This is Alissa Haight Carlton’s answer to the question, “What does modern quilting mean to me?” Read more about our modern quilting blog meme here.
So it’s my turn to answer the question “what does modern quilting mean to me?” Such a hard thing to answer, isn’t it?
For me a lot of it has to do with how I became a quilter. I came to quilting through the indie crafting scene & blogs. About six years ago I fell in love with knitting and wanted to craft more. I got a sewing machine, started to read blogs, spent hours on Flickr, bought Denyse Schmidt’s book (oh thank you Denyse for that book!), started making quilts, and voila – I was a quilter! I had never set foot in a traditional quilt shop and didn’t even know that world existed. I’m self (well, blog) taught and not worried about following rules. No one told me how to press my seams – I just thought to the side was easier, so that’s what I do. I care deeply about craftsmanship, but not about any specific rules or restrictions.
Ok, onto some of the aesthetic things that to me are modern.
Improvisational wonkiness and working with no pattern:
Mixing fabric lines and lots of white:
Contemporary color choices:
No borders & geometric prints:
Lots of solids:
To me modern quilting is all of these things (and so much more), but I also think it is having a certain attitude toward the craft. An openness that makes you enjoy the process and not be as concerned with a “perfect” outcome. I don’t care about perfection in my quilting at all. What IS perfection anyhow? The perfectly sewn 1/4″ seam? The perfectly square square? Not to me. To me there’s more interest in the little “off” parts of design. If it looks attractive to me (and the craftsmanship is good) it works! That’s much of why I love improv piecing. I find it creatively fulfilling to just sew and design as I go – not completely knowing where the block, much less the quilt, is going.
And hey, I’m so freakin’ modern that I also think that if you disagree with anything or everything I’ve said here, then great! I don’t mind at all if you want to press your seams open, only work with patterns, never use white, always add borders, use big floral fabrics and prewash (I don’t). Go for it! Modern quilting = tolerant quilting.
Go Modern Quilt Guild!