Traditional and Modern Quilting: Designs and Techniques for Quilt Designs

Sometimes it seems that fabric and thread are the only connections shared between contemporary and traditional quilting. But of course, modern quilting has its roots in many traditional methods. In fact, many contemporary quilters actually got their start as traditional or Victorian-style crazy quilters. No matter your style, now is your chance to get the inside scoop on designing your own quilt to create a modern or traditional effect; or to add a little of both into your quilt designs.

To help you along the journey of quilt design, we've gathered three techniques plus tricks and tips from both worlds to help you design a quilt using basic principles in entirely new ways. With the expert advice in Traditional and Modern Quilting: Designs and Techniques for Quilt Designs, you'll be on your way to creating your own unique quilting designs.  Download your free eBook to get started today!

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Design your own quilt exploring the use of color and interaction.

Sometimes, simple quilt designs using "low-volume" fabrics can fulfill your desire to make a subtle and sophisticated impact.  These fabrics don't rely on bright, saturated, or intense colors, but rather simple prints and whiter shades. Follow the straightforward instructions in the next article: "Turn Down the Volume," to create your own quiet, simple quilt designs.

At one point or another we have all run into a creative block, and often this block comes in the form of always choosing favorites or similar colors for quilts. Anne Lullie has the perfect solution to this "color block," a good color intervention.  Go back to the basics with her color play article and ignite your color creativity! Then, break out of the box with Melody Johnson's fun method for easy quilt designs using geometric blocks. She doodles for inspiration when considering quilt designs, intentionally creating shapes with odd angles. This approach makes for a very modern quilt design, and a fun method for designing quilts.

No matter your interests, this free eBook will show you a variety of approaches to quilting design and give you all the tools and inspiration you need to design your own quilt today!


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Discover the many ways to use quilting templates and color when designing quilts.

Turn down the volume with modern quilting templates using quiet fabrics.  

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"Turn Down the Volume: Quilt Design with Quiet Fabrics" by Malka Dubrawsky

The inspiration for working with these fabrics came from the clean aesthetic of Japanese craft books and a desire to explore traditional quilt designs in a way that was fresh and modern.  Malka covers four fundamentals of selecting fabrics for this sort of design. Starting with adaptability, then moving into fabric selection, visual impact, and finally modern aesthetic. Her unique approach to modern quilting will have you on your way to creating simple quilt designs for a contemporary masterpiece.

Explore color in simple quilt designs.  

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"Spontaneous Explorations in Color: Color Play" by Anne Lullie

Go back to the basics of colorwork, dust off that color wheel, and design a quilt using a whole new realm of color technique. Colors look different depending on the color(s) they are place next to or on top of. They can appear to interact or change their shade depending on the colors near them. Anne's quilt design begins with charting out a pattern, then fusing fabric chips to a prepared background.  This exercise in color and quilting design is an excellent project for a "hands-on" exploration of color. Be sure you allow creative freedom with your measurements and remember to have fun with this enlightening quilt design technique.

Make your own easy quilt designs with modern quilting flair.  

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"Releasing the Creative Block" by Melody Johnson

Sometimes even the most creative minds can hit an artistic drought. Going back to basics is often the best place to start, whether that be reviewing your old ideas or visiting essential techniques. Follow Melody Johnson's unique approach to releasing your creative block by doodling with variations and repetition. These explorations will lead you to unique shapes with odd angles, to transform your quilt design work into a modern quilting style. Download this article for free to get all seven tips for overcoming creative block and get started creating easy quilt designs today!


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