Everything Old Is New Again

Since I first heard about the Modern Quilt movement in the quilt world I was intrigued. I have written in the past about my concerns for the next generation of quilters - where are they and why aren't they joining our guilds, coming to workshops? I know there are many Modern Quilt Guilds now, over 150 worldwide and we have one based in Dartmouth NS The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild (they are also on Facebook here) and I think that is terrific. 

I was really surprised when my friend Ann gave me an old copy of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, issue 89 from March of 1977. There on page 8 is an article written by Mary Leman (daughter of the founder of QNM Bonnie Leman) under the banner Modern Quilting is "Rock Star A QN Original Design". That was written 37 years ago!  

I have been in touch with Mary and she has graciously given me permission to share her article here.

We are seeing 'modern quilts" show up at our Guild's show and tell.

Vicki's fun modern quilt Converging Corners, came from a tutorial here

 Sandra's quilt Popsicles has a wonderful "modern" feel and look, the fabrics are her own hand dyed and snow dyed fabrics. It's not a pattern but it's not an original idea. It was done following the technique of improvisational piecing by Melody Johnson. Sandra quilted it on her Bernina....quilting a series of narrowly spaced ....."somewhat "straight lines.

I made this Fireside Log Cabin (started in a Heather Stewart workshop) which I called Log Cabin Renovations, it kind of has a "modern" look though it wasn't my intention when I started. Funny thing, I selected the fabrics based on the orange print to pick up the greys and white, I took the workshop just a few days before I had cataract surgery. After the surgery I was amazed how much colour was in this quilt and that it wasn't just greys and whites! The quilt was beautifully machine quilted by Lynn Jones.

While looking up a reference for a quilt I made back in the '80's which was inspired by a crazy quilt I saw in a Quilt Engagement Calendar. I was looking through calendars from1980 - 1985 and I was surprised by some of the quilts that had a distinctly "modern look" using today's terminology of "modern".

Wall quilt made by Carol Anne Wien, 1981.

Straight Furrow Log Cabin, unknown maker, 1890-1910. Sure looks modern!

Busy Week

We just had a wonderful week with my very good quilt friend Heather Stewart. Heather was in Mahone Bay to do some quilt workshops and lecture with the Mahone Bay Quilter's Guild. She came a few days early so we could go to Avonport Discount Fabrics otherwise known locally as "Faye's" and so that she could spend the better part of a day with our bee the "Cove Quilters" (she is a long distance member). We accomplished a lot, Faye had some great fabrics on sale as well as her very reasonably priced regular cottons. We had a lovely lunch with Faye at the Port Pub in Port Williams plus a few stops at some farm markets and Oulton's, the farm butcher.

Since it was the day before Hallowe'en, Sandra had a wonderful Hallowe'en theme. We were so pleased to have about 25 kids at our door for Hallowe'en, as well as a group of costumed teens who were collecting for the local food bank, nice touch!

Lunch with the bee was wonderful, we gathered at Sandra R's beautiful home by the ocean.

We had a yummy lunch, lots of quilt talk and show and tell and lots of laughs.

Heather's workshops on colour and her Fireside Log Cabin were terrific. I found the colour one a challenge as I was just days away from cataract surgery and that did not help me chose the gradations and values I needed but I still learned a lot. The Fireside Log Cabin was great fun, we had cut a lot of strips before hand so were ready to start sewing right away. I chose off-whites and grays with a tangerine centre. a couple of days after I had my surgery and was very surprised to see that my grays ranged from green grays to violet grays to blue grays and everything in between! I love it! I have 9 of the 20 blocks done so far.

Heather has another busy week ahead of her with workshops in Dartmouth and Cape Breton. I am sure everyone there will learn a lot and have a wonderful time just like we did.