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Modern Quilting Intensive Workshop

$235.00 | 4 weeks
Sundays 9am-12pm | January 6, 13, 20, 27
Skill Level: 2/4

You can’t help but be captivated by the stunning bold design and “how did they do it” quality of a modern quilt. In this 4 week intensive workshop we will learn about the movement, explore various creative techniques including improvisational piecing, piecing on a paper foundation, and machine appliqué. We’ll walk you through fabric selection and planning your quilt compositions.

Participants should not expect to start and finish an entire quilt in the 15 hours of class time alone. Extra time outside of class will be necessary if you intend to finish your quilt in the 4 weeks…but you don’t have to! This workshop is about introducing many techniques and exploring the modern quilting movement. You may want to make a few different smaller samples of various techniques and that’s ok. Keep in mind if you do not have a home sewing space or machine you are welcome to attend Seamsters Lounge FREE during the course.

Cotton batting and all notions are included in the price. You are welcome to bring your own fabric or purchase in our Mercerie. 3 weeks prior to the start of class we will send an email to participants with what fabrics we have on hand that would be appropriate for this class. Or you can check out our resource guide for vendors.

**Consider this a beginner quilting class but not a beginner sewing class.. You DO have to be an advanced beginner stitcher, you DON’T have to be an avid quilter.


Modern quilting…what makes it “modern”?

The Modern Quilt Guild has a great description with a little history thrown in…

“Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.

Modern quilting has existed in many forms for much of the 20th century. It wasn't until the 2000's that quilts with a modern aesthetic began to appear in greater numbers and quilters began to describe themselves as modern.

A defining event occurred in 1998 when Martha Stewart Living featured Denyse Schmidt, calling her quilts a “chic, modernist aesthetic." For many quilters in the early days of the movement, this was a key inspirational moment.

The growth of the movement was facilitated by four factors: the cultural shift of quality design being recognized by the general public, affordable digital cameras, the changing fabric industry and the rise of social media.”

Earlier Event: November 16
Friday Night Sip & Sew: Sashiko Workshop