Do you prefer vintage style quilts or modern?

Pearlie Kennedy Pettway, 1920-1982.
"Triangles creating squares-within squares motif, ca. 1960,
cotton sacking material, 76 x 76 inches.


Ella Mae Irby, 1923-2001.
"Texas Star," 1973,
cotton, corduroy, cotton blend, 88 x 85 inches.
All quilt images from Auburn University

I'm sure you've heard of Cotton + Steel. This is a new company of designers that make a point of honoring the traditions of resourcefulness, innovation and of course creativity in the sewing, quilting and crafting communities. Currently, there are five designers that make up the team at Cotton + Steel. Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts are the dream team of creativity, beauty, and inspiration.

I love looking at each designer's unique take on color combinations and the way in which fabric comes alive. Their prints are lovely, quirky and modern but with a definite nod to tradition and history.

Speaking of tradition. One of my favorite quilting exhibits is the Gee's Bend quilt exhibit that traveled the country not too long ago. I imagine quilters and textile geeks from all walks of life soaking up the amazing resourcefulness, vibrant energy and color of these quilts and quilters. I'm so pleased that someone had the insight to show the world these beautiful quilts and not keep them packed away.

Of course the quilts these ladies made so long ago were made not to hang on walls out of reach, but to be used daily. I often wonder what they would think of their quilts hanging in prestigious art galleries and museums around the world. I like to think they would be more than a bit amused.

I must admit I tend to be quite the romantic when it comes to the past and traditions. I believe that's why I like Cotton+Steel so much. They have a perfect way of joining the past with a modern aesthetic.  Now you can stitch modern quilted items with the charming prints of Cotton+ Steel with the Stitch Diamond Pieced Kitchen Set. It would make for a fantastic gift too.

How about you? What do you prefer in your fabric, quilting or sewing? Do you like more modern looks and tend to stay away from vintage, retro themes? Or a blend of both? How do you incorporate vintage into a modern life? I would love to hear from you.

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About Jill

I am the Online Editor for Sew Daily and I am so incredibly excited to meet everyone here on this amazing sewing community!

My first passion is garment sewing, I love vintage sewing patterns and working with knits and silks. I also get very jazzed about sewing pants and love learning couture techniques. What about you? I can't wait to get started finding out more about you and what you like to sew.

4 thoughts on “Do you prefer vintage style quilts or modern?

  1. While I love the traditional quilts I inherited from my quilting ancestors, for my own projects I choose the modern looks. It appears that Grandma and Great grandma, the Aunts and others also chose patterns and techniques that were new at the time, so maybe I’m just continuing the family tradition of being non-traditional. My all-time favorite designer is Kaffe Fassett, whom I first admired as a knitter. His quilts, his fabrics, his yarns, his colors, his eye for design….all resonate with me. I sometimes wonder what those quilting ancestors would think of the choices now, and it seems as though they are approving of my choices.

  2. While the more traditional quilts were very popular in their time- I believe we are definitely in a new era of quilting. I prefer more modern styles, but I really don’t care for the wonky patterns out there. To me, it hurts my eyes, and I want to rip it out & start over! But, just as everyone has different personalities, so do our quilting styles!
    What I don’t care for is the clique-ish snobbery that says just (their) type is the “right” kind.
    I look forward to see what new things evolve over the years, as well!