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In "Quilting with a Modern Slant" (Storey Publishing, January 2014), avid quilter Rachel May profiles dozens of fabric crafters who are experimenting with traditional colors and techniques –– pushing the craft forward with innovative stitching and graphic patterns.
Here are a few of my favorites from the book. Maybe you'll find some modern inspiration of your own.
–– Crafts Editorial Director Marcie McGoldrick
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Sky.KS.Nov by Kim Eichler-Messmer features strips of hand-dyed cotton that have a lovely landscape quality to them.
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Monica Ripley's Color Exploration
A potter and art instructor, Monica Ripley uses quilting as a way to explore color and pattern. The range of colors in the vertical stripes contrasts beautifully with the light background.
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"Tokyo Subway Map"
This mazelike quilt was created by Elizabeth Hartman of the quilting blog Oh, Fransson! I really like the way the colors shift and interact. It's such a beautiful color study.
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Modern Retro Quilt
Kathreen Ricketson describes her style as "Modern Retro," a combo of new and old that could also describe the concept of the entire book. The highlights here are the graphic pattern and texture created by the stitching technique.
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Kyoung Ae Cho's quilt uses white space to dramatic effect and shows off her signature technique. Each of the leaves is real! They're stiched in between the layers of fabric, so she incorporates elements from nature into her work. I appreciate the simplicity of the stitching, which allows you to really focus on the concept and design.
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Japanese quilter Yoshiko Jinzenji's fiber works have been inspiring other quilters with her fiber art for more than 30 years. The colorful graphic elements in this one convey a story through small, intricate graphics and a quilting technique she calls "embossment."
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Color and pattern play together in Debbie Grifka's kalidescopic quilt "Spin Cycle." I love the simplicity of the graphic. It feels traditional, but the proportions and color make it decidedly more modern.