Giving Modern a Go

Versatile quilt artist Kathy McNeil (our November/December 2016 cover artist) has definitely developed a recognizable style with her masterful appliqué techniques.

Part of what fuels her success is curiosity. Recently intrigued by modern quilts, she realized  that some of the design elements common to modern quilts are similar to characteristics associated with traditional Japanese art. So what did she do? She ran with it! The result is her stunning (and award winning) quilt Enso.

Enso ©Kathy McNeil as seen in Machine Quilting Unlimited July/August 2017
Enso ©Kathy McNeil as seen in Machine Quilting Unlimited July/August 2017

I’m fascinated by Kathy’s approach to designing this quilt, and especially appreciate her use of a variety of quilting motifs. Look at how much they contribute to the overall piece.

Detail Enso ©Kathy McNeil as seen in Machine Quilting Unlimited July/August 2017
Detail Enso ©Kathy McNeil as seen in Machine Quilting Unlimited July/August 2017

Want to learn more? Kathy shares her design process in our latest issue with her article Exploring the Modern Quilt Aesthetic. Be sure to check it out, along with many other great articles.

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