How To Get That Modern Looking Quilt


Suddenly everyone wants a quilt with a modern design or print. Are you also tempted to buy one? Do you know that these modern prints can be easily created at home too? If you are all game to stitch a modern design onto a quilt using some very simple techniques, read on and set to work immediately.

Use unusual color combinations
Have you seen modern art or paintings? There is no specific pattern for a color or no commonly seen color combinations there. Use the same technique in your quilt. Check out magazines or pinterest for more ideas on how to mix and match colors.

Incorporate Solid fabrics
Make use of solid fabrics to decorate your quilt. Make definite patches with solid colors that stand out. This will make your quilt get a neutral look which is the trend nowadays. It is a good idea to leave blank spaces in between the solid fabrics. This will attract people who look at the quilt. You can also create specific patterns with the solids or choose any two colors with a repetitive pattern.

Modern Quilt

Play with the block size
There is no need to follow a specific block size .This depends on your choice actually. You can either go for the same block sizes all over or you can choose a large block and incorporate designs within. Again you can randomly choose various block sizes to give a completely dazed look. When combined with extraordinary color combinations, you have a most modern looking quilt ready.

Imperfect collages
Have you noticed how collages of photographs and pictures are popping all over the place? What better ideas can you incorporate in your quilt? Choose as many fabric pieces you get, they can be any color and size. Sew them on randomly. If you are particular about a specific pattern you can follow that or you can create imperfect collages of all these tiny pieces. All together they will look creative and crafty.

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Crazy Quilts- Use Of Embroidered Designs

Embroidered Designs

Embroidered quilts became popular since mid 1800. Ladies grew more creative and tried out various patterns and designs on their quilts. Quilts were becoming famous for not only warmth and comfort. They became areas to showcase talent and creativity.

Back in the 1800s, hand stitching was a common thing. Most of the clothes were hand stitched and people were experts in this. The art of hand stitching slowly made its way to designing quilts too. Crazy designs were gaining popularity and it is during this time that memory quilts made their appearance.

Many pieces of fabrics which were reminders of important life events, souvenirs or gifts from others were stitched into the quilt in random designs. Sometimes the seamstresses would stitch in the date of the event as well.

These were not used for the primary purpose of bedding. Rather they were preserved for decoration and memory sake. Later on these rare and crazy quilts were the source of information to all history lovers.

As women’s magazines also started gaining acceptance in many families, the ladies of the house were exposed to many more new designs and ideas. Some of the stitches used back then are still being incorporated today. The main stitches used were

· Honeycomb,
· daisy,
· perle stitch,
· herringbone,
· feather stitch,
· capped feather stitch
· Half daisy.
· French knots
· Detached wheatear

With the help of these stitches many beautiful quilts were designed. If you take a look at the industry today, you can still see many similar patterns being repeated.

Today one of the well known designers who use crazy quilting methods is Linda Atwill of Molly Mine. She has also written a book regarding the modern techniques in crazy quilting. Following the modern trends, she has adopted many themes like Christmas, Halloween etc in her designs.

Since time immemorial, crazy quilts have been around and they represent many cultures and are pictorial representations of life.

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