Road2Ca2016-MY Favorite Modern & Innovative Quilts


in our last post in this series I showed you my favorite Traditional quilts from this year’s Road to California Quilter’s Showcase, but today in this last and final post from this show, I’m going to share with you my favorite quilts in the Modern & Innovative categories.

So let’s get started!


The first of three quilts I’m going to show you in the Art Abstract category is called “Peaks and Valleys” and was created by Maren J Johnston of Santa Barbara, Ca. The unique piecing & quilting really gave this quilt a unique textured look that I liked!


And Ms. Margaret J McDonald of DC, Australia calls this quilt “Oscillation”.  I loved the subtle shadings of color in this quilt and batik background gave it a mesmerizing effect!


Barbara E Lies of Wheaton, IL called this hand-appliqued quilt “Birds Fly…” She said worked on it while commuting between Madison and Chicago over the course of 3 years to help care for preemie grandtwins. I loved the quilt even MORE after reading the story behind it.


This quilt was the 1st place winner in the Modern Piecing category. Rebecca L Smith of Rapid City, SD used a pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful and called it “Modern Medallion”. I loved the grey and white which I found to be very compelling against the subtle colorations within each medallion.


And this spectacular quilt was the 1st place winner in the Innovative Wall Applique category and it has such an interesting inspiration! Dr Sandra L Nehlsen-Cannarella of Beaumont, CA said that she LOVES Renaissance Art and when she found a photo of an inlaid door in a church in Parma, Italy, she decided to recreate the central image by turned edge applique. She named it appropriately, “Tribute to Antonio Bencivenni”.


And as a person who was just recently adopted by a little kitten, this quilt in the Innovative Wall Applique category was SO attractive to me! It’s appropriately called “I Choose You” and was created by Sandy Thompson of Jamul, CA.


And finally in the Art Critter category,(which I think is a way cool category), is “Bijou (Jewel)” created by Ms Christine Alexiou of Ontario, Canada.

So with that…

we close the book on the 2016 version of Road to California with the following recommendation.

If you’ve enjoyed these pictures, or if you have a love for fabric, sewing or quilting, then I would encourage you in the strongest possible way to make plans in the near future to attend a Quilt Show near you. There really is no substitute for actually seeing these amazing works of art up close and in person!

I try to get to the venue at least an hour before opening every day just to leisurely stroll amongst the aisles of entries in an effort to soak in the extraordinary creativity on display. I never fail to come away inspired and its an activity I highly recommend!


And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

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3 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. I’ve seen some small county fair type quilt displays and some really amazing quilts. I’m trying to line things up so that I can attend the show in Lancaster, PA in March. Hope to see you there!

  2. These quilts are so amazing! I can’t begin to imagine the hours and hours of work the artists put in to make them. I think the first one “Peaks and Valleys” might be my favorite, just because of the incredible piecing that she put into each shape. The look is very effective. But the others are all wonderful too. Thanks for always sharing!