Around QuiltCon, I'm always inspired to create quilts that are strikingly modern. There must be something in the air! After coming back from QuiltCon 2017 (Savannah) I made one such quilt. That QuiltCon was special for me. I was not just a visitor, but a speaker!!!
When I came back I started thinking a lot about what 'modern' means to me. My idea of a modern quilt is a quilt that challenges the basic 'rules' of traditional quilting. I feel, it is all about making a quilt with (or without) your own rules!
I have seen people experiment and I myself have also attempted experimenting with layouts, material, technique, colors, quilting designs and a whole lot of things.
Remember when I made a modern quilt with Batiks?
Or one where I used Trapunto to make the White Rainbow. This quilt has been featured in a lot of places including the MQG's coffee table book : Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century
The quilt with no corners is the result of my experiment with playing with the shape of the quilt. I wanted to make a quilt that did not have a shape that I could name. The inspiration came from a Guitar 'pick' (plectrum). This is the first time I have made a quilt with the intention of entering into a quilt show. I decided to be very meticulous with this one. Those who know me well were really worried for a while looking at my approach while making the quilt. My intern actually asked me if I was okay!
I started by sketching out the tentative layout (which I ended up not following) and playing with color options. This phase involved a lot of pulling-my-fabric-out-of-the-boxes-and-not-putting-it-back-in-place! But I had 4 options worked out (along with coordinating fabrics for each option) on my table before I finalized one.
I then made a mock-up of the fabric layout on my design wall before I actually stitched anything together.
The piecing came along quite fast and within a day, my quilt was quilted 1" apart using my Walking foot. I used a light grey Aurifil thread in 50 wt to quilt it. I then quilted it at 0.5" adding some more greys, some red and blue threads to the lot. I also added a single line of some metallic silver thread that I had on hand. I continued quilting it closer (0.25") increasing the number of times I, randomly, used other colors. It was so much fun to see it come together.
Then it was time to trim it down to the desired size and shape. I cut out the shape on some non-fusible grid (Pellon) and then used that as a pattern to actually cut the quilt. I was ALWAYS scared that I am going to mess it up.
Thankfully nothing untoward happened and my quilt was ready for a photo session!
I decided to 'face' the quilt using a bias strip rather than bind it. It makes it look more like a guitar 'pick'
I love how it made my studio look modern instantly!!! That was my old studio. It was my dream studio and a roof leak (caused by a damaged foundation which would cost too much to repair) forced me to shift to a new space.
This 46" x 52" beauty did not get into any show, but I totally loved making it. I am so satisfied with this quilt. It turned out much better than what I had envisioned it. I am glad that I went with my gut about thinking out of the box with this one!
Have you made a quilt that has broken the so-called boundaries of traditional quilt making? Do share your quilt with me. I'd love to see it.