Sandi over at Piecemeal Quilts is hosting a survey and a give-away that are a result of her post on 'the dumbing down of quilting'. Pop on over to read the post, then do the survey and get in on the give-away!
You all have seen my rants about simple patterns, so I'm sure it's no surprise to any of you that I agree with Sandi's post. The online quilting community is inundated with modern bloggers, no few of whom have gotten to be quite well known for their adherence to the aesthetic that currently defines modern quilting.
Unfortunately, I feel that this adherence does a disservice to newer/less experienced quilters whose primary influences come from the modern movement. There are so few modern (aesthetic, not contemporary) examples of piecing beyond squares and rectangles, and even those few extend to flying geese and pinwheels. There is no reason that a quilt can't be something more complicated to piece and still retain a modern aesthetic.
In fact, I would argue that even a Dear Jane quilt, the original quilt completed in 1863, done in the right color scheme could be considered to have a modern aesthetic. Check out Modify Tradition for some excellent examples of bringing modern to traditional blocks.
Modern quilters the world over! Let's move beyond basic squares and wonky - test your limits and challenge your own creativity. Make a quilt that speaks to *you*, one of your own design or take a traditional pattern and try a non-traditional color scheme, and get a taste of creative freedom. Don't box yourself in because someone famous hasn't blazed that trail for you.