Thursday, June 11, 2015

What is Modern Quilting?

As I move more into the modern age of quilting I've been searching for definitions for our newly formed group within the quilt guild I belong to. Below is probably one of the better explanations I found.

According to the Modern Quilt Guild, "Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in many ways, but several characteristics often appear which help identify a modern quilt. These include: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. 'Modern traditionalism' or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting."1

Common quilt designs found in modern quilting blocks include star blocks, string blocks, log cabin variations, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, paper pieced blocks, and improvisational blocks.2

1Sherri McConnell, Modern Quilting Blocks,

2 Ibid