McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts magazines have put together a free e-book featuring modern quilt patterns and I was asked to give it my review.
Here goes nothing…
There are three patterns each with its own unique feature: use of ‘white space’; quilt-as-you-go; and assymetrical layout.
I chose to make the Lemon Squeezy quilt designed by Sherri Driver, featuring a quilt-as-you-go style (which I’ve never done). Sorry, for whatever reason, I cannot copy and paste pictures from the e-book here to show you so you’ll either have to trust me or click on the link above and take a look for yourself. The pattern calls for using various widths of strips which I chose to ignore because I’m literally drowning in precuts. With that caveat, I chose a Honeybun called Clementine from Moda to use for my assignment. Here ’tis…
I think it turned out rather well if I do say so myself.
And here’s the back. This is the only time in the history of ever that my quilting lines are actually straight. I’m waiting for your polite applause.
And here’s the happy recipient….
Yes, I made a quilt for my dog, even though I don’t like dogs (I am a cat person at heart). But she likes me so that scores her brownie points.
Now, here’s the tricky part. After a chat with a responsible adult (that’d be my Aunt Patsy) I can say at least two people don’t feel that these patterns are ‘modern’. Why? I’m glad you asked. Modern to me (bearing in mind that I’m no expert) involves an almost exclusive use of solids, tons of white (negative) space and assymetrical blocks and/or placement of blocks. All three of these babies are loaded with patterned fabric. Yes, they use design elements from the modern quilting spectrum, but they just don’t feel modern. Call ’em whatever you’d like. Personally, I’d go with traditional with a twist.
Would I make a quilt from the other two patterns? Yes, to the Baubles and Beads; no, to Rainbow Rhythm as I’m no fan of half-square triangles. Would I use the Lemon Squeezy pattern again? Definitely! I like the quilt-as-you-go style, however, if I adhered to the modern aesthetic, I’d use solids only.
Thanks again to Eric for giving me an opportunity to unleash my opinion on the world. Not that I ever needed permission, but sometimes it’s nice to be asked.