Excerpted from Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century by The Modern Quilt Guild—Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Grant.
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 break the rules. They make a statement.
No matter the design aesthetic, modern quilts are creative expressions made with needle and thread, fabric, and time. Modern quilters respect the rich tradition of quilts throughout history and we recognize that we are makers in a lineage that stretches back centuries. Modern quilting is the result of years of work and countless makers and influencers who came before us. In this book, you’ll see the work of modern quilters, past and present, and learn the story of where we’ve been, where we are, and a glimpse into where we’re going. 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.
We hope you enjoy this book and glean some inspiration from the over 200 quilts within. From quilt empires like the Amish and the quilts of Gee’s Bend, to the emergence of the word “modern” in quilting, we’ll discuss influencers and milestones in the twentieth century and today who have paved the way for all of us.