December 25, 2018

2019 Modern HST Block of the Month

My modern HST block of the month starts January 1, 2019! It will be super laid-back with a new HST block posted the first of each month. Just could easily have one (or more!) quilts done and ready to gift next Christmas!

What makes this BOM modern?

Good question! "Modern" in relation to quilting can mean many things, but I'm going to use the characteristics described by the Modern Quilt Guild. In general, modern quilts have one or more of the following:

  • the use of bold colors and prints
  • high contrast and graphic areas of solid color
  • improvisational piecing
  • minimalism
  • expansive negative space
  • alternate grid work
  • "modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting
Each half-square triangle in this sampler will be a color/print paired with a background/neutral fabric. The fabrics and colors are completely up to you. Want to use your stash? Make it scrappy! Want to make choosing fabric easy? Use solids in just two colors! (Hello minimalism!) Half of the quilt will be the background/neutral fabric which will give us that negative space characteristic of modern quilts. I created the 12 sampler blocks simply by playing around in EQ8. I'm sure these HST blocks have been done before. (I mean, it doesn't get any more traditional than half-square triangles, does it?) While each of these blocks may appear fairly traditional on their own, when they are sewn together without sashing it will create all sorts of fun secondary patterns and may be difficult to tell where one block ends and another begins. (There's our alternate grid work!) 

Are you intrigued? Stay tuned for more updates. The fun starts January 1, 2019! You can follow the Instagram hashtag #modernhstbom to see what everyone is creating.

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