My Modern Batik Challenge

The Island Ambassador challenge for May (yes, I know it’s June <wink>) was to make a modern quilt at least 36” square. A modern quilt? What exactly defines a modern quilt?

Well, for me, a modern quilt may include negative space (a wide section of background and no blocks), alternate grid work (the placing of blocks in something other than straight rows), bold colors, a graphic looking design, improvisational piecing, or minimalist design. Now that my quilt is done I’m not sure it includes any of these. Oh well.

This collection is called Vineyard, and it has just been released so you’ll find it in your quilt stores soon. I love the purples and greens and wanted a design that honored the collection name so I created a graphical looking bunch of grapes.

I quilted circles in the grape area and leafy edges and vines in the green areas.

In the negative space, I used long straight lines, a hallmark of modern quilting to me.

To quilt this area I tried out a new thread—Wonderfil Konfetti—which I picked up at Market. I’m not sure if it’s any better than Aurifil, but I do like it a lot! I had no tension problems or lint, and it quilted easily. The only thing I didn’t like as much was the spool—I like to be able to tuck my thread end in, like you can on the Aurifil spool. I love this color selection of pastels though. Aren’t they gorgeous?

In the end I don’t know if I created a modern quilt or not. I only know that I like my design, and love, love the Vineyard collection by Island Batik. I just want to eat it all up!

Here are the details:

Modern Vineyard
39” x 38”
Original Design
Island Batik collection, Vineyard
Batting: Warm and White
Quilting Thread: Superior Fantastico 40 wt #5160 Fiji, Superior Fantastico 40 wt #5041 King’s Crown, WonderFil Konfetti 50 wt #KT609 Sky Blue
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

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Tell me…have you ever made a modern quilt?