Have you heard about The Modern Quilt Guild yet? They are GOOD NEWS for quilting!
I ran across them shortly after the New Year and emailed the founder, Alissa Haight Carlton. Alissa emailed that she and her friend Latifah Saafir had just formally organized the group in October!
Alissa had been quilting on her own and communicating with quilters on-line for a couple of years but had very few quilt friends in the "real" world, only the Internet world.
This is a much younger generation of quilters. In fact, from the photos I have seen so far, most appear to be under 40. Yippee! Quilting is alive and well as a new generation once again "reinvents" its take on quilting!
I ask Alissa how they differ from other guilds and she admitted that it is hard to quantify. For the most part they are more "improvisational" than "traditional", yet there are those amongst them who use traditonal patterns but prefer very modern looking fabrics.
Many among them are especially very inspired by Amy Butler, Heather Ross, Anna Marie Horner, Denyse Schmidt and Valori Wells but their love of fabric is by no means limited to just these designers. Valori Wells also has a blog. Keeping up with all these gals is a real challenge!
If they have one thing in common, though, it is their obsession for fabric! Does that sound familiar or what?!!
I found one statement particularly interesting. Alissa mentioned attending a quilting convention in Long Beach in 2009 and not finding the kind of fabric that she had been seeing on-line. That seemed to be one of the catalysts that spurred she and Latifah to finally get their on-line quilt community organized in a "formal" fashion in October 2009. Eight months later some 73 groups have formed around the globe, including Canada, Australia, Switzerland, the U.K. and Germany!
Let's hear it for the Internet that has brought this younger generation of quilters together to kick-start the next quilt renaissance!
Do take some time to explore their network of websites and see what the younger generation is doing!
Karen in the Islands
UPDATE JUNE/JULY 2010
Quilter's Home magazine just did an article about this modern quilt movement in their June/July issue.
UPDATE: MARCH 2011
The Modern Quilt Guild continues to grow by leaps and bounds in many areas of the country. Click here to read a report about a Kansas group.
UPDATE: JUNE 2012
Yep, they're still growing! I asked the following question on the AQSG discussion list last week: