Friday, February 22, 2013

Modern Materials: Ten Polyester Quilts

Bowties
The Modern Quilt Guild is holding its first ever national conference this week in Austin, Texas, and to celebrate, and as a tip of the hat to Roderick Kiracofe's exhibit of Modern Historical Quilts, I thought it would be fun to post ten of my 1970s polyester quilts. As Modern Quiltmaking gains momentum, there is growing interest in the roots of the movement. For me, all roads lead to the 1970s, a pivotal time in American quiltmaking, when modern materials such as double-knit polyesters were more readily available than cottons. Just like today's quilts, the polyester quilts of the 1970s display a fresh, innovative use of color.

String Quilt
Thirty-Six Patch
improvisational patchwork with applique
Crazy Blocks, with raw-edge applique
Four-Patch
Twenty-Five Patch
Octagons / Snowball Variation
Hexagon Diamonds
One-Patch Variation
The quilts of the 70s demonstrate a very distinct point of view. It's a bold, playful aesthetic immediately recognizable as representative of the time. The most memorable movements in quilt history have specific visual characteristics. Red and green quilts of Civil War, Victorian Crazy Quilts, and Easter egg colored quilts of the Depression era, are easily identified. In the future, when historians look back at the beginning of the 21st century, the will see many wonderful Modern quilts, immediately recognizable for their distinct point of view, just like the polyester quilts of the 70s.

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