Modern… with an “e”

Moderne.  It’s French.  So you know it’s cool.

Are you familiar with Quiltmania magazine?  It’s one of my favorites – okay, everybody in the office loves it.  In the Fall of 2011, Quiltmania introduced Simply Vintage devoted to folk art, primitive and vintage-traditional style projects.  Each issue has twenty or more projects of different sizes and types, created by designers and artists whose names are well-known for this style of work.  (If this is your style, it’s well worth getting an issue or two for a look-see.)

No 1 Simply Vintage

This was the first issue – it’s now quite collectible… which is why I intend to hoard stash save a couple extra issues of Quiltmania’s new magazine, Simply Moderne.


The quilt on the cover is Bubbles by Racheldaisy.

If you’re thinking “I’m not a modern quilter”… this magazine is still for you as it is a terrific introduction to the style, the mindset and the variety that exists in what is being deemed “modern quilting”.  You’re not alone if you sometimes wonder what “modern quilting” encompasses, probably because it’s so much more than can be defined in a single sentence or description.  It’s kind of like “quilt” – it isn’t just something you put on a bed.

The Introduction to this premiere issue is “How Modern Quilting Won Me Over” written by Meg Cox – an acclaimed journalist, quilter and quilting expert.  She’s been a passionate quilter for more than 25 years and has served on the board of the Quilt Alliance since 2005 – and as President since 2009.

Sew Vintage by Michelle Tucker  Gemstones by Konda Luckau

These are two of the gorgeous projects in the issue – Sew Vintage by Michelle Tucker and Gemstones by Konda Luckau.

QuiltCon 2015 in Austin is the featured exhibit-article, meaning that there is a story about the show, lots of pictures of the atmosphere, and gorgeous pictures of some of the best quilts in the show – that’s a Quiltmania magazine trademark.  There is also a great story about some of their favorite “finds” in Austin.  (Making mental note to follow the folks from Quiltmania when they go shopping in Pasadena and Savannah.)

Simply Moderne - Victoria

There’s a wonderful profile – called a Portrait – of Victoria Findlay Wolfe that includes a listing of some of her favorite places to go in New York City.  I had the opportunity to take Victoria’s “15 Minutes of Play” workshop at QuiltCon this past February – okay, only half a workshop, I also had some booth-duties and work-stuff – and she’s terrific.  Funny, knowledgeable and very empowering about why you should be making the quilts you want to make – when it comes to “who is the coolest quilter around?”, she’d get my vote.

There are more than a dozen projects in the premiere issue, including large pieced quilts, large applique quilts and a variety of smaller projects.

I’m convinced… I’m going to need at least two issues – one to save, and one to use, drool over and carry around in my bag for inspiration.

(If you’re looking for a copy of Simply Moderne, call your local quilt shop.  If they don’t have it in stock – or on order – ask if they’ll order a copy for you.)

Speaking of QuiltCon – did you know that QuiltCon will now be an annual event?  QuiltCon 2016 – QuiltConWest – will be February 18 – 21 in Pasadena, California at the Pasadena Convention Center.   The Keynote Speaker will be the amazing Gwen Marston.  Yes, Moda and the ModaBakeShop will be attending QuiltCon next February.  (QuiltCon 2017 – QuiltConEast – will be February 23 – 26 in Savannah, Georgia, and the Keynote Speaker will be the equally amazing Angela Walters.)

If there’s any chance that you can attend, I highly recommend going.  It’s hard to describe the atmosphere, it’s charged with energy and enthusiasm about sewing, quilting and making cool stuff with fabric.  If you’re thinking it’s not really your style, it’s also so much more than wonky seams and solid fabrics – the quilts in the show are made by quilters with serious, mad sewing skills.  The same goes for the folks presenting lectures and workshops.

That’s all for today… at least all I can remember.

If I remember anything else, I’ll save it for tomorrow.

Happy Monday!

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8 thoughts on “Modern… with an “e”

  1. I love Victoria Findlay Wolfe quilt designs – her use of colour, and block design is always inspiring to me – as is her mantra “make the quilts you want to make”…which is right up my alley. Not being a trend follower, it’s always nice to hear the experts indicate that following your own quilting road (mine is kind of more like a narrow little forest trail), is absolutely OK. That being said, I have appreciated your style of scrappy for years now – and am thrilled to say that I think I may finally have found my version of scrappy! Just finishing a quilt I can honestly say I’m totally happy with. In fact, can’t think of a thing I’d change about it. That’s a first for me, and a truly great feeling! QuiltCon in Georgia sounds fantastic – amazing to me that they already have it planned two years out! Another very interesting post, Carrie – thanks very much!

  2. Thanks very much for a great post. I so enjoy reading them. One question, is there a pattern yet for your cute house quilt? I’m ready to roll with my scraps as soon as it is. Thanks for all you do.

    1. The house quilt pattern will be available in early August – so get ready! 🙂 (And thank you.)

    1. Hi Anne – We don’t have the issues in stock yet but you’d need to contact Customer Service for help in getting copies ordered. 🙂

  3. Goodness so much inspiration on a Monday AM. Off to find this magazine. Especially interested in article on Victoria. I was lucky enough to get into one of her classes at Quiltcon in Pasadena! Speaking of fun…I was a few days behind you in Bayfield WI and saw you Instagram photo of the cute little quilt shop. I went in on Sunday ( so lucky, the first time this season they were open on Sunday) and told them you sent me! Such nice people at the Orchard’s Edge Quilt Shop I had to leave them with some of my money.

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