In preparing for this, I looked at several books and websites to find the hallmarks or traits of modern quilts. I thought you all might be interested in reading the list I put together. The sources I used include the MQG website, Sunday Morning Quilts, an article on the Modern Quilt Guild in the 1st issue of Quilty, Modern Designs for Classic Quilts, and Liberated Quiltmaking II. I felt like I was writing a term paper!
Here's the list I made of things that modern quilts often are or sometimes include:
- Minimal fusing – appliqué is not very dominant or used very often
- Are inspired by modern art or architecture
- Throwback of very, very traditional quilting
- Make primarily functional rather than decorative quilts
- Internet driven projects (quilt-alongs, flickr, pinterest, etc.)
- Use asymmetry in quilt design
- Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs
- Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
- Contain reinterpreted traditional blocks
- Embrace simplicity and minimalism
- Incorporate increased use of negative space
- No borders
- Frequently use improvisational piecing/design as you go/use what you have
- Multiple-fabric pieced backings
- Contain bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints
- Often use gray and white as neutrals
- Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics
- Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines (rarely pay for someone else to quilt them)
- Large scale- quilt is one large block of made from a handful of large blocks.
- Celebrity designer fabrics are very popular/sought after
- Bold fabrics, single fabric line quilts:
- Novelty, large-scale, and graphic prints- color in action, clear and bright colors, no earth or jewel tones, non-conventional color combinations
- Extremely dense quilting
- Fairly simple piecing – focus on fabric, not block design
- Use of different kinds of fabrics – quilting cottons, velveteen, linen, muslin, etc.
Did I miss anything?
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