January 20, 2011

What "type" of quilter are you?

In the days of our grandmothers everyone was thought of as just "quilters".   When you spoke of your grandmother you didn't say, "Oh, my granny is a traditional quilter"... You just proudly beamed and said, "My granny is a quilter". You weren't labeled one type of quilter or another. 

Today we label our quilters according to what type quilts they create.....

"Art", "contemporary", "modern", "crazy", "traditional", "primitive"... These are just a few of the labels we have for quilters of today...

I understand each of these terms and know what type of quilts to expect to see by each one...

But I truly haven't grasped the whole concept of the "modern" quilter...

Can someone please explain just what it is that labels one a "modern" quilter?  Is it the free-style piecing... the fabrics they use... just what is it??  It seems to be exploding across the nation! 

Maybe it has been around a while and I just have not noticed... maybe I need to come out of my traditional hideaway a little more often... :)

There are plenty of challenges in blogland that require you to be a modern quilter and some of those challenges look like fun but alas, I cannot join because I am not sure I would know how to follow the rules correctly...So... can someone help me out here???

Can you bring me out of my shell and help me to blossom in todays quilting world???

8 comments:

karenfae said...

I'm not sure either what a modern quilter is. To me I find the difference more in is a quilter a "piecer" or a "quilter" to me a piecer is one who only makes the top where as a quilter is one who makes the tops and quilts them.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

virtualquilter said...

I don't understand what makes someone a modern quilter either. I followed the formation of a couple of the modern quilters guilds and they are just like any other guild, where people get together to share there love of quilts.

I think we are all modern quilters ... we use modern tools and materials, and share the results via the internet, regardless of what style of quilt we produce.

I also agree with Karen that many modern quilters are only piecers ... surely if you don't quilt the top you are not a quilter. (Or perhaps they are just trying to change the language!)

Judy B

Anonymous said...

http://www.flickr.com/groups/freshmodernquilts/

http://themodernquiltguild.com/

It's a mixture of the fabrics used as well as the styles or patterns. Not all modern quilting is freeform. I guess simplicity and freshness are two adjectives I would use. It seems that many are people who are getting into making quilts without getting bogged down in the history, background and "rules" of quilting.

Needled Mom said...

I think I am a more traditional quilter in my designs but I do like the more modern fabrics.

Laurie said...

I'm not sure what it is either, I always thought it had to do with do you hand stitch, or do you do it all by machine now, from start to finish? My sister in law does everything on machine, I went to a sewing shop today, and everything was taught on machine. Whether that's what it is or not, I prefer to use my hands when completing a quilt.

krisgray said...

I agree with Anonymous. Modern quilters seem to simplify the pieced designs, lots of solids and bright colors, frames.

Merry said...

Very interesting post Thearica. I just have to say....I am a wannabe quilter. I admire magazines and such blogs as yours. :-)

Jen said...

I think Anonymous got closest. Modern quilters use a lot of simple shapes, a lot of white and gray too. They like straight line quilting. The emphasis is more on the design of the quilt and not the technique. For instance, they don't do a lot of fancy quilting. They also use big pieces of fabrics, the better to show off designer fabrics. I'm not a modern quilter, I'm definetly more of a traditional quilter. Some modern quilter blogs would be That Girl, Little Miss Shabby, Blueberry Gabs, Live a Colorful Life, V and Co. Krisgray hit it on the head too, modern quilters use a lot of frames in their blocks. I think a lot of it is shrugging off the rules and expectations of quilting. A sort of re-defining, if you will.