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Thread: Modern Quilt Movement

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    What do you think about this trend in quilt making?

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    I like it! I am just not a traditional pieced quilt type of girl! I'm not saying that I don't have a respect for those quilts (and their makers) and that I don't find some of them beautiful, it is just not my cup of tea.

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    I have mixed feelings about it. I like some of the quilts. Others make me wonder why the designer thought it was a good idea. Some seem like sloppy piecing to me...just odds and ends sewn together. There doesn't seem to be any artistry or skill involved in the making. On the other hand, when people are pressed for time because of young children, work, or school, it is a creative outlet that they can enjoy without stressing over the details involved in traditional piecing. Like so many other creative endeavors, to each his own.

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    I'm straddling the line myself. I love the modern quilts, and have also enjoyed making the traditional quilts. I've found that many of my projects are now a blend of both.

    Usually - my quilts are gifts so I use the process that fits the receiver.

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    I like it because it keeps quilting alive and kicking.

    Janet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    I like it because it keeps quilting alive and kicking.

    Janet
    I totally agree!!!! :thumbup:

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    Ok, clue me in, what is the modern quilt movement??

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    Quilting is like all art forms. There is room for everyone. I will like some things and not like some things, but in the end we are all quilters. If we all liked the same things, life would get pretty dull.

    Personally, most super modern things are not for me. I'm a traditional girl, but I still respect the work and creativity that goes into the quilt.

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    I walk through quilt shows and am amazed that what is fabric and thread could be a painting of water colores.

    I am thrilled to see true pieces of old patterns.

    the long arms in home has changed the quilting into a home industry. am amazed that these are available and are purchased, have room for them in homes.

    So, mixed bag of emotions. Amazed but always love seeing the old.

    Bet there is medicine for that ! hah!

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    quilting is like painting - some like Picasso and some like Thomas Kinkade. Some like both. It is a medium.

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    I really Love it..but I will never let go of the traditional.

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    I love modern quilts. This isn't a new trend. Ghee Bend quilts made in the late 1800's were full on modern. http://www.google.com/search?q=gee+b...w=1021&bih=802

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kehoeta
    I'm straddling the line myself. I love the modern quilts, and have also enjoyed making the traditional quilts. I've found that many of my projects are now a blend of both.

    Usually - my quilts are gifts so I use the process that fits the receiver.
    Me too! I love the creativity that goes into the modern quilts, as well as the creativity of the traditional quilts. Both are loved and appreciated by me.

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    Diff'rent strokes.....
    I love them all!

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    I love all of it traditional , and modern art quilts. I just get dissapointed that some of the major shows have chosen a predominance of modern , leaving a very small percentage for traditional. Seeing great representations from all aspects of the quilting world is what I expect in a great show.

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    Many in my family would prefer modern/contemporary to traditional quilts. I love and appreciate both :D:D:D

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    I agree, there is room for everyone - I love both.

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    I joined the Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild which formed in March of this year. I personally do not like the Gee's Bend quilts but have seen some modern quilts I do like so have mixed emotions but thought I would give it a look see. Then the tornado destroyed our meeting place (quiltingboard.com/t-119563-1.htm) and we haven't gotten back together yet! Looking forward to getting together again since the shop recently reopened.

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    each generation of quilters define the style of quilts for that era.

    that's why civil war quilts look different from 30s quilts etc.

    i'm sure when the 30s quilts were first starting out the previous generation didn't all jump on board with the new style.

    i personally prefer to do my own work instead of following premade patterns but i can appreciate any quilt that is well balanced with color and composition and is constructed well.

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    It's not that I don't like the quilts or the style, which I describe as
    "Gee's Bend with more disposable income."

    I think some newer quilters just got fed up with the quilt police, and/or didn't feel comfortable with the demographics of most quilts guilds, and wanted to form their own group to reflect that change.

    Also, a whole new generation of younger fabric designers started designing for the larger manufacturers, and connected with an audience.

    Not my taste personally, but so what?

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    "Modern" quilts are simply quilters having visions that others may or may not share (think of the impressionist painters!). I also admire "straight" quilts greatly, but if I have to make a huge # of the same square... well, I can't. I have 2 UFOs from the same class (one of 3 classes I've taken) and I quickly finished 1/4 of each... and had 90 more to do!!!! Friends tell me they find it very relaxing, but they must be type B personalities and I'm definitely type A.

    I think about the person for whom a quilt is being designed and go from there. Sometimes I look at someone else's quilt and morph off from that to make my quilt (they'd never recognize it came from theirs) so I'm not particularly creative. Some of my quilts are blocks and some are landscapes, some are really just pictures, and some are something else. I know not everyone will like them, but I think the particular recipient has always.

    Urrr, almost. A cousin won a quilt in a raffle to help a grandchild go on an international trip. After 2 years I have told him to give it back and we'll work out a design he and his wife will like. It was a pictorial of Yosemite and did have an unattractive area in it (which is being fixed) but they are conservative and want a pretty design. That's OK.

    Isn't it great what a variety we are!!!! This way we may skip some quilting threads and actually find time to quilt!

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    I don't personally like them. I don't mind a little imperfection here and there but when the whole quilt looks so wonky it just gets on my nerves.

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    They are what got me back into quilting after a 15 year absence. I don't like them too wonky but love the stacked coins, bricks and boxed squares in the right colors. I still like the traditional, too, but had gotten into kind of a rut.
    I will say that the heavily quilted by machine fmq makes some quilts too stiff for my taste. They are beautiful but i like the quilts soft and comfy. Just mho.

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    I, like some of the others, like both traditional and modern. I try to tailor each quilt to the projected owner and it's use. One daughter wants a bargello, another likes the traditional, grandkids like specific colors and DH likes whatever I make. So I make a broad spectrum of quilt types and love them all (except pinwheels - hate trying to match all those points).

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    I think it's fine, as there is a place in the quilt world for everyone. I don't do that style, but really like all that I see.

    :)

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