The Quilters' Guild launched a Modern Quilt Group at Festival of Quilts last week. I haven't joined - I didn't get a chance to go round and see what it was all about - but would I qualify as a 'Modern' quilter? This Pinterest link shows some 'Modern' quilts. I've done various quilt and block designs inspired by mid century modern design or just pure abstraction, although I'm not a huge fan of plain fabrics (unless they have a beautiful colour or surface texture). The quilt above was made in 2009 - 'Jelly Roll Crumbs' while the top of the one below was started in 2001 - 'Lulea Blockhus' (I have just spotted that the tacking threads are still in the quilt in that pic!)
The following photos are just images I had to hand - I have several works in progress which might be considered 'Modern Quilts' but I don't have photos of them yet. "Maru' was made in 2012. It is a variation on my Japanese Circles and Squares workshop design.
A 'Japanese art quilt boromono' workshop sample made earlier this year. Quite a lot of plains in there, but they are Japanese sashiko cottons, so they have a bit of texture.
'Shimacho' from 'Japanese Quilt Inspirations', made in 2010 - this would almost certainly be considered a 'Modern Quilt' if it wasn't all prints...
'Time and Again', made in 2001.
"Tsuyu no himawari' - work in progress - Japanese circles and squares again.
Another random batik version of my Japanese Circles and squares workshop design in progress, c.2005.
'Nihon e youkoso!' - work in progress. The Mariners Compass star in the centre has the points split, for rotational symmetry.
'Last minute boromono 1' - started in 2003, finished last week...
'Sakiori' from 'Japanese Quilt Inspirations', 2011.
'Irori' from 'Japanese Quilt Inspirations', designed 1998.
'Masu' from 'Japanese Quilt Inspirations, 2011.
'Golden Fifties', 2004 - 2005.
'Ishi' (stone quilt), another variation on the Japanese Circles and squares workshop design, 2012, work in progress.
Blocks from '130 Little Quilt Blocks", 2010, first two inspired by retro designs from the fifties. Block designs from my other books have often been given the 'Modern' fabric treatment by quilters too - here's a Modern sampler quilt from 'Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match' on Flickr - there's a whole Flickr/Yahoo group about these - here's another version of my blocks in Modern fabrics.
And, until Val just mentioned it on the QGBI Yahoo! group, I'd almost forgotten to include 'Pink Paradise Birdsong' from 2005! Here's a link to my earlier post about it... Although it is inspired by 1950s designs, I think it might be too pictorial for a 'Modern Quilt'.
I love many 'Modern Quilt' pieces, but I don't go for the large areas of white in many quilts - it just isn't practical enough for me. So, am I a 'Modern Quilter' or not?