|Warm Light (37" x 53")
This early quilt of mine is going to Quilt Con which is the Modern Quilt festival...now I'm not sure where or when!! It's a display that SAQA organized. But I'm very pleased to have a quilt being shown there because I'm very attracted to Modern quilts - well the best of them, that is!! Like any other "style" of quilting, there's good , very good, okay, ho hum and downright poor!!!
I think the Modern Quilt movement is very encouraging...the work is often very refreshing and reminds me of the blankets, and similar strong fiber works, that we see from Peru..made hundreds of years ago. There's an elegant simplicity to them, an economy of style that really celebrates fibre. I am so glad that the movement was started! Now my quilt actually predates that movement by some time....but it languished unshown for many years in my "library"....which is art books and quilts! And it's a room with a view too! Now what more could you want?
However, one thing is happening in the modern quilt world that isn't so good. And that is that lots of "easy" "modern" quilt patterns are being published....the quilting companies are commercializing things yet again.....I remember one time I was teaching at a place where there were other teachers...and, at lunch, I asked a student in another class about her class: "how is it going?"...and she said fine, she liked the teacher...but she had had to buy a whole lot of extra equipment to make the particular patterns and it was all getting a bit tedious and expensive.
That's sad! I see all quilting, but especially a new young type of quilting, as a way to help people realise their own creativity...while it's often good to start with a simple pattern to get your feet wet... after that you really don't need to be printing out complex templates - or worse yet buying expensive ones - when you could be designing your own quilts and using your brains to work out how to put them together!
so....I thought...well I want to write a class that addresses that!
The class is aimed at anyone who is interesting in modern quilting...what is it? how is it defined? how can I learn to make one?
AND, most importantly, how can I learn to design my own modern quilt?
Well... do check out my class...it covers all those topics....it starts this Friday...but doesn't matter if you're a bit late starting....
it's at the Academy of Quilting - online of course...very convenient!
It's called Mod Meets Improv....because not only does it cover modern quilting and its design, but also it introduces you to Improv methods - no templates!! Freedom!
Happy to answer any questions about it....(email link on side bar)....and would love to have your comments: do you like Modern Quilts? What do you think about the movement?
What d'you feel about commercial patterns being pushed so hard?
as ever, if you have been - thanks for reading!!! Elizabeth