The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild recently held their second biennial show, Modern Quilt Showcase, at The Pipe Shop venue in North Vancouver, B.C. The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is eight years old, with about 120 members, and is part of the worldwide modern quilting movement.
The quilts in Modern Quilt Showcase 2018 were colourful and innovative, utilizing many different stitching techniques, but perhaps most importantly, they represented the originality and self-expression of their creators.
What is a modern quilt? Besides being fresh and non-traditional, this question is open to ongoing debate and discussion among quiltmakers. From the VMQG website, and as demonstrated by the quilts shown in the gallery below, some of the characteristics of “modern quilts” are:
- Reinterpreted traditional blocks
- Simplicity and minimalism
- An increased use of negative space
- The influence of modern art and architecture
- Alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
- Bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints
- The use of gray and white as neutrals
- An increased use of solid fabrics
- Finishing on home sewing machines
There were interesting galleries of Round Robin quilts and Mini Quilts as well.