The Modern Quilt
In the 21st century, the “modern quilt” became a movement or style of quilts in its own right.
The movement grew rapidly and a whole new generation of quilting began with Modern Quilt Guilds being formed all over. In some ways art quilters paved the way for modern quilters because the art quilt movement opened up the idea of making a quilt of any design you liked, any subject matter, in any way. There is an emphasis on creativity as well as freedom – it is not just about the “craft” of quilt making, but also about the art.
Freedom from following other people’s patterns is very important in art quilts and is the keystone to their success. And so, I have been sad to see that there has developed a large market of “patterns” for modern quilts – if the way was paved by the ingenuity and creativity of the art quilters, then I think the modern quilters can be just as creative!
My aim in this workshop is to try to bridge the gap between following a modern quilt pattern and devising your own. Each week I will create several modern patterns for you, and then give you the instructions to make your own similar patterns. So every week you should have 4 or 5 ideas of mine (that you are very welcome to use or change in any way), but, more importantly, you will also have 4 or 5 new designs of your own – which (I hope) will be much more fun to make!
Below are some photos from students who have enrolled in this Mod Meets Improv workshop.
More about Mod Meets Improv workshop: Modern quilts are fun – they’re quick and easy to make, but also have an elegant simplicity in keeping with the contemporary look. Improv methods dispense with tedious traditional methods of construction and can lead to fun unexpected results! Read more...