Quilts aren’t only calico triangles and hexagons anymore. Interested in quilting since I was a teen, I’ve always especially favored the bold, graphic color play of Amish designs.
Having created some art wall quilts myself, I appreciate the effort and artwork involved in making any quilt. But early on, I felt as though we needed an updated idea of the quilt as art. Though beautiful, I wasn’t drawn to most traditional designs, and fabrics awash in tiny floral motifs.
Then I went to my first quilt show, and found a few kindred souls. There they were–quilts as art, with a fearless exchange of color and shape.
‘Happy’ by Carrie Wikander TheZenQuilter on Etsy
Quilts that–to me–belonged on a gallery wall. At home in a city loft design, or as a vibrant statement in a contemporary, eclectic abode.
Since then, the Modern Quilt Movement has exploded! Now, many, many artists delight in this medium.
Here are some favorites that I spotted at the latest Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara, California. A can’t miss show for any textile & design lover, wear your comfy walking shoes when you go, and stop often to soak up the creative energy. PIQF is also a fantastic venue for pro and amateur textile artists to take workshops from innovative quilting instructors (sign up early!!).
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‘Santa Barbara to Denver 8’ by Lou Ann Smith
Etsy is also a fabulous source for Modern quilts for interior design. Enjoy these standouts (including Carrie Wikander’s — top of page), that I hand-picked from fellow Etsy artisans:
Interested in trying Modern Quilting yourself? Start with The Modern Quilt Guild, that has chapters across the U.S.
Upcoming Shows to See Modern (and other!) Quilts in Person:
Would you hang a Modern quilt in one of your room designs? Come on, chime in and share a quick thought below!