Friday, February 21, 2014

Is this a "modern" quilt block?

I was sitting at my desk working and I kept looking at a stack of quilt blocks in my UFO stack. I was wondering whether these blocks are "modern" quilt blocks or not. I mean, really, what is a modern quilt?

 I've seen quilts with a lot of plain spaces designed in that are called modern quilts and quilts with lots of little pieces that are called modern quilts.
Do modern quilts use only solids and not prints? Only certain colors?
I give up! What is a "modern" quilt? Hope everyone is having a good Friday. I'm about ready to quit "real job activity" and start sewing. XO and cheery wave from Bev

9 comments:

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

This is a question I have been also pondering. Are any quilts modern or are the fabrics we use modern? As time goes on names of blocks also change, the new economy block to me is a square in a square block. chevron fabric to me is zig zag. So maybe it is just in the interpretation of what we see. I will be interested to see what others think. good question!
and BTW i love your blocks!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

What goes around comes around! Labels don't matter to me....I have tried everything from traditional kwilting to art kwilting to modern kwilting and love it all. ; )

Sandy said...

It looks like a pretty basic block to me, but the bright colors may make someone call it modern. I would just call it pretty!!

margaret said...

I go to a modern quilt group and struggle to really know what it is. I think from what I have read that what you make has to be practical, I showed a wall hanging and that was not classed as modern. From what the other members have shared I see little of the tradition blocks in their quilts or floral fabrics etc but I really am none the wiser. All I know is I enjoy going to the group and seeing and learning from it

weekend et coup de brosse said...

j'adore c'est Superbe!
Have a nice week-end !
Cath.

Podunk Pretties said...

Oh yes these are traditional modern blocks. Is that an oxymoron? Confusing...I guess that's the moron part.

karen said...

I'm as confused as you are. I think a new generation has discovered quilting and is seeking to somehow make their quilting different from the quilting that came before. That's fine so long as they're keeping the craft (excuse me, art) alive. :)

GO STARS! said...

I've been quilting for years and years. Each generation thinks they've come up with something new and different. Modern to me is just a group of young/new quilters who are coming up with their own ways of doing things. I have learned things from the "modern" style just as from the traditional, the art quilt movement and quick-piece methods. So in 2030, is modern going to be the new traditional?

Tanya @ Bead and Needle said...

I am confused by it all at times, too...and I think that some of the "modern" quilts are actually trying WAY to hard to be "artsy", just for the sake of "being artsy"...hipsters...hmph! ;-) I think people overthink it these days! Love these - I'll call them by whatever you decide they should be called. Happy Sewing Sunday - Tanya