This is a follow-up to this post where I talked a bit about labels and wishy-washy statements (hey, my blog, I get to call the wishy-washy shots). I’ve wanted to express my feelings about quilting in general and modern quilting specifically for a while. There’s no better place than my blog, right? You might not agree with what I say. That’s OK, these are just my feelings on stuff. And I’ll bold this next section: these are my opinions, not those of the Ventura MQG, the national MQG or any other organization I might be affiliated with.
The definition of modern quilting fits my aesthetic sensibilities to a tee. Well, mostly. What part doesn’t? It turns out it is the very first sentence: Modern quilts are primarily functional. I can see why that’s part of the definition, it sets modern quilts apart from art quilts which tend to be wall hangings. I think that statement is more retro than anything else. It is a throwback to the original purpose of quilts. I don’t make quilts to be used, I make them as an artistic outlet. Look, I live in southern California, I need quilts like I need a fireplace (which I don’t have). Since I don’t feel the need to make my quilts queen-size I follow a rule that I picked up from Gwen Marston: you make your quilts the size needed to express your idea for that quilt. If your idea can be expressed with a small quilt you don’t need to super-size it. Not caring about size or function is liberating for me, it lets quilting fit me instead of the other way around. That, to me, is modern.