Lost in a Modern Maze
Last summer when I was dealing with Vestibular Neuritis (think really bad vertigo), everything was out of sorts. I couldn't drive, I couldn't quilt, I couldn't work on the computer and I definitely couldn't ice skate.
Once my brain started to adapt to the loss of the nerve, I began thinking about new quilting ideas. I tend to like a lot of piecing in a quilt. But during this time in my life, I also needed a chance for my brain to rest a bit, so I knew I wanted more negative space than I am typically use to working with. I began playing with ideas for a modern quilt.
So what is a modern quilt? According to the Modern Quilt Guilt, "We define modern quilts as quilts that are functional, include bold colors, and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, asymmetry, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics."
Fabric Selection - I liked the idea of asymmetrical, along negative space, and grid work. I couldn't quite make the leap to solid fabrics. But I had some Molly B's fabric from Marcus Brothers that is more tonal in nature and would work for me. I am personally in my "zone" when I can work with a great line of Civil War fabric.
Drumroll please!!!! Here is the quilt block and the final quilt.
I really liked the cleanness of the final quilt. One thing I would probably change is the light grey I used for the background. It looks great in the actual quilt, but I am not sure it photographed quite as well.
The quilt below is another variation of this quilt. I think changing the layout results in a significantly different look.
One of the big decisions you need to make in working with asymmetric blocks is the layout. There are lots of possibilities to audition. I find the easiest way to do this is using my Electric Quilt program.
For this weeks video, I decided to share how I used Electric Quilt to audition layout ideas for my Modern Maze quilt.
Featured Quilt - Modern Maze
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4/11/2015 01:16:54 am
I always learn something new from your videos and blog. This is terrific! Thank you!
4/11/2015 01:18:25 am
Another great quilt and video! Good job!
4/11/2015 01:19:10 am
That was totally fun! I've not tried any modern quilt designing before and didn't know about the symmetry tool. Thanks Kari. Thanks for sharing.
4/11/2015 03:31:52 am
Beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing the EQ video!!
4/11/2015 08:12:51 pm
Thank you for a very informative video! Love the quilt, too.
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