lines with the organic look of essex linen and straight-line quilting. This original design was created in Photoshop and machine quilted on a domestic machine.

Techniques: Machine pieced, machine quilted without a frame – the quilt moved under the stationary needle (such as a domestic machine or mid-arm that is not on a frame)

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Color Grid 01 by Kari Anderson, Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild

Category: Improvisation

From the maker: My first foray into improv quilting maintains a clear organization while allowing for play of color, rectangles, and the occasional angle. I simply wanted to explore form and colour – using only fabric from my stash – to discover possibilities for creating depth and playing with continuity and interruption. Each block is like a stand-alone mini quilt, but together they develop relationships across the final layout. The resulting pattern, while abstract in design, suggests the grid of a city or architectural elements, among other things.

Techniques: Machine pieced, machine quilted without a frame – the quilt moved under the stationary needle (such as a domestic machine or mid-arm that is not on a frame)

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