New Exhibit: Modern Quilt Guild Retrospective

New Exhibit: Modern Quilt Guild Retrospective

April 9th- July 27th , 2021

modern quilting has existed in many forms throughout the 20th century, its growth in the early 2000's was aided by cultural shifts recognizing quality design, the changing fabric industry, and the rise of social media. Moderna quilters began coalescing online, sharing images, design ideas, and tutorials, forming virtual quilting bees, and swapping handmade items.

Founded in 2009 by Alissa Haight Carlton and Latifah Saafir, The Modern Quilt (MQG) gave the burgeoning online modern quilting community a chance to form in-person connections with other modern quilters. The MQG supports over 15,000 members in 39 countries around the world and seeks to foster a vibrant and inclusive organization built on encouragement and mutual respect where all feel welcome.

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilts work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways; however, several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include but are not limited to the use 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 seem in modern quilting.

The exhibit provides a glimpse into the evolution of quilts made by members of the Modern Quilt Guild during the past twelve years. Many have been exhibited at QuiltCon, the largest modern quilting event in the world, presented annually by the MQG.

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