Inspiration

All art forms can represent different styles, and are expressed through different schools. Quilting is no exception.

As well, different patterns emerge as popular, and handed down through the ages. I may do a post later on outlining different sorts of patterns quilters rely on, and a bit on where they emerged.
Quilters, just like painters, can sometimes prefer one pattern, or one style, over another. I don’t have a favorite pattern per se, but I really like the technique of  improvisational piecing, thus my love for the modern quilting movement, from which I get a lot of my inspiration.
The Modern Quilting Movement describes itself thus:
Modern quilting has existed in many forms for much of the 20th century. It wasn’t until the 2000’s that quilts with a modern aesthetic began to appear in greater numbers and quilters began to describe themselves as modern.
A defining event occurred in 1998 when Martha Stewart Living featured Denyse Schmidt, calling her quilts a “chic, modernist aesthetic.” For many quilters in the early days of the movement, this was a key inspirational moment.
The growth of the movement was facilitated by four factors: the cultural shift of quality design being recognized by the general public, affordable digital cameras, the changing fabric industry and the rise of social media.
Some of the guild’s aesthetic elements include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work.
Here is an example of a fabulous quilt by Shannon Page; winner of 2nd prize in her organization:
This is one of my favourites: …and the moon at night by Colleen Molen. I love the lack of symmetry and the hypnotizing round shapes – very lunar indeed:
Please visit the Modern Quilt Guild to view more wonderful quilts.

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  1. We recently had a quilt show at the building where I work,
    and I was amazed by the artistry of some of the quilts. I often wonder
    when people started looking at quilts as works of art rather than utilitarian
    blankets. I guess when I think about it though people have always tried
    to make pretty quilts. Just because something is going have a mundane use
    doesn't mean it shouldn't be beautiful. I think people are always
    compelled to beautify their surroundings. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and these pictures.

  2. The quilts you've pictured here are really fun. I would probably hang
    something like this on the wall. I think it would be hard to have a
    favorite quilt pattern too. I guess some of them are easier to put together
    than others, but there's so many fun patterns to choose from it
    would be hard to decide. My problem would be in picking out fabric.
    I get lost in fabric stores and come out many happy hours later with more
    fabric than I need. I saw a funny cartoon the other day of a skeleton sitting
    on a bench outside a fabric store. He had a sign around his neck that said, “Waiting for my wife". Fun blog!

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