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Date: 4/3/13 9:59 AM

I've been listening to podcasts, reading blogs and got a few books out of the library about this "modern" quilt movement. There is even a nationwide Modern quilt guild. It seems a lot of the difference is color and how it's used. A lot of white backgrounds etc. Not a lot of traditional applique methods. I guess I'm getting old, but not liking it too much. There are some other differences also that I just can't put my finger on. I like my batiks, marbles etc. I know it's only a small portion of the quilt world but I've been so exposed to it lately. I have to say I saw very little if any at all at the quilt show I recently went to. I guess it's just the young people trying to make something their own of something that is seeped in tradition. And if that is what has to happen to keep this art alive then so be it.

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Date: 4/3/13 10:03 AM

I guess if DD wanted a modern quilt for her room I'd attempt it. But she already has two traditional quilts, and doesn't want another. I think they can look great in a baby's through teens room too. Or if your decor is modern. Mine is not, so I'll never go there for my own home.

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Date: 4/3/13 10:13 AM

I think that using the brights, geometrics, bold colors and solids with tradtional blocks can be striking and attention grabbing. If it brings more quilters into this craft that may have started out in the "modern" movement, they may develop an appreciation or liking for more tradtional quilting as they grow into this art form. I started out doing my own thing, and really lately have been drawn into more traditional looking pieces. I still adore my batiks and funky fabrics, and I don't think I will ever give up that love.

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Date: 4/3/13 10:21 AM

What is the difference between a "modern" quilt and a "traditional" quilt?

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Date: 4/3/13 10:23 AM

On my facebook page I liked the site "Why quilts Matter" the people who did the series. And they talked to someone about the future of quilting and ask do you go for visual beauty above craftmanship? See below

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I'm not saying that modern quilters don't value craftmanship, however I don't believe it's as important to them as it used to be to people who started quilting 20 years ago. It's more about how it looks. I see that in many things. Project Runway is a good example. Half the people can hardly even sew. It's like doesn't matter how it got there but how it looks. Some of the sewing techniques I've seen modern quilters use I kinda of cringe, sometimes because I wish I could be that free. But some things are just tradition and to me that's the way it's done period. And maybe this point of view comes from the fashion sewer in me. As I started sewing clothes in the 70's and perfection in clothing was important to me as I loved clothes. I was a clothes horse until I couldn't afford to be any longer, (first child etc.). I think that's why perfection thing for me in quilting never quite goes away or that "your supposed to do it this way". But I've gotten alot better.

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Date: 4/3/13 10:24 AM

I like the fresh, modern, contemporary quilts. For one thing, it is attracting a younger crowd.

Occasionally this type of quilting is shown on TV programs, It's Sew Easy and Quilting Arts.

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Date: 4/3/13 10:28 AM

The Modern Quilt Guild has a nice definition of what makes a modern quilt. It's all about aesthetics. Think of a house decorated in what would be considered traditional style, and one that would be more modern. Which would you rather live in?....it's purely a matter of personal preference, right?, and LOTS of people enjoy touches of both.

Same with quilting. There's no right or wrong! I love looking at all types of quilts, including antique, pictorial, art, traditional, African, Celtic, regional American, landscape, Amish, whole cloth, and modern, to name just a few. I will continue to sew my humble lap quilts, but it sure is fun to see what others have done and to appreciate each unique work.

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Date: 4/3/13 10:35 AM

Modern quilts often use solid fabrics (kind of like Amish quilts do) and have a wide use of negative space, are often assymmetrical in design, utilizing different sized moduler units; they don't necessarily get hung up on the quilting stitch design--very often just parallel lins or grids (not many feathers there), don't necessarily use borders, often feature pieced backs. It seems more cost effective-- one can purchase a small amount of expensive quilting fabric and use inexpensive broadcloth for the rest; often will use a sampler pack from one design line. At least those are things I've noticed. The price for quilting cotton has gone up so much that I'm happy to see that people have found ways to keep getting into the hobby.

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Date: 4/3/13 11:32 AM

Modern Quilts are more streamlined looking, as in modern home decoration. They conjure up the Crate and Barrel look with clean lines, muted colors or bright colors, but in interesting patterns and so on. I love Mid-Century Modern, and what is sometimes called Contemporary Modern Design in home decor, and these quilts follow that sort of pattern. No fru-fru flowery baroque sorts of things. BUT, I like them all. I subscribe to Modern Quilts Unlimited and both the magazines from here are EXCELLENT, and good for both long-armers and regular home quilters on standard sewing machines. I look at the pictures and dream.

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Date: 4/3/13 11:36 AM

I'm not young, in fact today is my birthday!
And I love what you call the "Modern" quilts. I can also appreciate the beauty and artistic elements of the traditional quilts. Any quilt takes effort and vision to imagine, put the fabrics you love together, envision who may be using it, and even if not for use as a comforter, but also the audience who will enjoy it visually. I have friend who feels that a quilt is not a true quilt if any part of it is done on a machine, and I have yet to see any quilts done by her! I will never figure that out!
It seems to me it is the same kind of question that occurred when the "modern" art movement began. If the piece didn't have something recognizable in it, and was abstract, it couldn't be art. Even the moment when quilts were presented as "art" was controversial, and of course it was men who viewed "quilting" as some kind of craft that wasn't worthy of the label "ART". Anything that is new, and draws on the past is always suspect, whether it is music, art, technology, medicine.
I hope you didn't start this thread to get the "modern" quilt group all riled up! Just being young and perceived as having no experience or interest in the traditional or "old " quilts doesn't mean they will come to understand the beauty and real value of quilting by being told that traditional quilting is "real" quilting. I think it is taking the art form and craft of quilting on more step forward in creativity, not just laziness of vision and lack of ability.
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