So many things going on in my head!

Do you have that problem – I really do have a butterfly mind – I sit down at the computer – to check emails, or surf for something specific and something catches my eye and away I go.  Tutorials, bags, lessons – I belong to several sites which require payment – The Quilt Show and QNTTV or something like that.  I love watching and learning AND stretching myself and my knowledge. I keep learning new things AND keep buying things as well.  My friend from the U.S brought me so many goodies that I had bought and sent to her to bring over here.  – oh such a wonderful mixture of everything!! The best – a bag of 1 pound of hand dyed scraps from Ricky Timms and the fabrics are so beautiful – a total of 3 yards of fabric strips – minimum 4.5″ x WOF.  Any suggestions as to what I could make with it?  I will come up with something.

It has been a while since I wrote and really life has been hectic.  I have been trying to decide if I am a Modern Quilter or a Traditional Quilter.  Between my teaching and my quilting – I really love spreading the word about the joys of quilting.  Therapeutic is the word for quilting.  Recently read on Missouri Star of a woman who was born with a serious birth defect which required her to spend 2 months in hospital every year for her whole life, which was predicted to be early 20s.  She learned to sew as a teenager and started around 17 to sew while she was in hospital.  Well she has been making quilts ever since – particularly in the hospital – the sewing distracts from the pain she suffers – but she is now 62 – what a star – and she blames the quilting and the joy of both distracting but also so much happiness in what she is doing.

Back to my subject —

  • Well I prefer quilts which are NOT regimented into the same block in the same colours across the entire  quilt.
  • I prefer patterned fabrics – traditional or modern or reproduction or whatever – all fabrics attract me –
  • I think I prefer blenders which have been printed in a tone on tone way to solid colours – but also
  • I see the virtue in the dullness of solid colours to liven up the other fabrics in a print.
  • I have the feeling that modern quilting seems to choose the easy patterns BUT
  • I really enjoy some of the short cuts to make life easier – and different – well you know – nine patch to disappearing nine-patch and so on.
  • Other than matching point detail and my strict quarter-inch seam, I tend to do my own thing but still follow either a pattern or an idea. – Is that modern or me?

Over to you –



What’s the difference? Traditional, modern and contemporary quilting

cissy's quilt

So what’s the difference and is there a difference?  There certainly is a trend towards Modern Quilting and possibly away from traditional quilting.   I understand there has been a marked reduction of traditional quilts of entries to both the Festival of Quilts and National Quilt Championships and certainly at Ardingly last month most of the quilts were either arty or modern with a few traditional from Sandy Lush .

Why is that?  Today – a traditional quilt tends to be a series of same blocks or a couuple of blocks, which work together, made with same or different fabrics which together make a quilt.  The blocks are quite often standard blocks and occasionally is often a series of repetitive tasks to make it with the key to being a very wonderful quilt is the workmanship in making it AND the quilting – be it hand or machine – is outstanding.

So what is Modern Quilting?

Really difficult to answer.  Over the last few years, manufacturers and designers are creating fabrics that are modern and inspiring by being very different from traditional fabric patterns.  Such designers as Kaffe Fassett,  Amy Butler, David Butler and  Aneela Hoey have brought fabrics into the 21st century and about time to.

Here is what the Modern Quilt Guild says:

“We define modern quilts as quilts that are functional, include bold colors, and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, asymmetry expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics. . . .The growth of the movement was facilitated by four factors: the cultural shift of quality design being recognized by the general public, affordable digital cameras, the changing fabric industry and the rise of social media.”

What I do know, is that some modern quilts are inspiring as are some traditional quilts are.  I personally do not like to use solid colour fabrics, only when I make a modern quilt while I believe the solids have a very important roll to play in all quilts.  Above is the quilt I made for my granddaughter – which gave me great joy to make.  It is called a Wonky Circle of Stars

Contemporary Quilting

Comtemporary quilts tend to be Art Quilts, I believe and often contain other media besides fabric (Lutrador and other fabric like items).  I believe they are made for show or for sale and why not!  Most good quilters traditional or otherwise, would like to sell their work and make a decent amount, given the amount of time it takes to make any quilt.

Would love to hear any ideas and comments are welcome!  Hope to hear from you!