We hope you’ve enjoyed our weekly series of excerpts from the Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making, an all-inclusive guide compiled by Susanne Woods at Lucky Spool Media.

The final chapter in the book is an extensive gallery compiled by Heather Grant to show where we are in modern quilt making today. The gallery provides a solid reference, right at your fingertips. Heather Grant established herself as an early curator of what modern means in quilt making today through her Modern Day Quilts blog. For those struggling to understand how modern quilts were different from more traditional quilts, her visual collection from all over digital media became a touchstone for many. She works at The Modern Quilt Guild organizing QuiltCon, as well as supporting many other guild efforts. She lectures nationally on what defines and influences the modern quilt making movement.

Learn more about the book and check out previous excerpts in the following posts:

Through the book’s 10 workshop chapters, expert quilters teach you modern quilt-making design principles, providing support as you practice a variety of quilting techniques and concepts. the informative guide also includes 16 new quilt patterns.

Goals of the Workshop: Modern Quilt Gallery

From Susanne: Welcome to our final installment! This final gallery workshop was hugely important to me. I have long-wanted to see a compilation of these amazing quilts we all see online, documented in book form. This chapter met with some objections, and the book has even received a review saying something like: “I can find these images online.” I get it, but that is the point. While our fast-paced digital world offers many benefits, I wanted to offer readers a snapshot of where we are today to appreciate where we have come from as a community, and the work that has likely shaped many of us. While some quilts and designers may be familiar to us, some may not, and all serve to allow both experienced modern quilt makers– and those newly coming to the art– to have a visual benchmark that serves to document our work, to inspire us even more. Heather felt the same way!

Here’s Heather:
Many people have many different definitions of modern quilting. My own definition has evolved from when I first was invited to Rossie’s Flickr group. However, I find the definition is helpful to our work and helps the evolution and design process of modern quilting.

I often compare design elements like improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, scale, alternate grid work and color as being ingredients in a salad bar. You could pile it all on your plate, but you may not have a great salad. When composing your quilt, pick and choose from the design element salad bar. Two or three design elements used together can make an amazing quilt.

I have selected fifty of the most compelling modern quilts to help you both understand some of the design principles discussed in other workshops, and to inspire you to create your own unique designs.

Because many of the fast-paced social media tools we enjoy leave us with fleeting impressions and a craving for the new and the next, this gallery is also a wonderful opportunity to document where modern quilt making has come from, and what we are making today.

Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making compiled by Susanne Woods (192 pages, $28.95, published in 2014 by Lucky Spool Media, LLC) has more of this, and other great workshops.