Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century (Hardback)
  • Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century (Hardback)

Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century (Hardback)

Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 31/01/2018
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"Modern quilts are utilitarian. They are art. They tell stories. They are graphic, improvisational, or minimalist. They make a statement." Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton and Heather Grant.

Admire large, colour photographs of the best modern quilting has to offer - more than 200 quilts curated by The Modern Quilt Guild. From quilt empires like the Amish and the quilters of Gee's Bend to the first use of the word 'modern' in quilting, trace the history of modern quilts and learn about hallmarks of the genre in a concise retrospective. With a foreword from Martha Stewart, this collectible, hardcover book honours the genre's past, present and future.

Publisher: C & T Publishing
ISBN: 9781617455988
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 1332 g
Dimensions: 305 x 228 x 20 mm


The book looks at the development of modern quilting and is split into 6 sections - from Early Influencers of Modern Quilting: Before 2009 through to The Birth of the Modern Quilt Guild: 2009 and onto The Movement Becomes Mainstream.

There are over 200 quilts in the book and all are made by MQG members. They have been beautifully photographed so that you can really see the detail in them.

What was truly wonderful for me was to see the work of people I know in here. When I returned to quilting in 2014/2015 I found the American quilting bloggers to be a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement. Having been in various groups and Bees over the years with some of them it is great to see their work featured in such a book. It was also a lovely surprise to see the work of Lou Orth in here who is the co-founder of the Oxfordshire Modern Quilt Guild which I am a member of.

And of course lots of people who I have never heard of but have now looked into!

There are lots of inspiring quilts in the book by people that I truly admire and would love to meet one day. QuiltCon 2020 anyone?

I would definitely recommend anyone who has an interest in Modern Quilts to get a copy!

-- Abigail Sheridan de Graaff * Cut & Alter *

I know so many traditional quilters, but modern quilts are so very interesting, not only from an artistic and design viewpoint, but also that most of us live in modern homes and these quilts fit better into our lifestyles. Subtitled 'Designs of the New Century' this book reveals modern quilt design. It explains the role of the Modern Quilt Guild and showcases some of the best modern designs. The history of modern quilting is tackled in chapters dealing with the stages: Before 1998; 1998-2004; 2005; 2005-2008; 2009 each highlighting key years and developments and finally the movement becoming mainstream. It's a brief written history, fabulously illustrated with incredible quilts. That's the focus of the book - the quilts. You'll see simplicity, minimalism, deconstruction, blocks, text, colour, early improv, geometrics, pictorials and much more. No patterns, no how-to, just visual delight tracking the early beginnings of modernism right up to today.

-- Karen Platt * *

Issue May/June

What makes a quilt modern? The answer to that question is explored in this attractive publication from the Modern Quilt Guild.

Beginning with a brief history, which offers an overview of the movement, with mention of the quilts of the Amish and Gees Bend, the art quilts of the 1960s and leading proponents such as Nancy Crow, we learn that modern quilting first gained traction as an aesthetic of its own in 1998, with the Guild forming ten years later.

For a more detailed explanation you will have to rely on your eyes. Over 150 pages are dedicated to full colour plates of bold, eye-catching quilts, which are loosely arranged into categories under modern traditionalism, solid/graphic colour palettes, improvisation, minimalism, expansive negative space, scale and alternate gridwork as a means of classifying some of the identifying characteristics of this movement. Whilst the MQG is fairly young and yet to fully theorise the development and history of the modern quilt, it is a phenomenon to be taken seriously (the MQG has over 12,000 quilters in 39 countries) and this book reveals how the modern quilt is as exciting and diverse a textile medium as any.

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