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Thread: Modern quilt patterns?

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    Does anyone have any recommendations (books, pattern sites, whatever) for more modern looking quilt designs? When I say that, I mean stuff that breaks from the traditional block pattern. I have a family member that has requested a non-traditional looking quilt (Quote: "None of that country-crafty look, please!")

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    Quilter's Warehouse has thousands of patterns of all types. Here's the link http://www.quilterswarehouse.com/s-1...-patterns.aspx

    You can also check your local library. I live in a small community, but they have tons of quilting books at mine!

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    obviously :? your family member does not quilt! LOL
    I do traditional quilt blocks because the color and angles are what drew me to the craft. Modern colors (hot pink, apple green, neon blue) dramatically changes the look of a traditional block. A traditional quilt can be changed by using fabrics that feature subject matters not associated with "folksy" venue.
    it is a given that I probably don't have a clue of where you would go to find what is being requested, but there are numerous books at your local quilt shop that can lead you down the path. And, I know for a fact that there are many quilters in this forum who venture the unknown area of "modern".
    Check out a discussion of Art Nouveau on this thread:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/26703.page

    Good luck!

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    I agree with Omak that contemporary fabric choices can bring some of the more traditional patterns bang up to date. But for something different, how about a One Block Wonder? :D

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    A bargello quilt would work. It doesn't have a single block in it! There are a whole bunch of bargello designs now too.

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    I'm kinda new to quilting, and I love the french braids. I'm not sure if they're considered traditional or not, but I love the look of them and would consider them less traditional than a lot of quilt patterns. Its on my long list of "to do's" one of these days!!!

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    Check you local library for these two books.

    "The Modern Quilt Workshop: Patterns, Techniques, and Designs from the Funquilts Studio" by by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle
    "Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects" by Denyse Schmidt
    You can also check her website http://www.dsquilts.com/ for insperation!

    I love both of these books for "modern" patterns!

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    Our library has a great book and of course I can't remember the exact name right now but it has Patchwork in the title. The book has a section on non-traditional quilts. There is one called a Modern Grandmother's flower garden. Basically, there are various sized templates of a flower. Sort of a five petal generic flower. They have cut assorted flowers from all kinds of wild fabrics and appliqued it to a piece of cloth. The whole bed is covered with these crazy overlapping flowers. It is totally not my taste, yet somehow, I like it. I'd say the same technique could be applied to any geometric shape and make the quilt even more modern.

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    Absolutely beautiful.

    Pat

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    Rivka, your family member sounds just like my daughter! lol!!!!
    Here's a picture of the one I did for her, I kind of copied one of her couch pillows! That way I knew she'd have to like it, as she loved her piillows! lol!!! And she does love it, it's on her couch. :D
    There's been several similar ones that's been posted too recently.
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