I always love to hear how people began quilting. Did they make their first patchwork quilt at their grandmother's knee? Did they get bored and take a class that led to a passion? Did a friend drag them to a quilt show, and they were hooked?
For Ashley Newcomb, blogger at filminthefridge.com, creating modern patchwork-style quilts began when her fabric collection got so big she realized she had to do something with them. Does that sound like anyone you know?
Ashley and several other self-styled modern quilters shared their thoughts on modern quilting and how they got started in Modern Patchwork magazine. Today I thought I'd share Ashley's Q&A, which is part of an article by Alissa Haight Carlton on the modern quilting movement.
Q: How long have you been quilting and how did you start?
Ashley: I learned to sew at the end of 2007, when I discovered designer fabrics and started collecting them. I realized that I had better figure out some way to use these fabrics! I spent time browsing Flickr.com and started seeing gorgeous quilts that were unlike any I had seen—bright, colorful modern quilts. I made my first quilt top without a pattern. It's colorful and fun.
Q: How has your blog affected your quilting?
|Samples of Ashley's modern patchwork quilts (detail).|
Ashley: Having a blog is such a great way to connect with so many people that I'd never have a chance to meet otherwise. When I began quilting, there were many blogs that opened my eyes to a whole new world of quilting. Without these blogs, I'm not sure I'd have realized this passion of mine. Now it makes me happy to think that my blog can help inspire new quilters.
Q: What do you love most about modern quilting?
Ashley: I love that the sky's the limit in terms of what I could dream up and turn into a quilt. There's freedom in not relying on a pattern and letting the quilt evolve as I make up the various blocks.
Q: What makes you a modern quilter?
Ashley: I describe my quilting style as modern because it's an easy way to distinguish my style from traditional quilting. I like to make quilts that mix and match great fabrics, use a lot of white (or some other solid color), are improvisationally pieced, include some quirky aspects, some wonkiness or small pieced details, and don't necessarily follow any set pattern.
Whether you consider yourself a modern quilter, a contemporary quilter, or a traditionalist with a twist, you'll find 37 patchwork projects in Modern Patchwork to make using your own favorite fabrics and personal style.