vintage becomes modern
By Patricia Belyea
SEATTLE WA When Season Evans grew up at southeast Pennsylvania, she often saw wooden signs along the road that read ”Quilts” beside ones that read ”Eggs.” Her Amish and Mennonite neighbors sold their handmade quilts to passersby right from farmhouses.
A self-proclaimed maker, Season taught herself to quilt when she was in college. Her style was simple and utilitarian from the get-go.
Four years ago Season moved to the West Coast when her husband landed a job in Seattle. With a toddler daughter in tow and a second on the way, you’d think she had her hands full when she arrived.
Following Katie Pedersen’s blog, Season learned that Katie wanted to establish a modern quilt guild in Seattle. Season attended the first meeting with about 20 other interested quilters and volunteered to start a blog and a Twitter account for the fledgling Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. As Season states, she was the messenger, not the organizer, of the new venture.
I met Season through SMQG. As she lives in Ballard, Season’s been able to stop by a few times—twice with her adorable girls. Using vintage yukata cotton from Okan Arts, she made a very modern quilt for her mom’s 60th birthday.
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A quilt for my mother on her birthday 45″ x 65″, Season Evans 2013
The front combines white cotton with yukata cottons, while the back uses Essex linen and shot cotton with yukata cottons.
For Season, quilting is more than a hobby. As she says, “That’s what I do.”