So today’s blog post is not the one I intended I write! I had planned to continue my series of posts on modern quilts with an exploration into design aesthetic but I am going to postpone that one.
Last weekend saw the 7th Annual British Stitch and Quilt Village running at Uttoxeter racecourse and this is only one of two shows in the UK that has a Modern Category for the competition quilts, the other being Festival of Quilts.
There were 15 entries in all and I thought I would share them with you. It just so happens that mine is the first one to see but I am doing them numerically!!
Q3-45 Mini to Maxi – Churn Dash by Abigail Sheridan de Graaff – Awarded 1st Place
Q3-46 All the Colours of the Sun by Janet French
Q3 -47 Improv 9-Patch Hilary Jackson – Awarded 2nd Place
Q3-48 Confetti Hearts by Stephanie Payne
Q3-49 Fresh for Spring by Margaret Palmer
Q3-50 Instagram Fun by Hilary Jackson
Q3-51 Modern Circles by Heather Hasthorpe
Q3-52 Tribute to Kadinsky by Eleanor Marsden
Q3-53 Leaf Fall by Sheila Curtis
Q3-54 Log-a-Rhythm by Susan Brown – Awarded 3rd Place
Q3-55 Pushing Boundaries by Louise Clark
Q3-56 Serenity by Alison Stothard
Q3-57 Never Underestimate the Small by Birgit Schueller
Q3-58 A Modern Sampler by Anne McSkimming
Q3-59 Bright & Cheerful by Patricia Mason
The other thing that was great to see, from a modern quilter’s point of view, was modern quilts in other categories. In fact they were placed 2nd and 3rd in the Miniature Category:
Q5-83 Modern Mini by Arlene McLeish – Awarded 2nd Place
Q5-76 Teeny Tiny Rainbow by Abigail Sheridan de Graaff – Awarded 3rd Place
If you want to read more about this little quilt then head on over here.
Even the 1st Place quilt in the Traditional Category had a modern feel:
Q1-4 Rainbow Splash by Claudia Taeubert
and the Overall Show Winner was entered into the Contemporary Category, where it came 1st, but could also have been entered into Modern:
Q2-40 Hole Cloth by Birgit Schueller
So you can see modern quilts can be oh so many things. But, as I said right at the start, it really is best not to get hung up on labels and just make quilts that you enjoy making and love at the end!