Monday, May 20, 2013

Modern Quilts

Looking around in the online space and in current quilting publications, the term "modern" quilts is in vogue.  A decade ago they might have been called "contemporary". I have to laugh at the hubris of calling the current style either modern or contemporary. Doesn't that just mean it's current now? Isn't that what fashion is? Can't we think of a better word for the current trend?
In any case, the current characteristics of a "modern" quilt are use of solid-colored fabrics, emphasis on negative space, restrained use of prints, use of asymmetry, and the aspect of minimalism.

After searching for examples, I tried my hand at a "modern" interpretation of a very tiny quilt. Well, actually, I admit it is a mug rug. Pretty useless excuse for making a tiny quilt. One step up from a tea cozy, really. But my daughter just got a promotion and an office with a window. Maybe she needs something cute to put her tea cup on?

"View out the window" 2013, 8.5" x 4.5" hand appliquéd and hand quilted.