Quilters “paint” with fabric, and as a result, our color palette has historically been limited by the colors available in textiles. Quilt historians have observed that the colors quilters use are often influenced by home design and decorating trends. Excited to try a color challenge, the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild reached out to students in the Color Theory class taught by professor Ashley Pace at UT’s School of Interior Design. Design students collectively chose one “on trend” color as the main color required in all the quilters’ designs. Then, individual students chose eight other secondary colors for their interesting interplay with the main color and relevance in modern design. Members of the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild were required to work with the main color Pewter, and then they drew one of the eight secondary colors at random. The challenge asked the quilters to use any quilting method and design of their choice to create an interesting mini quilt (less than 24” x 24”) that incorporates Pewter and at least one other challenge color.
This show displays a variety of piecing and quilting methods, and the quilts are as varied as their makers.