Friday, May 2, 2014

What is Modern Quilting?

Hope Valley
Recently we have started a dialogue in the guild regarding what is considered "modern."  As my guild members know...this is a loaded question and well, I could really go on and on about it.  So let's start with one question at a time shall we?  How about this...

What is modern fabric?

Off the top of my head I would define modern fabrics as those with large bold patterns.  But, as with most things, this type of topic has been explored before and so I asked my good friend Google and found this article...  Craftsy - What is Modern Quilting Fabric

In my experience, again I'm hardly infallible but let's run with it, when a swap calls for "modern quilting fabric" I interpret that as:

  • designer label
  • quilt shop quality 
  • 100% cotton
  • no JoAnn's, Hancock's of Paducah, or Michael's fabric

If you still feel unsure about what qualifies as modern quilting fabric my suggestion is to do some homework from the safety of your home...browse a few online fabric shops that specialize in modern quilting fabric!  You can confer with my buddy Google with a simple search for modern quilting fabric or pop on over and visit a few of my favorite virtual fabric shops here, here, and here.  

Let me know what questions you have by posting a comment below!

- rebecca lynne


  1. This is a perfect summary! I will say though that I tend to give a little leeway when it comes to bee blocks on the Joanns thing when it comes to designers who also do a line for there like Denise Schmidt, Cloud 9, Tim Holz. In fact I think I just saw today that Dear Stella has a line for Joanns now too.
    Now the "designers doing lines for Joanns" thing is a whole other issue in the modern quilting world anyway it seems, and I have big thoughts on it myself, but I don't think this is really the place to debate that.

  2. I agree with Steph that the designers who do designs for JoAnns are a special exception, unless the swap mama says otherwise. However...before getting to that point you have to know who is considered a "modern" designer who has submitted JoAnn only designs.