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Colourful Modern Quilts

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  • Total submissions: 43
  • Total countries: 7
  • Total provinces: 3
  • Total states: 22

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A Modern Dresden A Modern Dresden
By: Petit Design Co, Alabama, USA

Made for the Flickr Doll Quilt Swap

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 18"

A Rainbow Trip Around the World A Rainbow Trip Around the World
By: mrslongarm, Pennsylvania, USA

I’ve always loved Amish quilts and was fascinated by their colors and “Sunshine and Shadow” quilts!
This is a more modern version . The first one I made years before was crazy: I did it one little square at a time…starting in the middle! ugh!

Quilt size: width: 96" height: 92"

Around the Block Sugar Pop Around the Block Sugar Pop
By: Olive Tree Textiles, Kentucky, USA

I am in love with this collection of fabrics, and thought they would make a beautiful baby quilt. This pattern is simple, modern, and fresh, and allows the fabrics to really stand out.

Quilt size: width: 40″" height: 48″"

Asian splash Asian splash
By: Judee Koda, California, USA

This easy lap quilt has 20 different Asian print fat quarters with a simple black sashing. It is being enjoyed now by a family member.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 78"

Black snowballs in a field of color Black snowballs in a field of color
By: joyce coley, Pennsylvania, USA

An assortment of African prints inspired this quilt, the black snowballs enhance the bright colors.

Quilt size: width: 61" height: 74"

Boarterstiid Boarterstiid
By: jelly Sloot, Netherlands

Het werd tijd om eens te spelen met lapjes, vormen en kleuren.

Quilt size: width: 38" height: 35"

Bright Sky Bright Sky
By: JennyDillyAnna, North Carolina, USA

Wonky liberated stars and flying geese fly across this quilt. Bright was a challenge piece using a Robert Kaufman 10 square with only one other fabric added.

Quilt size: width: 62" height: 66"

Broken Crayons Broken Crayons
By: Sharon Vrooman, New York, USA

I foundation pieced using a center diagonal strip of white and then sashed for a ‘broken’ look. This quilt was inspired by my grandson who learned his colors by matching “NaNa’s” few broken crayons with my bright noodle scraps. I quilted it with a serpentine design for added texture.

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 45"

Butterfly Bargello Butterfly Bargello
By: OrkaLoca, Italy

About 1 year ago I decided I wanted to try to dye fabric. I ended up with a batch of colorful fabrics and I’ve thought they would be great for a bargello. This is how my butterfly bargello was born.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 70"

Crazy Daisy Crazy Daisy
By: Tricia Lynn Maloney, Pennsylvania, USA

On a shop hop, I fell in love with the mod Eiffel Tower fabric and wanted it to be the focus fabric for my quilt (a 2010 vertical row class sample). I then had a blast purchasing lots and lots of coordinating fat quarters everywhere that I went. Defintely tres adorable!!!

Quilt size: width: 82″" height: 90″"

Fall Feelings Fall Feelings
By: Nancy Kelln, Alberta, Canada

A modern scrappy quilt inspired by the colours of fall.

Quilt size: width: 85" height: 90"

Fandango Stars Fandango Stars
By: Shawn, Pennsylvania, USA

I love wonky stars and never realized how pretty Fandango is until I made this quilt. Thank you Kate Spain!

Quilt size: width: 22" height: 48"

Flower Garden Flower Garden
By: Birdena Fleming, Ontario, Canada

I love Amy Butler fabrics, when I signed up for the quilt class I told them I wanted pinks in Amy Butler. When I saw all the fabrics I thought it “hmmm maybe I overdid it”. I couldnt be happier with results, I love how it turned out.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 57"

Freddies Snowmobile Quilt Freddies Snowmobile Quilt
By: Tammy Morel, Ontario, Canada

My cousin was hurt in a jump he was taking on his snowmobile, and the family asked me to make him a quilt. I had just started learning to sew but took on the challenge. With God’s help, I made applique pictures of him and ended up with this wonderful piece of art!

Quilt size: width: 72" height: 96"

Friendship Garden Friendship Garden
By: Lilac Lane, Kansas, USA

This quilt is called Friendship Garden. I used two vintage blocks popular in the 1930s, the Friendship Block and Grandmother’s Flower Garden. To make it modern, I used lots of bright fabric scraps and then toned them down with gray. I’ve been called the queen of making old new. :)

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 48"

Graduation Graduation
By: Susan, Pennsylvania, USA

This quilt was made for a special teenager when he graduated from high school. It is based on a Cherri House design.

Quilt size: width: 65" height: 85"

Holly's Quilt (Angela Martin) Holly’s Quilt (Angela Martin)
By: Angela Martin, Virginia, USA

I wanted to make something modern for my sister’s college graduation. I thought black and white would go with whatever bedroom she had. I added 1 color square for punch. Instead of quilting, I “tied” it by attaching buttons of assorted colors and sizes at each block’s intersection.

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 72"

Holly's Quilt (Michelle Swiglo) Holly’s Quilt (Michelle Swiglo)
By: Michelle, Minnesota, USA

A bright, cheerful quilt for my daughter Holly. I started this quilt when I was pregnant with twins, but didn’t finish it until recently, when I had more time and energy. I love how the Amy Butler (Ginger Bliss) fabrics brighten up her room. She loves it!

Quilt size: width: 80" height: 100"

Hugs and Kisses from the Park Hugs and Kisses from the Park
By: Melissa, Indiana, USA

I designed these for the Moda Bake Shop. I was inspired by Kate’s Spain’s Central Park collection to design something representing my trips to the park with my grandparents. The X’s and O’s remind me of my grandparents letter.

Quilt size: width: 39" height: 48"

JAY MARTIN JAY MARTIN
By: JAY MARTIN, Virginia, USA

This is my first large scale project. I’ve been drawn to a lot of the ‘squares quilts’ I’ve seen, particularly Denyse Schmidt’s “What a Bunch of Squares.” While influenced by what I’ve seen, I used no pattern, it was very much an improvisatory project.

Quilt size: width: 58" height: 76"

Juan Diego's Vision Juan Diego’s Vision
By: Melissa, California, USA

This quilt took five years – way longer than any other quilt I’ve made! I found the Virgen de Guadalupe fabric and loved it. Then, Judy Severson came and spoke to our guild – she talked about her version of borderie perse. Technique and fabric came together & voila!

Quilt size: width: 102" height: 102"

Kaleidoscope Quilt Kaleidoscope Quilt
By: Cheryl Ellison, Washington, USA

I made this quilt for a co-worker who was having a baby, I chose this fabric for the large repeat and I thought it would work great for this type of quilt. This was my first attempt at a Kaleidoscope quilt and it was so much fun seeing all the different patterns that emerged from this one fabric.

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 60"

Lazy Dazy Quilt Lazy Dazy Quilt
By: Carol Radcliffe, Connecticut, USA

I fell in love with this quilt a couple of yrs. ago and had to track down the fabrics. It just was so colourful and made me smile! It will always in my opinion, be modern and colourful! I hope it does the same for all of you!

Quilt size: width: 52" height: 64"

Make Life Stacked Coins Make Life Stacked Coins
By: SingleGirlQuilts, Texas, USA

I made this quilt for some friends who were having a baby. I love the Make Life… line and think that it is a perfect example of modern fabric, especially with the text prints.

Quilt size: width: 41" height: 50"

Miranda's Lucky Stars Miranda’s Lucky Stars
By: JustSewin, North Carolina, USA

My first machine made quilt. Made for my oldest daughter’s 21st birthday. Her lucky stars with her favorite colors. Used a fussy cut for the center block of the stars and lots of batiks. I even stipple stitched the whole quilt on my small Bernina.

Quilt size: width: 70" height: 90"

Mod Logs Mod Logs
By: Jill Majers, Utah, USA

I was intrigued by this pattern when I first saw it. I loved the uneven edges and 3 D effect. The pattern was made in batiks, but I felt it needed a bright graphic collection of fabric. I loved making it and I think my son and his wife love having it hanging in their living room.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 40"

Monkey business Monkey business
By: Pattynubs, Ohio, USA

I used Funky Monkey fabric and added another monkey print plus the striped binding for a fun baby quilt. It is free motion quilted.

Quilt size: width: 36.5" height: 45.5"

My AWESOME Dad's 60th B-day Surprise Quilt! My AWESOME Dad’s 60th B-day Surprise Quilt!
By: KatFish, Florida, USA

I realized about a month out that my Dad was having his 60th Birthday! Whoa!!! I had to make him something good with my new sewing machine :-) Fabric store… there I went! I made this quilt with tons of LOVE and my Dad loved it when we opened it at his Surprise Party! He is AWESOME!!! I <3 him!!!

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 53"

My Challenge Quilt My Challenge Quilt
By: Linda Harvey, Pennsylvania, USA

Our foremothers had minimal tools to use for their quilt. I challenge myself to use only a piece of cardboard for a ruler, pencil and scissors to cut out my pieces. The piano border; I did use a rotary cutter. The whole quilt was hand pieced and I used 2 bundles of fat quarters. Enjoyed every minute

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 45"

My soul must sing My soul must sing
By: Margaret C, United Kingdom

This was the first “proper” quilt that I made. I think the pattern was from Fat Quarter Friendly by Fons and Porter. I made it to use up lairy fabrics that called to me but quarrelled with the rest of my stash! The title was a song I heard resonated with me – and this quilt!

Quilt size: width: 150" height: 200"

Pizazz! Pizazz!
By: Lindy, Washington, USA

What happens when I watch a quilting show on TV or online, read the latest copy of Quilting Arts magazine or see something on a blog that triggers hyperactivity in my muse? This little blue and yellow experiment! Try to disregard all the UFO’s hanging behind. Multitasking is my downfall!

Quilt size: width: 15" height: 22"

Pleinweave Pleinweave
By: Wendy L Starn, Louisiana, USA

cottons, pieced
fabric hand painted by the artist

based on basket lattice quilt block

Quilt size: width: 72" height: 49.5"

Princess Ro Princess Ro
By: Quilting Sue, Texas, USA

My friend gave me a sack of mostly batik fabric. She said she had started piecing together a quilt, but had lost the pattern and could I turn this fabric into a quilt. This was the colorful result! The back is a cute fabric called Pirate Princess.

Quilt size: width: 43" height: 65"

Secret Garden and Catherdral Window Mini Secret Garden and Catherdral Window Mini
By: miniq, Pennsylvania, USA

I love cathedral window quilts, my first was the traditional version. This one has modern fabrics and it is a combination of Secret Garden blocks and Cathedral Windows. I took me 2 weeks to make it with the itty bitty hand stitches but it was worth the effort!

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 16"

Six Flags Six Flags
By: Jean Romack, Wisconsin, USA

Original design by me. Used scraps, still working on the pattern. I really enjoyed making this one. Simple design but really striking with the black sashing and borders.

Quilt size: width: 90" height: 103"

Stained Glass Quilt Stained Glass Quilt
By: Milka Rajic, Serbia

I made this quilt for a friend. Took the pattern from “Popular Patchwork” magazine, Jan/Feb 2001. The pattern name was “Lusty Luminosity”, designed by Mavis Haslam. I applied “quilt-as-you-go” and “stained glass” technic.

Quilt size: width: 54" height: 66"

Stepping Out Stepping Out
By: Marjorie, New Brunswick, Canada

This quilt was so much fun …it was originally to be a wall hanging..but too much fun to stop there…..paper pieced….

Quilt size: width: 80" height: 90"

Straits of Georgia Straits of Georgia
By: majik, Missouri, USA

This is my interpretation of M’liss Rae Hawley’s Straits of Georga from More Fat Quarter Quilts. I fell in love with the pattern. The pansy print background led to the choice of colors. The ripply waterlike border made it an island of color.
It was a comfort quilt given to a niece who loves it.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 60"

SWEET SIXTEEN SWEET SIXTEEN
By: chris burton, Australia

I made this quilt for my daughters sixteenth birthday. It is from a US magazine and is made up of many different sized hearts. Machine pieced and custom quilted with our longarm.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 70"

Tennessee Madness Tennessee Madness
By: Indomitable Angela, Massachusetts, USA

In 2009, a friend and I went to Tennessee to attend a 3 day color workshop with Kaffe Fassett. It was centered on the pattern “Diagonal Madness.” A mere one year into my quilting “career,” I started to feel very confident with color, and believe that is reflected in my version of Diagonal Madness.

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 50"

Von's Zig-Zag Von’s Zig-Zag
By: Lyanna Anderson, Delaware, USA

This quilt was a 3rd birthday present for my awesome nephew. My first zig-zag.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 80"

Whimsical Wonder Whimsical Wonder
By: Jackie White, Ontario, Canada

This is a 3D quilt that I made to celebrate the joy that my children give me. It is bright, colourful and full of life. Just like they are.

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 45"

Woven Sunshine Woven Sunshine
By: LuAnn Kessi, Oregon, USA

This was a challenge quilt for my local guild. It started out because I wanted to learn the woven quilt background technique, which was a great deal of fun. The large sunflowers were a quick addition, and the machine quilting was the most fun of all.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 45"


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This post was published on February 25th, 2011. Post topics: Quilt Gallery.

22 Responses to “Colourful Modern Quilts”

  1. Dorothy says:

    Thanks for sharing and participating! Love that Aurifil…

  2. Linda says:

    LOVE THIS THREAD!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

  3. Peg says:

    A little confused – joined late through Quilting Gallery, so had already commented on the previous post – not sure if I was to comment a second time, but here it – love Aurifil thread!

  4. Megan Eliza says:

    Your Aurifil post seems to have closed comments so I thought I would post here to let you know thanks for the chance to win and the free quilt block pattern!

  5. I always have probs seeing the ‘bottom’ quilts when I want to vote. What I’ve found works for me is to double-click on a word (any word) in the last description I can see, then TAB a time or two. That usually takes me to the next (hidden) quilt. I can continue TABbing until I’ve seen all the quilts competing, then vote for my favorite!

  6. Frances says:

    Cannot get into the Aurifil comment section to post comment. It states that there are 416 comments but only 404 show up . Last page seems to be missing.

    With all the snow around here I vote for spring with all it’s newness and freshness. Ans you do not hae to shovel it !
    Cute block.

  7. Jenice says:

    I can’t leave a comment in yesterdays post. So I’m leaving it here. My favorite season is Spring. I love the tulips and the way the air smells.

  8. anne v. says:

    Thought I had left a comment about winter being my favorite…but I don’t see it…I hope I did this right on the other ones!

  9. Janet Kaiser says:

    Neat website.

  10. princess pudge says:

    Yet again a great display of talent, well done to all.

  11. Sandra Aiken says:

    Thanks for sharing all these beautiful quilts. It was very hard to pick just one. I loved all the talent and all the stories that went along with each quilt. I especially like the one about the song. I thought that was so need. What a beautiful display.

  12. Sandra Aiken says:

    I thought the song one was so neat. My daughter has songs pop into her head at different times. It doesn’t matter what’s she is doing, but she has to write it down. I hope the dear one gets her song finished.

  13. Sandi says:

    It was almost impossible to choose just one. These are some of the most beautiful quilts that I’ve seen entered in any of your contests! I am still thinking on which one will get my vote. It’s down to two……..

  14. Sandra says:

    They are all so wonderful. Sincere appreciation for everyone’s work.

  15. grace skipton says:

    I like the broken dishes quilt. It’s one I would like to use on my bed. I always look at quilts that would look at for the bedroom.grace

  16. grace skipton says:

    I like the broken crayons quilt. It’s one I would like to use on my bed. I always look at quilts that would look at for the bedroom.grace

  17. Michelle Bruner says:

    Loooove all the blue on the Tennessee Madness!!

  18. Farscapegirl says:

    Wow hard to pick just one! So many lovely creations made by talented, crafty people… Love this weeks entries!!

  19. Sassy Redhead says:

    Absoutely love Tennessee Madness ~ gorgeous quilt! I know Angela Mourer has Multiple Sclerosis and her mobility is compromised yet she manages to make design and make exquisite quilts.

  20. jme says:

    tenessee madness for sure! it’s beautiful, and amazing she can make such beautiful things with such a terribly debilitating disease! kudos, and we hope you win!

  21. Barry Seth says:

    Tennessee Madness is a beautiful quilt. The fact that Angela can do this while dealing with such a horrible disease is truly amazing!

  22. Sara says:

    Is a winner going to be announced??

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