Thoroughly Modern Thursday

Thursday, April 18, 2013

There are some quilts that look definitely modern to me and there are others that look barely different for any other quilt your abuela might have made.  While there are certain characteristics that give us good guidelines, in the long run, modern can sometimes be in the eye of the beholder.

Modern Quilt Guild on what is modern quilting:

"...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."

I think we can agree on these characteristics.  We could also disagree on some of these.  If you look back in history, modern quilting as characterized above has been a segment of every quilting generation.


I found these great fabrics at Rock, Paper, Scissors in Montclair, NJ.  They host the local MQG meetings.  I haven't made it to one of the meetings yet, but their listing on the MQG site is what lead me to finding their store.  Quilting fabric is only part of what's going on there, but I was able to find some interesting fabrics.  These are all from Simply Color by V and Co. for Moda.

Cat Not Included

I cut, sandwiched, turned out and then quilted this heart.  Next, I'm going to applique it to the quilt top before putting it all together.  I'm all over the place on how best to quilt it.

  • Idea 1: Quilt around the heart and one echo.  Then echo quilt circles around the outside of the heart.  
  • Idea 2: Quilt straight vertical and horizontal lines to create a grid in the top left corner of the quilt.  Then in the area not covered by the lines, quilt bubbles.
  • Idea 3: Use 5 different fillers designs that change in size and density from the top to the bottom of the quilt.
  • Idea 4: Add a few more hearts floating down to the bottom right and then figure out how to quilt it. (Ack!  Scope creep!)

I'm hoping to get this quilt done in the next week.  What do you think?  Any ideas on how to quilt this?

Quilt. Create. Enjoy!



2 Responses to “Thoroughly Modern Thursday”

  1. Hi Anna - how about a combination of all your ideas? Quilt around the heart and echo it a couple of times. In the heart corner, do some straight line quilting, both horizontally and vertically, so you have a grid where they join, but just horizontal or vertical lines along two of the edges of the quilt.

    Next, float quilted hearts, echoed once or twice and then fill the rest of your quilt with fillers that you would like to practice. Just morph from one filler to another, rather than doing hard edges of each filler. Maybe paisley, bubbles and spirals? Angela Walters has some good ideas on transitioning from one filler to another.

    Ps, I really don't like word verification. Sometimes I end up not posting comments because I can't get past the verification, but I'll try this time :(

    1. Hi Elvis, Thank you for the idea! I'm going to sketch it out to see how it sits with me. I think it'll look really pretty. I didn't even realize the word verification was turned on. I'm not a fan of it either so I've turned it off. ~Anna


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