How do you make a quilt look modern?
- 10 Ways to identify a “modern” quilt.
- Bold colors, on-trend color combinations and graphic prints.
- Increased use of solid colors, including grey and white as neutrals.
- Asymmetry in quilt design.
- Frequent use of improvisational piecing.
- Reinterpreted traditional blocks.
- Less emphasis on block repetition.
What makes a quilt modern? These 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. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.
Do modern quilts have borders? If you think about a traditional Ohio star quilt there would be rows and columns of block repetition. Most modern quilts eschew any type of sashing, but I love how this quilt’s border recreates the sashing effect.
What is the difference between traditional and modern quilting? Traditional quilts rely on a grid of regularly repeating designs, symmetry, sashing, borders, often complicated patchwork, and simple quilting. In contrast, modern quilts go off the grid and use asymmetry, less fuss, minimalist designs, and a more improvisational style with unusual arrangements of blocks and settings.