The Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild is a quilt guild dedicated to the modern quilt movement. Our guild was created in 2010 to offer a place for the more non-traditional modern quilters to connect and create, and our meetings reflect this casual energy.
We meet on the first Sunday of every month (except for February when we meet on the second Sunday). A typical meeting consists of a presentation on a topic relevant to our membership, show and tell, and many months we also go out to lunch together afterwards.
So, what is “modern” quilting?
Modern quilting follows a distinct aesthetic style which draws on inspiration from modern style in architecture, art, and design using traditional quilt making techniques. Modern quilts are different from art quilts in that they are made to be used.
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 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.
In the early 21st century, modern quilting became a more prominent area of quilting. Modern quilts are also influenced by the Quilters of Gee’s Bend, Amish quilts, Nancy Crow, Denyse Schmidt, Gwen Marston, Yoshiko Jinzenji, Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle.