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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 the web. (Please scroll down the page for the free patterns.)
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, minimalistic design.
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 stand out.
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 inspiration.
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 quilt.
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