I haven't been to a lot of quilt shows recently, but several things at Quilt National seemed awfully familiar, despite the show's infamous virginity requirement that disqualifies almost any piece that has been shown on the internet or in the flesh. In the three prominent shows that I've attended in the last year -- two years' worth of Form, Not Function at the Carnegie in New Albany IN and one year of Quilts=Art=Quilts at the Schweinfurth in Auburb NY -- I had seen not these exact quilts, of course, but their fraternal twins. So I'll show you both versions!
I'll start with Kit Vincent; when I was a juror/judge at Q=A=Q last year I gave her quilt best in show -- so it was fun to meet its twin sister!
Next, a very different set of twins.
And here's the older brother of this set of twins:
At first glance, it doesn't seem related, but then you notice the "H" shape of opposing ovals and realize that she's using the same motif, just pared down a lot.
If I had to find a moral in this story, it is that serious artists work in series, sometimes even making pieces that seem barely different from those that went before. But it's through this kind of rigorous exploration of a theme or process that the work gets better.
Also that it's fun to go to the better quilt shows, notice the artists who keep making good work and start to follow their growth.