This year for our quilting series we have decided to do something completely different. One day in the car while eating our “business lunch” (because the restaurant was too freezing) we started talking about and finalized this Modern Quilt Along series in a matter of minutes. And we are both so excited about it! It is a topic that both liZ and I are super interested in, so why not make a series about it? And then you can join us too—because in quilting, the more the merrier!
And so for 2017 we will be learning about and studying all the different creative aspects of the Modern Quilting movement. What they say began as a side comment on The Martha Stewart Living Show to Denyse Schmidt about her “chic, modernist aesthetic” and had its foundings in flickr groups–has now become a circle of quilters who describe themselves as modern quilters. And the movement has been a phenomenal one!
Here is the definition the Modern Quilt Guild gives:
“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.” ~Modern Quilt Guild
So for each month of 2017 we will be focusing on a different aspect of that modern quilting definition (not that it has to follow the rules exactly because that is the beauty of modern quilting—rules are meant to be broken) and making quilts based on each of the themes in the definition of modern quilting, and we would ABSOLUTELY LOVE for you to join us.
Each month we will announce the theme, show some different examples of quilts made depicting that theme and then turn us all loose to create a quilt or mini quilt (or pillow, or bag, whatever you want!) in the way that you interpret the theme. And we can not wait to see what you come up with! You will be able to link up your creation in a link-up party that will happen throughout the month.
Here is the schedule that we will follow if you’d like to print it out and put it up on your sewing space wall…
Would you like to join us? We’d love to know who is in….if you will leave us a comment below…..we will get ready for February’s quilting party! It starts the first Wednesday in February!!!