Quilts that Connect: Bee Quilts from QuiltCon 2020


We love to see the different ways that members of the modern quilt community come together to create group quilts. Here are some of the impressive collaborations from the Group & Bee Quilts category from QuiltCon 2020. 

At the Party with Kandinsky

At the Party with Kandinsky

 

Pieced By: Wendy Carter Richards, Candyce Grisham, Judy Humphrey, Terry Rhodes, Nancy Sinise, Tracy Back, Klonda Holt, Cheri Raybourne, Cathy Wight, Jane Kennedy, Shirley Guier, Shelly Paglial, Joan Ferguson. 

Machine Quilted by Candyce Grisham.


This quilt was inspired by the art of Wassily Kandinsky and exudes a strong mid-century vibe. 

Eyes

Eyes

Pieced By: Members of the BeeSewcial Quilt Group. Karen S. Foster, Stephanie Ruyle, Leanne Chahley, Debbie Jeske, Marci Debetaz, Felicity Ronaghan, Hillary Goodwin, M-R Charbonneau, Anne Sullivan, Sylvia Sutters. 

Quilted by Sharyl Sheppard


Despite the different interpretations of ‘eyes’ that this collaboration yielded, the end result is cohesive. Their eyes were watching and we feel seen. 

Homage

Homage

Pieced By: Members of the BeeSewcial Quilt Group. Debbie Jeske, Leanne Chahley, Marci Debetaz, Karen Foster, M-R Charbonneau, Silvia Sutters, Stephanie Ruyle, Felicity Ronaghan, Kari Vojtechovsky, Anne Sullivan.


Homage was inspired by the liberated patchwork style of Gwen Marston. The use of white spread throughout the quilt gives the deep reds room to breathe and keeps the eye traveling across the quilt, bringing attention to its intense, small piecing. 

Quadrants

Quadrants

Pieced By: Jessica Levitt, Alyson Olander, Hina McCree, Sarah Fader, Heather Kojan, Nicole Folino, Jessica Skultety, Paulette File, Shari van der Grijn, Linda Schiffer, Rose Daley, Haley Crawford


The juxtaposition of the curved shapes placed inside of ‘quadrants’ has this quilt bursting with energy. 

Color Me Happy

Color Me Happy

Pieced By: Lisa Hofmann-Maurer, Iva Steiner, Karin Kael, Susan Vogel, Christine Strübin, Gaby Lüngen, Maja Dürst, Michele Bruhin, Adrienne Hurtienne, Rita Schmid, Erika Bernhard, Lisbeth Bieri

Machine Quilted by Christine Strübin


All the blocks of this quilt were pieced together by hand. Each member of the quilt group was instructed to use at least 3 lines and 2 circles in their block design. The saturated colors used does create a feeling of happiness.

Mid Atlantic Mod Progressive Transparency Quilt

Mid Atlantic Mod Progressive Transparency Quilt

Pieced By: Colleen Wiest, Jackie Laba, Linda Schaffer, Rachel Rossi, Tricia Scott, Robin Tilswoth, Rose Daley, Melodye Marks, Lynn MacKay-Atha, Summer Rankin, Helaine Lobman, Maureen Ciemian, Juanda Gikandi

Machine Quilted by Jackie Laba


The Theme of Mid Atlantic Mod Progressive Transparency Quilt was transparency. The quilt was created at a retreat and uses different shades of green and blue to give the impression of colors layered over each other to create deeper shades.

Logging Into Alchemy

Logging Into Alchemy 

Pieced By: Cheryl Brickey, Paige Alexander, Yvonne Fuchs, Faye Jones, Valorie Kasten, Cindy Lammon, and Travis Steward

Machine Quilted by Cheryl Brickey, Cindy Lammon, and Travis Steward


One of the impressive things about Logging Into Alchemy is that the quilt blocks merge in such a way as to be unrecognizable as a group quilt. The different colored backgrounds required thoughtfulness and deliberation. 

Why Don’t You Slide?

Why Don’t You Slide?

Pieced By: Renee Tallman, Isabelle Selak, Mo Goltz, Lori Green, Darlene Talukder, Tamlin Matthews, Judy Bilardello


Why Don’t You Slide? was entirely hand quilted. The use of orange creates segments that allow the eye to slide across the quilt.  

Bug Juicy

Bug Juicy

Pieced By: Deborah Miller, Bethany Miller

Machine Quilted by Colleen Paul


The black and white striped sashing of this quilt was the perfect fabric to make the orange peel shapes pop. 

Japandi

Japandi

Pieced By: Kristie Jarchow, Liz Thanel, Jennifer VanDyke, Judy Crockett, Phyllis Higley


Japandi is the hybrid mix of modern Scandinavian design with the timeless elegance of the Japanese aesthetic. The intent is to find beauty in the imperfect while also creating an intentional feeling of intimacy and comfort. 

Timelines

Timelines

Pieced By: Members of the BeeSewcial Quilt Group. Stephanie Z. Ruyle, Leanne Chahley, Karen Foster, Debbie Jeske, Marci Debetaz, Felicity Ronaghan, M-R Charbonneau, Anne Sullivan, Silvia Sutters, Kari Vojetchovshy, 

Machine Quilted by Christine Perrigo


Each of the makers of this quilt was asked to make their timeline in fabric. The colors selected are meant to represent significant points in their lives. Statement from the artists: ‘11 life stories: 10 in fabric and one in the thread, that intersect to tell our stories and become a single composition that spans time and space. All different and yet all connected by a shared passion for community and making.’ 

No Apologies

No Apologies

Pieced By: Laura Loewen, Cara Cansler, Laura Coates, Rebecca Greco, Patty Heath, Monique Plamondon, Claudia Sheehan, Julie Sippy, Rebekah Texer, Julia Yandura.

Machine Quilted by Cara Cansler


No Apologies certainly does not need to apologize for the interesting way negative space was used to combine all of the blocks of this quilt together. There is a lot of movement happening in the quilt as a result of the bright colors, fabric prints, and multiple shapes used; but the background gives the blocks a sturdy place to land. 



One of the things we love most about what we are creating at Curated Quilts is the community that has embraced us and the new friends we have made through your participation in our mini-quilt challenges, your submissions to the journal, and by allowing us to share your work on social media. 


We continue to be inspired by you and the quilts you are making. We look forward to our continued connection with you and encourage you, especially during this time of social distancing and quarantine, to reach out and find ways to create with others despite the physical distance that is currently between us. 


By Brittany Bowen Burton




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