There seems to be a friendly war brewing between the two ideological factions of the quilting world. Which is better, modern or traditional? I just got back from a trip to New York City where I had the opportunity to visit both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Each museum held it's own unique experience and brought inspiration and appreciation for many different art forms and styles. Whether I was standing before an ancient marble statue of Hercules or a giant Jackson Pollack, I was equally in awe and saw the beauty and artistic intention of each artist.

When I received the opportunity to design a quilt around the theme "Where Traditional Meets Modern" for the Quilt St. George Retreat, I was excited to explore the meeting of these worlds. I started with a traditional Irish chain motif on the left side of the quilt and started to deconstruct the geometric elements transitioning to the modern style on the right side. This quilt is a celebration of the beauty of both traditional and modern quilting and where we can all meet in the middle in appreciating and understanding the other side. This quilt will be on display at Quilt St. George this January 14-17, 2014. Classes are still available and you can register here. It was pieced by Marian Gallian of Pink Hippo Quilts and quilted in both traditional and modern quilting styles by Kathryn Carbine.
As part of the Quilt St. George Blog Hop, I am giving away this fabulous tote from my Society6 store featuring my art print "Bella" to one lucky winner. Simply like my Facebook page between now and January 9th and leave a comment below on your thoughts about modern vs. traditional quilt design. I will select a winner randomly and notify them on January 10th.

Congratulations to Carolyn on winning the Bella tote! Thank you to everyone for your comments and likes.

I am honored to a stop on the Quilt St. George Blog Hop. Click on the image at the right to start the hop at the beginning and visit each stop to learn more about the retreat and enter to win prizes along the way! Or you can click the links below to visit individual stops:

Superior threads January 2nd
The Superior Blog

Melissa Corry  January 3rd

Happy Quilting Blog

Sandra Starley January 4th

Antique and Vintage Quilts Blog  from Textile Time Travels

Yvette Jones January 5th


Annie Unrein January 6th

Blogs By Annie 

Lynette Bingham January 7th

Main Street Quilt Cottage Blog

Sandra Starley January 8th
Art Quilt and Reproduction Quilt Blog from Quilt Art Star



01/05/2014 8:55am

I love the quilt and am excited for the retreat!!

Michele Timms
01/05/2014 9:55am

I love the original look of modern quilts but some designs just don't excite me. But I feel the same about traditional quilts. I love the design of your Modern Meets Traditional and it is absolutely stunning!!

Carol Spring
01/05/2014 1:56pm

There is room in this world and in my house for both modern and traditional quilts and for everything in between. The question is how many times does something need to be repeated (or how long in the past) to be considered traditional? My mother, grandmother etc. certainly did things differently than yours.

01/05/2014 2:09pm

Love this quilt! Love your creativity.

Marlene Sheppard
01/05/2014 5:52pm

I am still in favor for more traditional quilts but I do like the bold squares in modern quilts.

Amanda Best
01/05/2014 5:57pm

I love both styles. I have made more traditional style quilts, but the modern ones call to me, too! I hope that everyone doesn't get too into labeling themselves and their work that it limits creativity or the feeling of inclusion that I think is really important in the world of quilting.

Marilyn Miller
01/05/2014 9:52pm

Love modern as well as traditional. Always looking for something new.

01/06/2014 11:38am

I just liked you on fb! What a cool concept of the modern vs. traditional quilt, IN ONE QUILT!!! How creative! I should try this in honor of my quilting legacy being my mom is a traditional quilter and I am more modern. Thanks!

01/06/2014 8:41pm

I grew up watching my mom make traditional quilts, but I prefer the modern quilts. Your design is beautiful!

01/07/2014 11:50am

I love traditional quilts, but I also like a modern twist to the traditional pattern.

01/08/2014 5:34am

I am not a modern quilter, but yet am drawn to the making of a traditional pattern in a more unique way. The tote is beautiful! I will not be at the retreat next week, but maybe next yr!

01/10/2014 9:34am

Congratulations Carolyn, you are the winner of the Bella tote! Please send me a message with your mailing address via my contact form.


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