Collection by Diana Budds

Abstract Geometric Quilts by Lindsay Stead

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Toronto-based quilt maker Lindsay Stead takes a decidedly hands-on approach to her craft.

"For me, the process of hand quilting really solidifies my connection with each quilt and makes the work very personal, almost as if each stitch holds a memory for me," says designer Lindsay Stead. "In this era of making objects as quickly as possible, I think that what I am doing is sadly very rare." Stead bases her patterns off of traditional motifs but introduces a modern twist by playing with positive and negative space, low and high contrast colors, and a variety of scales. "I have been categorized by others—and now have begun to adopt this classification myself—as a modern quilter, but I feel that my work really blurs the line between traditionalism and modernism," she says. We're taken with her sensibility, modern or traditional or everywhere in between.

Lindsay Stead received formal training in furniture and textile design.
Stead has been quilting for about seven years.
Along with traditional patterns, like the pinwheel shown here, Stead employs traditional techniques.
Stead's quilts are 100-percent cotton, from the thread to the fabric to the batting.
This piece is part of Stead's flag series. "I enlarged quilt blocks to the full size of the quilt," she says.
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