Posted By Margaret on May 15, 2013
Wow, what a weekend we had! The 2013 Get-Away Weekend was sold out this year, filling all of the rooms that were available. It was a relaxing weekend filled with lots of quilting. We were pampered with massages and hot stone pedicures. We had a special wine tasting with Evie Collins from Swedish Hill Winery on Friday. We had a movie night Thursday featuring the movie “How to Make an American Quilt” another night. We tasted champagnes Saturday night. Sunday we had a huge Show & Tell. Thanks to all of you who came, and thanks to the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild for bringing a wonderful modern quilt trunk show to Bristol Harbour. Our theme, “Modern Quilting,” was a big hit. This newest trend in quilting has totally got me excited about quilting again. Not since I saw Stack-n-Whack quilts for the first time have I been so enthused about a style of quilting.
I can’t wait to plan my fall classes this year. You will certainly be seeing lots more classes of modern quilting. If you haven’t discovered modern quilting yet, I’d be surprised. Every quilt magazine is featuring modern quilts which are modern, tweaked versions of traditional quilts often made from bright colors like orange, lime, turquoise and lots of negative space with background colors of white, oatmeal or gray. Fabrics feature solids, geometric prints and large bold florals. The pieced blocks are often wonky and not evenly repeated, leaving lots of background (or negative space) to highlight modern quilting stitches done on a home machine or a long-arm. These stitches can be rows of closely spaced straight lines or free-motion curved design, often done without marking.
One of the tips Sherri Laskey, from Rochester’s Modern Quilt Guild, gave us at the Get-Away Weekend was to practice these modern quilting designs on little sandwiches (about 10″). She keeps her practice squares in a tote box to refer to when trying to decide how to quilt her next quilt. I’ve now started this same system. Check out Sherri’s blog, The Creekside Quilter, where she’s blogged about this in March 2013. She got the idea from Leah Day’s “365 Free Motion Quilting Designs.” On Leah Day’s website, DayStyleDesigns.com you’ll find a great resource of designs and tutorials at different skill levels for free motion quilt designs.
There are lots of other great machine quilting sites and tutorials on the internet to learn new modern quilt patterns. Angela Walters has a great book out on this topic, “Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose and Use Quilting Designs for Modern Quilts.” Check out her website with some free patterns and tutorials: Quilting is My Therapy and her Facebook Page.
And another book that I love on this topic, “Modern Quilting Designs” by Bethany Nicole Pease. What I like about this book is that it is full of pages of drawn designs for quilting, not lots of words. I have copies of this book and Angela Walters book available for purchase at my studio if you are having trouble finding a copy. Look for some new and exciting machine quilting classes with me this fall.