The Modern Quilting Guild planning committee wants to know what “modern quilting” means to its members, and has requested we post our response on our personal blogs.
I have a difficult time articulating what “modern quilting” means to me.
Jacquie said to me recently, “I can’t always explain it. I just know it when I see it.” I knew what she meant.
To me, “modern quilting” means fresh… current. It’s executed with unexpected design, and an intuitive process, all wrapped together with the inspired artists out there creating it.
My first “modern quilting moment” happened when I stumbled upon fabric that spoke to my creative side. I’d found my artist’s medium. Fabric’s my modern quilting muse. Modern quilting wouldn’t exist for me with out the designer fabrics being produced today. Surface design makes me giddy.
I’ve come to rely on some unexpected design element when it comes to the composition of a modern quilt. Maybe some tweak of a color, shape, or proportion. Often it’s something that makes the piece signature to the creator.
Undeniably, I see modern quilting as an adaptive, intuitive process. Most of my quilting is a menagerie of technique. Whether improvisational or more static, it evolves itself differently each time in its process of construction. This process works well for me. It allows me to execute my ideas, be adaptable to change when an issue in design’s construction arises, and forces me to take on learning new skills.
I love how personable the process is and look forward to the guild’s evolution. How about you?