mandy munroe

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Modern Traditional Quilts

There have been a few challenges recently that I thought I’d take up.

The NYC Metro Mod quilt guild ran a Double Wedding Ring challenge earlier this year. Of all quilts to make, this is not the easiest, there are a lot of small pieces and curves so the rings are traditionally done by hand. Simplicity Studio in conjunction with Darlene Zimmerman brought out an acrylic ruler set that makes the whole process easier and therefore much more enjoyable but it takes time!

O Two

A Modern Traditional Quilt?

If you’d like to see more of the entries, click on the link

(Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s winner at QuiltCon and some of the challenge winners featured in this months Modern Quilt Magazine.)

Then Timeless Treasures and Dear Stella asked for Modern Traditional 20″ mini quilts. Having recently joined The Modern Quilt Guild I looked up their definition of what makes a quilt modern and listened to Heather Grants webinar on the subject. I’m so excited about this movement, on the whole I think I do make modern quilts but having originally learned traditional blocks, I often use them as a starting point. This was my FourPatchNinePatch entry.


The Gees Bend quilts and Nancy Crow have been huge influences and for years now I’ve been designing hand dyed wall (art) pieces that are patchwork but not quilts, as they only have one layer.


It’s really quite liberating to make these small quilts, to have a go. Maybe I should be having a go at combining my contemporary art style wall pieces and making them into small quilts!


4 comments on “Modern Traditional Quilts

  1. tialys
    May 7, 2014

    Love these colours! I imagine these ‘modern’ designs might be more difficult tha more traditional quilts as the geometric lines and more minimalist aspects would be less ‘forgiving’ perhaps. I like to hide a few wonky stitches in amongst some cabbage roses 🙂

  2. mandymunroe
    May 7, 2014

    Would they be Kaffe cabbage roses? Yes, I like the option to hide wonky stitches, I’ve got a quilt on the go with lots of plain fabric that’s a disaster waiting to happen on that front!

  3. I.J. Bull
    May 8, 2014

    Isn’t the four patch nine patch interesting. The geometry appeals to me and the relatively stark colours great!

  4. mandymunroe
    May 13, 2014

    Would that be the green in there that’s caught your eye? 🙂

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