Monday, July 15, 2013

Make it, Modern Series {Introduction}

Modern quilting is multifaceted. Come to a modern quilting exhibit or a modern quilt meeting and you will see a wide variety of quilts. The variety is so wide that it is difficult to box modern quilting in with a definition but there are a few defining characteristics of modern quilting. The Modern Quilt Guild provides an noninclusive list of possible characteristics of modern quilting including:

"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)

And like my mama always said, there's more than one way to skin a cat. I'm not really sure there is, but there are numerous techniques modern quilters employ when making a quilt. And each quilter has a preferred method.

One commonality in modern quilting is the usage of social media as an online quilting bee. To highlight the diversity of modern quilting both in design and techniques, we introduce the Make it, Modern series. And we invite you to sew along with us in a unique quilt along. 

The Make it, Modern series is designed to be a "how to make a quilt" series with an added challenge of make it your own. We encourage participants to create their own design based on a traditional block: the shoo-fly block. While the series will feature a specific quilt design that you are welcome to follow, it would be so cool if participants would each make a quilt from their own unique design and inspiration.

Here's the anticipated schedule of posts:
Basic & Favorite Notions
Block design & fabric selection
Block Piecing
Quilt top assembly
Making the Quilt Back
Basting your quilt
Making the Binding
Show off your Quilt Party

At each post, participants will be given an opportunity to link up and share photos of their progress and their thoughts on each quilt making component (Do you prefer to press your seams open?)

1 comment:

  1. Very cool! I may work along with you on a quilt for my nephew!