I wanted to take a moment to share the details of the Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions exhibit at the Ontario, CA Museum of History and Art. My quilt, Hexie Rebellion, was accepted to hang in the show. This quilt is a modern interpretation of a traditional hexagon quilt.
It was inspired by “A Sprinkling of Hexagons Flea Market Fancy Style”, a quilt by Ashley Newcomb (@FilmInTheFridge). I was immediately drawn to Ashley’s use of negative space and the alternate grid work of her layout. With Hexie Rebellion, I utilized bright solids to create my two-toned half hexagons. I opted to use two sizes and appliquéd them onto a low-volume print selected to add interest to the areas of negative space. I elected to let my hexies rebel against their traditional settings of floral and hexagonal shapes. Instead, I chose to keep them unattached; allowing them to go their own way and scatter in a somewhat random, yet cohesive layout. To add movement, I chose to “spin” some of them so that the seams are pointing in different directions.
I kept the quilting simple and functional, selecting organic lines to keep the focus on the hexagons. I machine quilted them without marking the quilt; instead choosing to eyeball the lines to purposely keep them from being too straight.
For more information about the exhibit, please refer to the image below or click here and scroll.
If you're in the area between December 1 and January 22, I highly recommend going to the exhibit and checking out the quilts. There will be some stunning quilts on display and it will be interesting to see how the traditional craft of quilting has been influenced by modern art and design.