Sunday, 4 November 2012

I think I might have made a modern quilt

I have long been an admirer of really modern, clean, minimalist quilts. Coming from the school of more is more, cram as many different fabrics in as you can to a quilt, it has been quite the challenge to make one.

However, friends have just had their first baby and I kind of regard them and their penthouse flat as modern and minimalist and wanted to try and make a baby quilt that fitted the scheme.


For the first time ever, I sketched a rough design.

The design was scary for me as there wasn't much of it.
I think minimalist takes courage - there still has to be a balance between all the components for it to look right.
There is definitely an art to it.
My usual quilts are definitely not minimalist.
I wondered if I could pull it off.



There was loads of negative space. My previous inclination would have to been to do an all over cross-hatch design or some mindless meandering.

Not this time. I used it as an opportunity to try out lots of different quilting patterns.


I'm not sure there is necessarily a coherence to my willy-nilly approach to switching from one pattern to the next but I still think it kind of works.

This is a view of the back - I partly used Essex Linen
The back gives you a better idea of the randomness of the quilting.


The daddy is a pilot and the mummy used to be a flight attendant, so I though the addition of this piece of fabric was apt.


Most of the fabric in the front of the quilt is an Egyptian cotton bundle from Empress Mills. I have no idea how much is in a bundle but they are just £4.50 a bundle and I didn't use all of it in this quilt - there are still some bits left over. It is a brilliant, clean white (not sure it comes across in the photos) and it is like quilting through butter. I shall definitely be getting some more.


I'm still debating whether to quilt in the dark columns or leave as is.


But for the moment I am just going to enjoy the fact that I think I might just have made a modern quilt.





18 comments:

  1. You have most definitely made a modern quilt and it is brilliant! Love the quilting, and those additions of text fabric. Super job!

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  2. Modern it is. :) I love it, and the addition of the text print is such a cool touch!

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  3. I agree there is definitely an art to modern quilts but you have pulled it off. The First Class baby text is gorgeous. I have to check out Empress Mills!

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  4. Wow! Wonderful quilt. Your quilting is great and will give both baby and parents something new to look at every time they use it!

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  5. I thought your blog had been hacked!!
    I think it looks great x

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  6. I think you nailed this! They will love it and the little piece of fabric about first class is brilliant!!

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  7. Well done, I can imagine how hard it would be to keep things so paired down, they will surely love it.

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  8. I think you cracked modern on your first attempt! Looks fab!

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  9. I am totally in love with this quilt! It is truly modern and fun and cuddly all at the same time, what a wonderful gift!

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  10. Definitely looks modern to me :) Great quilting!

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  11. I think you might have! ;-)

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  12. Love it. Simple, clean and elegantly modern. :) well done

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  13. There was me thinking all your quilts were modern! Cool minimalist look - another success I think!

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  14. It looks modern to me too. The text print( and idea) is to die for! It will be much appreciated by the new parents.

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  15. This is amazing, and definitely very modern - would look beautiful in a penthouse!

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  16. I love this quilt - stunning!

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