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Quilts That Have Earned Their Stripes: Stripes Gallery Review

For centuries the stripes on a military uniform have been used to denote rank. The more stripes someone has is often a reflection of a higher rank. This is where the phrase ‘earn your stripes’ originates from. We received so many fantastic gallery submissions for our Stripes issues of the journal. We hope you agree with us that these quilts have ‘earned their stripes.’ 


Metropolis by Donna McLeod @xoxosew

Metropolis by Donna McLeod @xoxosew

Metropolis is part of a series of quilts inspired by the Golden State (California). McLeod has been living in Los Angeles for 30 years and wanted to express her love for that city through the design of the quilt. We love the minimalist way these stripes convey the city skyline. You can purchase the pattern for this quilt on McLeod’s website. 


Frequency by Caroline Hadley @geometricquilt

Frequency by Caroline Hadley @geometricquilt

This quilt was inspired by the shapes of electrical signals, like heartbeats and waves of sound. If you look closely,you’ll notice that the line begins at the top of the quilt and is continuous and uninterrupted through to the bottom. Hadley wanted to use her design to “recreate the peaks and troughs of wave amplitude using a single uninterrupted line.”Frequency was machine quilted by Carolyn Murfitt. 


Hum a Few Bars by Mary Davis @marygoroundquilts

Hum a Few Bars by Mary Davis @marygoroundquilts

The inspiration forHum a Few Bars was the traditional log cabin pattern. Davis wanted to create a radiating effect through the color choices she made. The name for the quilt came as the design reminded her of piano keys. We think this quilt does more than just hum; it absolutely sings. 


Eclipse 2 by TaMara Howard @folkquilts

Eclipse 2 by TaMara Howard @folkquilts

This quilt is the second in a four-part series of quilts that experiments with set-in concentric circles. Working from the outside in the circles are pieced whole and then quartered with unfinished radii measuring 2”, 4”, 6”, and 8”. The asymmetrical placement of the blocks creates movement within the quilt and we love how the quartered circles seem to throb with life. 


Divergent by Vasudha Govindan @storiedquilts314

Divergent by Vasudha Govindan @storiedquilts314

The subtle, striped monochrome background of this quilt adds depth and texture to the design. The use of color and shape creates a 3D visual effect that plays with the eye and draws it across the quilt. 


Handloomed by Tara Glastonbury @stitchandyarn

Handloomed by Tara Glastonbury @stitchandyarn

In designing this quilt Glastonbury wanted to honor the weaving tradition of fabrics originating in India. We love the enlarged scale of the quilt and the vibrant, happy colors Glastonbury selected. It has an organic feel to it. 


You can find these Stripe quilts and more inCurated Quilts, Issue no. 16: Stripes. Purchase your copy today! 


By Brittany Bowen Burton

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