KICKING OFF OUR 5th YEAR!
It’s hard to believe that Modern Quilts Unlimited has passed the 4 year mark and is headed for the 5th year already. Wow! We have come a long way … and we want to thank Jacquie Gering (www.jacquiegering.com), Angela Walters (www.quiltingismytherapy.com), Diane Rusin Doran (www.dianedoran.com) and many others who helped us get this magazine off to such a great start. We have endured start-up issues, stiff competition, industry wobbles, closing of iconic publications and other issues typical for magazine publishing, and we’ve come out stronger than ever! This is thanks to you, our loyal readers and followers as well. So as we look forward to our New Look starting with Issue #17, we want to take time to also look back to the Premier issue (Fall 2012).
What we said then : Our Editor’s Letter introduced our thoughts on Modern Quilting … “Ever since we announced this new adventure, I have been asked “What is Modern Quilting?” There are many answers to this question. Modern quilting is a fresh approach reflecting each quilter’s personality and personal style. Modern quilters embrace functionality, simplicity and minimalism, and use asymmetric designs in their approach. They reinterpret traditional blocks and patterns, and are often inspired by modern art and architecture. Bold colors, graphic prints and simple quilt lines are favored, as well as solids. White and gray are used extensively as background and as neutrals. Modern quilters are diverse—young and more experienced, men and women, expert and novice. Rules are resisted, and traditional techniques are evolved. The use of internet and technology is integral. Sharing the aesthetics expressed by the early pioneers of quilting and bringing a modern perspective truly defines the movement.”
And now … pretty much the same thoughts. Fabric designs have evolved; colors come and go as favorites; batiks, wools and other specialty fabrics are making inroads; but the aesthetic is the same. Innovation, reinterpretation, simplicity, functionality continue to dominate the patterns and designs.
We want to know YOUR thoughts … how do you define Modern Quilting today? Leave a comment below and you could win a Fat Quarter Pack from our studio stash! Drawing will be held Friday morning, Oct 14 and announced here and on Facebook. Remember – to be eligible to win, your comments must be posted on the blog, not Facebook.
EDIT: We have a Winner in our Fat Quarter Pack drawing! Thank you all for the comments as we move forward with our New Look … Debbie Sipp – your name was drawn this morning! Look for the fabric in the mail very soon …
And as an additional thank you, we are including a free pattern for you from that Premier issue … Borderline Placemats by Diane Rusin Doran.