When the theme was announced, I remembered my "modern" UFO but wasn't sure if it really fit the criteria. I did a little research on modern quilts and found a variety of descriptions. Thomas Knauer wrote an article in the Oct./Nov. 2014 QNM on How to Design a Modern Quilt which I eagerly read. He says that all quilt compositions have been done before in some way or another. Whether repro or modern, they borrow from past traditions. He instructs one to listen to NPR, read newspapers, watch a documentary, take pictures and pay careful attention to the world around you and make something relevant to what you see or learn. I continued and found another reference that stated that modern quilts have some of these characteristics:
break the rules design and construction
reflect one's own style and personality
bold and sold colors
use gray as a neutral
simple minimalist designgeometric shapes
My UFO had several of those characteristics (I guess the heart is not a geometric shape but it was not made traditionally). I liked what I had started, but was never inspired to finish it. Now I was.
The hearts were cut with a rotary cutter, stitched down and embellished with decorative machine and hand stitching. The center heart is lightly stuffed. The background is hand stitched with tapestry yarn in a geometric pattern which contrasts with the heart. It is wrapped and secured on a 12 X 12 canvas.