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Modern Quilts

Type "Modern" into the search box at the top of the page and you will find many photos of Modern Quilts. The Modern Quilt Guild uses this definition:

"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: use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid colors, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid of work. Modern Traditionalism or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting."

Benefits of Modern Quilts

  • Modern Quilts are bringing new quiltmakers to the art who may not be drawn to traditional patterns. 
  • Modern Quilts often have large areas of open space for quilting. 

Supplies and Tools for Modern Quilts

  • While Modern Quilts use the same basic tools as traditional quilts, the emphasis is on creating your own design rather than following a pattern.
  • Another resource is QuiltCon, the annual Quilt Show hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). The MQG is itself a good resource for more information on Modern Quilts.
What I Wish I Knew When I Started making Modern Quilts

It is a mistake to think modern quilts are easier to make. Simple graphic design takes time, effort, and thought to create bold, MODERN QUILTS that holds up to design esthetics. There are many different ideas/looks to today's Modern Quilts. There are fewer "rules" in modern quilting and your design has no limits.

Modern Quilts Resources