We are in the process of forming The Lake Superior Chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. This guild will be one of many modern quilt guilds across the country and world with the goal to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community. We encourage anyone who is interested to join us. We have members from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada. Our next meeting is Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Lakeside Lester Park Community Center at 54th Avenue East & Tioga (between Glenwood and Superior Streets on 54th Avenue East!) The meetings start at 6:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm.
Here’s a few answers to some questions you may have about Modern Quilts and the Modern Quilt Guild. We will be happy to answer more at our first meeting!
What is modern quilting?
During the first decade of the 21st Century, quilters began applying current tastes and points of view to traditional patterns and the craft of quilting. They also began sharing their work online via on blogs, photo websites such as flickr and other social media sites. As a result, the fresh approaches and new designs shared attracted sewers and quilters across the country and around the world. This was the beginning of the modern quilt movement. In October 2009, the Modern Quilt Guild began in Los Angeles, CA to help other like-minded quilters across the country create their own local modern quilt guilds where quilters could share, discuss and encourage one another.
Like all art, modern quilting grows and adapts over time, quilter to quilter, as they find their own voice. Each quilter?s personality and personal style is reflected in their modern quilts. As modern quilting has grown some common themes have emerged that can be seen in most modern quilts. As you read the list below bear in mind themes continue to change and new ones take shape. Some common themes that have emerged are:
Quilts created trend to be more functional versus decorative quilts
Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs
Traditional quilt blocks are reinterpreted in new fabrics and construction methods (wonkiness, made fabric, etc?..)
Embrace simplicity and minimalism
Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
Incorporate increased use of negative space (background)
Are inspired by modern art and architecture
Frequently use improvisational piecing (construction techniques vs. patterns)
Contain bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints (remember emerging trends??..low volume modern quilts are a new trend that is emerging as is neutral based quilts)
Often use gray and white as neutrals and for negative space
Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics
Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines (although there are long arm quilters whose specialty is quilting modern quilts)
Modern quilting has its roots in the desire to do something different, but simultaneously its feet are firmly planted in the field of tradition. Modern quilting is a response to what has come before. We are quilters first, modern quilters second.
Modern quilters have embraced the new options available in textiles: bold colors, graphic prints, larger scale prints, and Japanese fabrics. Much like the Amish quilting tradition, many modern quilters are also exploring quilt designs made exclusively with solid fabrics or with just a hint of print.
Most importantly of all?.there are no quilt police! Creativity is a process and individual.
As stated earlier, the Internet has played an integral role in the development of modern quilting. Through blogs, online tutorials and social media the modern quilting community interacts, provides inspiration and friendship for each other. The Duluth Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild would like to be this type of environment where we can meet monthly to inspire each other as we create and build friendships. In many ways we are going back to the basics of the early quilters, women who used the colors and fabrics of their times to express themselves creatively while finding friendship and community along the way. We hope you will join our journey together.
Excerpted and modified from www.themodernquiltguild.com.
Some blogs to explore the work of fellow modern quilters:
We encourage everyone to join us at the Lakeside Lester Park Community Center on the second Thursday of each month. If you want to join but won’t be able to make it to the next meeting, send the form and a check to: Janet Anelli, Hannah Johnson Fabrics, 4511 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55804.
If you would like more information, you can also email Ruthann at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue at email@example.com