For the Love of Squircles by Marla Varner of the Bainbridge Island MQG received the Quilting Excellence Award – Sponsored by The Modern Quilt Guild – at QuiltCon 2020.

If you look at the photos, I think you can figure out what a squircle might be.

Artist Statement: “Inspired by my first squircle quilt, this second version used solid scraps and continued the process of creating a block a day for a year. I once again joined a group of online quilters making daily circle blocks. However, I cut my shapes freehand and applied them using needle turn appliqué. The resulting squircle blocks created an opportunity to explore transitions and the design provided the perfect canvas for hand quilting.”

#18 she-quilts 2020-02-28 09:51
This is so stunning and absolutely shows Marla's gift in stitching, design, and total fun! She is a sweet delight and would be a great guest for TQS!
I received a mini from her in the MQG mini swap (#makeaminimake afriend) in 2018. She is a lovely woman! My adult daughter was with me and was really drawn to her use of perle cotton or a heavier weight thread for hand quilting. Beautiful work, Marla! ♥
#17 bethelbee 2020-02-25 18:46
Spectacular!!!! !
#16 lhughesquilts 2020-02-24 21:24
Marla, what a spectacular quilt, all the color makes me smile!! Did you use a variegated quilting thread, or change colors?
#15 Marla Varner 2020-02-24 19:52
Thanks for sharing and all of the nice comments. I am so honored and thrilled to receive this award. The entire show at QuiltCon was spectacular this year!
#14 NanaPie 2020-02-24 19:32
What a lovely, lovely quilt. I particularly love the quilting design. I would love to know the name of the quilting thread used.
#13 Sharon Binter 2020-02-24 16:08
Good color choices. I love the brightness. It’s a happy quilt! Thanks
#12 Marilyn Jane 2020-02-24 13:34
What about the back?
#11 activequilter 2020-02-24 11:48
I LOVE this quilt!
#10 Joan M. Bloomberg 2020-02-24 11:36
Great job. Colorful. Full of color and tasteful. Lovely big stitch hand quilting! I like it!
#9 Gul 2020-02-24 11:24
Beautiful, I like the choice of colours, the setting and the workmanship. Congratulations
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