The art of quilt making has been practiced in the United States since the colonists and has been used to raise money for war efforts, created a community for wealthy women, and simply to make blankets during winter months. Today, modern quilting is more about art and lifestyle. Artists are creating new designs as well as products. Here are some of the rising modern quilters to follow and support.
Nicole is a designer and crafter who founded the quilting and sewing blog, Modern Handcraft, in 2011. There you will find more than just photos of pieces she has created. She also provides tutorials, pdf patterns, and youtube videos. Her signature pattern is hexagon shapes.
Beacon & Batten
Emily Donald is behind the cool and clean lines of Beacon & Batten. Her home goods are inspired by vintage textiles and wallpaper. Every hand towel, coaster, or placemat is crafted using natural materials and eco-friendly inks. To check out her products, you can go to the Etsy store.
Crimson Tate is a store in Indianapolis for sewing enthusiasts and those who aspire to be. Heather is the owner and when not designing her own fabric lines she is teaching sewing and quilting classes at the store. She is known for her whimsical designs that have featured paper planes, succulents, and even little-quilted library cards.
The “tattooed quilter” spends his day in the corporate fashion world and at night creates graphic style quilts. New York City is where he lives and get his inspiration. His skills and love for quilting, however, are from his family of famous quilters. He creates designs for Riley Blake Designs and teaches classes. You can see and buy his work here.
Noodlehead is the website for sewing queen Anna Graham. Named after one of her daughter’s nicknames, Noodlehead took off in 2010 after Anna wanted leave the world of graphic design and do more on her own. If you want to learn more about bag making, she has patterns big and small available on her site as well as books and fabric lines she has created.