Thursday, January 13, 2011

What is Modern Quilting?

This definition is from the actual Modern Quilt Guild
You can visit their website here:

Modern quilting is a new twist on the traditional art of quilting. This may mean something as simple as using a traditional quilt block and updating it in a fresh fun new way. That includes using modern fabrics, modifying the block arrangement or even the scale of the block. The piecing could be improvisational and wonky, or it could be very exact and measured, following a pattern or creating your own. The quilting could be traditional stippling, clean straight lines or a very “free” have fun, quilt as you go style. Fabrics could be upcycled vintage sheets, custom digital printed fabric, a yummy selection from one of the new modern fabric designers, or an old fabric from an ever growing stash.

Modern quilting is sometimes difficult to define because in many ways the definition is as individual as the quilter – changing from quilter to quilter. In addition to reflecting the individual personality and personal style of the quilter it also reflects the current aesthetic of the day.

Modern quilting is also about the attitude and the approach that modern quilters take. It respects the amazing artistry and talent of the tradition of quilting, while allowing the quilter to challenge the “rules”. In fact, if there were one rule in modern quilting it would be that there are no rules.

The concept of modern quilting is not meant to divide or segregate. It is meant to welcome new quilters, of all ages, to the world of quilting in a style that they can relate to. In many ways, modern quilting takes us back to the basics of the early quilters, when women of the day used the colors and styles of their time to express themselves creatively.

Some Ideas to get you started....

I pulled these from a few Modern Quilt Guild blogs (hopefully no one is mad I stole their photos...)
Next time the photos will be from our group!

Our Next Meeting!

Second Meeting: February 9, 2011, 6:00 pm
Where: Suppose Classroom, Preston, ID
What: Jo will be teaching us how to make a wonky block. (I am pretty excited to do this!)
Jo will let us know the supplies that we need to bring later.

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