What does "modern quilting" mean?
There are a lot of opinions on what modern quilting is—and isn't. But one thing's for sure, modern patchwork quilting is hot right now.
|Lots of white in the background is a hallmark
of modern patchwork quilting style.
On the first episode of "Quilting Arts TV" Series 1000, host Pokey Bolton addressed the modern quilting aesthetic with her first guest, quilt designer Heather Jones. According to Heather, the hallmarks of modern quilts are:
- Simplified forms
- Large-scale patchwork blocks
- Expanses of whites and grays
- Connection to traditional quilting
- Simple, straight lines of quilting
- Usefulness (as opposed to solely art pieces)
With that introduction, Heather showed how to make a patchwork quilt block based on the traditional courthouse steps design, to be used as a pillow top.
|Starting with the center vertical strip,
this modern courthouse steps patchwork
block comes together easily.
Heather plans out her designs on graph paper and cuts the strips to size, using scraps of florals and coordinating solids.
Because it's very important in this kind of design to keep the seams straight and even, Heather uses a ¼" foot to stitch one piece to another.
Pressing the seams open after each fabric strip addition also helps to keep the strips flat and properly aligned.
Heather's patchwork quilt block pillow top was a cinch to make. Depending on your choice of fabric, it could look very modern, or more traditional.
Heather demonstrates more modern patchwork quilt projects in a later episode of "QATV" Series 1000, too.
What do you think of the modern patchwork and the modern quilting movement? Leave your comments below.