Modern Quilting

Modern quilts come out of the modern quilting movement, which puts emphasis on simple, bold, abstract designs with bright colors and contemporary commercial fabrics, often including a large field of unpieced fabric that shows off the quilt stitching. Many modern quilt patterns are abstractions of traditional quilt blocks; these are referred to as modern patchwork.

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English Paper Piecing Goes Modern

I have tried hand stitching of all kinds. Anything to do with needles and thread has been in my project basket at one time or another. But every so often I discover something new. Several years ago I was helping a friend clean out her neighbor’s sewing room and we came across a beautiful piece…

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Make a Modern Memory Quilt with Ties

So many of our fathers, grandfathers, brothers, and uncles have worn ties to work every day or for special occasions. Trish Bowman makes a memory quilt, using ties in a herringbone pattern, on ‘Quilting Arts TV’ Series 1600. When their tie-wearing days are over, there might be 30 or more ties that we just don’t…

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Eight Quilt Art Projects for Fun in the Sun

Twisted Fabric Flower embellishment Vanessa Christenson. It’s summer here in Quilting Daily land, so we’ve rounded up eight of our favorite summertime quilting and surface design projects and techniques for you to enjoy. Is your beach book on your eReader? Protect it with a patchwork cover. Natural is nice, but why not dye your found…

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Mid-Century Modern House Pillows – Templates – Modern Patchwork Spring 2015

Downloadable templates for Mid-century modern house pillows by Candy Glendening. See Modern Patchwork Spring 2015 for instructions on how to make this project.  ***The free download link is below for logged-in users. To access Quilting Daily web extras, bonus patterns, tips, techniques, and more—all absolutely FREE—please register or sign in here. *** Other topics you may enjoy:No…

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Modern Patchwork – Free Quilt Pattern: Queen Charming by Tula Pink & FreeSpirit Fabrics

This quilt, a jumbo Disappearing Nine-Patch design, was created using stunning fabrics from Tula Pink’s Elizabeth line for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Make it interesting by incorporating lots of different fabrics and textures for that over-the-top Tula Pink appeal.Download the free quilt pattern here and get the fabric kit for the Queen Charming quilt now.Read more about…

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Modern Quilt Designs – Roots in the 1970s

The 1970s were know for wild wallpaper, orange and brown plaid couches, and bell-bottoms–but quilt designs? Hexagon Diamonds,  polyester double-knit quilt, c. 1970, from Oregon. Collection of Bill Volckening. I know a lot of people who collect antique quilts, Depression-era quilts, or Victorian crazy quilts. But quilts from the '70s? Not so much. I was surprised to…

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Trendy Quilting Blocks: Modern Drunkard’s Path

Is the Drunkard’s Path quilt block the new hexie? We are getting tons of submissions for Drunkard’s Path quilts in our in-boxes. “Drunkard’s Path is definitely on trend right now. Modern quilters often love block quilts with curved piecing, and there have been many variations on the Drunkard’s Path block,” says quilt collector and historian…