We use the word “Modern” a lot online to describe our craft. And the Sewing Summit is being established with the Modern Sewist in mind – so who is this modern sewist? Erin and I thought we should explore a bit!
To the left is some of my own creations from the last year. Some, more modern than others. Can you pinpoint a deciding factor? For me it’s all about fabric choices, some fabrics have a modern feel to them while others feel a bit more traditional. While I lean to modern fabrics sometimes using what I have on hand is necessary, and a fun challenge.
Jeni said - ”modern sewing involves using fresh fabrics/colors and new techniques to add a modern twist to traditional designs”
I like orange, too said – “I think modern is what’s happening “now” or “what you make of it”. What’s modern today, is definitely not the same as it was 2 years ago. I don’t think you can put a true definition on it, and everyone seems to have their own opinion of it. What ever it is, it draws from traditions and brilliance; and keeps moving forward, nudging us to further our own creative doings.”
asquared(w) said – “I think modern has a lot to do not only with the fabrics, but how you combine them. Using neutrals other than black (like Amish quilts) or white, or mixing different shades of the neutral. How you recreate and update patterns. But really, everything old is new again.”
Fashioned by Meg added – “…I think the crafting community as a whole feels a lot more freedom in exploring different color and style combinations thus allowing for what I think we now call modern quilting.”
Cara broke it down like this -
Modern pattern + modern fabrics = modern quilting
Traditional pattern + modern fabrics = modern quilting
Modern pattern + traditional fabrics ≠ modern quilting
What do you think? Do you agree with the above statements? Do you consider yourself a modern sewist? I consider myself a quilter first, but love to sew dresses for my three girls, and I always seem to need a new bag, made with my most recent love in fabrics. Even my new book is called Modern Basics, with simple, interesting quilt pattern, yes I am a modern sewist!
Your turn! We’d love to hear you thoughts – leave a comment with your take on modern and be entered to win this fantastic 1/2 yard bundle of fabric goodness.
The giveaway will be open for 1 week – we will announce a winner next Friday, March 4. One comment per person please.
Good luck and have fun!
Amy & Erin