What is a Modern Quilt?

The definition of a Modern Quilt was aptly described by Jacqui Gering, Chair for the Modern Quilt Guild, in her September webinar. Modern Quilting: Know it when you see it. Jacqui’s presentation is an excellent overview of modern quilts. She used the following to guide her presentation.

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways but the characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include but are to limited: the use of Bold colours and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid colour, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work.”Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilts is also often seen in modern quilting.

Jacqui talks about a continuum between traditional and modern quilting. She asked viewers to review their own quilting using the characteristics she describes. Let’s take up the challenge and review our own quilts.

Please take some time to watch Jacqui’s presentation, decide where you find yourself on the continuum and share it at the April meeting. You can find the webinar in the community section of the Modern Quilt Guild website. (freely available to members.)

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