What does modern mean to you?

For our very first quilt challenge, we are asking members to answer the question, “What does modern quilting mean to you? Modern quilting means different things to different people and we are all at our own place in our quilt-making journey.

The Modern Quilt Guild defines it this way:

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.

For this challenge, each member will receive a fat quarter of Robert Kaufman Kona Silver. This is an awesome fresh, modern color that will really let your personality shine through.

A great big Thank You to Bluebird Quilts & Gallery for giving us a great deal on a beautiful bolt of Kona Silver. If you need to buy more for your quilt, drop by Bluebird Quilts or your local quilt shop for as much as you think you’ll need.

The rules are simple:

  1. Make a quilt that shows what YOU think is modern, or an aspect of the official definition that appeals to you.
  2. It can be any size or shape you want.
  3. You can add any other fabrics that you want.
  4. Bring your finished quilt to our September meeting and share with us what you like about modern quilting!

I can’t wait to see what you create!

Modern quilt inspiration
The Modern Quilt Guild
The Modern Quilt Guild Blog: QuiltCon
The Modern Quilt Guild Blog: 100 Days of Modern Quilts