Modern Quilting

Modern quilt guilds are popping up all over the country and the world! The Modern Quilt Guild blog ( is conducting a discussion about what modern quilting means. My contribution is as follows:

What does modern quilting mean to me?

I see modern quilting as the third leg of a stool that includes traditional quilting and art quilting. Modern quilting seems to encompass the basic materials of traditional quiltmaking with the bend and break the rules approach of art quilting.

For me, modern quilting often has a somewhat minimalist approach to design. The designs are graphic and bold. They often look simple to make, but are not necessarily so. In addition, many modern quilters use negative space in a way that neither traditional or art quilters usually do.

While many of us “modern quilters” appreciate and value the workmanship and detail that may comprise an award winning traditional or art quilt, these are not the quilts we want to make.
What do you think? Are you a modern quilter?
1 Comment
  • jacquie
    Posted at 12:23h, 11 February Reply

    i love the third leg of the stool reference…i feel that way too…that we are in a land between the traditional and art quilts. thanks so much for participating!

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