Three of the top four winners at this year's FNF were abstract quilts, and there were several more that caught my eye.
Margaret Black, Curb Appeal 20
Margaret has been a repeated winner in the big quilt shows, including best of show at Quilt National four years ago. As you can tell by the title, she's played this tune before -- lots of black and white, especially in narrow "ladders" punctuating neighborhoods of various colors. Intricate piecing of small bits, spots of brilliant color popping out from the overall picture. I'm always intrigued by trying to note how and whether artists with long series try something new. What I see new in piece #20 compared to #6 and #7 in past FNF shows are the long striped panels in neutrals, especially prominent in the northwest and southeast corners.
Denise Roberts, MITOTE #12
Denise is another quilt all-star, a regular at all the big shows and having won the Quilts Japan Prize at Quilt National four years ago. She's been using the same sinuous curve piecing for some time, but this year it's a much more complex composition than she has done before. The different colored curves stay neatly in their layers, the palest colors on top and the darkest far away.
Daren Redman, Feel Like Dancing
Daren's is the cheeriest of the bunch, with large shapes in bright, clear colors. It's a kind of sampler of different ways to pep up a skinny vertical rectangle with some sort of contrast pattern. A very close look reveals that she apparently quilted the piece in sections, then invisibly joined the panels -- a beautifully executed trick.
I'll show more quilts from FNF in subsequent posts. Meanwhile, the show is on display at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany IN through July 17, and I know you would like it if you were to visit.