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Modern Quilts

I used to think that this was an oxymoron.  How could quilts be modern?  I admired the amount of talent and workmanship that went into them but they were honestly not my style.

Then I discovered modern quilting blogs.  And the fabric.  And the talent.  And then I was hooked.

I had no idea how to make one but I knew that I had to teach myself.  So with the help of the aforementioned blogs and a couple of quilting books I muddled my way through my first two.

You might have noticed some quilts popping into mainstream stores such as Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel.  I did at least.

So exactly is Modern Quilting?  Well...... that is a really good question with many answers.   I personally think it has a lot to do with fabric choice, the colors and the composition in terms of design of the quilt.    But to sum it up....I know it when I see it.  And what looks modern to me might look very traditional to someone else and vice versa.

There is movement of Modern Quilting Guilds that are forming across the country which is super exciting.
If you go to the main Modern Quilting Guild website, there is discussion about what modern quilting is to different people as well as links to local quilt guilds that are starting in cities around the country (and the world).

Guess whose city was starting a chapter? 

Kansas City.

So I went to the very first meeting.  Along with a lot of other people.  And I definitely was not the youngest person there.  I was really worried that since I was such a newbie that I would be in way over my head with all the experienced quilters.  But I am happy to report for all the newbies out there that this was something that I should not have worried about.  There were people there from all levels and everyone was super nice.

I had a lot of fun meeting people with similar interests and gaining inspiration from their creations.  I also picked picked up a lot of great tips.

We have another meeting scheduled this month and I cannot wait.   Check out our website (here) to see all the creations of the members as well as their blogs.  And even to join if you are interested.

I have a couple new quilts that I am starting soon that I cannot wait to share with the blogosphere as well as all the members of the new quilt guild.  So I had better get moving.
7 comments on "Modern Quilts"
  1. Jenny, I think the quilts you did are so cool. Do you know of any online resources for beginners? I know how to work a sewing machine (to make a pillow! lol) but not anything about quilting. Maybe I'll start with a quilted pillow... lol

  2. The quilts are so pretty. I would like to try a more modern style for my Christmas quilt, but I want to practice first. Your Figgy Pudding is totally my inspiration. But, I got mixed up and got a charm pack instead of jelly rolls.

    And, I totally didn't know you were in KC. I was just there last month visiting my college roommate. We need to meet up sometime. Right?

  3. Wow, that is so cool! Keep us posted on your progress!

  4. Love your blog...I came across it and of course this post was perfect to indulge in. When I was 18, I was determined to go to the quilting session at our our church where all those ladies made quilts for our church picnice...that was over 2 years ago and I am kicking myself for never learning. I have some fabric now that I would give an ovary to have made into a quilt.


  5. Genial dispatch and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Gratefulness you on your information.

  6. i'm so glad you had a good time, jenny. i'm looking forward to seeing your creations! ( your bed!)

  7. Jenny, I was,initially, brought back to quilting by the fabrics of Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner. Love the contemporary look so much! Then a week ago, I came across The Modern Quilting Guild and was hooked, too! I will be starting a chapter here in Fresno, CA!