It’s the first week in October (I almost typed November…this year is flying!) and that means it is once again time for our series for 2017–The Modern Quilt Along. It’s a series where we are looking at one aspect of modern quilting each month and trying to incorporate it into our quilting time.
This month the theme is minimalism and it is one of the hallmarks of the modern quilting era. Minimalism is defined in the design world as the style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. And so it is in modern quilting….it is using extreme simplicity and spareness in making or showcasing a quilt.
Our guest this month is Nicole from Modern Handcraft and she is amazing at using minimalism in her quilting. Whether it be a minimalist quilt block that is repeated over and over, or using minimal colors and shades she uses this technique a lot to perfection!
Let’s look at some examples of how minimalism is being used in modern quilting from Modern Handcraft and others in the modern quilting world…
This is Nicole’s French Macaroon Quilt Pattern and I love the look that one large minimalistic block can make. And while the colors are fresh and bold, the minimal shape is there and done so well!
Her Urban Scandinavian mini quilt is another amazing example (and look at that picture!!!) of how to use simple minimal designs to create a beautiful quilt.
And look at her Stack Quilts where she does the same thing, only adding minimal shades of colors into the mix….brilliant!
The Chama quilt made by Meg Callahan is another great example. I love how minimalism doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a lot of work put into the quilt—because there was! Those circles are perfectly perfect and we all know that took loads of time.
Also, you should go look at all of Lindsay Stead’s quilts. They are so striking and fantastic, with very minimal designs but impeccably made!
I made this Arrow Quilt a couple of years ago for my youngest son’s bed and it still-to-date is one of my very favorite quilts. I guess it is my version of minimalism in quilting. What quilts have you made? Link them up below so we can all see…and one link will win a thread and fabric package for a whole quilt.