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Free Modern Quilt Patterns - Over 70 designs!
So, what exactly is a “modern” quilt anyway? There's no official definition, but a so-
called modern or contemporary quilt usually has one or more of the following
characteristics: the use of bold geometric shapes, the use of bright, vibrant colors
and high contrast, asymmetry and irregularity where the design doesn't follow a
set, repetitive grid (as with traditional quilts), the use of lots of negative space
(large amounts of solid color for the background of the design), and/or a simple,
A modern quilt may also take a traditional pattern and reinterpret it in a modern
way, perhaps by taking a single block and enlarging it to fill most of the quilt or by
inserting the block randomly into the design instead of onto a set grid. Or it may
use a traditional quilt design but be made up of bold, bright fabrics or
contemporary prints instead of more traditional florals or solids.
If the use of negative space is an integral part of the quilt design, a quilter can use
this to her advantage by getting creative with the quilting itself. A solid background
can provide a great “canvas” for creative quilting techniques and make them really
You may also want to get creative with your quilt back by making a pieced instead
of a solid backing, perhaps using one of the minimalistic modern designs for
And if you're making a high-constrast quilt by including a combination of very light
and very dark colors, just remember to press your seams toward the darker fabric
so your seam allowances won't show through to the lighter fabric. And make sure
to either prewash your fabric to prevent later bleeding of darks onto lights or use
one or more “color catchers” in your washing machine when laundering your
finished quilt to keep those darker dyes from settling onto the lighter areas of your
Sew a modern quilt today! Get inspiration for you next quilting project with the help
of this collection of over seventy free modern quilt patterns gathered from all over
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