Although the design of these quilts is highly modern in feel, they often carry hints of their traditional heritage, in their geometric forms, often repeated, and the strong contrast of their solid-color pieces. Cynics might say quilts like this are Nancy Crow wannabes, and it's true, some of the people who do them have been Nancy's students. But I think the best of them have developed their own voices and their quilts resemble Nancy's work only in format and their general space on the art spectrum.
I already showed you Judy Kirpich's quilt, one of the big winners at FNF and an occupant of this genre. Here are some others that I particularly liked. A couple of others will show up in a later post when I talk about machine quilting, because almost all of these quilts are finished that way.
A classy use of strip piecing, in a limited color palette -- the simplest of elements, but a sophisticated composition with a lot of movement.
Like the quilt above, the simplest of elements -- "ribs" of varying length coming off central spines -- and a limited color palette, but a well balanced composition. Note how the six areas of floating rectangles (ribs but no spines, you might say) make a counterpoint to the overall theme.
Two geometric motifs -- a split oval and a skinny cross -- combine for a surprisingly varied composition. The hand-dyes give lots of depth, especially in the areas of low value contrast.
Not exactly abstract, but certainly abstracted -- the recognizable chairs are taken to a mysterious place by the disembodied slats in the background, and highlighted by the little arbitrary areas of color.