Monday, 29 April 2013

Modern? Modernitional? Tramodernal?

Do you consider yourself a modern quilter, a traditional quilter or a bit of both? This seems to be a hot topic at the moment. If you're the latter like me then I like to refer to us as tramodernal.  At the start of my quilting journey I definitely wanted to think of myself as a modern quilter but as time has gone on I have become increasingly inspired by more traditional blocks.


I'm excited to share with you a project I worked on last month. Back in January, the Fat Quarterly team put a call out for people to take part in the next edition's designer challenge - to use a traditional block and make it modern.  I've always loved the Blockade block - a Civil War block, ever since I made this one.  It remains to this day an orphan and this is a reminder that I need to do something with it!


For the challenge I decided to make a cushion using some Chicopee and low volume fabrics. As I had a huge 22" cushion insert, I decided to go bigger and influenced by all the gorgeous medallion quilts being made, I added a clockwise 'circle' of flying geese - another traditional block which I only made for the first time this year.

Who would have thought Chicopee fitted in so well with our Moroccan floor tiles?


Issue 13 of Fat Quarterly is out now and it's full of seriously gorgeous tramodernal projects - and you can see how I made my cushion. So go have a look - you might be inspired!

Linking up with the Let's Get Aquainted Link-Up, which this week is being hosted by Kirsten.


45 comments:

Jess said...

It's beautiful Annabella - and I definitely tend toward the tramodernal (love that word!) :o)

Deborah said...

So gorgeous! You really nailed it with this beauty. And i love the word and concept of tramodernal!

Lynz said...

Oh, wow! That's amazing! ! Clever girl adding the geese. And I'm mostly tramodernal, too.

Carla said...

Oh good for you! It's gorgeous and so is that floor!

Katherine said...

Brilliant! You totally modernized this traditional block with your great taste in fabric. Love it!

Kelly said...

Just gorgeous Annabella and thanks for the reminder to renew my FQ subscription :)

Charlotte said...

that's just gorgeous!

Scrapatches said...

Beautiful pillow! "Tramodernal" ... a very good word ... thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Slightly Off Quilter said...

I consider myself a Modern Traditionalist , I love mixing it up and doing a traditional pattern with modern fabrics and modern patterns with traditional fabric !

Danny Heyen said...

I think I fall more in line with you. I am inspired by traditional blocks but with modern colors. I don't really do wonky too often and it seems like wonky blocks are the only real "new" blocks that can be considered modern.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Love your pillow. I too like the traditional done in contemporary or modern fabrics.

Di said...

Beautiful cushion. Colours can radically change a block. I like the flying geese around the perimeter. Di x

elsy said...

that is really fantastic annabella, love it A LOT...am with you, tramodernal. not great with the sludgy quilts even though the blocks may be amazing but neither wacky wonky stuff either. thats the great thing about this hobby of ours, we can do as we wish and try different things!

Quilting In The Cold said...

Wow!! That is a stunner!!!

Jessica Pyykkonen said...

Love it! I have never known what I was, if I like something I make it. Sometimes it might be modern, sometimes it might be traditional, I just make what I love.

heart of charnwood said...

It's beautiful! And I totally agree about the trad/modern thing, i want to make quilts i love with the brighter, fun fabrics, and sometimes that means using very trad blocks, but i consider that a good thing, a nod to the history of quilting, and appreciation of the beauty of simplicity often.

Sewing Mom said...

It looks great, whatever it is! We had a modern quilt show at our guild...I dont' know if it's modern.=)

grapes and hearts said...

Congrats for being published in FQ! And I think I am rather a modern quilter. But I'd much rather sew than debate my quilting style with myself. I am what I am ;o))) And your tramodernal pillow looks great, Annabella. Love that photo with the tiles!!! Great job!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Congratulations!!! You clever thing!
I'm a wishy washy mish mash I suppose - maybe a tad more trad, but I basically blow in the wind!

Nicky said...

Utterly gorgeous cushion - you tramodernalist you!

Think I started traditional and am in an between phase heading towards modern but to be honest I see something I can enjoy in all of it!

Toni said...

Annabella, this is just too fabulous! I love traditional blocks, too, but with modern prints and colors just like these. Love how you framed the block with the flying geese. Congratulations on being in FQ as well. They must know talent when they see it!

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

Your cushion is beautiful Annabella! I really fancy making one. Congratulations on being in Fat Quarterly! I think I'm more of a traditional quilter but I prefer modern fabric. I think I just like making pretty things out of fabric I love :)

Katy Cameron said...

Congrats on the feature :o) I consider myself to be someone that sews bits of fabric together ;o)

Cindy said...

I love a traditional block, but tend to migrate to the bright, modern colors. Not sure what that makes me.

Gorgeous pillow. So pretty, A!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh I saw it earlier - gorgeous!!
I reckon I am just a quilter using modern fabric - is that a cop out?
Tramodernal sounds like a dodgy drug!

Catherine said...

Such a gorgeous cushion

Patchwork and Play said...

A triumph! And how wonderful does it looking in its Moroccan setting! I can't label my sewing, it is just what I do!

Heather said...

I'm "tramodernal" too! And so exciting for you. I let my Fat Quarterly subscription run out, but I'm definitely going to get this issue now! Such a gorgeous pillow!

Laura C @ littleandlots said...

A beautiful cushion! I've decided I'm past caring what is "modern" or "traditional". There's an interesting mix of modernitional in the quilt guild I recently joined (we are planning to become a chapter of the US national MQG, espouser of "high modernism" in quilts) and I find all of it interesting and inspiring. Congratulations on having your pattern published!

Leanne said...

I saw your pillow in the FQ and was hoping I would see it here too. I love it and also how well the fabrics worked for it.

Melissa said...

It is gorgeous! I am definitely in the Tramdernal group. I draw inspiration from everywhere!

Kirsten said...

Such a stunning design - love the fabrics too!

A Quilter's Mission - Vicki said...

Such an exciting design. Looks like it was designed just for your tile. A very magical cushion!

CJ said...

It's lovely. You are inspiring me, as I desperately need some cushion covers. And I love that beautiful Moroccan tiled floor, gorgeous.

Dianne Neale said...

Well done Annabella - in print at last! The cushion is gorgeous.

patchworkdelights said...

I've just purchased Issue 13 based on your pillow alone! I really want to push myself out of my comfort zone, so I am going to make one of this beauties! Truly beautiful cushion! Fi

Marit said...

Yes, I am tramodernal too! I just can't wrap my brain around those minimalist, wonky/improv quilts. Congrats on getting your cushion in the mag - how cool!

Canadian Abroad said...

Love, love, love that cushion. What an amazing job you did. And I love the term Tramodernal. Perfect!

Janine said...

Love your cushion, Annabella, whatever it is! When I was doing literature I thought we were post modern/post structural/post everything now and I thought of 'modern' as being Virginia Woolf and her generation...Now I find some antique quilts look very modern to me whilst some apparently modern ones don't seem to be doing anything very new. I think I'll always be perplexed by quilting classifications :)

Sheila said...

Your beautiful cushion looks so at home there.

Rebecca Lynne said...

Annabella your work never ceases to amaze me - as usual this is stunning! I agree with Janine, classifications are funny things. As an art history buff I like classifying but as an artist I hate it. I don't want my work categorized, then I'm probably thinking about it too much. Whatever you "category" is I like it!

Catherine said...

It's fab and very tramodernal - love it!

Nat at Made in Home said...

It is amazing! Looks great on the tiles!

Just Sew Sue said...

I need to buy some Chicopee as I only have three FQs.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love it!