Jane’s Modern Quilt
As I thought about this theme, I could only think about the new trend in quilting from new quilters called Modern Quilts. This does not particularly appeal to me although I am very pleased to see a new, young group of quilters getting involved in fabric skills.
When I look at modern quilts, I see lots of gray and white used in large expanses, minimal use of color, and dense quilting. The dense quilting is the only thing that resonates with me. So I got started…trying to create a modern quilt and very glad that I could use a small format. I returned to the 12” x 12” shape. I chose some mostly black and gray and white fabrics and made some small wonky log cabin blocks. I was pleased with them and I had included an ikat fabric with all the colors in it. When I pieced the blocks into a background of light gray, I wasn’t quite as happy. But I persevered and came up with a square. I started quilting this block which took quite a while. As I was working on it, I decided to add my own artistic touch. I was just trying to make it my own.
I thought adding some paint to the surface would be interesting. I chose silver and black pearl. That is when it started going south. I could no longer see the log cabin blocks or the lovely fabrics I had used. I then decided to add some graffiti type marks with some positive affirmations to lift it from the gray prison I had created. Nothing worked. I will include a picture of this “failure”.
Back to square 1:
At least I had enough fabric left to start another little quilt. This time I kept it simple. No paint, no innovative piecing, no creative textures. I even put a binding on it. Most of the time while I was constructing it, I felt muzzled. I did that to myself. I can hardly wait to see what the rest of you have made with this theme. It always amazes me. Thanks, Gail for a very challenging theme.
I saw another exhibit of Modern Quilts recently. I still don’t want to go there. Perhaps one of you can enlighten me about this trend. I would love to hear your opinions.