March 17, 2015

Inspiration for the Marginally Modern

I'm marginally modern, and I'm proud!



People are so hung up on labels these days. If you've been quilting for more than 5 years or so, you can probably remember when we were all just quilters. Today, it seems as though you have to qualify WHAT KIND of quilter you are.

I just want to make beautiful quilts!


So I made up my own label that suits me just fine. I am marginally modern! If modern traditionalism is the centerline between very traditional and very modern, then I'm just barely over the line on the modern side, aka marginally modern!

I wonder how many more marginally modern quilters there are out there? Are you one?

(Please keep comments to this post kind. We are all quilters, there is no right or wrong!)







12 comments:

  1. First let me THANK YOU so much for your wonderful book. I just found your blog and I love it. I started quilting because I wanted to fill my home with beautiful quilt I had large blank wall and had painted murals on the walls but then I discovered quilting and my walls really came alive.
    I just started doing more modern quilts and LOVING it. I just finished a very modern quilt and I'm hooked and so glad that we have so many different styles in the quilting world now.

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    1. Thanks Penny! You are so sweet! I love living with quilts, too. I put as many up as my family will allow, haha!

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  2. I think you have the cover and the title for your next book " I just want to make beautiful quilts even if no one cares." I like some of the "modern" esthetic, but I'm not playing by their "rules." I'm with you -- I just want to make quilts.

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  3. YUP, next book! Perfect!! I love to bring vintage to modern, so yes, I am marginally modern too. Great term Jenifer!

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    1. I love the vintage modern stuff too! And I love your stuff, Kelly!

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  4. I like the 'marginally modern' term but I truly wonder why we need to define ourselves. Are the Gees Bend quilters 'modern'? Are they traditional? functional? Does it matter? I quilt because I love it. Today I was an organic/freeform/liberated/wonky quilter. Yesterday - I was a traditional quilter (doing a log cabin quilt). Maybe tomorrow I'll play with what is commonly being identified as modern. Some days I'm simply directionless. I just quilt. And that works for me.

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    1. I totally agree Kris! I make all kinds of quilts, I'm not just one thing. But I love the term marginally modern - it kinda sums that up for me, I can be anything I want, not just modern, not just traditional! (And most days I'm directionless! haha!)

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  5. I, too, resist labels other than quilter. I like to create my own patterns most of the time and if it's a traditional or a modern design that comes out, that's fine with me. I don't feel the need to be exactly like everyone else in quilting or in life. I think you're right that labeling seems to be a big deal now but I remember when there was conflict and labeling between hand and machine quilters. I think we're in a transitional phase as the modern quilt movement defines itself and then it'll settle down. I was in a traditional quilt guild until recently when I joined a modern quilt guild and I think it's great to remind everyone that we're all still quilters!

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  6. I think I am eclectic, I love it all and do it all! As long as we are having fun who cares what we are called!

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  7. Marginally Modern has a nice ring to it and some of the quilts I make could fit into that category. I think of myself of whatever the quilting version of an omnivore would be: I like it all and want to try it all and am pleased when my mash-up of styles results in a quilt where the components are happy together.

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  8. Little bit modern...little bit traditional (sounds like a country western song) Love the Marginally Modern...perfect!

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