More than a year ago (our January 2012 issue to be exact), we reported on the quilting craze sweeping the South and beyond. Anchoring the movement are online quilting guilds, where members can learn techniques, swap patterns and share progress by way of Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and a host of quilting-based blogs. This week the trend comes full circle in Austin, Texas with The Modern Quilting Guild‘s first annual QuiltCon (Thursday February 22 – Sunday February 24). The four-day convention will allow quilters who have been virtually connecting through quilting to celebrate the pastime in person.
Time out: Go ahead and erase that mental image of row upon row of Sunbonnet Sue quilts out on display. This Texas gathering is not your grandma’s craft show. Modern quilters are not only linking-up in contemporary ways, their also updating the art form with fresh, hip styles. Here, 5 design trends that typify the modern quilt aesthetic:
1) Asymmetric Designs. As pretty as that intricately symmetric postage stamp quilt pattern may be, modern quilts are, ahem, pushing the envelope with mod, irregular schemes.
2) Emphasis on Negative Space. This look compliments the other trends on the list by keeping the focusing on the selective colors and shapes that appear on a quilt.
3) Incorporation of Solid Fabrics. Goodbye chintzy florals and dowdy plaids. Today’s quilts feature broad swathes of single-hued fabrics.
4) Use of Bright Colors… Color has always been the domain of quilting, but modern, in a nod to the recent neon trend, modern quilters are using unexpectedly bright shades of pinks, yellows, oranges, and greens.
5)…And Ample White, Too. Akin to the use of negative space, quilters are underscoring asymmetry with an abundance of white fabric surrounding the minimalist designs.
Not able to attend QuiltCon (we feel you, neither are we), but interested in learning more about modern quilting? For a state-by-state listing of quilting clubs, or to connect with a virtual organization, visit The Modern Quilt Guild’s national directory: themodernquiltguild.com.
QuiltCon takes place Thursday February 21 – Sunday February 24 at the Austin Convention Center. For more information and to purchase tickets visit quiltcon.com.