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.
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?
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.