conjunction with the Modern Quilt Guild, we're over the moon to announce
the release of
Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, a collectible, hardcover book that traces the history
of modern quilts, explores the hallmarks of the genre, and honors the genre’s
past, present, and future.
quilt empires like the Amish and the quilts of Gee’s Bend, to the emergence of
the word ‘modern’ in quilting, [we] discuss influencers and milestones in the
twentieth century and today that have paved the way for all of us,” say the
Modern Quilts, Riane
Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Grant. Although the Modern Quilt
Guild was not founded until 2009, their concise retrospective beginsby covering early influencers, the birth of modern quilting , the
growth of the movement, the foundation of the MQG, and the movement
of modern quilting into the mainstream—all accompanied by large, color
photographs illustrating the visual development of modern quilting.
what is a modern quilt? The compilers tackle this age-old, sometimes
controversial question head on. "Modern
quilts mean different things to different people. Modern quilts are
utilitarian. They are art. They tell stories. They are graphic,
improvisational, or minimalist. They make a statement."
Modern Quilts identifies several
hallmarks of modern quilting, including modern traditionalism, the use of
solids, graphic color palettes, improvisation, minimalism, expansive negative
space, alternate gridwork, and unusual scale. The quilts selected to illustrate
each showcase the wide variety of artistic expression that is encompassed by
You can admire the best modern quilting has to offer in the
gallery of more than 200 quilts curated by the Modern Quilt Guild. These large photographs
(many of the quilts take up a full page) show every detail of the quilts, from
the piecing to the quilting to the finishing touches.
You’ll also see quilts by an enormous range of artists; over
200 Modern Quilt Guild members, past and present, are featured, including such
well-known names as Angela Walters, Weeks Ringle, Melissa Averinos, Leah
Day, Latifah Saafir,
and more. To celebrate the book's release, over 32 contributors have gathered together for an epic blog tour! You can see the full line-up below.
These quilters have been deeply influenced by the rich tradition of quilts throughout history, as well as by the countless makers who set the stage for modern quilting. Today’s modern quilters are in turn influencing the next generation. Indeed, we are certain that anyone who picks up a copy of Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century will be inspired in their own artistic pursuits, quilting or otherwise. As the compilers say, “we are all makers; we are all storytellers; and we are all part of a community making our mark at this moment in quilt history.”
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Modern Quilts? You can enter our ebook giveaway right here: a Rafflecopter giveaway.
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