Traditional Quilters Can Appreciate Modern Touches – Fons & Porter

Shattered Dresden by Dodi Lee Poulsen

When it comes to traditional quilting, it’s hard to imagine where modern quilts play a part. The two are mutually exclusive, aren’t they? Well, not necessarily.

You can make a quilt that features a traditional quilt pattern, but uses modern techniques. How about a quilt with a modern layout using traditional fabrics? There are plenty of ways to combine traditional and modern approaches to quiltmaking to make a gorgeous finished project. Don’t believe me? Read on for some excellent examples!

A popular quilt featured on episode 2812 of Love of Quilting, is made with pinks, blues and yellows. As a traditional quilter, you might not jump at the chance to make a “medallion quilt pattern with a modern flair.” But, as you can see, Shattered Dresden, using a quilt design made popular in the 1920s and 30s, takes on a modern flavor and is all the better for it! The Dresden Plate pattern is all about traditional quilting and the appliqué techniques used in this quilt are borrowed from yesteryear, as well.

Geese Go Modern - Modern Quilts
Geese Go Modern by Sandi Irish
Bed-Size Quilt Patterns

In addition to a traditional quilt block (see the Dresden Plate above), traditional quilt units have a place in modern-style quilts. Take the Flying Geese unit, for example. In Geese Go Modern, this quilt unit is incorporated into a modern layout, updating the classic Flying Geese pattern with a contemporary look. Looks like the geese are flying south for the winter!

Now that we’re talking modern quilt layouts with traditional concepts, let’s take a look at a couple of log cabin quilt layouts that might appeal.

Modern Barn Raising - Modern Quilts
Modern Barn Raising by Lisa Swenson Ruble
Modern Barn Raising - Modern Quilts

The Barn Raising setting is as traditional as they come. But, you know what’s coming, right? A twist on the traditional! Modern Barn Raising uses pre-cut 2½” strips and strip piecing to bring modern techniques and a modified layout to an old favorite. Log Cabin quilts are often rated difficult, but this one has an intermediate rating since the construction isn’t as complicated as traditional Log Cabins. The off-set center of the overall design brings a contemporary feel to this one, as well.

Curved Log Cabin - Modern Quilts
Curved Log Cabin by Blue Underground Studios
Curved Log Cabin - Modern Quilts

The Curved Log Cabin features an updated Barn Raising setting, as well. And, this one’s even easier than Modern Barn Raising, with a project rating of advanced beginner. The quilt top gives the illusion of curves, but in fact, it’s all straight sewing. And, again, the choice of color plays a major part in bringing this quilt into the contemporary fold.

In The Blue of the Evening - Modern Quilts
In The Blue of the Evening by LaVerna Griffin
In The Blue of the Evening - Modern Quilts

If you’re looking for a SPECTACULAR scrap quilt pattern that features traditional traditional prints combined with modern fabrics, In the Blue of the Evening is the quilt for you. Recently featured in Scrap Quilts Summer 2017, this breath-taking quilt, designed by LaVerna Griffin, was inspired by Bonnie Hunter, who is famous for scrappy quilts. This quilt is simply magnificent.

If you’re still not sure where to start, or if any of the above quilts are for you, take a peek at 12 Modern Quilt Patterns for Beginners. You might just find what you’re looking for there.

Any ideas, comments or questions? Please use the comment section below! And, if you have any pictures of your quilts to share with us, make sure to visit (and like!) the Fons & Porter Facebook page.

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter


Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor


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