In my last post, I mentioned that I had an opportunity to design for a modern quilt magazine and while I clearly haven't been blogging, I have been sewing. I managed to make the deadline and submitted 5 modern quilting projects. Fingers crossed!
Just in case you're thinking of giving modern quilting a try, I've decided to share a few newfound insights. May I present:
The Traditional Quilter's Guide to Making a Modern Quilt
1. Play -- relax, experiment, and let your imagination go wild.
2. Don't be afraid of modern fabric -- it may be bright, it may be bold, but it is, after all, only fabric.
|Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter|
3. Try solids -- cut into pieces and combined, solids can be a revelation!
4. Edit, edit, edit -- just because it looks modern, doesn't mean it looks good.
6. Add white -- but remember it's white and if you're not careful everything (rulers, rotary cutter, sewing machine, iron, ironing board, puppy, air, etc.) will make it dirty.
|And more Glimma - I like Glimma|
7. KISS -- say it with me, "keep it simple, stupid."
8. Focus -- don't allow yourself to be distracted by any of the following: lacrosse games, band concerts, laundry, slumber parties, grocery shopping, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, head colds, dust bunnies, global warming, etc.
|Curious Nature by Parson Gray|
10. "Don't think, you can only hurt the ball club." -- please excuse the Bull Durham reference, but so many times in my life, this says it all.