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What characteristics say "modern quilt" to you?

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RSTinWA says:

I've been quilting a very long time, and I'm probably among the oldest prospective members of this guild. That to say, I've been through a lot of trends and fads in quilting (stratas / country style applique ducks / rotary ribbons/stack n wack, etc). But I think that modern quilting appeals to me, or is the easiest fit for me thus far.

So -- what qualities or characteristics do you like in modern quilts? Are you new to quilting, or are you just new to modern style?

And while you're at it -- why not link a flickr quilt that you love-- that exemplifies some of the best of modern quilting?

Rachel
7:35PM, 23 January 2010 PDT (permalink)

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Tiny House is a group administrator Tiny House says:

I think now-a-days, anything goes with modern quilting. You could use modern fabrics to reinterpret a traditional pattern, you could use traditional fabrics to make your own design, or you could do a combination of both, and end up with a very modern quilt.

So it can be modern fabrics, such as those from Heather Ross, Denyse Schmidt, Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler, etc. And/or it could be the piecing/layout/or techniques used.

This quilt is based on a traditional pattern--hexagons. However, Ashley has enlarged the basic design, machine pieced it, and used the white as negative space to add interest. Plus, the fabric is all vibrant and feels contemporary (to me,) from a modern designer (DS.)
www.flickr.com/photos/27953607@N05/4287440093/

Again from Ashley, this time she has used all colored fabrics from the Hope Valley line (DS) and basic cotton solids, but the fabric has a more traditional feel to it. However, she used a basic log cabin-ish design and made it "wonky." None of the blocks are the same. Plus, she chose to highlight the four blocks with a large pink background, thus accentuating the negative space again.
www.flickr.com/photos/27953607@N05/4241479402/
114 months ago (permalink)

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RSTinWA says:

Love both the examples you linked to.

I think the use of purposeful white space is a key ingredient. A more traditional style would want to have a grid completely filled with pieced blocks, or concentric borders, while a more modern approach deletes the heavy borders, and embraces the white space.
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lisanolte says:

I see modern interpreted in so many ways that are attractive to me. Sometimes it's bright clear colors. Use of negative space. Solids. Sometimes a modern design with traditional or more muted colors. I also love the way many modern quilters combine a variety of fabrics (think big prints with tiny prints) and colors (think mis-matched shades of pink). Feel like I finally found my niche and I can't get enough.
74 months ago (permalink)

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