Fresh Modern Quilts: Inspiring Quilts to Make Today

By Sherri McConnell

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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 different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: 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."

The Modern Quilt Guild had a wonderful Modern Quilts Showcase at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October-November 2012. The exhibit was inspiring, with many examples of today's fresh modern quilts.

Fresh Modern Quilt

The SuperNova quilt by Lee Heinrich is one example of a fresh modern quilt. The graphic designs and use of color against a light background make this quilt a truly inspiring work.

Alphabet Modern Quilt

Emily Cier's alphabet quilt Typographic Circle is another example of a brilliant modern quilt. This quilt also showcases intriguing design elements including the use of bright colors and a clean white background.

Hot Quilt

Krista Fleckenstein's Hot and Cold is a modern take on the traditional log cabin design. This quilt showcases today's use of yesterday's bold patterns with bright, happy colors.

Log Cabin Quilt

Tanya Finken's The 48 Pound quilt was also on display at the Modern Quilts Showcase. Whimsical and colorful, it immediately catches the eye of passers-by.

One common feature of these fresh modern quilts is the fact that they don't have added borders. The bindings used by the quilt creators serve as the perfect minimalist frames.

Many traditional quilt designs and patterns can be employed to achieve fresh modern quilts when you use bold colors and solid backgrounds.

The growing trend of fresh modern quilting is attributed to several factors as described by the Modern Quilt Guild, "Modern quilting has existed in many forms for much of the 20th century. It wasn't until the 2000's that quilts with a modern aesthetic began to appear in greater numbers and quilters began to describe themselves as modern?The growth of the movement was facilitated by four factors: the cultural shift of quality design being recognized by the general public, affordable digital cameras, the changing fabric industry and the rise of social media."

If you are interested in fresh modern quilts, you might find the Craftsy class Designing Modern Quilts with Weeks Ringle of interest.

What fresh modern quilts inspire you?

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