Brainiac Quilt

Hello from sunny California! 

Just wanted to share some photos from my recent trip to Los Angeles to visit my good friend and former host sister, Brenda. Here we are at the San Juan Bautista Mission, a place with beautiful Spanish architecture and a cool spiritual vibe.

For those who may not know, I spent a wonderful senior year at Bishop Alemany High School in the San Fernando Valley as an exchange student from Santiago, Chile. Even though I only spent one year there, the experience most definitely altered the rest of my life. I doubt I would’ve ever ended up living in the U.S. had I not had that early formative experience. As well, I have remained good friends with my old host family (particularly Brenda) and of course I am now there for my 50th high school class reunion.
Somewhere along I-5

But on to quilt things:

Brainiac Quilt

I am calling this a ‘brainiac quilt’ because it has required a lot of interesting calculations in order to bring it about. I was going for a 3D look, so I hope I achieved it.

I used simple graph paper to figure out the pattern. I was trying to come up with an original design, not based on anything I’ve already seen or tried. My challenge was to actually create something out of nothing. The main motivation for this was to be able to submit it to the upcoming Quiltcon East, where the emphasis is on original work utilizing the modern style of piecing.

I have discussed before, in regards to my Rear Window quilt, my fondness for what could be termed ‘modern’, or mid-century aesthetics, patterns, or motifs. I have always liked that look, even in furnishings, and I have always enjoyed how this aesthetic transferred to quilting. In my quest to come up with a personal style that transcends the beautiful but traditional quilt patterns and motifs – many of which I have discussed in this blog – I prefer to go after something that has never been seen before.

I draw inspiration from publications, other quilters, and the world around me. The Modern Quilt Guild‘s website, which I have referred to in the past, provides immense examples of geometric, unusual, and striking designs. They describe the style as follows:

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.

The finished product

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